Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism sites, 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. 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 art at the University of Chicago and media theory and journalism at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.
Austria's Elektro Guzzi have made their name as a live techno group that create their music through a blend of analog instruments and electronics, and interestingly, they don't use computers to compose or loops to drive the music.
Luca D'Alberto latest album Exile releases today and it's another stunningly affective work. The composer wanted to inhabit this music completely, so he played every instrument and created every sound on the record.
On their latest single "It's Summertime", Morcheeba paired up with Lambchop's Kurt Wagner to pen the tune and it's a shiny, summery, pop number that evokes the warmth of this year's quite hot British summer.