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Friday, November 12 2004

Talib Kweli’s Beautiful Struggle

On his way to commercial breakthrough, has Talib Kweli sacrificed his social conscience? Or has he simply grounded it in the more fundamental matters of family and the love of the flow?


Thursday, November 11 2004

All Together Now

The Polyphonic Spree are just a regular band, apart from the fact that there's 25 of them and they all wear robes and sing about the sun.


Tuesday, November 9 2004

Songs for the Dumped

Breakup albums are universal -- everyone has their particular album or song that has helped them through a difficult time. The healing power of the breakup album is transference in action (And it doesn't involve sleeping with your therapist). But how do you know when you are fully healed? When can you love again? When will early, angry PJ Harvey or Helium stop seeming relevant?


Monday, November 8 2004

I Went to Ozzfest So You Don’t Have To

Follow our own Stephen Haag inside the leather clad suburban subculture for a day of dehydration, S&M whippings, hatemongering tee shirts, topless women, violent physical confrontations, and, oh yes, music.


Wednesday, November 3 2004

Portrait on the Artist as a Young Eccentric: Devendra Banhart in Person

Say the name Devendra Banhart and many adjectives may come to mind, but normal isn't one of them. But has the folk singer been unfairly pigeonholed? PopMatters investigates.


Tuesday, October 26 2004

The New Violence: An Interview with Death From Above 1979

Sure, they're aggressive and look dangerous, but they're just writing pleasant little pop songs.


Where There Had Been Something, There Was Suddenly Something More: John Peel 1939-2004

John Peel was the man. For the past 40 years he made sure that Britain didn't just listen to over-produced throwaway one-hit-wonders.


Monday, October 18 2004

CMJ Music Marathon 2004: Day Three: To Be or Not D.C.: Making a Ruckus in the Nation’s Capital

PopMatters takes to the streets of New York once again for the annual CMJ Music Marathon.


Sunday, October 17 2004

CMJ Music Marathon 2004: Day Two: The Ultimate in Short Attention Span Theater

PopMatters takes to the streets of New York once again for the annual CMJ Music Marathon.


Friday, October 15 2004

CMJ Music Marathon 2004: Day Two: Marathon This!

PopMatters takes to the streets of New York once again for the annual CMJ Music Marathon.


CMJ Music Marathon 2004: Day One: Moving Units, Saul Williams, Gang Gang Dance followed by Sonic You

PopMatters takes to the streets of New York once again for the annual CMJ Music Marathon.


Wednesday, October 13 2004

Taking Measurements: An Interview with Metric

If the word fierce had retained its original, animal meaning -- without any inkling of irony or camp -- it would be the perfect descriptor for Metric's lead singer, Emily Haines.


Tuesday, October 12 2004

Smile at Last: Brian Wilson’s Genius Resolved

Anyone who's ever been serious about listening to or collecting the Beach Boys' music will have heard about Smile. Often called the greatest unfinished, unreleased record of all time, it was begun in 1966, but was abandoned before completion due to a mysterious concatenation of forces.


Thursday, September 23 2004

The Ramones: An Appreciation

The Sex Pistols would sing of 'no future' with rage and desperation, wearing their fury against adult culture and the failing English economy as a badge; the Ramones turned their alienation into a joke.


Thanks John…

Who'd have thought that burnout kid would grow up to be the legendary Johnny Ramone? Damn, I miss him already...


Johnny Ramone: A Cool Guy Doing His Job

The Ramones offered rebellion, but they didn't work all that hard at it. They just were that way.


Thursday, September 9 2004

‘80s Nostalgia and the Vicious Circle: How the Music Industry’s Subversive Culture Agenda Has Allowe

Fifteen years after our heroes were shabbily decommissioned, our new champions have failed us. With mediocrity and conformity threatening to usher us into The Banal Age, who will save us?


Thursday, September 2 2004

The Fate of the Album

Music critics have been bemoaning the death of the album format ever since the heyday of Napster, and the subsequent dawn of music related digital technology in the late 1990s. The music staff at PopMatters have put their collective heads together and compiled a list of albums released since January 1, 2000 to illustrate the continued relevance of the long-play format. The death of the album has been greatly exaggerated.


The Fate of the Album

Music critics have been bemoaning the death of the album format ever since the heyday of Napster, and the subsequent dawn of music related digital technology in the late 1990s. The music staff at PopMatters have put their collective heads together and compiled a list of albums released since January 1, 2000 to illustrate the continued relevance of the long-play format. The death of the album has been greatly exaggerated.


The Fate of the Album

Music critics have been bemoaning the death of the album format ever since the heyday of Napster, and the subsequent dawn of music related digital technology in the late 1990s. The music staff at PopMatters have put their collective heads together and compiled a list of albums released since January 1, 2000 to illustrate the continued relevance of the long-play format. The death of the album has been greatly exaggerated.


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