Monday, November 11 2013
Wikileaks’ Julian Assange noted that the East German secret police employed ten percent of the population as informants. The genius of Facebook is that it's an emoticon-besotted surveillance apparatus through which friends rat out friends routinely.
Friday, November 8 2013
Controversial and somewhat enigmatic, Richard Pryor’s performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn’t just new—it was heretofore unthinkable.
Wednesday, November 6 2013
After losing one of their founding members, Los Campesinos! were at a turning point, wondering whether to go on. Good news for us, they did (in the form of new album No Blues), and sonic architect Tom Campesinos! tells PopMatters all about it ...
Bruce Pavitt, co-founder of Sub Pop Records, talks about the early days of Sub Pop, indie culture in the 1980s, and his new book about breaking the most legendary band of the '90s in Europe, Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989.
Tuesday, November 5 2013
Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker and often just as brilliant at incorporating music into his work. Nowhere have those skills shone brighter than in Goodfellas.
Monday, November 4 2013
The Strokes guitarist and solo artist talks about his new EP, the differences between working in a band and working on your own, and why he loves Frank Sinatra.
In the quietly experimental Random Access Memories, the androids have inverted postmodernism to make something not just pretty, but something pretty useful, too.
Friday, November 1 2013
Don't fill out your best-of-2013 lists just yet: This year's last edition of "Listening Ahead" features compelling new work from Cian Nugent and the Cosmos, Swearin', and Throwing Muses.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
In a conversation sparked by his new album Lucky Numbers the ex-Eurythmic discusses why you don't need to be glum to write glum, the benefits of recording in Nashville and why Miley Cyrus is absolutely nothing like Wendy O. Williams
Monday, October 28 2013
Lou Reed lived an extraordinary life, but that's mainly because he never followed any existing archetype. He was Lou Reed, and there was never anyone like him before, and there will never be anyone like him after.
Celebrating its silver anniversary,The Nephilim is one of the UK goth scene's masterpieces, a seamless, hour-long trek into a surreal land populated by chiming guitars, hypnotic bass, found samples, and occult themes.
Friday, October 25 2013
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.
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."
Wednesday, October 23 2013
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).
Tuesday, October 22 2013
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.
Monday, October 21 2013
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.
Thursday, October 17 2013
PopMatters talks with Brendan Canning, the co-founder of Broken Social Scene, about his gorgeous, intimate solo record You Gots 2 Chill.
Tuesday, October 15 2013
PopMatters is pleased to premiere Milk Money, the latest album by prolific multi-instrumentalist Dosh.
Monday, October 14 2013
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.
Friday, October 11 2013
Shouldn't people be able to opt out of providing personal data to cash hungry hi-tech companies?