PoP20 | SUPERHERO FILM : THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

Christopher Nolan’s game-changing Dark Knight is a decade old! Here’s my contemporaneous review. 

It makes a whole lot of sense that the second film in Christopher Nolan’s reboot of the Batman franchise is called The Dark Knight. After all, Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns revived the moribund comic book industry (together with Watchmen) and challenged fans to take the super hero a bit more seriously than before.

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PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : P. HUX – KISS THE MONSTER (2008)

10 year old review! 

P. HUX Kiss the Monster (Nine 18)

My 1st encounter with P. Hux came in the unlikeliest places. A discount CD store somewhere in a Sydney suburb in 1997. That’s where I found Deluxe, which I consider to be one of the finer power pop albums in that pristine period of pop renaissance that was the late 90s.

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KEVIN SAYS …

I believe in rock ‘n’ roll.

That’s probably a corny sentiment to share but music is all I have in life now. Living the virtually solitary existence can be a mental challenge but eased immensely by the power of my favourite music.

To me, the terms “rock ‘n’ roll” or “pop” are meaningless especially when applied in a cold technical manner.

It has to be about how the music makes me think and feel. And that’s what the best rock or pop music does, in my humble opinion.

It’s all about the art, the craft, the emotion invested by music creators to express a real idea or feeling to the listener – making a genuine connection.

That’s what it has to be all about.

PoP20 | POWER POP ROCK N ROLL : THE ROSENBERGS – MISSION : YOU (2001)

Another blast from the past out of the PoP archives. One of our favourite albums of 2001!

THE ROSENBERGS
Mission: You
[DGM]

The Rosenbergs have created a bit of brouhaha with their turning down a spot on Jimmy (Iovine) and Doug’s (Morris) Farmclub.com due to unfavorable contractual terms in favor of a more progressive deal with Discipline Global Mobile, the label co-owned by Robert (King Crimson) Fripp and David Singleton.

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PoP RECOMMENDS | POP POWER : PAUL STEEL – CAROUSEL KITES

Back in 2009, this is what I wrote about Paul Steel’s debut album, Moon Rock.

“Favouring dense instrumentation and arrangements, melodic hooks galore, whimsical moments and trainspotting references, Moon Rock is one of those albums that true pop enthusiasts will obsess over for weeks on repeat mode, headphones on, salivating over every nuance.

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