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Tuesday, May 18 2004

Diddy-cized

For all the fluff and blunder and dare I say 'brilliance' of Sean Combs, it's easy to forget why the cat is the very essence of hip-hop branding.


Wednesday, May 12 2004

An Open Letter to My Friend Chris Regarding The Mountain Goats’ “We Shall All Be Healed”

I'm on the subway, trying to listen to The Mountain Goats' We Shall All Be Healed on a disintegrating Discman (it stutters inexplicably, plus it slathers everything in a this weird static) through a pair of headphones with a right channel that's constantly cutting in and out. It's kind of fitting for what John Darnielle's up to here.


Friday, April 9 2004

New Movies Inside His Head: Notes on Recent Dylan Arcana

Masked and Anonymous may possibly represent Dylan's final creative spike, and Dylan seems all too aware of that possibility. It would explain why he sees himself everywhere in Masked and Anonymous's wartorn landscape, and hears himself coming out of every radio.


Wednesday, April 7 2004

WHO’S 40?

Gazing up at the carved images on rock music's Mount Rushmore, one will see greatness in a variety of forms: The Beatles as mop topped pioneers; the Rolling Stones as sneering pop marvels; Led Zeppelin as bombastic virtuosos; and the Who as, well, the Who. It can be argued that success and immortality were assured for three of the four, but somehow the Who survived in spite of themselves to become the best of the bunch.


Sunday, April 4 2004

Art Imitates Angst

In Stoned and Dethroned, Slater Bradley's recent exhibit at Chelsea's Team Gallery, the photographer pays homage to Kurt Cobain on the 10 year anniversary of his untimely death.


Tuesday, March 23 2004

Black Roots Renaissance: Robert Randolph and the Family

Robert Randolph is on the cutting edge of a Black Roots Renaissance, on the strength of his mastery of the pedal steel guitar, or the 'Sacred Steel' as the folks refer to it. Playing an instrument with a long history, Robert Randolph is taking black music back to its roots.


Thursday, March 18 2004

Matthew Shipp, Restless Visionary Behind the Blue Series

Matthew Shipp is the most adventurous, prolific jazz musician out there, bar none. That's saying something in a genre that, at least on its fringes, is made up almost exclusively of adventurous, prolific types. The closest competition comes in the form of frequent collaborators like William Parker.


Friday, March 12 2004

The Slack Key Lady: An Interview with Cindy Combs

PopMatters checks in with Cindy Combs, the only solo female artist on Dancing Cat Records.


The Weight of Words: An Interview with Clearlake

'I think for music to be good, it needs to go quite deep,' says Jason Pegg, front man of British rock band Clearlake. But are American audiences -- who will get their first taste of Clearlake this spring as they tour with the Decemberists and Stereolab -- ready to go deep with them? PopMatters takes a look.


Saturday, February 14 2004

Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Below the Love: Writings on Valentine’s Day

by PopMatters Music Writers - This Valentine's Day, PopMatters writers have culled the best from popular culture -- past, present, and future -- to give in-depth insight into the world's most revered (and vilified) emotion.


Monday, February 2 2004

Ubiquity Still Virgin After All These Years: An Interview with Roy Ayers

Called by some the king of neo-soul, Roy Ayers has influenced a multitude of today's top recording artists -- including Neptunes, Erykah Badu, and Mary J. Blige. PopMatters caught up with him to discuss his new album and what keeps him going after all these years.


Thursday, January 22 2004

Dancing Queen: Donna Summer’s Journey Through the Heart of Disco

Disco is dismal, dire. Disco is done. But not Donna Summer. And the artist we know as Donna Summer is not so much a 'she' as a 'they.' She is one of the most under-rated vocalists of her generation, yet without the production genius of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, it's possible we might never have heard the name 'Donna Summer' at all.


Wednesday, January 14 2004

Testing the Vertical Hold with the Color Bars

PopMatters speaks with Color Bars' Gerald Slevin about the new disc, the music business at large, and that often-hallowed New York scene. Just what is it about that city that makes it so musically special?


Friday, January 2 2004

Best Music of 2003 | Mitch Pugh

1. Fruit Bats, Mouthfuls (Sub Pop)Eric Johnson and Gillian Lisee produced one of the most enjoyable records of the year, full of charm and wonder


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