ALBUM REVIEW: Eron Falbo, “73”

What do you get when you combine an up-and-coming Brazilian singer/songwriter with the mastermind producer behind Blonde on Blonde and The Sound of Silence? An album that represents the best part of the ’60s music scene, with a fresh, youthful approach and ...

Revival House: “Has Anybody Seen Sam Lowry?”

25 years ago, on December 18, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil was released in the U.S. — thus ending one of the most famous battles in Hollywood history of a director taking on a movie studio and winning.

Brazil is set “somewhere in ...

World Cup: Matchday 20 Recap and Matchday 21 Previews

Netherlands 2-1 Brazil

This matchup of two of the most celebrated diving/soccer teams lived up to its billing. It helped that Brazil took advantage of Holland’s defense napping early on. Then came some wonderful attacking soccer, with plenty of flopping, by both ...

World Cup: Matchday 19 Recap and Matchday 20 Previews

Paraguay 0-0 Japan (5-3 on penalties)

As with Uruguay v. South Korea, this was always going to be the appetizer to the main course later in the day. But the marinara for the mozzarella sticks was watery and the potato skins tasted ...

World Cup: Matchday 18 Recap and Matchday 19 Previews

Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

After all of yesterday’s drama, this game was bound to be a return to what we expect in the group stage: a perpetual favorite dispatching an overmatched opponent without too much trouble. Arjen Robben’s return to the starting lineup ...

World Cup: Matchday 17 Recaps and Matchday 18 Previews

Germany 4-1 England

This is going to be remembered as the game in which the ghosts of 1966 were evoked as payback in this famous rivalry. But even if Frank Lampard’s shot had tied the game, let’s face it, England were never ...

World Cup: Matchday 10 Recap and Matchday 11 Previews

Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay

Yesterday’s Cameroon v. Denmark game showed that a fight for survival between teams of contrasting styles could lead to an exciting display of attacking soccer. This was the opposite. Slovakia were content to concede the midfield, and coach Vladimir ...

World Cup: Matchday 9 Recap and Matchday 10 Previews

Netherlands 1-0 Japan

Games like this are why I can never take the Dutch seriously as contenders, but also why I can’t count them out. Like their fellow underachievers Spain against Switzerland, they struggled with Japan’s defensive tactics, which is always going ...

World Cup: Matchday 5 Recap and Matchday 6 Preview

I’ve never played any form of organized soccer, so I have no way of knowing if the complaints about the adidas Jabulani ball are genuine or finding something to blame that can’t defend itself. But I do find it ...

World Cup: Matchday 4 Recap and Matchday 5 Preview

Netherlands 2-0 Denmark

The Danes did a good job of keeping the Dutch away from goal, and had more than a handful of decent chances. Simon Paulsen’s own goal a minute into the second half should have forced Denmark’s ...

The World Cup: Groups G & H Previews

This is my final preview of the eight groups. After the tournament begins on Friday, I’ll try to have daily recaps of the day’s events and my analysis here at Popdose. This is also a final shout out to you to join ...