Recent Features

15 Nov 2007 // 9:59 PM

Pop Goes Twang: The Best of the Americana Music Festival 2007

PopMatters attended the 8th annual Americana Music Festival in Nashville. We offer our hard-to-pare-down picks of the best Americana had to offer this year.

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Olaf Stapledon: Of His Time, and Others

To sit and complain about the lack of credit Stapledon receives is to undermine the very principle for which he was writing about: mankind's yearning for community.

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14 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

A Laughing Dilemma, Revealed

Jazz and its fans have grown all too serious. The genre could use a clown prince or two.

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First Person of Shooters: An Interview with Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel

"I don't think Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan or any of those guys took it lightly when they became who they were. It was because they were obsessed about something, probably a little crazy and I think I do the same thing."

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13 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Don’t Keep Your Philosophy Under Your (Mr.) Hat

The point of philosophy going pop is not to exalt the ivory tower and herd people inside; it’s to give philosophers a chance to leave.

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Deadly Packaging: The Cover Art of No Limit Records

If any one visual movement did justice to the absurd, untenable profitability of that dot-com windfall, it was the striking art of No Limit Records, the apex and nadir of commercial hip-hop thuggery.

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12 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Living in a Po-Co World

Expats in post-colonial Dhaka have their hearts in the right places, if their generosity at fund-raising events is anything to go by, although the end result is haphazard, like a game of ‘Pin the Conscience on the Public Servant’ that has been played their tipsy spouses.

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12 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

After the Silicon Rush

In the 20-plus years since cyberpunk threw down a gauntlet to science fiction and stormed the cultural gates, its vision has been praised, criticized, absorbed, and integrated into the mainstream. Does post-cyberpunk have something new to offer?

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Why Does the Music Have to End?: An Interview with Lou Reed

Three decades letter, Metal Machine Music gets a classical reworking. Lou Reed talks to PopMatters about this legendary album and Zeitkratzer's interpretation of it.

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Splitting Hairs with the US Government

How many citizens must be victimized by a $400 haircut before a Presidential candidate offers up a Universal Hair Care program?

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It’s Not Nice, It’s Art!

In the film version of The Threepenny Opera, Pabst managed to accomplish what Brecht could not: a true reconciliation between the satiric jubilance of the original stage play and the politically driven cynicism of Brecht’s revision.

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Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970

For the first time, the musical and attitudinal highs and lows of the Bay Area scene are on full, accurate, and coherent display. Forty years was a long time to wait.

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Yo! Your TV Raps: Hip-Hop on US Television

Hip-hop's TV exposure has been strong, giving us a mixture of critique, celebrity, and celebration. Who, in the '80s, would've guessed that hip-hop would have such cultural presence?

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Incomplete Coquette: The Brigitte Bardot Collection

As a vision, Bardot is still alluring. As an actress, however, she’s a strange cinematic cipher. These films just do not serve Bardot.

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7 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Talk About G-generations

Members of the 'Generation After' are the ones who grew up in the shadows because the previous generation was blocking the sun.

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Southern Comfort: An Interview with Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell

Band of Horses' reluctant frontman talks about moving back South to record his new album, the fading playoff hopes of the New York Yankees, and indie rock's most influential beards.

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6 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Godless

I'm not here to mock God and his fanatical fan club, I'll sit back and let much more clever men and women mock them for me.

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6 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Tragically Miffed

Canada's Barenaked Ladies make some of today's best, most relevant protest music. No, really.

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Don’t Know Much About History

As Lupe Fiasco learned in a recent faux pas, what you don't know won't scare you – until somebody calls you out.

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Taking It Slow: An Interview with Glenn Mercer of the Feelies

With Bill Million, Glenn Mercer headed up the Feelies, one of the best and most underrated bands of '70s and '80s. Now he's back with a solo album that features several ex-Feelies and has the same bewitching shimmer.

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Mr. Robot: Episode 6 -- "Br4ve-Trave1er.asf

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"When episode six opens to find Elliot in terror and panic, it is soon confirmed that he should be.

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