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25 Oct 2013 // 1:15 AM

Novelty: A History of the New

Novelty remains a central problem of contemporary science and literature—an ever-receding target that, in its complexity and evasiveness, continues to inspire and propel the modern.

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The Uncanny Effect of Being Almost Real: An Interview with Oneohtrix Point Never

In third album as Oneohtrix Point Never, electronic composer Daniel Lopatin works in a palette of sounds that are almost, but not quite recognizable, with structures that are nearly, but not really songs. "I'm interested in things that are on the edge of becoming real," he says. "I was thinking about that a lot."

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Living Inside the Song: An Interview with Mike Doughty

He didn't play his old band's songs for years. Now, with CIRCLES SUPER BON BON, Doughty tackles the ghosts of his past and tells PopMatters all about it (and guitar pornography).

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How That Flawed Man Flew: Beyond the Myth of Charlie Parker

Chuck Haddix's new biography of the great alto saxophonist unearths fresh details of his early life—and helps us to see more clearly his genius and his tragedy.

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To the Queen, With Love: Donna Summer Revisited, Day 2

Today brings part two of our Donna Summer special. In the clubs and on the airwaves, Summer remains a vital force. PopMatters celebrates the hits that spawned a revolution in dance music.

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The Silence of Distortion: An Interview with Nicolas Winding Refn and Peter Peter

PopMatters speaks with director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Peter Peter about the long overdue release of Peter's score to Refn's 2010 Middle Ages brooder, Valhalla Rising, and its undulating dark ambient music.

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To the Queen, With Love: Donna Summer Revisited, Day 1

In the clubs and on the airwaves, Donna Summer remains a vital force. Joined by more than 20 artists and musicians, plus previously unpublished insights from the lady herself, PopMatters celebrates the hits that spawned a revolution in dance music.

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Pussy Riot and the Art of Political Pranks

Why has the West taken such interest in Pussy Riot? Would our reactions be so different if a similar incident occurred in one of our major cathedrals, synagogues, or mosques?

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Freeing Yourself from Whatever’s Spooking You: A Conversation with Brendan Canning

PopMatters talks with Brendan Canning, the co-founder of Broken Social Scene, about his gorgeous, intimate solo record You Gots 2 Chill.

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Dosh - ‘Milk Money’ (album stream) (Premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Milk Money, the latest album by prolific multi-instrumentalist Dosh.

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“I Just Let Things Happen”: A Conversation with Yoko Ono

Though she turned 80 this year, Yoko Ono shows no signs of slowing down. As her conversation with PopMatters reveals, her career continues to explore new territory -- and defy all expectations.

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11 Oct 2013 // 1:20 AM

It’s Just What’s Next: Art, The Internet, Then Whatever

Shouldn't people be able to opt out of providing personal data to cash hungry hi-tech companies?

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Against Cult Cinema: Documentarian Didacticism and ‘The Animals Film’

The pacifism of The Animals Film renders it an anti-cult cult film, not merely a plea to cease animal cruelty, but a critique of the violent objectification cum commercialization of life itself.

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Unknown Discoveries: An Interview With Julianna Barwick

With the release of her second album, indie music's reigning soundscape designer wants you to know two things: there's no grand plan to her haunting, beautiful music -- and Drake is pretty great.

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Homesickness: Refugees and the Balm That Is Music

By reaffirming refugees' cultural identity while simultaneously offering inroads into their new home, music has helped a number of displaced peoples carve out a place of their own.

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‘The Great British Bake-Off’ and 21st Century Britishness

An unusually cheerful new cooking show is dominating the primetime conversation in the UK, but is patriotism the answer to successful TV?

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A Path Beyond Premonition: An Interview with Luc Lemay of Gorguts

Technical death metal luminary Gorguts recently released their first album in 12 years and we discuss its concept and creation with band leader and Canadian metal legend Luc Lemay.

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“Nothing Recalibrates Your Brain Like Life”: An Interview with the Dodos

A new album freshly minted and already back at work on more material, Meric Long of the Dodos simply can't rest on his laurels. Instead, he sits down with PopMatters to break down his entire process, illuminating why his band is at the forefront of creative indie music.

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To Move With Purpose: An Interview with the Naked and Famous

They were on the cusp of a mainstream breakthrough, but the synth-drenched pop woes of the Naked and Famous make for a sound to behold, and they tell PopMatters all about the insanity that has lead them to their long-awaited sophomore LP ...

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Wild Child - ‘The Runaround’ (album premiere)

PopMatters premieres The Runaround, the second album by up-and-coming Austin band Wild Child.

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