PopMatters is 20 this year -- until October when we are 21 -- and a 2009 special section celebrates the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from XTC and Blur.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Emmett Kelly of the Cairo Gang decided to record a song for a 1971 surf documentary soundtrack. Things only get stranger from there.
03 Aug 2014
Will Oldham is full of contradictions, slippery statements, and philosophical musings. Reading this provides a certain feeling that the curtain is getting pulled back to reveal the Wizard.
31 Oct 2012
On the occasion of Pitchfork's first ever crowdsourced Best Of list, we reappraise the webzine's favorite albums of 1996-2011.
22 Aug 2012
The collaboration between Trembling Bells and Bonnie "Prince" Billy is peopled with underwear-clad angels, sinister demons, Johnnie Walker, Merge Haggard, the Grim Reaper, ruined livers and dead anniversary flowers. It sounds dour, sure, but beyond that, the record is damn fun.
06 May 2012
After recording his own music for nearly two decades, it’s an interesting twist that Will Oldham would team up with a band and record an album that sounds just like an album he could have recorded himself. But still, as an introduction to The Phantom Family Halo, The Mindeater gives us something that will take some time to digest.
15 Nov 2011
His God is "that which puts mouth on cock and vagina". Eat of my flesh indeed. Transubstantiation never sounded so appealingly weird.
04 Aug 2011
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