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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

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.


Wednesday, July 30 2014

Common: Nobody's Smiling

The veteran Chicago rapper returns to his troubled hometown on a conscious album for a post-conscious age.


Wednesday, May 14 2014

Chromeo: White Women

The Quebecois electro-funk duo's fourth full-length is impossibly catchy, shamelessly referential, sonically lavish, and if lyrically underwhelming, still distinguished by flashes of wordplay and wit.


Monday, July 22 2013

Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus

As visceral and astringent as it is seductive and poised, the Bristol duo's latest album of electro-noise epics is a triumph, and oddly danceable to boot.


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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