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17 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

No Sympathy for the Devil

Over time, "Sympathy for the Devil" has been treated with huge fanfare and has become the common denominator fan favorite, but in actuality "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" gets to the core of what the Rolling Stones were.

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Football v. Football: the NFL v. the Premiership

Like US football, English soccer fans observe their own ritual every weekend. I spent a weekend with fans of both sports to get a taste of exactly what drives and defines these most profitable of cultural endeavors.

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The Frankfurt School in Exile

The positivists regarded Hegelian dialectics as metaphysical voodoo; the New York Intellectuals thought the Frankfurt School's associates were closet Stalinists.

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The Art of Atmosphere: From Bioshock to Wolfenstein

Williams considers how the release of Bioshock has affected the way that apprehension and terror are evoked through the little details in video games.

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16 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

Princess Tiana’s Blues

Princess Tiana could get Disney out of the race-relations doghouse, but only if they’re true to their vision.

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Abstract Comics

If nothing else, it seems that Abstract Comics makes explicit that the line between comics and high art is beginning to disappear.

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Jazz Cellist Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’

Peggy Lee—the cellist, not the late singer—is nevertheless all about singing of a sort. She talks to PopMatters about creativity and collaboration in the beautiful city of Vancouver.

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Happiness Is a Warm Band: An Interview with Emily Haines of Metric

Haines fled to South America, Metric scrapped their new songs, and everyone realized their well-considered Fantasies.

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China’s Factory Girls: A Conversation with Author Leslie T. Chang

Traditional and often sensational coverage of China is only a partial interpretation: the people themselves are being lost in the translation.

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Captain Obama and the Final Frontier

Obama's four-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new kinds of political confusion; to boldly go where no rational health-care reformer has gone before.

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In Circles: Sunny Day Real Estate Reconsidered

In anticipation of a reunion tour, the two albums produced by the original Sunny Day Real Estate lineup get remastered and repackaged with extra tracks and expanded liner notes. They are ripe for revisiting.

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13 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

Deconstructing the Clap

Rock music is the only art form that invites amateurs to perform along with the professionals – like an oversize version of Kumbaya -- and with predictable results.

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Music Scrobbling as a Panopticism of Taste

Among social networking sites, it's only Last.fm, only scrobbling -- which, once activated, operates entirely on its own, as an unconscious background function -- that channels the essence of Foucault's social panopticism.

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Over the Line: On Sports’ “Irritable Reaching”

As the controversy surrounding Semenya Caster demonstrates, the sports world -- filled with statistics, measurements, and results -- is by its very nature fundamentally at odds with the chaos that surrounds it.

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20 Questions: Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby tells PopMatters 20 Questions about his affiliation with Seinfeld’s George Costanza, his soon-to-be-released album with Ben Folds, and this great bargain he got from a Russian website…

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10 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

She and I: A Fugue

Slapping the word 'Fiction' on the cover of a book is not a "get out of jail free" card or, more accurately, a license to kill – just because memoirs have to be true, it doesn’t follow that novels should be allowed to be false.

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Part Four: December 2009

At last, dessert, with just a few more entrees tossed in to satisfy those coming late to the table. The big guns -- James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Peter Jackson, Terrence Malik -- are still putting the finishing touches on their over the top treats, hoping that viewers will appreciate the care and craftsmanship that went into each one. As usual, it looks like the Hollywood heavyweights are once again saving some of the best for last.

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Does Late Night TV Still Matter? Craig Ferguson

With the greatest shake-up in network late-night television since King Carson left his throne, now is a perfect time to ponder where late-night television is today.

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The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses: 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Imagine if you will: an album re-release that actually gets everything right, making an already-classic album sound even better than before, deepening our understanding as to what made it so iconic.

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9 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

Jewish is Coolish…At Last!

My people can finally emerge from behind their nebbishy personas to assume their proper place in the coolness pantheon.

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

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"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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