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Possessed by 'Wild Palms': How Far Will You Go to Feel Connected?
Have Croatian Amor's listeners given more of themselves than the musician ever would? [17.Sep.14]
Formerly Poor Old Shine
By William Rosenbeck
Following its name change, Parsonsfield, New England's most exciting folk band, is letting its music speak for itself. [17.Sep.14]
The Power of Body Language: Michelle Yeoh, Action Cinema's First Lady
Watching Michelle Yeoh fight on screen is like watching Fred Astaire dance: simply beautiful. [16.Sep.14]
An Artist Capable of Making Something Magnetic: Matt Johnson on Jeff Buckley
By David Chiu
Drummer Matt Johnson shares his reflections 20 years later on working with Jeff Buckley and recording what turned out to be a masterpiece, 1994's Grace. [16.Sep.14]
Juliette of the Spirits: An Interview with Kelly & Cal's Leading Lady Juliette Lewis
Despite years of wonderful work, it’s taken Juliette Lewis almost two decades to land her first flat-out great leading role: Kelly & Cal. [16.Sep.14]
Today's Articles
17.Sep.14
Banks: Goddess
If you happen to be in the market for a new, hyper-hip iteration of slow-burning electronica, then Jillian Banks is your girl.
GRMLN: Soon Away
On his third release as GRMLN, Yoodoo Park expands and explores pop-punk's roots.
The Wilderness of Manitoba: Between Colours
Between Colours reaches for the sun and the stars, not to mention the backs of the bleachers.
Sarah Jaffe: Don't Disconnect
Sarah Jaffe speaks volumes while singing very little on Don’t Disconnect’s futuristic indictment against modernity.
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights: End Times Undone
Similar to albums by Kilgour's band the Clean, End Times Undone feels longer than it is, in a good way.
Die Antwoord: Donker Mag
Die Antwoord have described their work as "exaggerated experience", and that's apt. Anger, lust, passion, violence - all things through the lens of Die Antwoord become amplified to the point of deafening.
Formerly Poor Old Shine
Following its name change, Parsonsfield, New England's most exciting folk band, is letting its music speak for itself.
Possessed by 'Wild Palms': How Far Will You Go to Feel Connected?
Have Croatian Amor's listeners given more of themselves than the musician ever would?
'Walt Before Skeezix' Captures a Slice of American Life just After World War I
'Walt Before Skeezix' offers an in-depth look at the early days of 'Gasoline Alley' in a beautifully-presented volume
'Queen Margot' Is a History That Only Goes Downhill
Patrice Chéreau's multiple César winning film receives a lavish 20th anniversary edition from Cohen.
Recent Articles
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
An Artist Capable of Making Something Magnetic: Matt Johnson on Jeff Buckley
Drummer Matt Johnson shares his reflections 20 years later on working with Jeff Buckley and recording what turned out to be a masterpiece, 1994's Grace.
The Power of Body Language: Michelle Yeoh, Action Cinema's First Lady
Watching Michelle Yeoh fight on screen is like watching Fred Astaire dance: simply beautiful.
Death From Above 1979: The Physical World
Ten years on, Death from Above 1979 kicks just as much ass.
My Brightest Diamond: This Is My Hand
By time a song ends, one has undergone the journey from ignorance to familiarity accompanied by a sense of Déjà vu as if one already knew what one never has known.
'Circle the Wagen' Prefers a Predetermined Map
Circle the Wagen begins with the end in mind, and suffers as a result.
'SMiLE' Left Me Terribly Unhappy
Labored and unfocused, the study that Luis Sanchez attempts with SMiLE is a poor fit for the 33 1/3 format.
Zeus: Classic Zeus
Classic Zeus is sturdy and stormproof, and has enough memorable hooky hooks to make your head spin.
Silly Sexual Politics Undermine 'Operation Petticoat'
Silly sexual politics prevent this film from being a bona fide classic.
Dr. John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch
Not all the guest artists fit, and sometimes the connection to Satchmo seems tenuous indeed. But when it works, as it mostly does, the album delivers much pleasure and pleasant surprises.
Electric Würms: Musik, die Schwer zu Twerk
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd's new project is a solid attempt at arty prog-rock, but in the end, they just can't shake sounding like the Flaming Lips.
Monday, 15 September 2014
The Road to 'Grace': How Jeff Buckley's Debut Album Remains Timeless 20 Years Later
Drawing from 20 years worth of reviews and books, in addition to new interviews with those involved in Jeff Buckley's music, David Chiu looks back on Grace, which two decades later remains just as impactful.
Stream of (Music) Consciousness
The 'Marshall McLuhan' message borne by the MP3 revolution is clear: music is endlessly plentiful and entirely disposable. So what's the message of streaming?
Kind of, Kind of Blue: A Conversation with Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Mostly Other People Do the Killing have taken on an ambitious task: recreate Miles Davis' landmark Kind of Blue note for note. Except, as bassist Moppa Elliott notes, note-for-note might just be impossible.
Moving Pixels Podcast: Little Money, Little Games
This week we discuss three indie releases that are available for free on PC, including Serena, Glitchhikers, and A Dark Room.
U2: Songs of Innocence
It's hard to fault a lot of young people for are asking the question of "Who is U2?", because after listening to Songs of Innocence, this is a question that not even the band themselves could answer.
The Asteroid No. 4 - Asteroid No. 4 (album stream) (Premiere)
For fans of psychedelic music, whether vintage or contemporary, The Asteroid No. 4's self-titled studio effort should do just the trick.
A Girl, Her Dog, and So Much More: Ms. Marvel #8
A loveable girl and a loveable dog team up to create a world of entertaining complications.
'Last Days of Vietnam' Reveals the Lessons Still Unlearned
In Last Days in Vietnam, archival footage is both thrilling and heartbreaking, at once emblematic of the broader saga of so many mistakes set against so many heroic efforts.
Eimear McBride's Debut Novel Is a Polarizing Experience
I found A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing to be the literary equivalent of a shot of blackest espresso: sharp, jolting, and acidic.
Use Your Allusion: Exclusive Preview of Unwritten Apocalypse #9
Three dramas become entwined in the breathtakingly micro-epic folds of “Inklings.” But the one that ultimately makes the difference is the fourth—the drama you bring with you to these pages.
There Is an Unwritten and Unfilmed Core to 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them'
This is a movie about hearts and selves, bodies and trusts, and most importantly how people deal (or don't deal) with loss.
Friday, 12 September 2014
The Defiant New Postmodern Tamil Cinema
Fed up with the empty rhetoric of utopian ideology and highfalutin discourse, the new generation of filmmakers take their frustrations out on the grand narratives of Tamil cinema.
The Guggenheim's Latin American Survey Reveals Something New Under the Sun
Categorizing the world we live in may be one of the most primal of human appetites.This exhibit challenges how we do that.
The Going Out of Business Sale for the 20th Century
This is a story about the distribution model of comics and why I want to see it evolve to the same levels comics storytelling did in the ‘90s. And this story begins with two vignettes…
Counterbalance: Soundgarden's 'Superunknown'
In my eyes, indisposed, in disguise as no one knows hides the face of this week's Counterbalance. 281st most acclaimed album of all time, won't you come and wash away the rain?
Riley Rossmos Eclectic Signature
“Momentum” is a good word for Rossmo’s work in general. If there’s one thing that ties together his eclectically vast projects, it’s the kinetic energy his art contains.
Timeless Resonance: An Interview with Luluc
Australian songwriter Zoë Randall of Luluc has been listening to her favorite albums, over and over, for decades. Her own new one Passerby is so effortlessly lovely that you can likewise imagine yourself putting it on again this year and next year and the one after that.
Living Folklore in 'Year Walk'
Year Walk tells a story that comes alive in its telling, that grows up around the player, out of its display box, and into a forest.
More Than Just LOLCats and Finger-Chomping Babies, Memes Are a Window Into Contemporary Culture
Thought not always humorous, memes demonstrate the power of whimsical humour to undermine the legitimacy of the most laboriously manufactured control structures.
Pere Ubu: Carnival of Souls
Pere Ubu's 18th album offers their most cohesive and disturbing vision of dystopian America. A carnival of oblique reference points, it's also their best album of the 21st century.
'What We See When We Read': Covers, Imagination, and Everything in Between
"When we discuss the feeling of reading we are really talking about the memory of having read," says Peter Mendelsund, "and this memory of reading is a false memory."
Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer: Bass and Mandolin
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer meet up for a second time, making music that, unsurprisingly, sounds like it was made for virtuosos.
Thursday, 11 September 2014
'Invisible Bridge' Is an Exhaustive and Exhausting Chronicle of the '70s
In this brick of a book, Rick Perlstein chronicles a riveting, portentous period of American history that in many ways taught us lessons we still haven’t learned.
Rich Aucoin: Ephemeral
This is a celebratory affair from start to finish, and constructed in such a way as to put a big grin on your face.
Robyn Hitchcock: The Man Upstairs
The Man Upstairs is a beguiling diversion for Hitchcock, one devoid of any mystery or humor.
Durutti Column: Chronicle XL
Seemingly on the verge of death not long ago, Vini Reilly re-emerges with a timely, often gorgeous reminder of why he is among the greatest guitarists of his generation.
Along Came a Spider: Resurgence
Resurgence is highly commendable and those looking for great production techniques in their hard rock and metal are going to gobble this up.
Philly Moves: Olga
Olga, despite its missteps, is a great entry point for the rap neophyte.
Ugly Beats: Brand New Day
Austin, Texas, long-running garage-pop fivesome welcomes a brand new day that started sometime around 1967.
'Renegades of Rhythm' DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist - New York
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist forged their third turntable project, the 'Renegades of Rhythm Tour', from their careful curating of records from Afrika Bambaataa's collection.
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Formerly Poor Old Shine (Features) [Wed, 2:14 am]
Banks: Goddess (Reviews) [Wed, 2:06 am]
GRMLN: Soon Away (Reviews) [Wed, 2:05 am]
Sarah Jaffe: Don't Disconnect (Reviews) [Wed, 2:03 am]
Die Antwoord: Donker Mag (Reviews) [Wed, 2:01 am]
Broncho: Just Enough Hip to Be Woman (Capsule Reviews) [Tue, 1:30 pm]
Bleached: For the Feel EP (Capsule Reviews) [Tue, 12:30 pm]
Famous Last Words: Council of the Dead (Capsule Reviews) [Tue, 11:30 am]
Requiem for Perfection: R.I.P. iPod Classic (Sound Affects) [Tue, 11:00 am]
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