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Friday, April 18 2014

That Thing, That Time…: A Look at Mimi Pond’s “Over Easy”

Over Easy is hauntingly beautiful, breathtaking, ferociously intelligent. It allows us to peer behind the veil of private lives in a radically different way to other biographies.


The Success and Failure of Silence: Gordon Freeman in ‘Half Life’ and ‘Half Life 2’

In terms of silent protagonists few come bigger, or quieter, than Dr. Gordon Freeman, whose beard, glasses, and crowbar cut an iconic figure, which has left an imprint on video game culture, reaching the tops of popularity polls.


Thursday, April 17 2014

The Azzarello–Risso Yearbook, Part 1 of 4: “Jonny Double”

The star of Jonny Double is also its title character, a private investigator who fancies himself hardboiled but is really just headstrong and impulsive without quite enough talent to back that up…


Wednesday, April 16 2014

Goldieblox vs. the Beastie Boys: A Parable on Permissions

When a song becomes forever connected with a product, particularly with the use of a parody lyric, it's deemed “baked” or “overused”.


Tuesday, April 15 2014

Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz”: A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.


Monday, April 14 2014

Rock the Cashbox: The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Sellout

How you can’t sell your soul to rock ‘n’ roll because it has already sold its soul... There once was a time during the new Age of Aquarius when the length of someone’s hair meant more than the balance in their bank account.


Friday, April 11 2014

Redshift: Talking with John Arcudi About His Expanding the Hellboy Universe

Our month full of Hellboy to celebrate Hellboy’s 20th anniversary continues as we share an earnest conversation with Hellboy Universe collaborator John Arcudi who opens up about his expansion of the Universe with B.P.R.D. and the Lobster Johnson stories.


Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport

In the late 1800s, America’s most popular spectator sport wasn’t baseball, boxing, or horseracing—it was competitive walking. Indeed, when a New York arena overbooked, fans rioted.


Thursday, April 10 2014

Comic Book Story Storage

Each Wednesday comic selections have been made and it’s easy to end up with a sizable stack of new material each week. Fully absorbing, appreciating, and retaining every panel of every issue is challenging, if not impossible.


Wednesday, April 9 2014

Why Do Feminists Love Don Draper?

Don Draper’s insightful ad pitches are full of arrogance and sexism, but they’re also full of rhetoric, history, philosophy, psychology, and even pure, sexy poetry.


Bagels and Bongos: The Klezmatics Present Havana Nagila

With their new project, the boundary-breaching klezmer band revives and extends the Jewish-Latin musical connection.


Tuesday, April 8 2014

Nickel Creek Returns to Recording and Touring with ‘A Dotted Line’

PopMatters got an advance listen to the new recording from the "newgrass" sensation -- and an interview with guitarist Sean Watkins.


Monday, April 7 2014

Smaller Moments: An Interview with Wild Cub

Composer and Wild Cub frontman Keegan DeWitt talks the differences between pop songcraft and film scoring, what it means to grow up, and how life's smaller moments always last longer than the big ones.


Friday, April 4 2014

Oriatur, or a Bigger, Richer World: The Interview with Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola

In the handful of days before Dave Brockie’s passing, Mike Mignola and I spoke at great length about the then upcoming 20th anniversary of Hellboy, a character who by his very nature resisted his fate, and hoped to shape new options by his own hand…


Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World

From Benjamin Franklin's hoax about the the death of his rival to Abbie Hoffman’s attempt to levitate the Pentagon to Stephen Colbert’s “news reporting”, pranksters, hoaxers, and con artists use humor to underscore larger, pointed truths about society.


Thursday, April 3 2014

Emerald City Comic Con and the Future of Media

Comic books become movies. Movies becomes soundtracks, games like Avengers Battle for Earth, become interactive experiences.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

Rage Against the Mundane: An Interview with Protomartyr

PopMatters talks to Protomartyr's frontman Joe Casey about his band's working class roots, the pros and cons of making music in Detroit and his fascination with spinning cultural flotsam into surreal narratives.


Tuesday, April 1 2014

“Doll & Em’s” Azazel Jacobs on the Pleasure of Being Stuck and Working Your Way Out of It

Azazel Jacobs’ unique worldview -- a place populated with characters that seem too strange to be real, and too sympathetic to be completely invented -- proves to be the perfect fit for Doll & Em.


Monday, March 31 2014

‘True Detective’ and the Primal Urge to Tell Stories by Starlight

The True Detectives are driven by the desire to create form from void, to seek meaning where none exists. They share the primal urge to daub on cave walls and tell stories about the shapes we see in the stars.


Friday, March 28 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for April 2014

April's "Listening Ahead" offers some early impressions of the month's most intriguing albums, including new releases by the Afghan Whigs, Wye Oak, and Cloud Nothings.


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