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Bill Gunn's 'Personal Problems' and a History of the Video Revolution

None The '60s and '70s signal watershed decades for the growth of alternative media in the West. The emergence of offset printing during the '60s allowed hundreds, if not thousands, of publications to bloom since it only required a typewriter, some glue, a few volunteers, and a vision. Pirate radio stations also proliferated across the United States, Europe, and Latin America during this time. Perhaps nothing captured the excitement and utopian possibilities of the youth revolt like the video ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Hollywood, Drama, California, New York City, US, America, Canada, United States, Charles, Stephen, Latin America, Ucla, Yale University, Hess


'Garage': A Visually and Intellectually Rich Study of a Seemingly Blank Space

None The garage, at first glance, makes for a mundane symbol. And yet, Americans have imbued this deceptively "blank space" with a great deal of meaning. Even so, they may not fully understand that meaning, or its limitations. Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela's book, a work of cultural studies, attempts to analyze the significance of the garage (i.e., the theoretical and material implications of the structure). They argue that Garage, an extension of their essay, Hate Suburbia: The Conspi...
Tags: Apple, Art, Feature, Music, Disney, Chicago, Courtney Love, Barbie, Kevin Spacey, Garage, Kurt Cobain, Rand, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mattel, Wright, Federal Housing Administration


Choice: An Interview with 'Monsters and Men' Director Reinaldo Marcus Green

None Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters and Men (2018) is a triptych narrative centred around the police shooting of Darius Larson (Samuel Edwards), which Manny (Anthony Ramos) witnesses and captures on his phone. Creating a ripple-effect, African-American police officer Dennis (John David Washington) wrestles with his conscience over whether to stand up to detectives involved in the shooting, while talented local high school baseball prospect Zyrick (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) risks his future as he j...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, New York City, America, Green, Chelsea, Police Violence, Staten Island, Yankees, Eric Garner, Dennis, Mets, Gus Van Sant, Manny, Deli


The Enigma of Russian Dada

None One of the joys and pitfalls of modernism was its self-conscious assessment of the accepted traditions and norms of its social activities and its utter faith that those traditions could be uprooted and reshaped to suit bold new visions of future endeavor. Of course, those visions were often in conflict—hence, the two world wars on the one hand and the proliferation of "isms" in art, on the other. This infatuation with upheaval (as Karl Marx once put it, the awareness that "all that is soli...
Tags: Feature, Music, Japan, New York, Arts, Russia, New York City, Paris, Pablo Picasso, Karl Marx, Madrid, Futurism, Zurich, Hudson, Modernism, Vladimir Lenin


Locked and Loaded: Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud Discuss Their Classic 1988 Hip-Hop Debut

In the late '80s, they rode the cresting wave of the hip-hop duos. Likely born from the synergistic energy produced by seminal acts like Eric B. & Rakim, Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud were one of many rap duos competing for a place at the DJs turntable. They hit one nifty cut out of the park with the snappishly urban strut of "Do the James", a jam that tipped its hat to the legendary James Brown as well as the hyperkinetic basement hip-hop parties that were especially popular in the Bronx at th...
Tags: Google, Feature, Music, Interview, California, Nas, Rap, James Brown, Mtv, Hip-hop, Queens, Eminem, Manhattan, Bronx, James, 1980s


Yob and Near-death Metal Experiences

None Riding the tram out to the suburbs of Bordeaux to talk with Yob's Mike Scheidt before their concert in 2018, I resign myself to the fizz and pop of excitatory and anxiogenic processes bustling about in my gut and brain. I'm nervous because, later, when I press 'Record' on the dictaphone I've borrowed to complete my disguise, the first thing I'll tell Mike is that I'm acting under false pretenses: I've never conducted an interview before. Blagging an interview slot just happens to be the be...
Tags: Feature, Music, Interview, Bordeaux, Mike, Watts, Yob, Alan Watts, Relapse Records, Candlemass, Profound Lore Records, Stoner Rock, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal, Mike Scheidt, Thrill Jockey


Short Stories: Women in the Workplace

None In the past decade or so, the world of work has featured large on American TV shows and in movies — whether they're satirizing Silicon Valley, the advertising industry of the 1950s, or the White House. In its own way, the workplace novel has also been an enduring sub-genre. But, typically, mainstream narratives have been dominated by white male writers. Within this sub-genre, we have even more categories: the campus novel, the legal caper, the high finance thriller, the fashion chronicles...
Tags: Asia, Feature, Music, Japan, White House, Berlin, US, America, New York Times, Dubai, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Short Stories, Maggie, Baz, Manila


Foreigners' Rights in Japan: Interview with Activist and Writer Debito Arudou

None Debito Arudou (formerly David Aldwinckle) was born in California and raised in Geneva, New York. After spending a long period of residence in Japan, he became a citizen of that country. Frequently engaged in outspoken activism on the issues of anti-foreigner discrimination and racism in Japanese society, Arudou has written extensively on these topics for various publications, including his regular contributions to the Japan Times newspaper for over 15 years as well his web site Debito....
Tags: Feature, Music, Japan, Supreme Court, Interview, California, France, US, America, Hillary Clinton, United States, Tokyo, States, Republican Party, Vietnam, Johnson


A Sense of Contentment: An Interview with Steve Mason

None With every new album, Steve Mason steps further from the enormous shadow cast by the critically lauded, commercially stunted, wholly brilliant the Beta Band. After losing himself in the immediate aftermath of the band's breakup in projects such as King Biscuit Time and Black Affair, Mason started a solo career that began with the introspective, electronica of 2010's Boys Outside and which now sees him release his new album About the Light.Mason's previous album, 2016's Meet the Humans was ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Interview, Brighton, Stephen Street, Indie Pop, The Beta Band, Steve Mason, Mason, Indie Rock, Black Affair Mason, Smiths Morrissey Blur Suede


Disclosure, Dasein, and the Divine in Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life'

None The tree of life is a common metaphor for the interconnectedness of all beings. While this metaphor is a familiar framework for ecological thinking—all regions, systems, and species are interwoven and inseparable—the tree of life is also a provocative paradigm for thinking about creativity. The Tree of Life is also both the name of Terrence Malick's 2011 masterpiece and an apt descriptor for his creative process, as evident by The Criterion Collection's 2018 release. The Criterion's rel...
Tags: Feature, Music, Jessica Chastain, Hollywood, Texas, Drama, Germany, Fantasy, US, America, Earth, Mit, Harvard, Roger Ebert, Oxford, Brad Pitt


Melissa Manchester Looks Back at 1985 and Her Synthpop Experiments

None The 1980s weren't particularly kind to the singer/songwriters who'd emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The recording studio became the producer's fiefdom and the acoustic music that had characterized the work of people like Joni Mitchell and Carole King became passé. Artists affected by these changes either attempted to move with the times or, like Laura Nyro, recorded far less frequently. Acoustic or semi-acoustic pop music was still around, but performers such as Suzanne Vega and...
Tags: Feature, Music, Interview, Pop, Atlantic, Manchester, David Bowie, Davis, Madonna, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, Duke, Marvin Gaye, Usc, Amos, Arif Mardin


Our Private Prisons: Interview with 'Still' Director, Takashi Doscher

None "I was very much wrestling with the question of time and our modern or not so modern definitions of relationships, love and monogamy, and even sexuality a bit" explains director Takashi Doscher of his narrative feature debut Still (2018). When hiker Lily (Madeline Brewer) loses her way on the Appalachian Trail, she stumbles onto an isolated farm and encounters a seemingly odd couple. While Ella (Lydia Wilson) is happy to take her in, Adam (Nick Blood) is initially less hospitable, and as ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Fantasy, Mystery, The Orchard, Lily, Terence Davies, Adam, Davies, Ella, Madeline, Appalachian Trail, John Andrew, Christoph Behl


Director Max Martini on 'SGT. Will Gardner'

None SGT. Will Gardner (2019) is Max Martini's second film as writer-director, a two decade long pause following 1999's Desert Son. Martini, who has appeared in front of the camera across film and television since the '80s, plays here the title character also known as Ghost, an Iraq war veteran suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. Setting out on a road trip, he sets his hopes on reconnecting with his young son and former wife. On his journey, he continues to be haunted by flashbacks to the wa...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Adventure, Iraq, America, War, Rome, Action, Dermot Mulroney, Ptsd, Cinedigm, John Ford, Martini, Veterans Administration


Polite Movies? Not Interested: Karyn Kusama, Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi on 'Destroyer'

None In one of the most uncharacteristic, gritty performances of her career, Nicole Kidman plays Erin Bell, a grizzled, self-destructive, veteran LAPD officer whose sordid past is revealed piece by tantalizing piece in Karyn Kusama's brutal, uncompromising cop drama, Destroyer (reviewed here on PopMatters). Co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi craft a slow-burn story that jumps around and jumbles Bell's timeline, following the emotional flow of her journey rather than its chronology. It's a st...
Tags: Feature, Music, Crime, Drama, Interview, Toronto, Los Angeles, Action, Nicole Kidman, Lapd, Tatiana Maslany, Bell, Telluride, Erin, Phil, Nicole


'Captain America: The First Avenger' Stands Out in a Glut of Comic Book Films

None Discussions of the mythical "superhero fatigue" were in full swing in the summer of 2011, and the concept has been raised every time a superhero film is considered a critical or commercial disappointment. The basis of superhero fatigue is the idea that audiences will grow tired of the neverending glut of big-budget comic book films, and will stop seeing them en masse. It's quaint to think of film bloggers in 2011 foretelling the imminent implosion of the genre when, seven years later, mega...
Tags: Europe, Feature, Music, New York, Washington, Nazis, New York City, Marvel, Disney, America, Barack Obama, Iron Man, Brooklyn, United States, Italy, Arctic


THE BUREAU: Part Eleven, "Your Supervisor Disintegrates" — with a Gysin Dream Machine, an Altman Brain Machine, and Other Hallucinatory Hardware

Aloha, Office Participant! This is the second to last installment of the Bureau series. Today has you pondering life's meaning. Meditation is a helpful way to consider our role in the world and find deeper connections and ideas. Regrettably, the modern world is very loud and tangentially distracting, particularly with notification-driven devices. A long attention span to properly meditate can be very difficult to achieve. Let's begin by pressing play to enjoy some kaleidoscopic peace of mind: ...
Tags: Feature, Comics, Music, Technology, Hardware, News, Austin, Brain, David, Comic, Marseilles, Mitch, Sxsw, Bureau, Adafruit, Brion Gysin


Wild Women, Forty Pricks, and Western Noir

None Film critic Manny Farber, in typical inimitable style, summarized much of Samuel Fuller's film oeuvre through simultaneous praise and critique in the following observation: "What's good about his films is lovable; the daring, uninhibited use of semidocumentary techniques that save the movie from Fuller's mind, an unthinking morass at best" (Negative Space: Manny Farber on the Movies (New York: De Capo Press, 1998, 132). Put slightly more generously, Fuller's film style often trumps the plo...
Tags: Feature, Music, New York, Hollywood, Romance, California, Western, Wes, West, Brooklyn, Smith, Criterion, Lily, Brock, Jessica, Drummond


What Is It About 'You'?

None Guinevere Beck's (Elizabeth Lail) life seems like it is ripped straight out of a romantic comedy; she has an apartment in the city, she has glamorous friends and is dating the handsome and wealthy DJ, Benji (Lou Taylor Pucci). But some cracks are beginning to show; her scholarship is dependent on the approval of a lecherous professor, she can't afford to keep up with the expensive pursuits of her friends, particularly uber rich Peach (Shay Mitchell), and her relationship is more toxic than...
Tags: Feature, Music, Crime, Drama, Beck, Netflix, Thriller, Lifetime, Penn Badgley, Joe, Bateman, Shay Mitchell, Joe Goldberg, Greg Berlanti, Patrick Bateman, Sera Gamble


Jazz Today: Take 6 at 30—Still in Sweet Harmony

None The members of Take 6 come down the stairs at New York's Blue Note jazz club in November of 2018, wireless microphones in hand and creating a complete orchestra of funk with their voices as they walk. They're having fun. Alvin Chea's resonant bass thumps and leaps as vocal percussion clips and whooshes. They slide through a narrow aisle, brushing the backs of fans sitting at tables as they smile and then ease up onto a stage set with six stools and, almost an afterthought, a couple of keyb...
Tags: Feature, Music, New York, Washington, Alabama, Los Angeles, Paul Mccartney, Smithsonian, Manhattan, Jazz, Madonna, Brian, Miles Davis, Jordan, Iconic, Michael Jackson


Have Patience: An Interview with Jane Weaver

None Though she has roots that run through the music history of Manchester and helped to shape some of the sounds associated with popular British music of the last two decades, Jane Weaver is just now taking her own turn in the spotlight. Her last three releases -- The Silver Globe (2014), The Amber Light (2015), and Modern Kosmology (2017) -- channel some of the styles she's explored since the late 1990s. But it is a trilogy of records that evokes a singular vision. Across these releases, she ...
Tags: Feature, Music, UK, England, London, Sweden, Interview, America, Manchester, Kendrick Lamar, Kate Bush, Yemen, Drift, Folk, Kraut, Kevin Parker


From Paris, with Poetry: On Henri Cole's 'Orphic Paris'

None Paul Valéry, the great French poet and critic, famously remarked that "poetry is to prose what dancing is to walking." His point was that poetry and prose are both forms of writing, but that their use of language is fundamentally different — one of them is artistic and the other is instrumental. When poets write prose, then, they are taking advantage of the instrumentality of the medium to do something that they can't quite do in their poetry: tell a story, flesh out a character, make an a...
Tags: Feature, Music, France, Poetry, Marseille, Paris, Luxembourg, Armenia, Pope, Middle Earth, Autobiography, Bishop, Essay, Rodin, Brokeback Mountain, Picasso


Porter's Head: Rapper Porter Ray on His Latest Hip-Hop Opus, 'Eye of the Beholder'

None His talent caught the eye and ears of a kindred spirit, Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets, who clearly saw much of himself in the young upstart. Indeed, Porter Ray possesses a similarly skewed vision of hip-hop upheld by his far more experienced mentor. But Ray is wise beyond his years, exhibiting a firm sense of self which translates effortlessly in the recording studio. Butler, also an A&R at Sub Pop Records, brought the young rapper onboard at the label in 2015. Ray'...
Tags: Feature, Music, Interview, Toronto, Mountain, Rap, Hip-hop, Middle East, Montreal, Seattle, Shell, Pacific Northwest, Watercolor, Ray, Shabazz, Porter


Three Chords and the Truth: The Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash

None As much as punk exists as a subculture, style, attitude, and artistic aesthetic, it is—first and foremost—a musical phenomenon. But what constitutes the sound of punk rock? And how far and wide should the net be cast in capturing songs that can credibly be designated punk? Can punk be mapped when the borders and districting are so regularly contested geographically, historically, and artistically? In assessing the journey of punk—from its foundations to its mutations and manifestations—cri...
Tags: Feature, The Clash, Music, UK, England, New York, London, US, Britain, Bob Dylan, Punk, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Martin, Don, Joey


Paul Kelly: Interviewing an Australian Icon

None If you're not from Australasia, you might have heard of Paul Kelly. You might not have. He's toured overseas extensively, yes, though as he tells us, "when we tour America, we play in little clubs. I love that." It's not surprising that discrete, hole-in-the-wall venues suit Mr. Kelly. Despite a career spanning four decades, he has none of the arrogance that is seemingly required for international stadium tours. So perhaps it stands to reason that those north of the equator may not be ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Interview, Australia, America, Rock, Mick Jagger, Dylan Thomas, Kate, Gravy, Memphis, Alice, Australasia, Sylvia Plath, Paul Kelly, Kelly


Through the Looking-Glass of Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch'

None Spoilers ahead. In 1983 I played an arcade game called Dragon's Lair. In what was already a video-game cliché, a knight named Dirk the Daring attempted to rescue Princess Daphne. But the selling point was not the story—it was that it looked like a cartoon. Meanwhile, on my Atari back at home, the similarly-themed Adventure featured a protagonist who was literally just a dot. After losing a week's worth of quarters within a minute, though, I realized that Dragon's Lair was not really a game...
Tags: Google, Feature, Books, Music, Video Games, Drama, Film, Sci-fi, Netflix, George Orwell, New York Times, Dragon, Mystery, Philip K Dick, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker


How to get your music featured on iTunes’ front page

As music streaming becomes the favourite method for listening to music iTunes still stands strong as the pioneer and leader for digital downloads. Getting your music on there is easy and being featured by Apple could be too. We have been helping independent artists and labels get their music onto the world’s top streaming services and download stores for over 10 years, providing a free solution for anyone to get their music online worldwide. But once you’re online you want to be heard, so here...
Tags: Apple, Feature, Music, Featured, Free, Digital, Sales, Download, Online, Itunes, Artists, How To, Store, Playlists, Pitch, Independent


The 8 powers Spotify for Artists gave to creators in the last year

In 2018 Spotify expanded their Spotify for Artists platform to give artists unparalleled power over their music and their profile. Here are all of the nifty and useful tools Spotify added last year. Spotify for Artists gives artists control over how their profile looks, what it says and many more vital powers on the world’s favourite music streaming service. They are always expanding the service so that artists can influence their presence in new and exciting ways and engage with their fans an...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Feature, Music, Instagram, Christina Aguilera, La, Artists, Indie, Streaming, Rick Ross, Mary J Blige, Playlists, Artist, Independent


THE BUREAU: Part Ten, "Your Death" — with a Turing Machine, Bouncing Ball Envelope, and Other Randomized Voltage

Greetings - It's 2019! Let's hope this new set of twelve months is one of good random events to offset the odd occurrences of 2018. Two installments remain in your day at The Bureau, and today you end on Death. This is a random event, though explainable, based on the narrative path of the last few hours. An ending is just one of two possible variables, the other being a continuation. In computer terms, this is a binary decision between ones and zeroes, which often means true or false, or yes...
Tags: Feature, Comics, Music, News, Digital, Manchester, Brighton, Comic, Alan Turing, Turing, Bureau, Tom, DMC, PCB, Tom Whitwell, Computing Machinery and Intelligence


THE BUREAU: Part Nine, "Your Sandwich Speaks!" — with SBaGen-based Digital Drugs for New Year's Eve

Happy Upcoming New Year. The Bureau is a story focused on how we spend our time on this planet, and following this weekend is the annual clock reset for most countries locked on Pope Gregory's calendar: New Year's Eve. To help set the mood properly, here's a little Alan Watts: Now Alan's getting a little deep here, but questioning time's absolute definition is a nice thing to consider. Of course, mind-shifting substances can help with these perceptions. Drugs, used responsibly and with purpo...
Tags: Feature, Comics, Music, News, Drugs, Comic, Alan, Bureau, Todd, Jim Peters, Alan Watts, Pope Gregory, Thebureau, Sbagen, Digital Drugs


The 12 Best Dance Tracks of 2018

None For the third consecutive year, global music sales have flourished, online streaming has become the record industry's most profitable revenue source, and artists are still rarely compensated at an equitable rate exceeding the time and investment they have put into their craft. Nothing revelatory there, but maybe this news points to a possible shift in the pervasiveness of international music piracy. Maybe. On the other hand, festivals continue to draw ire each time someone tragically ove...
Tags: Google, Feature, Music, Hbo, UK, London, Youtube, America, Los Angeles, Dance, Azealia Banks, House, Vogue, Manchester, Sydney, Paul Mccartney



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