PopMatters Editor & Publisher
Remember those old turntables you had as a kid? Sometimes just for kicks you’d play records backwards or play an album at 45 speed. That’s the loopy, schizophrenic sound that comes to mind upon listening to the new Melt-Banana record. Firmly entrenched in digital hardcore and noise-rock and stylistically similar to Atari Teenage Riot, The Boredoms, and The Pugs, Melt-Banana pounds out a frenetic assault of beats, shrieks, samples, and near unintelligible vocals. It may come as a shock that the end result is a rush of pure energy, not a headache.
Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.