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January 2012

The Big Chill: 5 Great Records to Help You Through Winter

PopMatters's Corey Beasley can't knit you a blanket, but he can do the next best thing: here are five classic wintertime records to help you through the big chill.


Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys – “Johnny Ryall”

With “Johnny Ryall”, the Beastie Boys manage to challenge the audience’s ideas of what it has come to expect from hip-hop. The Beasties were no longer just rappers--they were crafters of one of the 1980s’ great short stories.


Counterbalance No. 64: Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’

Can Joy Division’s 1979 debut make you feel the pleasures of a normal man? It's the 64th most acclaimed album of all time. We’ll share a drink and step outside for another Counterbalance.


Stripped Down: The 10 Best Acoustic Covers

The song, while the product of an artist with a unique vision, has the capability to become something else once it is put out for everyone to hear. Once a song is out in the open, it could very well undergo a transformation unlike the original artist ever anticipated. Fortunately, due to the skills of many artists, that need not be a bad thing.


Wynton’s Blues

By hiring Wynton Marsalis as its new "cultural correspondent", CBS is setting jazz music back, and it's everybody's loss.


Dropping Names, Cutting Tapes: Beastie Boys - “To All the Girls” and more

The first Between the Grooves series of 2012 focuses on the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Beastie Boys’ postmodern, sample-heavy masterpiece Paul’s Boutique (1989). First, Jacob Adams explores how “To All the Girls” establishes a deceptively mellow vibe only to have “Shake Your Rump” groove the listener into a funky reality.


Counterbalance No. 63: ‘Led Zeppelin II’

Counterbalance gives Led Zeppelin's 1969 sophomore effort a squeeze. There was no juice, just the 63rd most acclaimed album of all time.


Out in the Light: An Interview with WATERS

Van Pierszalowski, formerly of Port O'Brien, discusses his new work in WATERS, the hard winters of Norway, and the importance of staying on the move.


Southern Charm: An Interview with Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor (Azure Ray, Bright Eyes) speaks to PopMatters about her new solo record, Overlook, and why going home to the South can be good for the creative soul.


20 Questions: Pyyramids

What happens when you combine one member of He Say She Say and one of the pop masterminds behind OK Go? You get PYYRAMIDS, and a delightfully warm 20 Questions feature as well.


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