Recent Features

14 Aug 2008 // 10:59 PM

Songs in the Key of Strife

Could protest songs be making a comeback? Flobots is bringing overtly political, message-oriented music back onto the Top 40. Plus, a collection of popular political music with videos.

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13 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

A Fairy Tale Childhood: An Interview with Guy Maddin

The Canadian cult director talks to PopMatters about family, childhood, memory and his cinematic Gesamptkunstwerks that often look like damaged artifacts dredged up from an archive of lost 1920s and '30s film.

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Twice as Tough: Short Ends and Leader Turns Two

It was a year for directors, decisions, and dilemmas as PopMatters' feisty film blog celebrated its second year of motion picture provocation.

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Life Into Art: Strange Culture and the Measure of Documentary Film

Strange Culture is a critical entry point into the current discussion of what makes a documentary a documentary, most notably because it announces its own subjectivity in a clear and provocative way.

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Olympic Addiction? Guilty as Charged

Collins appeals to the Pope for forgiveness of his Olympics addiction -- human rights issues be damned.

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Janelle Monáe Is Not in Kansas Anymore

With violet stars leading the way, Janelle Monáe is poised to save the future.

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“Once You Have a Love Like That You’ll Always Be Around”: An Interview With Pete Rock

With the release of his new album N.Y.'s Finest, the legendary hip-hop producer looks back and forward at the same time: remembering both his hardships and victories while looking forward to hip-hop's new age.

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Dragging the Old Nag to the Racetrack, Again

Once again, gay rights have been thrust into the center of a political campaign. Will it be a winning strategy again?

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11 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

How Pro Tools Is Destroying Music

Computer programs are killing the old recording studios, and the engineering knowhow once harnessed there is disappearing.

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10 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Back in the Day

Heat and beats make for a good combination. No surprise then that most of my memorable experiences related to hip-hop happened during the summer.

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10 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Arcade Fire and H.G. Wells: The Lies Machine

Pop music may still travel in revolutions, but not along a fixed course maintaining an even degree of distance from its point of origin. Like a moon intolerant of its gravitation pull, each cycle drifts us further and further from the cycle before it.

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20 Questions: Clyde Edgerton

Novelist Clyde Edgerton talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about Ry Cooder’s slide guitar, Errol Morris' Vernon, Florida, and the soothing effects of chicken watching.

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Retelling the History of Black Music: The Beautiful Music All Around John Work III

Work recorded the soundtrack of people’s lives, and captured the earliest stirrings of much of the music we’ve enjoyed since World War II.

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7 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Noise Bleed

The surfeit of noise in the modern world demands a genre of music that can match it, squall for squall. Humphrey reports on San Francisco's noise music scene.

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High Sierra Music Festival 2008

Despite the forest fires that plagued Northern California, the festival went off without a hitch, providing its own smoking performances and hot jams along with inventive instrumental interplay and socially conscious songs.

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Comic-Con 2008: Bigger Than Ever, But Does That Mean Better?

Comic-Con 2008 was a long weekend of geeked-out bliss and a chance to rub elbows with everyone from tiny independent comic artists trying to sell their books to big Hollywood stars. But it also meant gigantic crowds and impossibly long lines.

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6 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Smell Me

Regarding the ‘fume’ in perfume, and society's acceptance of forcing one's effluvium up the nasal orifices of others.

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Flight of the Dodos: An Interview with the Dodos

With prog-metal meeting West Africa, Meric Long and Logan Kroeber disguise a world of influences in their surprisingly complex sound.

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5 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Bombing of Bonneville

Bonneville is firmly committed to the “Female Gaze” in an industry where everything is geared towards only what men want to see.

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5 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Mad Men, Sad Men

The increasing prevalence and sophistication of advertising, the popularization of psychotherapy, and an emerging political consciousness in the American middle class all come to the fore in this excellent television series.

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