Monday, November 8 2010
Songs about Mexico run rampant through the commercial country landscape, but which Mexico are they singing about?
Thursday, November 4 2010
Take Your Daughter to Work Day: A Father Reflects on Years of Force-feeding Pop Culture to His Child
How will my daughter feel when her friends greet her in 2030 with an enthusiastic shout-out to Hannah Montana or SpongeBob SquarePants and she can only remember Bebop, Rocksteady, the Gentleman Ghost and Gyro Gearloose?
Monday, November 1 2010
While conscious hip-hop takes on a propagandized approach and Christian hip-hop is concerned first and foremost with Christ, prophetic hip-hop bears witness to the human condition in graphic, uncompromising terms.
Thursday, October 28 2010
With tracks ranging from indie psychedelia and lo-fi, to instrumental hip-hop and industrial drum & bass, I took a chance, here. Some of these tracks will likely be outside of your boundaries of taste. Listen... if you dare.
Monday, October 25 2010
The journey into the history of jazz can be a serious thrill ride. Still young, sometimes still foolish, the old stuff happens to remain seriously exciting if you just find the right time and place to listen.
Tuesday, October 19 2010
PopMatters' latest free mix tape presents some aspects of the lasting effects of disco and associated funk, with ace selections from Squarepusher, of Montreal, Matthew Dear, Goldfrapp to keep that boogie in your shoes.
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”.