Thursday, October 14 2010
Do women rappers have to shake it in our faces in order to get us to listen? As this doc. notes some, like Salt 'N' Pepa do it with sassiness and sex appeal "...you know, if I was a book, I would sell / 'cause every curve on my body got a story to tell".
Tuesday, October 12 2010
A zombie has a better chance of making it through the heavy ordnance firing range near my house than I have of making a mix – even a Halloween mix—that doesn’t devolve into sad, introspective territory.
Thursday, September 30 2010
If Steve Coleman didn't turn out to be the lovechild of James Brown and Charlie Parker that I first thought he was, then he ultimately turned into someone more interesting, if less fun.
Tuesday, September 28 2010
The F-word has been used in pretty much any way possible. I would’ve thought that by now we’d all be inured to the 'F-Bomb'. Then along came Cee Lo...
Sunday, September 26 2010
Hip-hop has been engaged in an ongoing tension between fantasy and reality, art and artifice but rappers, like all good artists, sometimes have to lie in order to tell the truth.
Thursday, September 23 2010
German greats Accept have done the the unthinkable, successfully replacing one of the most inimitable frontmen in the metal world.
Sunday, September 19 2010
Not so beholden to British traditions, Welsh bands are as likely to be influenced by US music as UK music. Indeed, Cardiff is sometimes called the “New Seattle” due to its prevalence of (post-)grunge bands.
Monday, September 13 2010
EP sounds like an academic term. “Six pack” makes people think of beer, of a tough-guy’s abs, or Six Pack, the 1982 race-car comedy starring Kenny Rogers.
Sunday, September 12 2010
Our latest free mix tape has a certain sense of refinement carried through tracks by the Cinematic Orchestra, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, and Casiokids. But, overall, this mix should be considered as seriously as a tuxedo t-shirt. Fun rules.
Thursday, August 26 2010
Berlin's Ad Noiseam has quietly become one of the world's penultimate electronic labels. Featuring recent tracks from Larvae, Raoul Sinier, the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Broken Note, and Roel Funcken, PopMatters' latest free mix proves that Ad Noiseam is a force to be reckoned with.
Tuesday, August 24 2010
How do you follow up the best metal album of 2009? By putting out one of the best Americana albums of 2010, of course.
Sunday, August 22 2010
Empty nostalgia or a realignment of values, chillwave's alchemical waste-sounds may be on the cusp of a deadbeat summer.
Wednesday, August 18 2010
Bluster and bravado are considered par for the course in hip-hop, but rappers adopt cunning personas to tell stories of money, power, and respect.
Tuesday, August 17 2010
In the pantheon of bluegrass pickers, Sam Bush is the default leader. Still, Bush remembers playing onstage with Bill Monroe in the early '70s, and after he showcased his kinetic picking technique on the mandolin, Monroe leaned over and told him to “stick to the fiddle”.
Wednesday, August 11 2010
Who writes lyrics more menacing than those of thrash-metal legends Slayer? Pretty much everyone.
Sunday, August 8 2010
With his new recording Ten, pianist Jason Moran marks a decade of playing by his great Bandwagon trio. Listeners should count themselves lucky.
Thursday, August 5 2010
The tropicalists devoured string quartets, Penny Lane horn solos, war marches, Ezra Pound, Stockhausen and Finnegans Wake -- and then regurgitated an anti-nationalist manifesto.
Wednesday, August 4 2010
Our new mix features tunes from Jaga Jazzist, Broadcast, Dosh and many more as a free download. So, here's to life, and all the creatures great and small that enrich our days in uncountable ways.
Monday, August 2 2010
Maybe classic rock's most bothersome aspect is that it traffics in arguably one of the most fertile creative periods in rock history, but leaves the impression that most bands never wrote more than three or four songs.
Sunday, August 1 2010
It’s comforting to think that no matter how addled my mind gets, I’ll always be able to temporarily return to a clearer past with the help of a song or two, playing in my brain.