Recent Features

4 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

Burning Down the House

A pack and purge process got Nishimoto to thinking about Jay Electronica, who may be the M.I.A. that hip-hop has been waiting for.

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Putney Appalachian Pop: An Interview with Hot Chip

Moving from the bedroom to the studio, Hot Chip might have matured, but don't think they still won't take the gloves off. Hot Chip talks to PopMatters about their fine new record.

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The Light Within: The 21st Century Love Songs of Nick Cave

As the Bad Seeds prepare to release their new album, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, Burt considers the mythological symbols in Nick Cave's songs and what they say about the time we live in.

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3 Feb 2008 // 10:00 PM

A How-to for Hillary

How we want Hillary to appear before us says a whole lot more about us than it does about her.

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Creating Japan: The Truth About the Myth

Separated lovers, a hero, a villain, creepy surrogates, immortal power, the wrath of the gods, a perilous journey to hell and back, a breakneck chase, daring escapes, fortune, and an ending that will make you cry yourself to sleep.

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31 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

PopMatters Picks: Best of Books 2007

Memoirs of astounding heartbreak, apocalyptic analysis of the economy, the environment, and the future... looking back at 2007 books, eh, we've seen worse.

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When Rules Were Meant to be (Silently) Broken

The films produced by Thanhouser may seem fragile in their faded beauty and quaint devices, but their very age and quaintness become strengths to who admire the style and vigor of silent cinema.

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Angela Johnson [New York]

Part-time house diva and full time soul music icon, Angela Johnson has already achieved acclaim as a performer, but now she's ready to challenge the gender assumptions about R&B producers with a collaborative album that might be one of the year's early bests.

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30 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Gap: Bix Beiderbecke

It's never too late to get hip to a good thing. I've finally opened my ears to '20s-era Bix Biederbecke.

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Al Kooper, New York City (You’re a Woman) (1971)

This album features some of the best of Kooper's original compositions and is free of his tendency to include reinterpretations of over-familiar songs.

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29 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Film’s Last Taboo

Social hype has given your basic brats a media Teflon coating. Has the time finally come to make them pay?

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29 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Enemy Within

One of the last Godzilla films, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, challenges Japan to confront its own war guilt.

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Drive-By Truckers: The Burrs in Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Saddle

The Truckers earned universal acclaim for their well-crafted rock albums and raucous live shows, but 2008 marks a new era. PopMatters talks with Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood.

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28 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Design Imperative

No longer a prole with a dirty toilet, thanks to that fancy toiletbrush in hand, one becomes a fledgling design critic and a curator of the tastefully appointed museum that used to be a one-bedroom apartment.

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Love from the ‘90s, Mix-Tape Style

Rob Sheffield's Love is a Mix Tape interprets a recent decade in the ever-shifting sound of the universal language.

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It’s Hard to Rhyme Anything with Atchafalaya: An Interview with Chris Walla

Chris Walla has finally made peace with Homeland Security, but that's not the only thing that the Death Cab for Cutie guitarist wants to set right. Walla talks to PopMatters.

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27 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Fireflies and Failureboys

Digital filmmaking has provided independent filmmakers with the tools to produce watchable films, but then there's the matter of enticing people to actually watch them. An interview with indie filmmaker, Peter Marcy.

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27 Jan 2008 // 9:58 PM

The Real Surreal World

Why are the most visceral, defining moments in our life often perceived as unreal or dream-like?

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The ‘Dewussification’ of Texas

The Texas Jewboys' fan base mutated into a hodge-podge collection of unconventional mavericks, spanning Hells Angels bikers, hardened hippies, and down-to-earth country folk.

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Digital Dynamite: The 30 Best DVDs of 2007

It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.

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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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