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Popham Culture

Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

April 25, 2012

After quite an adventure, my time with the Cluster has come to a close. It’s impossible for me to capture how great of an experience I have had with this newspaper, and how thankful I am for the opportunities and experiences I earned under its tutelage. I’ve loved my time here and will always re...

Popham Culture

Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

April 11, 2012

Cathartic and intimate, Barna Howard’s freshman recording leaves listeners feeling cleansed. His eponymous debut was released in February. Originally from rural Eureka, Missouri, he’s worked his way through the country, living in Chicago, Boston, and currently Portland.  With lyrics that cou...

Artist Q&A: folk act Saintseneca

Artist Q&A: folk act Saintseneca

Jonathan Popham

April 11, 2012

Saintseneca is my favorite band. Period. With Zac Little’s songwriting, the gloriously raw delivery, and the catchiest refrains in this part of the cosmos, Saintseneca will blast you directly into the heart of the sun. Saintseneca’s most recent album, Last, was mostly recorded live. This record is a breathing thing. This album has a...

Popham Culture

Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

March 28, 2012

Accessibility has been a stumbling block for the propagation of scientific thought and empirical reason since the enlightenment. Furthermore, the speed, accuracy, and efficiency that information can be shared are at the very foundation of what life is. It is not just about modern thinking of what information...

Popham Culture

Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

March 14, 2012

After witnessing a glorious display of violin-heavy folk from bands Little Tybee and River Whyless (formerly known as Do It to Julia) at the Hummingbird last Saturday, I was absolutely floored. Luckily, I was able to catch River Whyless’s violinist during takedown. Jonathan Popham: I’m here at the H...

Popham Culture

Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

February 22, 2012

Greetings again dear reader! Something has brought us together again, maybe fate? More likely one of the editors hand delivered this to you at Jittery Joe’s. Fate is more romantic, so I’ll just run with it. Fate brought me yet again to the truly unique sound of Electro-Swing band Caravan Palace. I...

Popham Culture

Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

February 8, 2012

Dear reader, I find myself ensnared in yet another deadline. My father told me that Death was the only deadline. I tried to contend with him. He responded, “Well, you’ll be dead, and that’ll be the line.” Hard to argue with that.  I could say that this fatalism inspired me in ways I am just beginning to understand. But, that is way t...

Stopping SOPA

SOPA would stop this form existing.

Jonathan Popham

January 25, 2012

With all this horseshit about censoring the internet, I’ve got to say something. The biggest problem with the legislation to “fix” the internet (SOPA/PIPA), other than the flood of lobbying money that is maintaining congressional support of the bills, is the plain fact that the people talking about doing this do not understand the internet. Imagine ...

Popham Culture

Popham Culture

Jonathan Popham

December 7, 2011

So it goes. Drive-By Truckers loses another bassist with the departure of Shonna Tucker.  Both the announcement posted by Tucker yesterday and another posted on DBT’s website were vague. The Drive-By Trucker’s official response reads, “We all love and respect her and wish her all of the best i...

Drive By Truckers rock Macon

Drive By Truckers rock Macon

Jonathan Popham

November 16, 2011

The Athens-based Southern Rock act Drive-By Truckers burned rubber in Macon, Georgia on 11-11-11 at the Cox Capitol theater. The show opens their Fall 2011 tour. It was a delightful thrillbilly experience. With songs reminiscent of Aesop’s fables, DBT's writing style waxes fables that are markedly Southern....

'Skyrim' is an amazing, immersive experience

Jonathan Popham

November 16, 2011

Skyrim is the best game ever. No, I’m serious. It is Half-Life 2 good. It is like Ocarina of Time’s older brother who was addicted to steroids but then went to India to cleanse himself with gurus. After he found his peace, he came to Cambridge to read European and Scandanavian History. He might have ski...

Popham Culture: Macon must become more bike-friendly

Popham Culture: Macon must become more bike-friendly

Jonathan Popham

November 2, 2011

Anything worthwhile deserves protecting. I think most rational people could agree with that. Quality of life is inarguably worthwhile.  The cities that are usually rated with the highest quality of life are generally also rated the most cycling friendly cities in the world.   Because of this, I conclu...

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