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Monday, October 20 2014

‘The Mack Sennett Collection, Volume One’ Attests to Risk-Taking in Creativity and Innovation

This collection of films is significant in illustrating the development of Mack Sennett's contributions to early film comedy and the lasting effects of Sennett and his troupe.


Scott Walker and Sunn O))): Soused

Twin titans of the underground come together to craft essentially what you'd expect a collaboration of this nature to sound like, for better or worse.


‘Voyaging in Strange Seas’ Tells of the Deep, Wide Roots of Modern Science

The history of the Scientific Revolution, retold: Clear, detailed, and as overwhelming as drinking from a fire hose.


Jukebox the Ghost: Jukebox the Ghost

In overemphasizing the pure pop side of its style, Jukebox the Ghost oversimplifies and dumbs down its songwriting smarts.


Jess Reimer: The Nightjar and the Garden

The Nightjar and the Garden is a highly literary effort, a testament to a woman's trying faith in a time and place where it is a commodity that is being continuously challenged.


Guilty Simpson: The Simpson Tape

Simpson's grumbling's gotten boring, but Oh-No's beats are as fresh as they've ever been (straight off the farm, we're talking).


Queen: Live at the Rainbow ‘74

This lost live record captures one of rock’s most unassailable giants, right when it was discovering how to really belt out its “fee-fi-fo-fums”.


Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen: Cold Spell

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen are poised to become a lasting force in bluegrass and also demonstrate the potential for broader success.


Friday, October 17 2014

In ‘Nymph()maniac - The Director’s Cut’, More Actually Is More

Even with all its XXX gimmickry, Nymph()maniac remains grounded in character. From someone like Von Trier, we'd expect nothing less, and we even get a lot more.


Dinner and a Suit: Stay EP

Nashville quartet tackles grandiose indie pop-rock with aplomb across four-song EP.


London Film Festival 2014 Day 7: ‘Whiplash’ (Notes from the Road) [17.Oct.14]
Matteah Baim: Falling Theater (Capsule Reviews) [17.Oct.14]
Indie Horror Month 2014: ‘Claire’ (Moving Pixels) [17.Oct.14]
Ry Cooder: Soundtracks (Reviews) [17.Oct.14]
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Worker (Reviews) [17.Oct.14]
Pig Destroyer: Mass and Volume EP (Reviews) [17.Oct.14]
Noel Torres: La Balanza (Reviews) [17.Oct.14]
Gov’t Mule: San Diego, CA - 27 September 2014 (Notes from the Road) [16.Oct.14]
Valery Gore - “S.O.” (video) (Mixed Media) [16.Oct.14]
Continent: Wasteland EP (Capsule Reviews) [16.Oct.14]
Weezer and the Problem of Fan Expectation (Sound Affects) [16.Oct.14]
Johnny Marr: Playland (Reviews) [16.Oct.14]
Pharmakon: Bestial Burden (Reviews) [16.Oct.14]
JAWS: Be Slowly (Reviews) [16.Oct.14]
Billy Thermal: Billy Thermal (Reviews) [16.Oct.14]
Katie Kate: Nation (Reviews) [15.Oct.14]
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles (Reviews) [15.Oct.14]
Vashti Bunyan: Heartleap (Reviews) [15.Oct.14]
Dads: I’ll Be the Tornado (Reviews) [15.Oct.14]
Foxygen: ...And Star Power (Reviews) [15.Oct.14]
The Acacia Strain: Coma Witch (Reviews) [15.Oct.14]
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