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Why Does the Mix CD Still Exist?

DJ Spooky has a new book and album that each explore remix culture. But what value is the single mix CD in an era where remix culture floods the distribution network with endless freely distributed combinations?

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Fela! Here Comes the Black President

Great art such as Fela! inspires us to make the choices we need to make, and not give up our responsibilities because it is easier to allow someone else to make decisions for us.

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“All I Ever Wanted Was to Control My Own Life”: An Interview with Chuck Klosterman

Cultural critic Chuck Klosterman talks with PopMatters about his new book, Downtown Owl, his regrets about an old one, and that he might next get into making documentary films.

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20 Questions: Laurie Lindeen

"It's A Wonderful Life", aint' it? Author and musician Laurie Lindeen (Zuzu's Petals), like George Bailey, would know, as she shares some insights with PopMatters 20 Questions.

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18 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Cold Season

Just when you start worrying about the state of American movies, and wondering whether the business is going to swandive into irrelevance, along comes something as vital and jolting as Frozen River.

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“OK, I’ve Done It, That’s Enough for Me”: An Interview with Four Tet

With a new dance-oriented EP and multiple collaborations with Steve Reid under his belt, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden looks back on a career where he's opened for Radiohead, played for Badly Drawn Boy, and explains why it's unlikely he'll do either ever again.

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(Catherine) Deneuvian Depths

Face slapping, bathroom porn, and obsessive, possessive, manic-depressive, aggressive-aggressive fixations define these Catherine Deneuve non-masterpieces.

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17 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

This is Water: Remembering David Foster Wallace

Nicholson Baker. Bill Murray. Mark Leyner. David Byrne. Steve Martin. The Coen Brothers. And in the middle of it all, David Foster Wallace.

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Horrors in the Closet: Transgressing All Boundaries

David Cronenberg and Clive Barker constantly pushed the boundaries of representations of sexual identities, yet their films feel not condemning, paranoid, or xenophobic -- but alluring and fascinating.

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17 Sep 2008 // 9:59 PM

Makes You Paranoid

Things have taken yet another sinister turn in this overcrowded train car: I have now been assigned the role of the carriage madman -- the obligatory Northern Line loonie.

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16 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

But Where is the Art?

They might make you think, they might make you cringe, they might inspire revulsion or admiration, but are they "art"? A look at some borderline videogames.

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Mandi Perkins [Los Angeles, CA]

After meeting more than a share of mad hatters in the music industry, Mandi Perkins survived the rabbit hole and is gearing up for her first major label release, Alice in No Man's Land.

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16 Sep 2008 // 9:59 PM

Kiss and Tell

In the 13 years since Jill Sobule’s "I Kissed a Girl", homosexuality has shed some of its taboo -- but Katy Perry’s song is, at best, a reminder that there’s still a long way to go.

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15 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

Workingman’s Death

All That Remains' Phil Labonte talks about exercising restraint in creativity, recording the band's new album, 'Overcome', and not taking metal too seriously.

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The Energy Moving Through the Air: An Interview with Calexico’s Joey Burns

In a business that is dominated by both the hyper-commodification of artistry and the lazy emphasis on marketing and artifice rather than imagination and creativity, Calexico’s “just play” approach is like the whisper of another era.

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14 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

Jokerman Meets Mad Man

Bob Dylan helped change the way the 1960s sounded; advertising icon George Lois changed the way it looked. It's only fitting that their paths have crossed several times since

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14 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Changing Face of Drag

In large part, the social acceptance of drag has turned female impersonation into a corporate commodity.

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20 Questions: Howard Blum

Bestselling author, Vanity Fair contributing editor, and New York Times award-winning investigative reporter Howard Blum chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about Bob Dylan, Melville's Ishmael, and a bit of a Mafioso affinity.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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I’ll Swap You Two Wydens for a Biden

Getting America’s youth to pay attention to politics doesn’t require a change in message, but a change in messenger -- baseball card style.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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