Articles tagged popmatters pick

Jonny Greenwood: There Will Be Blood

There is only the stultifying loneliness, sadness, and occasionally the twistedness of the film to be found in its music.

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27 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Joe Jackson: Rain

The eclectic pianist/songwriter delivers a treat -- ten perfectly crafted pop songs that recall his best work or maybe are his best work.

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26 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Wire

In David Simon's indictment of American capitalism, numbers -- say, crime stats and school test scores -- no longer have an epistemic value, they don't refer to any external reality.

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Black Mountain: In the Future

In the Future is an expansive statement of an album, full of big guitars and cold space, a variety of sounds and a hard-earned and ever-present brilliance.

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The Magnetic Fields: Distortion

Distortion is a game, a question, a provocation, a distortion, a fable, a fake, and a collection of pop songs.

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13 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Koop: Koop Islands

Freed from the constraints of genre boundaries, the Swedish duo has crafted this convergence of electronic pop and jazz that sounds as utterly natural as it does unusual. An overlooked treasure, for sure.

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Economical and considered out of necessity, this is so meticulously crafted that there isn’t a wasted passage or a superfluous phrase.

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4 Jan 2008 // 12:00 AM

There Will Be Blood

Land, oil, blood. There will be lots of all in Paul Thomas Anderson's stunning new movie.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd is delirious with blood and violence: bright red spurting from the barber's expert slashes, necks snapping and bodies crumpling.

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Chris Potter Underground: Follow the Red Line

A fired-up quartet of architectural jazz-funk fills the legendary jazz basement with sonic silver.

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12 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Mala Noche

Mala Noche's original trailer boasts that it is a story of power, sex, money, and death. They weren’t kidding.

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12 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Burial: Untrue

The idea isn’t to approach Untrue as a dubstep record, but as a record, period. This should be true for all music, but Untrue isn’t like all other music.

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The Gothic by Gilda Williams

As this volume makes clear, there's nothing new about the Gothic culture, which goes back, well, to the Goths.

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11 Dec 2007 // 2:29 AM

War/Dance

As Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's documentary frames it, survival in Uganda's war zones is political and moral, an effort to sort out the frankly unimaginable horrors that have shaped the children's existence.

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10 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams

Can we stop talking about the Wu-Tang Clan’s “decline” now? 8 Diagrams is as exciting as they’ve ever been.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth

An American jazz singer ventures to Mali and achieves an African/jazz meld of the first order.

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Ghostface Killah: The Big Doe Rehab

The Big Doe Rehab should come out now, as a year of solid hip-hop winds down and Ghostface asks where the culture is at.

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9 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba)

The high-flying poem of a plot, the daredevil cinematography that nearly dances, the pulse-quickening humanism: all mark I Am Cuba as a rare emblem of a more idealistic past.

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6 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano is Golden Age craftsmanship at its peak with a decidedly modern edge that shows, again, that the vintage director’s eye is one that often improves with age.

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3 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Daft Punk: Alive 2007

Rare is the band that can craft a live album good enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder alongside its studio releases. Rarer still is the band whose live albums can cross the divide between being merely good and damn near essential.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "She Takes Me"

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"The newest Between the Grooves series tackles Lowercase's Kill the Lights, a great marriage of slowcore and post-punk: raw, angry, sullen, and very much alive almost 20 years later.

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