Friday, December 5 2014
Metal's shining moments in 2014 include a long-awaited reunion, a culmination of a nearly 20-year career, and a sophomore outing that rose to the occasion.
The fundamentalist atheism and myopic intellectualism of Woody Allen's latest depiction of an older man/younger woman dynamic makes it a pale imitation of his best work.
Meryle Secrest’s biography pays homage to Schiaparelli’s unique oeuvre by highlighting the efficiency of form and style in her designs, while framing them as miracles in their own right.
This is pretty damn indispensable listening, and somewhere down below the man with the horns and cape is grinning in wild approval.
Stalley serves up more intelligent trunk music on his major-label debut.
Thursday, December 4 2014
Is this old school speed metal album entertaining and exciting? Oh hells yes!
These two graphic novel versions of The Graveyard Book preserve everything good about the original and add the benefit of visual interpretation by a number of fine artists.
Anita Diamant’s storytelling is exceptional. There’s something here for everyone in a work which is an unquestioned masterpiece of historical fiction.
If forced to define Americana, it's the one genre where honest craftsmanship is required, respected, and rewarded, something the best of 2014 lived up to.
Wednesday, December 3 2014
On Episode Six of Pop Unmuted, we discuss the effects of online music streaming and the postmodernism of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars's "Uptown Funk".