A thread runs through Pier Paolo Pasolini's artistic and political work for which he used various terms to identify the sacred, the mythic, the soul, and the spirit -- all strategies for appreciating life in even the most difficult circumstances.
Interview with #Electronic Producer Lee Gamble: "I like the alchemy of the whole thing. You have nothing and you build something and keep working and it feels like yours."
MNESTIC PRESSURE is out Friday via Hyperdub Records.
This year's collection of Best American Essays seamlessly blends the political, personal and universal. Most of them do it very well.
Reminiscent of the short, simple stories of Adrian Tomine,
Rosa Colón and Carla Rodriguez's GOODBYE FOR NOW shows the personal side of Puerto Rico’s ongoing economic crisis. Soda Pop Comics
On revisiting Nayakan we are reminded that men become gods not as a sign of presumed cultural backwardness but because the modern nation-state has failed.
William Patrick Corgan's willingness to be himself regardless of the critical and social blowback he suffered for doing “unhip” things made him a singular weirdo within a ‘90s rock scene stuffed full of weirdos, loners, and ennui-saturated youth. To this day, and with this album, he continues to be himself. Are you cool with that?
Considering that John Coltrane only played 'A Love Supreme' in its entirety a single time (at a 1965 show in France), it’s a work of art that remains ripe for further interpretation. Ravi Coltrane honored the classic album at SFJAZZ.
'The Departure' is a searching study of a universally relatable character who has seen a great deal of sorrow in this world.
Cartoonist Peter Kuper‘s work reminds us of the vibrant and inspired everyday people who live under the tyranny of petty and corrupt officials in both Mexico and the United States.
Diario de Oaxaca Is out now via PM Press.
Narcos depicts the War on Drugs as a bleak quagmire, less about decisive triumphs and more about a slow, eternal slog.
Viewing Mother! from a racial context circumscribes the power of its possible feminist message.
The latest album from Robert Plant is another top-notch, adventurous collection of music that’s nearly impossible to classify. Carry Fire is out today via Nonesuch Records. #PMPick
The third installment of the series of deluxe David Bowie box sets covers some of his most celebrated albums but not without controversy. In-depth review from Christian Gerard.
What is the true value of music? Cyrus Bozorgmehr considers this question in his wild retelling of the story of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin; the Wu-Tang Clan's single-copy album project.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN is out now from Flatiron Books.
Professor Marston & The Wonder Women is a clever and provocative look at love, sexuality, and the lies that preserve our fragile happiness.
Humorous, compassionate, unpredictable, weathered (literally and figuratively), brutal, and magically realistic -- T. C. Boyle's 'The Relive Box and Other Stories' is a collection of stories that matters. out now via Ecco Books.
Vinyl Archeology presents Pearl Reaves and her retro R&B: the magical obscurity of the working artist.
On #LottaSeaLice courtney barnett and Kurt Vile wow us by doubling down on the clever lyricism and exploratory guitars that make them each revered figures on their own.
Whereas Star Trek: Discovery continues to explore ideological complexities, so far The Orville seems little more than a celebration of Seth MacFarlane’s love of the Star Trek property and his ability to indulge in expensive cosplay.
#PREMIERE: With "Terrors of Pleasure", Belfast's instrumental adventurists And So I Watch You From Afar put on a dazzling clinic of rhythmic dexterity. 'The Endless Shimmering' is out 10/20 via Sargent House.
The maximalist minimalism of Jiro Taniguchi's manga work is on full display in the gentle, rewarding FURARI.
Equal parts textbook, memoir, and reflection on the writing process, this book is a cogent, realistic, and inspirational advice for professional and novice writers of all sorts.
Interview with Wild Cub: "We made the first [album] as a bunch of kids in a house, so we're just really happy that we've gone through this process to make this big, emotionally and artistically dense record."
Just like with hip-hop, Seinfeld has broadened our collective slang and everyday rhetorical wit.
Whatever you think you know about violin music, forget it. On her debut EP, Sudan Archives redefines what four strings can do. Out now via Stones Throw Records.
This new DVD set of vintage cartoons, TV shows, movies, and commercials replicates the '70s TV-watching experience.
The truest #Americana doesn’t just convey sound; it captures feeling. On #ContrabandLove, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams prove themselves masters of the form in the fullest sense. Out now via Red House Records.
Listening to Stars' new album is like being wrapped in a warm, comforting blanket. A catchy #synthpop blanket where our biggest concerns are who we're dating, not what's going on in the world at large. Out Friday via Last Gang Records.
10 Conversation-Shifting Contemporary Books About Music
INTERVIEW: IN BETWEEN emits an idealistic spirit to create unity, and Palestinian director Maysaloun Hamoud equally looks towards feminism as a unifying framework for the contemporary world.
Politics and the personal collide in the convention-challenging and genre-bending graphic narratives of Jewish artist-memoirist Miriam Libicki.
Film Movement continues its commitment to issuing restored Blu-rays of the films of Joseph Sarno, who has often been called the Ingmar Bergman of exploitation films.
Through its three protagonists, Rachel Kadish's THE WEIGHT OF INK questions what it means to be alive, to love, and to be fulfilled. Out now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
If Joan Baez was the purest folkie, Judy Collins the chanteuse, then Joni Mitchell was probably the siren.
Learn more in JONI: THE ANTHOLOGY out this month cia Picador books.
Disconnecting technology, connecting humans: as the world came apart, Mr. Robot's characters came together in promising new configurations.
Ozark resists the worst of the easy Ozark portrayals that have cast the region as a hillbilly horror haven through the years but ultimately traffics in them as well.
Ryszard Kapuscinski's journalism reminds us that the boundary between truth and fiction is one that needs to be pushed at more often.
Kelela's excellent debut manages to evoke megastar crooners from decades past, cyborgs from the future, and, unmistakably, the defining sounds of pop music's present. #TakeMeApart is out now via Warp Records. #PMPick
The Top 20 Extreme Metal Debuts of 2017. Pay no heed to what the curmudgeons say as there are plenty of fascinating sounds being forged annually by new #metal bands. 2017’s swarm has been distilled…
Hallatar, Au Champ Des Morts, Owlcrusher, Dawn Ray'd, Extremity, Cavernlight, DOOL, River Black, Less Art, Necrot, Ulsect, Season of Mist, Rebirth of Nefast, Spectral Voice, Succumb, EXPANDER, Nuclear Blast, Tchornobog, The Lurking Fear, Century Media Records
While the post-9/11 period and its racialization and criminalization of brown bodies marked one epoch of the South Asian experience, recent South Asian immigrant literature suggests the beginning of another frame: sexuality.
Erik the Conqueror, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack and Kill Baby Kill show horror film director Mario Bava's colorful ways with the camera.
The Mountain Between Us is an easily digestible romance that might have been more interesting if it were a bit harder to swallow.
Ólafur Arnalds' stunning debut EULOGY FOR EVOLUTION, still his masterpiece, remains a gorgeous and disquieting vision of human life. The 2017 re-issue is out now via Erased Tapes is ten. #PMPick
This week on The Flipside: An overlooked 2014 remake of a James Caan classic (The Gambler) asks a daring cinematic question: can Mark Wahlberg convincingly play a tenured English professor?
INTERVIEW: A composer of the Tony-winning musical The Color Purple, Brenda Russell revisits her rare solo album Love Life (1981), while legends like Roberta Flack, David Foster, and Valerie Simpson join PopMatters for an exclusive tribute to her career.
Interview with Hercules & Love Affair: “It means something that we're up on the stage playing the songs we're playing because it helps [queer people] find the strength to be who they are.”
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