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Some Thoughts on the Holiday Season’s Über Pop Icon

Imagine sitting down to a fish dinner with Ernest Hemingway, Izaak Walton, Norman Maclean, and the ultimate Fisher of Men.

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19 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Best Singles of 2007

From hip-hop to indie rock and in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 singles of 2007.

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19 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Good Shepherd

His comic look at life in the '50s formed the foundation for a seminal Christmas 'Story'. But there is more to Jean Sheperd than little boys and BB guns.

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Across the Great Divides One Last Time: An Interview with the Mendoza Line

Timothy Braces gives the story behind the band's literal break-up album.

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18 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Best Re-Issues of 2007

From '60s soul to bluegrass and Krautrock to post-punk, PopMatters counts down the year's best re-issued albums.

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The Redistribution & Revival of Roots

Like the roots of old and those of new, music flows stream-like from the hearts of these artists into an ocean of humanity.

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How Far Will A Man Go for G.I. Joe?

Sigma 666: Wherein I offer my soul to Satan in exchange for G.I. Joe dolls.

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Kids Don’t Go and Buy Anything Out of This Section: World Music 2007

As a category world music is both useful and frustrating. It puts CDs on the shelves and prevents people picking them up. It is the other-than category: other-than rock, other-than indie, other-than everything. It is the whole world and nothing definite.

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The Best Americana of 2007

If 2007 didn't invite any gripping controversies, it was certainly filled with competitive comparisons -- between young and old, past and present, and among splintered factions -- and both surprising hits and disappointing misses. All in all, a dynamic and at times resurgent year for the broad scope of Americana.

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In Through the Outré Door

At the beginning of 2007 as the metal albums started pouring in, it quickly became abundantly clear that two record labels were going to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.

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16 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Best Metal Albums of 2007

This is the best year for metal music we've seen in a very long time. Like other watershed years, such as 1983, 1984, and 1991, it's partially a case of artists peaking at the same time, and 2007 was no exception, unleashing a wave of superb releases from January straight through November.

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“Bigger Than Hip-Hop or Oprah”: An Interview with Mr. J. Medeiros

From Fisher Price to Phillipino porn, this smart rapper takes in all in and talks with PopMatters about his career as a b-boy, graffiti artist and social activist.

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The Best Country Music of 2007

Whatever your taste in music, be it Country or Western, 2007 has been something of a disappointment when compared with recent years. You have to look a little harder to find the diamonds in the Van Lear coal-mine that was the year that was, but they're there.

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Move Over, iPhone, the French iBike is the New Black

There's no doubting Paris’ credentials as one of the world’s capitals of culture and style. The French touch brings a sense of panache to our daily lives – when the City of Light sneezes, the world catches a Gallic shrug.

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The Best Pop-Country of 2007

Purists may turn up their noses at pop-country, but it produced more top-shelf music this past year than the stricter formal traditions on which it draws.

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13 Dec 2007 // 8:59 PM

Prague’s Cinematic Jukebox

Over 60 filmmakers and musicians from 21 countries made their way, along with 10,000 viewers, to Prague’s Kino Lucerna, Europe’s oldest, and arguably most beautiful, cinema complex, for MOFFOM.

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Gay Men Have Large Big Toes

Is there any definite way to tell if a person is gay? Conventional wisdom would lead you to believe there is.

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The Best R&B 2007

On this year's "Best R&B Albums" list, you will find albums that merit attention for the unique artistry each possesses, not because they sold half a million out of the gate.

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The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of 2007

What unites these artists is an individual presence -- a voice -- that is powerful enough to carry an entire album without retreating to the cozy confines of a band.

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Hypocrisy: It’s What’s for Dinner

Why does the pardoning of a turkey warrant extensive media coverage in the US, while Presidential pardons of humans are a page seven story, at best?

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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