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Monday, August 16 2010

Josh Ritter + Justin Townes Earle + Dawn Landes: 8 August 2010 - New York

Two young forces in Americana songwriting made for a pleasant Sunday night on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor.


Friday, September 19 2014

Gdynia Film Festival 2014 Day 3: The Citizen / Warsaw 44

Two Main Competition films that explore Poland's past: one treating it as picaresque comedy, the other as harrowing special effects spectacle.


Counterbalance: Paul McCartney’s ‘Ram’

This week's Counterbalance takes on the 1,377th most acclaimed album of all time, Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 joint effort. Have another look, have a cup of tea and a butter pie. (The butter wouldn't melt so we put it in a pie.)


How About Some Unironic Love for Emerson, Lake & Palmer?

Love them or loathe them, Emerson, Lake & Palmer wore immoderation like a badge of courage.


‘Sarah and Duck: Doubles (Vol. 2)’ Is a Whimsical Throwback to the ‘70s

Sarah and Duck finds the fantastic in the mundane in this fine reminder of the joys of the British kids' TV of yesteryear.


‘Producing Country’ Is Great Oral History

This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time.


Thursday, September 18 2014

Mr. Mencken Went to Dayton and the Culture Wars Began

Long before Christopher Hitchens and Bill Maher, H.L. Mencken was America's most notorious satirist of religion. And thus began the battle for the soul of America.


Mysterious Forces and Femme Fatales: ‘Out of the Past’

In Torneur's classic film, the femme fatale knows she's an object in a world of violent men she has no reason to respect.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

12 Essential Songs for the Kate Bush Novice

While Kate Bush is a national treasure in the UK, US listeners don't know her so well. The following 12 songs capture her irrepressible spirit.


Soul Murder and Dreams in ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’

Like the cobwebs and spider webs that colonize a neglected basement, Haruki Murakami’s filamentous plot threads trail uncannily across our psyches.


The Class Conciousness of Judge Judy (Channel Surfing) [16.Sep.14]
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‘Magic Boy’ Is Dotted With Adorable Animals (Short Ends and Leader) [8.Sep.14]
Cookies: Music for Touching (Reviews) [8.Sep.14]
‘Fear in the Night’ Is a Good Nightmare (Short Ends and Leader) [28.Aug.14]
The World(s) That Video Made (Reviews) [28.Aug.14]
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