Recent Features

11 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Family Matters

A well-rounded musical background is crucial -- otherwise, you could end up like a friend of mine, who had never heard Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy for the Rest of Your Life", and so felt lost during some hand-clapping good times at the bar last weekend.

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Pretenders: Learning to Crawl

Their cathartic third proper album was really the last one under the Pretenders banner that could be considered something more than just a vehicle for frontwoman Hynde -- which is remarkable considering the ashes from which the album rose.

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Je Suis France [Athens, GA]

Now ten years into its rule as one of Athens, Georgia's best-loved party bands, Je Suis France has broken out its most professional album ever in Afrikan Magik. But don't worry that they're turning into squares -- the big hit is still an eight-minute space-rock epic... about a whale's erection.

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Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods

This newly remastered version of the Mingus classic still sounds crazy after all these years -- crazy good!

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Quirk Rock: An Interview with They Might Be Giants

John Linnell of TMBG reflects on 25 years of music-making, the joy of reading and eating at the same time, and the removal of Hillary Duff's soul in an expansive interview with PopMatters.

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8 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM


Gypsy Caravan, a new documentary about a six-week tour featuring some of modernity's top Gypsy musicians, is an exceptional peek at life on the road, entwined with the history, and current state, of Gypsy culture.

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Been Caught Healing: An Interview with Perry Farrell

Perry Farrell already saved rock from the tyranny of hair metal. Now he’s back to save the world.

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Carry on Compressing!: Joe Meek and 1960s Britain

Joe Meek’s pioneering genius will not be forgotten, but overexposure to his work is like living in a hall of mirrors, on four hours sleep, tequila, and cotton candy.

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More Than One Story Out There: An Interview With Henry Rollins

"I just don't think we know the whole story... and for America that is very dangerous." The seminal hardcore rocker and sage spoken-wordist chats with PopMatters about Iraq, Iran, music and activism, and how contemporary culture profits off those who defy it.

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Blondie: Eat to the Beat

Almost half a million YouTube views later, Blondie's Eat to the Beat video receives a long awaited release on DVD with (yet another) remastered CD.

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27 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

Cowboy Troy’s Latest… “Bland Content” Warning

ADVISORY: Cowboy Troy's second attempt at fusing country and hip-hop contains references to minivans, grills, and strong images of suburbia that may numb office drones to the tedium of cubicle life. Discretion is advised.

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The Unconscious Realm: An Interview With Medeski, Martin & Wood Drummer Billy Martin

With the release of Mago, an album of duets with bandmate John Medeski, Billy Martin continues to pursue a personal vision of music without many boundaries, a pop-jazz-avant-garde combination that barely acknowledges the market while still sounding irresistible.

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Reflections of a Renaissance Man: An Interview with Paul McCartney

From Astaire to T-Pain, from Little Richard to de Kooning, McCartney talks to PopMatters and covers it all, including his uncertainty about what kind of send-off he'd like.

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Hip-Hop at the Crossroad: Time, Testimony, & Identity

In the '90s, X-Clan took us "to the east". This year, the group returns from Mecca in "vanglorious" fashion.

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18 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Everything Is Permitted

"People have sent me college term papers that they've written about my stuff, which I think is funny because I didn't graduate from college. I guess I must be doing something right if people are connecting to it." Begrand talks with Pig Destroyer's JR Hayes about writing and recording the band's new album, Phantom Limb.

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Relinquishing This World of Brutal Music: An Interview With Jesu’s Justin Broadrick

While still in his teens, Justin Broadrick pioneered grindcore in Napalm Death, and later, with Godflesh, extended the range of antagonistic volume. Now with the gorgeous soundscapes of Jesu, Broadrick says, "I really need to explore melody in an all-out way."

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14 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Cinematic Orchestra [London]

The Cinematic Orchestra's rapid evolution as one of the strongest forces standing on the wall between jazz and electronic music is even more idiosyncratic in that the band has also been steadily reducing the concoction until it's reached a crackling, steady simmer.

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12 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Going Balloon: An Interview with Forro in the Dark

Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark chats with PopMatters about music, keeping his cool, and Brazilian cooking.

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Closer, Still: Reflections on Joy Division

To some, Joy Division's music is depressing. To others, who've trailed along where the music takes them, it's cathartic.

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Scud Mountain Boys: How to Burn a Silo

Matthew Fiander rediscovers the Scud Mountain Boys with his own move south, and realizes that stories are rightfully entangled in their settings.

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More Recent Features
//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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