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Friday, Oct 24, 2014
Is Buster Poindexter an alter-ego or has the persona fully subsumed David Johansen? Either way, the lounge lizard leads an awesome evening of cabaret.

A couple of years ago, I went to see a performance by Chip Taylor without really knowing what to expect. I left the show very impressed and glad I got to see a classic singer-songwriter. This week I had the opportunity to see Buster Poindexter, the alter-ego of David Johansen, a singer-songwriter who was part of the early-punk band New York Dolls, at Café Carlyle, the spot where Woody Allen is known to play jazz flute. I went into this performance knowing only that he does a rendition of the perennial calypso favorite “Hot Hot Hot”. I left thoroughly entertained and amazed, thinking, ‘wow, wow, wow’.


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Friday, Oct 24, 2014
With sonic brethren like Josh Ritter and Sufjan Stevens, the Portland, Oregon folk band Musée Mécanique offers up an instrumental version of its recent LP, the ornate and visionary From the Shores of Sleep.

In August, the Portland, Oregon symphonic indie folk band Musée Mécanique released its sophomore LP, the high-minded and ornately arranged From the Shores of Sleep. Musée Mécanique, fronted by the longtime musical partnership of Micah Rabwin and Sean Ogilvie (the latter of Tristeza fame), is a band that manages to both sound very much like a product of its environment and rise above its native scene through meticulous and creative songwriting. Anyone familiar with the evergreen-lined Pacific Northwest will no doubt hear aural similarities to those environs in Musée Mécanique’s music, particularly the through-composed tunes of From the Shores of Sleep. Now, the band is offering listeners to dive even further into the music’s deep arrangements by producing an instrumental version of the LP, which you can stream below.


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Friday, Oct 24, 2014
As long as it avoids anything closely resembling the real world, Ouija works. Not as horror, but as a cautionary example as to why "gotchas" don't necessarily equal scares.

Welcome to the world of stupid horror, terror where the failed fear comes out of the character’s single digit IQ actions, not anything remotely realistic or relatable. It’s a place where no one ever turns on a lamp, where already scared individuals walk blindly into pitch black areas carrying only notoriously unreliable flashlights, where the police are never called or investigate very mysterious deaths, and where information is parsed out it narratively beneficial drips and drabs.


It’s a place where a house someone has lived in for years contains an easily discoverable secret room that no one has come across before (wouldn’t a home inspection and a title/blueprint search for tax/insurance purposes cover that?), and where clueless characters walk right into supernatural traps, clearly never learning their lesson the first 15 times around.


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Friday, Oct 24, 2014
Evocative and sensual, Kye Kye's remix of its own track "Her" reveals it to be a band always interested in reinventing itself.

Kye Kye is made up of the Portland, Oregon by way of Estonia Yagolnikov siblings, Olga (lead vocals and guitar), Alex (keyboards), and Timothy (programming, keyboards and guitar), who are joined by Olga’s husband Thomas Phelan on drums. At the start of 2014 the quartet dropped its sophomore LP, Fantasize; it then followed that up in September with Fantasize Remixes, a collection of band-made remixes of the Fantasize album cuts. Below you can watch the video for the remix of the track “Her”, directed by Marty Martin.


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Friday, Oct 24, 2014
That's some view... of modern marriage.

So… a man runs away from an impending avalanche, leaving his wife and two young children behind.


That’s it. That’s the basis for this talky, incomprehensibly narrow minded “view of modern marriage” being touted as some brilliantly enlightened masterpiece. Indeed, Force Majeure (Latin for “superior force”, though typically translated as “unavoidable accident”) is making the arthouse rounds in preparation for an end of the year run at the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar next February and what an over-praised pile of yellow snow it is.


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