CFP: The Legacy of Radiohead's 'The Bends' 20 Years On [Deadlines: 29 Jan / 12 Feb]

 

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Friday, Jan 23, 2015
Far Cry 4 looks and plays like a shooter, but it doesn't feel like a shooter. It is really about my quest for collectibles and the chaos that erupts along the way.

Far Cry 4 is ostensibly a shooter, but I find that I spend more time looking at and searching for things while I play it than I do shooting things. I still shoot things of course, but that’s not the point of the game. The point of the game is everything that precedes the shooting: walking, running, driving, crawling, scouting, marking targets, listening, watching, planning, hunting—my trek through the world. Even when combat explodes around me, the shooting is ancillary—just a thing to do to keep me alive, not the reason to stay alive. Far Cry 4 is an adventure game, not a shooting game, and I mean that in the classic sense of the word, not as it normally applies to video games.


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Thursday, Jan 22, 2015
The Australian artist creates a poignant illustration of displacement in her video installation, Citizens Band.

Australian video artist Angelica Mesiti examined the conflict between private space and public performance in Citizens Band, an installation comprised of four projected videos at the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusettes, 24 October 2014—4 January 2015. Four projected videos comprised the exhibition; each showed a musician performing in a public or semi-public space. All of the performers were displaced. They performed works from their homeland in their adopted countries; Cameroon, Algeria, Mongolia and Sudan. They migrated to large cities like Paris, Sydney and Brisbane.


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Thursday, Jan 22, 2015
A relentless sales pitch aimed at Midwestern "moms" grates in this Indian cookbook. Ignore the patter and focus on the recipes.

Readers demand far more from modern cookbooks than just useful recipe collections. Authors must be Personalities, expertly ushering readers through a dish’s every possible nuance. We turn to cookbooks for lifestyle advice on diet, decor, and entertaining. Increasingly, cookbooks are art objects, brimming with gorgeous photography. Authors like Naomi Duguid, Claudia Roden, and Paula Wolfert publish meticulously researched cookbooks delving deeply into various cultures through food. 


Atop this sits the world of social media. It’s no longer possible to publish a cookbook without a website, a blog, a twitter feed, a Facebook page. 


What, then, defines a good cookbook?


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Thursday, Jan 22, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
Americana hero Steve Earle returns with Terraplane releasing via New West on 17 February.

By way of preview, Earle performs one of the album’s new songs, “You’re The Best Lover That I Ever Had”, solo on a porch.



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Thursday, Jan 22, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
PopMatters seeks essays on the musical aspects, the influences, and the legacy of Radiohead's The Bends, with emphasis on the record's importance in the grand scheme of music.

Pitch Deadline: 29 January 2015
Final Deadline: 12 February 2015
Contact: Sarah Zupko and Brice Ezell
Email: editor@popmatters.com / ezell@popmatters.com


In 1992, Radiohead emerged with the monster hit “Creep”, which they then followed up with the full-length LP Pablo Honey in 1993. While “Creep” got the band’s name out there in a huge way, few expected the quantum leap forward in songwriting that is The Bends, Radiohead’s era-defining 1995 sophomore album. For many, The Bends marks Radiohead’s single-greatest statement, the de facto alternative rock album that trumps even the highly acclaimed OK Computer (1997).


The Bends is 12 songs, perfectly arranged, each running three to five minutes. Together they form the blueprint on which so many rock bands owe their entire careers, particularly those in the alternative rock fold. Even though Radiohead would go on to substantially deviate from this format with records like Kid A and Amnesiac, the formula established by The Bends is a cornerstone of ‘90s rock music.


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