'The Poetry of Pop' Takes a Scholarly Look at Lyrics Both Profound and Vapid

'The Poetry of Pop' Takes a Scholarly Look at Lyrics Both Profound and Vapid

By Jordan Blum

The Poetry of Pop is a testament to the power, craftsmanship, and worthwhile intent of even the most ostensibly thin tunes. 22 Aug 2017 // 9:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

This Filthy World (2006)

The 'Pope of Trash' may look like a fiend, but he has the authority and enthusiasm of a professor – the kind who can pack the auditorium.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Crash: Pony Ride

One of the best "Britpop" albums of the year, courtesy of a band from Finland.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Landon Pigg: LP

Landon Pigg’s debut album is not at all what I expected from this former kiddie-music singer (his credits include a pair of Ronald McDonald

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Converge: No Heroes

Yet another reminder of just how scarily talented this band is.

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Jim Jones: Hustlers P.O.M.E. (Product Of My Environment)

At its core, Dipset is about quantity over quality. When Jim Jones raps, it's more quantity than quality.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Prince: Prince and the N.P.G.: Diamonds and Pearls [DVD]

Prince's pansexual, pan racial, and Dionysian vision remains genuinely inspired, and inspiring, to this day.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Isis: Isis: Clearing the Eye [DVD]

Clearing the Eye is weighed down by the innate limitations of the concert video.

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Rediscover: Call Me When You Get This

At times, this is rather painful dance rock to listen to, going nowhere fast.

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Nils Petter Molvaer: Streamer / ER

Very nice trumpeter, tape loop conductor, virtuoso of "effects" and electronica, Norse lord of hypnotic realms.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Boom Pam: Boom Pam

Boom Pam has a way of taking old music and juicing it with new ingredients, finding a twist, an angle, that brings it to life and makes the audience forget that it's old.

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'Hopscotch' is Anchored in Walter Matthau's Playful, Irascible Personality

// Short Ends and Leader

"With his novel, Hopscotch, Brian Garfield challenged himself to write a suspenseful spy tale in which nobody gets killed.

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