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Benjamin Aspray
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Benjamin is a fairweather cinephile and closet pop pushover from the affluent swamplands of Princeton, New Jersey.  Nestled happily in the moist cocoon of post-graduate work at Northwestern University, he writes on music in his fleeting spare time and should probably be ignored at all costs.


Features

Sunday, June 13 2010

Stop Laughing: A Difference of Laughter Between British and American Hitchcock

While Hitchcock is famous for the humor that he injects into his thrillers, there are striking differences in the humor between his British and American periods.


Reviews

Monday, November 24 2014

Andy Stott: Faith in Strangers

With an astonishing lead single and an enveloping album besides, the Manchester producer offers the most vivid expression of his ghostly, brooding vision yet.


Tuesday, November 11 2014

Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

A bluesy howl of addictive beats, political fury, and hypnotic technique, the sequel to Run the Jewels' triumphant debut bests the original in every way.


Monday, September 22 2014

Aphex Twin: Syro

Unburdened of revolutionary duties, Syro offers a deeply rewarding expression of one of electronic music's most dependably brilliant talents.


Wednesday, September 3 2014

J Mascis: Tied to a Star

On his latest, deceptively quiet solo outing, legendary Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis wisely lets his guitar do the talking.


Monday, August 25 2014

Basement Jaxx: Junto

The UK progressive house duo is in transition on their latest full-length.


Junip: Junip [24.Apr.13]
Shigeto: Lineage [26.Mar.12]
Panda Bear: Tomboy [12.Apr.11]
Rotwang: Awful [19.Aug.10]

Blogs

Tuesday, August 7 2012

Root Spirits: Blues That'll Put Hair on Your Chest

Athens duo is releasing a recording a week of tectonic electric blues until they get signed for their full-length debut.


Monday, May 9 2011

Buckwheat Groats - "Arbor Day Party" (NSFW)

International hip-hop superstars Buckwheat Groats show love for trees in their own special, highly satanic way in their latest, Baltimora-sampling single.


Tuesday, October 26 2010

Let's Talk About Blowing Up Children!

After disappearing in a puff of embarrassment, 10:10's misguided No Pressure deserves to be re-examined -- not because it didn't fail, but because nobody seems to get it.


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