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Getting Sick in a Foreign Language

There is something familiar to me in that idea of an abandoned past; in a place like Beijing, you too can become anybody, literally. Because of the disconnect between here and Back Home, you can create for yourself the identity you've always wanted.

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Ghost Stories: Masaki Batoh on Life, Death, and Stormy Nights

Japanese psych-folk master Masaki Batoh of Ghost talks life, death, improvisation and plasma balls ... and why he and his band won't be touring the US any time soon.

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17 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Grappling with NIN’s noise at Year Zero

Trent Reznor is becoming a very narrowly defined auteur. His entire output could play like one long album, and Year Zero is no exception.

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Fountains of Wayne: Too Smart to Be a Rock Band, Too Smart to Be Anything Else

A self-aware songwriter, Adam Schlesinger still finds a way inside everyone else's head. PopMatters talks to the ingenius popsters about their new album and more.

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The Beautiful & Damned [Los Angeles]

Embodying the labyrinthine decay and assured swagger of their Hollywood home, the Beautiful & Damned are fueled by a bit of literary pretension and a drive to expose the grandeur in the intimate and ugly.

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The Little Label That Could: An Interview With Cryptogramophone’s Jeff Gauthier

"I want every album I produce to take the listener on a journey, perhaps to places they've never been before." Cryptogramophone Records founder Gauthier talks L.A. jazz, musical community, and embracing change.

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A Long Way from Wonderland

In 1980, Donna Summer walked away from disco's strobe-lit boogie wonderland on The Wanderer. Critics embraced her bold statement; audiences less so. Where exactly was Summer going?

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10 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Brazilian Minister of (Counter) Culture: Gilberto Gil

Tropicalia fused nationalistic interest in native cultural forms with the heady changes of international pop culture -- it mixed samba and rock. As Gil said recently, it was "the last modernist movement and the first postmodernist one."

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8 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Fun Is an OK Thing: An Interview With LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and DFA Records talks corporate sponsorship, German pronunciation, and why the kids who don't dance aren't alright.

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4 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Marleys and Mind Control

The efforts of major corporations to disarm their consumers is a reminder that music used to be judged by how it made the listener feel, not how many times it was downloaded.

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4 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Springsteen’s Other Tracks

In 1998 Bruce Springsteen released Tracks, a four-disc set that you'd have thought had cleared his archive of the best unreleased studio material. But that barely scratched the surface -- here, the best of the rest

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Since He Last Recorded: An Interview With RJD2

The former hip-hop producer explains the evolution of his sound and his inability to be like Steven Tyler.

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1 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Sly’s the Limit

Sly & the Family Stone, a group that riddled pop music's consciousness with a concentrated dosage of exploding possiblity, finally get the expanded reissue treatment from Epic/Legacy.

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Inspiration, Integration, and the Soul Children: The Resurrection of Stax Records

Listening to songs like "(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay" and "Do the Funky Chicken" is like taking a stroll through the garden of sublime American soul music.

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26 Mar 2007 // 9:59 PM

Behind the Music

It's impossible to listen to music in a vacuum, to take the sound of a band on its own merits. There are so many outside factors at play – reviews, friends opinions, larger cultural influences . . .

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A Hammock and a Brook: An Interview With Explosions in the Sky

After getting on the big screen and the small one, Explosions in the Sky learn how to relax even as they grow.

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Good Times, Other Realities: A Conversation with Panda Bear

Whether with Animal Collective, through his solo work, or via a handful of other projects, Noah Lennox (or Panda Bear) makes a kind of disruptively joyful, emotionally affecting music operate on some sort of limbic plane to change your mood.

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Fight or Flight: The Dichotomy of Manowar

True metal believers or a mousse-abusing joke? Begrand explores how Manowar, one of the most polarizing and contradictory metal bands of all time, can simultaneously flaunt Spinal Tap-isms and ignite a crowd of 30,000 screaming fans.

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22 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

In the Eye of the Glitterball

In a rare confluence of art and commerce, two homosexual Italian Americans from working-class families in Brooklyn developed the cult and culture of the DJ and put them at the vanguard of New York City nightlife.

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Why Don’t the Planets Speak?: An Inquiry Into Music and Language

Speech involves saying something individual in a rigid system of conformity. Music seems to attempt something similar -- or, more appropriately, people attempt something similar through music.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Unearthing the 'Charnel House'

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"This week we discuss Owl Creek Games's follow up to Sepulchre, the triptych of tales called The Charnel House Trilogy.

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