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by David Grossman

11 Dec 2012



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Cat Power

Sun

(Matador)

Review [4.Sep.2012]

Cat Power
Sun


The electronics on Sun would seem to separate it from the rest of Cat Power’s oeuvre, but the synth and drum kit just highlight the mysteries that have always surrounded her lyrics, which feel like the torn-off pages of a diary you find on the street. The album starts with an ethereal cry for help on “Cherokee” and ends channelling Spirit Animal Iggy Pop on the massive “Nothin But Time” and promising that “I’m a lover, but I’m in it to win”, among other things. There’s a focus on Sun, all drums, pianos, everything feels like they’re driving towards the same place, one of confidence and a dogged belief that hard work, corny as it may sound, pays off: “You ain’t got nothing on time, and time ain’t got nothing on you.” And given the fact that Chan Marshall has bankrupt herself making Sun, there’s not a better statement in support of artistic creativity you could make then picking this up. Just buy it, goddamn it.—David Grossman

by Enio Chiola

10 Dec 2012



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Lana Del Rey

Born to Die

(Interscope)

Review [2.Feb.2012]

Lana Del Rey
Born to Die


Let’s hope that the audacious insults hurled at Lana Del Rey for coming from a privileged background and having the audacity to change her name and take a second chance at a music career (because god knows you only get one shot) have ceased. Because quite frankly, Born to Die is a pretty spectacular album, misunderstood most by those who have absolutely no clue what making a record entails. English-major critics abound at her dark pop sensibilities, but it’s the lurid love affairs and ‘60s-style torch song crack addict delivery that really elevates Born to Die above it’s shiny pop veneer. There’s something dark and undercutting in Born to Die’s best tracks. “National Anthem”, “This is What Makes Us Girls” and the title track are unsettling bits of storytelling from a vivid and mesmerizing performer who manages to create little films with each and every track. Lines like “He said to be cool but, I’m already coolest / I said to get real / ‘Don’t you know who you’re dealing with?’ / ‘Umm, do you think you’ll buy me lots of diamonds?’” from the superb “National Anthem” are delivered with all the irony that we fault others for not having. It’s refreshing to see someone push racial and sexual boundaries in such a interesting way, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next.—Enio Chiola

by PopMatters Staff

9 Dec 2012


From the triumphant dream pop of Grimes and the boundary-pushing R&B of Frank Ocean to the tough, frantic British hip-hop of Plan B and the chart-topping country pop of Taylor Swift, PopMatters counts down 2012’s 75 best songs.

by PopMatters Staff

8 Dec 2012


by Jane Jansen Seymour

7 Dec 2012


Indie electropop band YACHT released a new stand-alone single and video for “Second Summer” yesterday. It was almost exactly one year ago that PopMatters covered their show in New York City, a non-stop dance party hosted by Jona Bechtoit and Clare L. Evans. It included detailed instructions for audience participation: 1) preparation, 2) initation and 3) enlightenment. Of course, all of this would never work if the music wasn’t instantly infectious.

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Tibet House's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrated Philip Glass' 80th

// Notes from the Road

"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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