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Bob & Ray: The Two and Only

Turning back the clock, Kerrie Mills explores the pairing of two men who became cornerstones of modern American comedy, as well as icons of the mid-20th century media landscape, Bob & Ray.

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The Lemonheads: It’s A Shame About Ray: Collector’s Edition

This 1992 classic, a commercial smash and artistic peak for the Lemonheads, wants another bit part in your life. A walk-on would be fine.

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Shad: An Undeniably American Icon

Emerson spoke of it in a eulogy for Thoreau, not long after, it fueled Doherty and his cavalry in their relentless pursuit of Booth -- no wonder McPhee calls it America's "founding fish".

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Chicha Libre [New York]

Blending the strains of native South American, Latin, African, and psychedelic music, Peruvian chicha music has a trippy, lighthearted vibe all its own. Olivier Conan talks to us about this fascinating genre, his band Chicha Libre, and the syncretism of global music.

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Youngblood Brass Band: Center:Level:Roar

As a new generation continues to reshape traditional ensembles from big band to chamber and play it punk by adopting pop, it's useful to go back and marvel at one of the albums that truly innovated in this new-jack band geek era.

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25 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Customer Feedback

Some Amazon buyers serve as "culture jammers", expressing their contempt for advertisers through simple acts of creative customer feedback.

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The Perfect Lean, Mean, Macho Machine

The Die Hard series is a true rollercoaster of visual excesses guaranteed to raise the viewer’s adrenaline levels – while invoking intriguing ideological and cultural subtexts that deal with race, gender, masculinity, and social anxieties.

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TV Commercials: the New, Nonstop Playlist

TV commercials have become a legitimate source for discovering new music -- from Wilco on the Volkswagen ads, to Cat Power hawking DeBeers diamonds, to any number of artists pimping Apple.

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“You Can Only Sweat or Spit or Kick So Many People”: An Interview with Colin Meloy

The Decemberist explains the virtues of cover songs, the senselessness of going solo, and that he's saving the crazy stuff for later.

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23 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Escape Artist

The desire to escape that lives in each of us, and the consequences of acting on that desire, is what makes us care for Chris McCandless (Into the Wild), and what makes his short life such a compelling story.

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23 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Funk’s Death Trip

But for a brief moment in the early '70s, a band captured the odor of the age, the stench of death and corruption, the weary exhalation of America at its lowest. And it smelled very, very funky.

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20 Questions: James McMurtry

Smart and aware, Texas singer-songwriter James McMurtry shares some pointed observations about the world with PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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20 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Anger With Stoic Dignity

Protest music can go one of three ways: angry, storytelling, or communal. Sowing the Seeds is communal, meant to shore up the spirits of people who are locked together, arm-in-arm, to fight for a common cause.

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Pink Floyd Is Actually Australian

In which a skeptic attends his first tribute band concert and comes out the other side convinced that not only is the Australian Pink Floyd Show the real deal, it may be even better than the real thing.

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In Print and In Conversation: Rocco Versaci

Surprising though it may be to PopMatters readers, there are those who still feel that a taste for comic books is a sign of arrested development, or wasted youth.

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19 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Gutterpunks Gone Gonzo

What was Justin Follin doing in between seeing all those movies and cranking out all that copy? It seems he was out way past his bedtime (!!), cavorting offsite at bonfires with crazy New Orleans gypsy band the Music Box -- and somehow still getting his copy in before deadline.

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Shining in its Evil Splendor

PopMatters' Adrien Begrand talks with Tomas Haake about Meshuggah's State of obZen.

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Tales from the Fest: An Abecedarium

Fresh outta Austin, Kevin Pearson alphabetizes his impressions of the music fest, all the way from A to Zzzzz (or lack thereof).

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In Extremity and Loving It

Fifty-eight bands and two aching ear canals later, Jennifer Kelly offers up some guiding lights for next year.

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Websurfing, Digital Shorts and Lateral Drift

Premium beer + long winter months + national health care = fertile breeding ground for resourceful science.

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Ubisoft Understands the Art of the Climb

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"Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Grow Home epitomize the art of the climb.

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