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Disaster and Individualism in 'Game of Thrones'
By Katherine Murray
In showing us multiple internal societal disasters, Game of Thrones indulges our fears and dark fantasies of a world where structures reliant on allegiance and cooperation no longer hold. In the process, it indulges the aspirations of individualism. [2.Sep.14]
The Forerunner: An Interview with Shabazz Palaces
"It’s just like exploration really, and just jumping off certain types of cliffs and trying to open up sonic parachutes that’ll get you floating down to your destination and landing on two feet." [2.Sep.14]
Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for September 2014
By Matthew Fiander and Arnold Pan
September's slate of releases features numerous living legends and big names, but "Listening Ahead" is focusing its attention on artists whose time has come, like Hiss Golden Messenger and Perfume Genius. [28.Aug.14]
The Gunman on the Unemployment Line: Masculinity, Professionalism, and Ethical Bankruptcy
Surely even Dirty Harry needs a break from cinematic violence, some time off at Walden Pond. Though I doubt its tranquility would deter him from picking off the sparrows. [28.Aug.14]
Counterbalance: 'Van Halen'
(Dedicate one to the ladies...) This week's Counterbalance found the simple life ain't so simple, when it jumped out on the road. We're taking a look at Van Halen's 1978 debut album, which we're told is living at a pace that kills. [28.Aug.14]
Today's Articles
2.Sep.14
Shovels and Rope: Swimmin' Time
Swimmin' Time is the product of our generation's June Carter and Johnny Cash after the messy past has been laid to rest.
Blonde Redhead: Barragán
Barragán is aimless and directionless, and it’s hard to see what the group is trying to really do here other than make music that somehow pleases itself.
Music Blues: Things Haven't Gone Well
There is a dark, dark humor that bubbles up on occasion, but its dry wit can't keep the record from being a depressing listen.
Robin Eubanks: Klassic Rock Vol. 1
The M-Base trombonist returns with a slippery, funky mix of rock tunes and originals.
The Knife: Shaken-Up Versions
Somewhere between remixes and a live album, this brief collection would be less of a let down if the band weren't about to end.
The Forerunner: An Interview with Shabazz Palaces
"It’s just like exploration really, and just jumping off certain types of cliffs and trying to open up sonic parachutes that’ll get you floating down to your destination and landing on two feet."
Z is for Zombie and for 'The Zombie Book'
There are brains here, interesting tidbits that make you think. They're scattered all over the place, like matter without thought, without movement, without electricity.
The 'Angry Optimist' Is Clearly a Search-Engine Approach to Biography
Put a thousand monkeys in front of a thousand Google searches, and eventually...
Nixonian Paranoia in 2014: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
The Captain America movies are well-suited to mix and match time periods with a comic-book-y flair.
Unnerving 'Insomnia' Gets Under Your Skin
Most people know Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia; few people, regrettably, know the superior work from which it is adapted.
Newport Folk Festival 2014: Day 1 & 2 Photos
While it is now under the umbrella of a non-profit foundation, the Newport Folk Festival still remains one of the top Summer festivals for an artist to play.
Disaster and Individualism in 'Game of Thrones'
In showing us multiple internal societal disasters, Game of Thrones indulges our fears and dark fantasies of a world where structures reliant on allegiance and cooperation no longer hold. In the process, it indulges the aspirations of individualism.
Recent Articles
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for September 2014
September's slate of releases features numerous living legends and big names, but "Listening Ahead" is focusing its attention on artists whose time has come, like Hiss Golden Messenger and Perfume Genius.
The Gunman on the Unemployment Line: Masculinity, Professionalism, and Ethical Bankruptcy
Surely even Dirty Harry needs a break from cinematic violence, some time off at Walden Pond. Though I doubt its tranquility would deter him from picking off the sparrows.
It Never Happened Again and Again and Again
In his book It Never Happened Again, Sam Alden uses two short comicbook stories to offer a slight twist on the old journey-vs.-destination philosophy.
Counterbalance: 'Van Halen'
(Dedicate one to the ladies...) This week's Counterbalance found the simple life ain't so simple, when it jumped out on the road. We're taking a look at Van Halen's 1978 debut album, which we're told is living at a pace that kills.
Late Summer 2014 New Music Playlist
Eighteen new songs with notes (and a quiz) to extend the summer vibe.
The World(s) That Video Made
Video Revolutions is a brief, brilliant inquiry into the history of a complex, contested medium.
The Roar of a 'League of Legends' Crowd
The atmosphere of any live sporting event is a unique slice of that sport’s spectator culture. Where does eSports, and specifically League of Legends, fit in?
Opeth: Pale Communion
Pale Communion is both the culmination of Opeth's journey toward classic progressive rock and its best work since Ghost Reveries.
'Love Is Strange': Complicated Lives in Tight Spaces
The film reminds us of just how difficult it can be to find one's own tempo amidst radical changes caused by unjust circumstances.
'The November Man' Is Not As Bad As It Seems -- and Not As Good
Perhaps a tad too overcomplicated, this still satisfies as a slightly less than b-picture level actioner.
Ty Segall: Manipulator
The often quick-working Segall took 14 months to make Manipulator, but it's not so much a wild departure sonically as it is a return to and refinement of tangents we've heard from him in the past.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Hope Despite the Times: 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s
For those interested in acquainting themselves with alternative rock's rich and diverse early years, Sound Affects has assembled this '80s alt-rock primer.
Who Wants to Read Comics on a Computer?
However modest in scope, comiXology's new downloads signals the beginning of the end for strict DRM in digital comics -- and it will change how we view comics.
Tongue Firmly in Cheek: An Interview with Ace Frehley
Several years sober, KISS' Ace Frehley comes fresh off some time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to release his first solo album in over five years -- and definitely knows how to write a sexy song better than Robin Thicke.
Losing to Win: 'Spec Ops' and Tragedy in Video Games
The idea of a video game character that suffers a general decline seems counter to the way in which games are designed. Who wants to get less capable as a character as they progress?
I Kept Waiting for Lee Van Cleef to Save 'God's Gun' With His Duel Roles
It's not the worst picture ever made, or even the worst Spaghetti Western, but its many low-points bury its few high-points.
Quality Time and Honest Mistakes: Wolverine Annual #1
How an innocent camping trip can be ruined by a reasonable misunderstanding
Someone Is Missing in Elizabeth McCracken's 'Thunderstruck'
These stories, to borrow Carrie Fisher’s title, are postcards from the edge, a place McCracken’s creative heart has taken up residence.
The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers
Brill Bruisers, with its blaring, neon keyboards and deep hooks, is both a prototypical New Pornographers record and another variation on the band's established themes.
We're in the Movies: Palace of Silents and Itinerant Filmmaking
Flicker Alley's new Blu-ray/DVD combo We're in the Movies: Palace of Silents and Itinerant Filmmaking provides a glimpse into obscure corners of film history.
Harry Potter for Grown-Ups Grows Up
The third and final installment in Lev Grossman's 'Magicians' trilogy, The Magician's Land, is also its best.
Todd Snider: Cheatham Street Warehouse
Snider covers Kent Finlay on Cheatham Street Warehouse to raise funds for Finlay’s medical care.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
The Body Politic: Violence and Rebellion in the First Wave of Hardcore Punk
The value of violence in the hardcore punk movement is not what it fought against, but rather the new ground it forged.
Richard Attenborough's 10 Greatest Artistic Triumphs
While his life was filled with many career triumphs, the late Richard Attenborough will always be remembered for these ten examples of his undeniable talent.
There Is Only Now: An Interview with Adrian Younge
The acclaimed L.A. producer Adrian Younge talks about his new album with Souls of Mischief, why he hates ProTools, and about his slew of upcoming projects.
The Walking Dead Season Two, Episode 4
With episode 4 of its second season, I feel as if the well is running dry on Telltale's ability to wring new meaning out of The Walking Dead franchise.
Not Just a Comicbook: The Multiversity #1
In this story of multiple worlds, fiction is fact and comicbooks are true.
Tracing the Mythos of Dylan, One Fan at a Time
The Dylanologists doesn't give up any answers about Dylan, but it does ask the right questions of people, on the trail through Dylan's America.
Basement Jaxx: Junto
The UK progressive house duo is in transition on their latest full-length.
Cymbals Eat Guitars: Lose
For its themes of loss and longing, its wide-eyed sense of wistfulness, for all of its hopefulness in misfortune, Lose ends up being a win.
If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of the (Restaurant) Kitchen
Popular Orangette blogger Molly Wizenberg loves to cook, as made clear in Delancey... just not in restaurants.
Kristen Wiig Sinks 'Hateship Loveship'
Infusing Alice Munro's portrait of a lonely woman and her quest for happiness with deadpan comic beats, Kristen Wiig muddies the tone of "Hateship Loveship" and leaves it without a center.
Liam Bailey: Definitely Now
Liam Bailey’s first full length album, Definitely Now , is so genre-defying that if not for the unmistakable voice of Bailey, it could seem like a mixtape of several artists.
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