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20 Questions: Martin Bisi

The prolific performer, songwriter and producer Martin Bisi chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about malls, ghettos, industrial wastelands and other inspiring places, people and things.

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9 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Genius Persona(lities)

The mark of true genius is the effortless creation of something wholly new that, once seen, becomes self-evident.

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“I Never Thought That I’d Miss You So Much”: An Interview with Gary Louris and Mark Olson

After more than a decade apart, the ex-Jayhawks are in harmony once again. Gary Louris, the alt-country icon who has forged a solo career after leading the legendary Jayhawks for roughly two decades, talks to PopMatters.

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9 Feb 2009 // 3:30 AM

Watching Rap

Somewhat lost in the glamour of fame, money, and recognition that typifies hip-hop success is the fact that "all eyes on me" includes the police and the feds. Yet surveillance of rappers is very real, and the result is a strange case of artists hiding in public.

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Pulling Names from a Hat: The 2009 Grammy Awards

If the Grammy Awards are really supposed to be "Music's Biggest Night", then what does the 2009 ceremony say about the state of sonic entertainment right now?

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Working in the Coal Mine and Singing About It, Too

The majority of us aren't coal miners, we don't know coal miners, and we wouldn't last a week in a coal mine. Are coal mining songs, then, still relevant?

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8 Feb 2009 // 8:59 PM

Shirt Happens

Are CNN journalists writing news headlines these days, or t-shirt slogans?

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Conversing with Rudy Wurlitzer: ‘A Beaten-up Old Scribbler’

My conversations with Rudy Wurlitzer were not unlike a road journey itself with plenty of unplanned side trips along the way.

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M for Montréal - Leonard Cohen Eats There

Montréal may sit a mere 37 miles north of the American border and, for me, a short 90-minute flight from Philadelphia, yet the former Canadian capital really is a world away. PopMatters visits the M for Montréal in search of great new Canadian music and the soul of a city.

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Marty Beckerman and America’s Dumbocracy

“When you say more rash and outlandish things you get heard and when you say more nuanced things your voice gets drowned out.”

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Taken: Daddy Tortures Best

Mill's towering righteousness is just too much for this weak little film, whose only interest is in affirming the white patriarchal prerogative.

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4 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Doomed to Dilettantism

Information has never been easier to come by, yet it's never been harder to turn information into knowledge.

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Stuff White People Like: A Theory of the Liberal Leisure Class

"Look at our generation … Stuff is all we have … It's not a display of wealth. It's about a display of authenticity and taste."

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Across the Universe, for the Sixth Time

This year's globalFEST was punctuated by performances from Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, La Troba Kung-Fu, Kailash Kher, Watcha Clan, and others -- a brave journey through the world of sounds, guided by open minds and big hearts.

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3 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

In the Far-Off Sweet Forever

Columbia has released some of Dylan's best unissued material, but there's much more out there, an internet search away. Should you even bother with such forbidden fruit?

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Rossellini and the Filter of Neo-Realism

These films flaunt their artifice and yet there are moments when something else emerges -- some rarefied emotion that we connect to reality.

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2 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Concert Overload

Free-for-all shows are like a "cool" parent trying to be your friend, instead of your authority figure. While it seems like a good situation at first -- no curfew, no rules -- you realize, eventually, that what it really needs is some structure.

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Adventures in Solitude: An Interview With A.C. Newman

Somehow Newman fits American literature, modern Swiss sculpture, and classic international cinema into a conversation about his latest work.

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Hank’s Other Side: Religion, Radio, and the Roots of Country Music

Hank Williams' recordings for WSM's Mother's Best Flour radio show challenge the modern listener's idea that country music reserves Jesus for Sunday morning.

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The New Golden Age of British TV Comedy

Every once in awhile, Britain rules over America. The Office, Spaced, Coupling and other British shows are gradually narrowing the Atlantic-sized gap between the United States and England.

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