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The Way the Song Finds Its Way: A Conversation With Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips talks with PopMatters about new songwriting methods, her new EP, upcoming full-length, and yes, Gilmore Girls.

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Sam Phillips: Martinis and Bikinis (Reissue)

Phillips' seminal work is a shining example of how she is the societal conscience that exists within the fringes of our mind.

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15 Overlooked and Underrated Albums of the 1990s

With every "Best of the '90s" retrospective comes a predictable list of entries. Here we've compiled a list of 15 albums that are often times overlooked as worthy of placing in these lists, and are too often underrated as some of the best records from the decade.

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Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun

Chris Isaak makes a pilgrimage to Sun Studio to record the songs of his heroes. The music-loving world smiles.

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Sam Phillips - "Baby I Can't Please You" (video)

Today, Sam Phillips delves into five of her songs, with discussions of the videos.

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Sam Phillips Plays a Tune on 'The Gilmore Girls'

Today, Sam Phillips delves into five of her songs, with discussions of the videos.

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Sam Phillips - "Don't Do Anything" (video)

Today, Sam Phillips delves into five of her songs, with discussions of the videos.

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Sam Phillips - "Magic For Everybody" (video)

Today, Sam Phillips delves into five of her songs, with discussions of the videos.

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Sam Phillips - "I Need Love" (1994) (video)

Today, Sam Phillips delves into five of her songs, with discussions of the videos.

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The Genius of Charlie Chaplin in 'Modern Times'

Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.

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Urban Nomad Eats - 20 Wonder

Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.

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Great Documentaries Like 'Who Is Harry Nilsson?'

Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.

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Music

Mahalia Jackson - “How I Got Over” (video)

Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.

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Kitty Daisy & Lewis - "Going Up the Country" (video)

Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.

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Nicholas Brothers Dance Routine in 'Stormy Weather'

Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.

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Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Step Dance (video)

Today, Sam Phillips puts the spotlight on some of her favorite film and music.

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Sam Phillips Takes Over Mixed Media Today and Tomorrow in New Series

Today we are introducing our series, "Artist Directed", in which some of our favorite creative types across the cultural spectrum will take over Mixed Media for the day.

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Sam Phillips: Solid State - Songs from the Long Play

Phillips manages to create a conflicting compilation album admired for the beauty of the music -- but with a disappointing physical packaging.

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Was It All in Her Head?: An Interview with Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips set up a subscription service for her fans to get entire EPs of new music before she had anything even written. Not only did she survive, but she's produced some of most daring music of her career, and tells PopMatters all about it ...

Enio Chiola
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Sam Phillips: Cameras in the Sky / Long Play

Sam Phillips' year-long project of intricate multimedia comes to an end on a high note with the full-length release of Cameras in the Sky.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin' Wolf - "Shake for Me"

In this new Between the Grooves series, George de Stefano digs beneath the nondescript cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Rocking Chair" album -- an urtext for many rock and R&B artists who have been inspired by it or covered its songs -- to examine some of the greatest blues ever recorded.

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The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of 2008

Former (or current) members of the Dream Syndicate, Fleetwood Mac, and the Wallflowers are just a few of the best singer-songwriters stepping out on their own this year.

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In Praise of Older Women: The Best Records of 2008 by Women 45 Years Old and Over

The old music-industry adage is that if a woman doesn't have a hit by the time she's 22 years old, she should probably look for another career. That's obviously a load of blarney.

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Sam Phillips: Don't Do Anything

Phillips relishes the inscrutability the material provides. This is song noir, whose low-key, chiaroscuro-style shadings of musical effects heighten the psychological reality.

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Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2002)

Even though Sam Phillips recorded many black artists, there are hardly any, aside from Thomas, to be found in the film.

Scott Thill
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Sam Phillips: Fan Dance

After a five-year hiatus, Sam Phillips returns to form with the very intimate 'Fan Dance', a quality collection of adult pop that allows her sexy voice to deliver cryptically introspective musings in a finely focused, mostly acoustic scheme..

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