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Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for November and December 2014
By Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
In the last installment of "Listening Ahead" of 2014, read up on new albums by Marianne Faithfull and Andy Stott, as well as comprehensive boxsets of the third Velvet Underground album and the Bedhead catalog. [31.Oct.14]
Tamil Horror Films: Madness, Modernity and of Course, Misogyny
While Hollywood horror thrives on the anxieties over the persistence of evil, emanating from a malevolent source, Tamil horror films deal with the prevalence of social injustice. [31.Oct.14]
150 Battleborn Halloweens Later
It’s the strangest of strange troikas; Nevadan statehood, Halloween and comics. But this Halloween, marking the 150th anniversary of Nevadan statehood, might just be the most elegant comment on the current state of comics. [31.Oct.14]
Counterbalance: Prince's '1999'
We were dreaming when we wrote this, so sue us if it goes astray. The Purple One’s 1982 breakthrough is the 199th most acclaimed album of all time, and it’s the subject of this week’s Counterbalance. All the hippies sing together. [31.Oct.14]
Indie Horror Month 2014: 'The Last Door'
The Last Door is Lovecraftian in every way that a story can be. It captures the mood, the intellectual curiosity, and the slow burn escalation of dread that typifies the best of Lovecraft. [31.Oct.14]
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31.Oct.14
Taylor Swift: 1989
A 40-foot Taylor Swift stomps through Manhattan in chelsea boots and a pencil skirt, bodegas and halal carts crumbling under her heels, waving one enormous pinky finger to Jay and Beyoncé as they cower in their Tribeca penthouse.
Various Artists: The Soul of Designer Records
This is a compilation of ‘70s gospel and soul singles that appropriately honors the musicians who made them while offering a crucial glance at the stylistic elements of the American musical tradition.
Absolutely Free: Absolutely Free.
This is an album that works best when you sit down and think about it afterward, so the appeal is not necessarily apparent upon casual listening.
Louis Sclavis Quartet: Silk and Salt Melodies
No matter what category you pigeonhole him into, jazz clarinetist Louis Sclavis turns his sounds into a miniature miracle.
Various Artists: Dear Jean - Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie
A tribute to a singer, her songs and her legacy, and a collection of very special music in itself.
EndAnd: Fun Times With Shitty People
EndAnd call themselves a punk band, but the power trio bring a distorted grunge rock sound to the party as well.
Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for November and December 2014
In the last installment of "Listening Ahead" of 2014, read up on new albums by Marianne Faithfull and Andy Stott, as well as comprehensive boxsets of the third Velvet Underground album and the Bedhead catalog.
Counterbalance: Prince's '1999'
We were dreaming when we wrote this, so sue us if it goes astray. The Purple One’s 1982 breakthrough is the 199th most acclaimed album of all time, and it’s the subject of this week’s Counterbalance. All the hippies sing together.
Nat Jay - Just a Little More (video) (Premiere)
The British Columbia-based Nat Jay is becoming a rising talent in her native Canada, and the tender pop of "Just a Little More" gives a pretty easy reason as to why that's happening.
In 'Nightcrawler', Jake Gyllenhaal's Character Has Lost His Moral Compass
Halloween: The 10 Sexiest Horror Films
Raunchiness, raging hormones and more: let's all have a hot Halloween, shall we?
'Y Tu Mama Tambien' Hides Serious Themes Behind Comedic Fluff
Alfonso Cuarón's highly sexualized film is deceptively serious, hiding weighty themes behind comic banter and, yes, plenty of sex.
'The Boy Who Drew Monsters' Is a Terrifying Treatise on Raising a Difficult Child
This novel will give you chills, make the hairs on your body stand at end, and, yes, even give you bad dreams.
Another Kind of Horror: 'When Paris Went Dark'
When Paris Went Dark is a penetrating history of the anxiety, confusion, claustrophobia, and uncertainty experienced by a city in the grip of an unpredictable menace.
150 Battleborn Halloweens Later
It’s the strangest of strange troikas; Nevadan statehood, Halloween and comics. But this Halloween, marking the 150th anniversary of Nevadan statehood, might just be the most elegant comment on the current state of comics.
Indie Horror Month 2014: 'The Last Door'
The Last Door is Lovecraftian in every way that a story can be. It captures the mood, the intellectual curiosity, and the slow burn escalation of dread that typifies the best of Lovecraft.
Culture
Tamil Horror Films: Madness, Modernity and of Course, Misogyny
While Hollywood horror thrives on the anxieties over the persistence of evil, emanating from a malevolent source, Tamil horror films deal with the prevalence of social injustice.
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Thursday, 30 October 2014
Six Little Horror Games That Would Like to Play With You This Halloween
Here are a few little games to put you in the spirit of the spooky season. How you will come out of the other side is up to you.
Four of a Kind: A Breakdown of Sloan's 'Commonwealth'
Sloan's jaw-dropping double album Commonwealth strikes a perfect synergy between the band's identity and the collective identities of its members.
Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine
Daniel Lanois has upped the ante with Flesh and the Machine by pledging to search "for something that’s never been heard before".
Medicine: Home Everywhere
Home Everywhere is a brave record, one that you have to be patient with.
'The Art of the English Murder': It's Not all Good Clean Fun
The second half of the19th century saw the murder rate drop precisely when "the activity of enjoying a murder became increasingly acceptable."
'The Honourable Woman' Is a Thriller With Emotional Resonance
The Honourable Woman is smart, taut, and consistently suspenseful, without ever sacrificing character for plot, which is no easy feat.
Betty Who: Take Me When You Go
Betty Who's debut album is not the standout debut that this charismatic pop star deserves.
Otis Brown III: The Thought of You
An ideal fusion of old school hard blowing jazz and new generation rhythms and attitude, this disc feels like the path forward.
George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75
Listening to the entire production on offer here means delving inside an artist's trajectory. Naivety, genius and clever pop.
Harmonie Ensemble New York with Steven Richman: Henry Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn
What was it like to hear the Peter Gunn music for the first time? Some of us will never know for sure. But with this release, you're likely to have fun trying to recapture the moment.
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
One Chord to Another: A Retrospective on the Records of Sloan
We look through the varied and vivacious 20-year discography of Sloan album by album, charting this underrated group's significant achievements.
12 Must-Have Songs for Your Halloween Playlist
Before you go out to your favorite haunted house or visit your favorite witchy woman, be sure to have the proper monster music handy.
Power to the People: An Interview with Basement Jaxx
Many Jaxx fans were surprised by the relatively-straightforward nature of the duo's latest effort, Junto, but the way Felix tells it, it's a deliberately unexpected move from the Grammy-nominated duo.
These Filmmakers Want to Put You Inside a Horror Movie With Oculus Rift
If backed through crowdfunding, Hell Mountain will be the world’s first feature-length horror movie that can be watched from inside the film with the Oculus Rift.
Standalone, Complex: B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth #124
How do you take an image as powerful as Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks", and turn it into a tale about inherent social collapse? If you're Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Tyler Crooks, the answer is, "quite easily".
The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 5
The episodic format is a holdover from a time when it was necessary for Telltale to be able to continue making games and no longer seems like an inherent part of the stories they tell.
Long Live the Old Flesh: David Cronenberg's 'Consumed'
Cronenberg's Consumed feels similar to that of fellow Canadian sci-fi writer William Gibson, in that the narrative is globe-hopping in nature and both writers share a fetish for technology.
Lily & Madeleine: Fumes
Lily & Madeleine may not shout or scream, or even cry, but they still want to be heard.
Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time
The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.
'Subversive Horror Cinema' Opens Your Eyes to Films You Thought You Knew
Aware that theories about the horror genre can turn into fanboy rants, Jon Towlson's book is almost encyclopedic in its efficient division and referential format.
'Nightbreed: The Director's Cut' Fully Realizes the Director's Vision
This is the release Nightbreed fans have been waiting for.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Of Grimms, Slayers, and Vampires with Souls
Although our heroes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Grimm are initially alone, accepting help, and valuing their found families, is a virtue.
Dead at Last: Notes on the Consequences of Death on the Virtual Body
In games that feature perma death, by melding narrative consequence to mechanical consequence, a great deal of meaning is added to even the most routine of skirmishes. Death makes play matter.
Sloan Picks Up Where the Beatles Left Off
Picking up where the Fab Four left off isn't easy, but if one band has done it in the past 30 years, it's Toronto's Sloan.
The 10 Best Games/Traps in the 'Saw' Franchise
James Wan and Leigh Whannell didn't start off the Saw series with a focus on the gory "games", but these 10 examples of Jigsaw's various traps explain the franchise's enduring fear factors.
Jack Bruce: The Thinking Man's Golden God
Jack Bruce didn’t need music videos, laser shows, dry ice, PR Kits, and crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics. He was too busy being one of the very best musicians in the business.
Pride and Mourning: Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2
How does a woefully ill-equipped teenage girl cope with the loss of a loved one?
The Witchcraft of History in 'Babyaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris '
Like Neil Gaiman, China Miéville and Catherynne M. Valente, Toby Barlow takes an historic urban space and transforms it into a place to ask questions that haunt us.
The Flaming Lips: With a Little Help From My Fwends
The Flaming Lips, with the help of more than a few friends, tackle an icon. Literally.
Obituary: Inked in Blood
On their ninth album, Obituary continue to deliver ash-blackened riffage and unintelligible, swamp-creature squeals straight from the bile sac.
Michael Goldberg's Semi-Hallucinogenic Take on the Authentic Real
True Love Scars is a whirlwind tale of a young music fanatic’s quest for true love, high times and “the authentic real” (not necessarily in that order).
'Death Comes to Pemberley' Is Jane Austen, Continued
Affairs, unwed pregnancies, and murder all abound, but at the heart of Death Comes to Pemberley is the story of a marriage.
Monday, 27 October 2014
From Time Travel to Sword and Sandal: 'The Planet of the Apes' Films They Almost Made
Love the Apes or hate them, you should see what they almost threw at us!
I'm Rick James' Bio, Bitch!
The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.
Moving Pixels Podcast: Ghouls, Ghosts, and Gaming
In anticipation of Halloween, the Moving Pixels Podcast discusses a couple of indie horror games, The Cursed Forest and One Late Night.
Heart of Darkness: An Interview with Valery Gore
Buried deep in the emotional grain of Valery Gore's music, there is some semblance of order, some sense of undisclosed truths.
'The Science Delusion' Makes a Familiar Argument From a Fresh Angle
Curtis White's arguments against the myopia of New Atheism have been made by many philosophers before him, but his alternative provides new insights into the follies of scientism.
Wade Bowen - Wade Bowen (album stream) (Premiere)
With his new self-titled album, Wade Bowen has made what he calls "the record to start the next phase of my career."
What Should I Be Looking For?: The Multiversity: The Just #1
All around the multiverse, people are reading comicbooks, the same comicbooks, these comicbooks written/and to be written by Grant Morrison.
'The Vanishing of Ethan Carter': The Weird and the Familiar
Most of the horror of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is derived from an eerie sense of dread created through the atmosphere that is established through the presence of the alien and the weird in an otherwise familiar environment.
The Twilight Sad: Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave
The Scottish band reconcile their previous modes by pulling back on the electronic drive of their last album, while continuing to elevate tension gradually rather than release it for maximum devastation.
The Church: Further/Deeper
An album that moves the band onward and upward, further and deeper – a journey begun a long time ago in a 1980s galaxy far, far away.
In 'The Party', Peter Sellers' Brownface Is the Elephant in the Room
While Peter Sellers' role as an Indian man in The Party may represent just another one of his masks, it also does problematize this 1968 film.
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