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by PopMatters Staff

30 Sep 2016

Kanye West samples  some of the best house and soul from the second half of the 20th century.

Adriane Pontecorvo: Kanye West samples some of the best house and soul from the second half of the 20th century and puts a modern twist on some Flashdance moves. That strong retro feel holds the song together, elevating it while Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone sing up a thunderstorm. Keeping those vocals at a minimal serves the song well, giving them a few climactic moments without forcing them to try and overshadow the classic samples, which have much more staying power and a far greater ability to hook the listener. A quick, well-constructed single that moves quickly and takes its cues from the best part of each decade it touches. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

30 Sep 2016

Brooklyn's David Nagler  gathers a group of important alt-country musicians to pay tribute to Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems.

Brooklyn’s David Nagler has gathered together an amazing group of musicians—Jeff Tweedy, Robbie Fulks, Sally Timms, Kelly Hogan, Jon Langford—to record a tribute to legendary poet Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems. The set is a beautiful tribute to one of America’s foremost poets whose words seem to naturally suggest musical accompaniment. The song cycle of 16 poems includes this take on “Chicago”, which the Atlantic recently premiered in audio and which we now share with you in video form.

by Nick Dinicola

30 Sep 2016

In Reveal  the Deep, the light only makes you more aware of the darkness

It’s not quite October, but it’s close enough. So begins another Indie Horror Month!

There’s something wonderfully meta about a game premised on exploring the deep, dark depths of the sea, that can only be found by exploring the deep, dark depths of Steam’s discount dollar game bin. Pricing itself at a measly $1.00, Reveal the Deep willingly burdens itself with low expectations, and then effortlessly swats them away. Save for the weirdly sparse main menu, this is a game that is smartly designed and polished well beyond its price point.

by Michael Barrett

30 Sep 2016

One tends to  watch this film open-mouthed in wonder at the forceful dialogue, the colorful imagery, and the sheer emotional punch of its women.

Joan Crawford as Vienna in Johnny Guitar (1954)

While Criterion set the standard for releasing DVDs and Blu-rays with bonus material, a little company called Olive Films has been releasing bare-bones discs of collectible titles, sometimes obscure and occasionally famous. Now they’re dipping a toe into upgrading some of those famous titles into a new bonus-packed line called Olive Signature, and they’re kicking off with Johnny Guitar.

This 1954 classic was analyzed by PopMatters here. To refresh your memory, it’s an unusual, heady western famous for pitting two mighty women against each other in a no-holds-barred seething hatefest that drives the plot in the same way that opposing men usually drive the plot in the other 98 percent of westerns.

by PopMatters Staff

29 Sep 2016

La Sera rocks  a classic Led Zeppelin tune on new EP.

Fresh on the heels of their recent album Music For Listening to Music To, La Sera is releasing a new EP on September 30th as they prepare for a long U.S. tour. Their new EP, Queens, contains a cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “Whole Lotta Love” as well as “Queens”.

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Indie Horror Month 2016: Diving into 'Reveal the Deep'

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"In Reveal the Deep, the light only makes you more aware of the darkness

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