Latest Blog Posts

by Chris Barsanti

20 Jan 2012


After viewing Dori Berinstein’s gaga documentary, Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, it’s hard to imagine that the world is not a better place because the 90-year-old Broadway legend is in it. With her wide mouth and wing-like eyelashes, rough sandpaper voice and a killer knack for the gag, she’s a star in every sense of the word. Born to Christian Science parents and raised in San Francisco, Channing recalls catching the performing bug early. She was delivering copies of the Christian Science Monitor backstage in a theater, only to become transfixed. “The safest place in the world to be,” she says, “is center stage.” She’s gone on to find this safety in a variety of places. The clips of her numerous talk show appearances throughout the years show both her quick wit and fearlessness, as well as revealing her Bennington education, beneath the ditzy blonde routine.

See PopMattersreview.

by Cynthia Fuchs

20 Jan 2012


When St. Louis’ Pruitt-Igoe Project was completed in 1956, it seemed an answer to many prayers, affordable and respectable housing designed (by Minoru Yamasaki, also the architect of the World Trade Center Towers) to lift its residents out of poverty and serve the surrounding communities as well. When it was torn down just two decades later, Pruitt-Igoe had become an example of how poor, uneducated, and “rural” communities inevitably go wrong, and don’t deserve help—especially from the government. This sort of story resonates today, of course, revived in the current Republican presidential campaigns. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth shows how the story evolved and why it lingers, still reductive, destructive, and tragic.

by Sachyn Mital

19 Jan 2012


Electronic Producer and DJ, Steve Aoki just released (Jan 17th) his debut artist album, Wonderland and we wanted to give you a chance to win a copy of the album PLUS a set of SOL REPUBLIC Tracks headphones! To get a taste of the album, we’ve got the video for the forthcoming single (which includes remixes from Autoerotique, Angger Dimas and Tommy Trash), “Ladi Dadi” featuring Wynter Gorden, below for your viewing pleasure. The album itself features a surprising number of cameos including Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo, Blink-182’s Travis Barker and CSS’ Lovefoxxx.

Wonderland is available at: iTunes with three additional bonus tracks (including one with Afrojack). Or pick up a physical copy of the album at Amazon.

by PopMatters Staff

18 Jan 2012


Seeker Lover Keeper is a new hotly tipped trio from Australia made up of three leading Aussie singer-songwriters, Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby or Sally Seltmann. All three have found critical success on their own and their new partnership is bound to be both fruitful and successful. Their new self-titled debut album is releasing this month and the ladies traveled to the Big Apple to write the record’s tunes and sing each other’s songs. Today we have the pleasure of presenting the U.S. premiere of the video for “On My Own”, starring popular Australian via London actor John Waters.

Seltmann says of the video shoot, “‘I have a fond memory of John Waters rehearsing outside on the day of the shoot. He had headphones on, and was slowly pacing, getting into character, singing along. It was a beautiful moment.” Meanwhile Blasko tells us the song itself is “about vulnerability, about trying to discover things buried deep. It was such a strange and wonderful thing to see this feminine vulnerability—in the beautiful fragility of Sally’s delivery and in the lyrics—played out by a man. You feel such sympathy for him, but you also know he’ll be ok. I like that about it.”

by PopMatters Staff

18 Jan 2012


Here’s a great video that explains why the SOPA strike is necessary.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

READ the article