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June 2009

Tzadik: Making Me Invent Words Like “Jewtino”

File this under “Two more reasons John Zorn’s Tzadik is one of the coolest record labels around” and “can’t an hombre kvetch?” We’


New CDs This Week: Dinosaur Jr., The Mars Volta…

Where last week was a major drought, save for some stellar Americana from Ha Ha Tonka, this week is an embarrassment of riches. Even records


SXSW 2009: Interview with Marnie Stern

Master shredder Marnie Stern was lounging poolside with her sweet little dog when she spoke to PopMatters about her love of Hella, her current collaboration


One Hit Wonder: The Blow Monkeys

In 1981, five gay men in Los Angeles suffered from an unknown disease that the press labeled GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) and the Center for Disease


New CDs This Week: Major Lazer, Ha Ha Tonka…

Blame it on a Bonnarroo hangover perhaps or the weak economy, but this week is one of the lightest new music release weeks in recent


Erin McKeown’s House Parties

In the past couple of years musicians who have decided to free themselves from the corporate structure of the music industry have come up with


SXSW 2009: Interview with Lori Barbero (video)

In the Twin Cities, Lori Barbero is a legend.  She’s been a record label owner, a band manager, and, of course, the drummer


Subprime: Animated Short

Currently bouncing around the blogosphere: Subprime, the hypnotic new animated short by Wisconsin graphic designer Mike Winkelmann, which illustrates the progression of the housing crisis


“Ignorant bliss, impending doom…”

Over the last three decades, not much has changed in the way of heavy metal music videos. While cutting-edge filmmakers like Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze,


20 Questions: Starsailor

The UK's Starsailor recently released their fourth album All the Plans and have been touring the new music. In between, lead singer James Walsh answered our 20 Questions.


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