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by Adrien Begrand

4 Aug 2015

Sludge metal gets  mighty weird awfully fast on this debut album. In the best way imaginable.

In addition to being one of the coolest writers around, an expert in everything from jazz, to death metal, to Ween, Hank Shteamer is the drummer and vocalist for Brooklyn band STATS. As it so happens, the band is as eclectic as Shteamer’s musical taste, a wildy creative mishmash of Melvins-derived sludge and Beefheart-esque experimentation. Massively heavy but showing a progressive nimbleness that you don’t exactly hear in sludge/noise-oriented bands, the band’s debut album makes for an absurdly delightful listening experience.

by Anthony Merino

4 Aug 2015

Series creator Nic  Pizzolatto constructs the entire season on a simple exchange: death seems to be the metaphysical wage of knowledge.

“Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.”
—Albert Camus

In a scene near the end of Michael Curtiz’, 1942 classic movie Casablanca, the main protagonist Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) meets with Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains), in a scene that ultimately sets up the end of the movie. Dissected from the rest of the film, this scene seems rather improbable: Rick proposes a scheme that requires the buy in of other players. This is, of course, totally and completely irrelevant to the plot, and yet leads into one of the best and most quotable final scenes in film history.

Indeed, the plot of Casablanca was just a necessary element to allow the characters to react to each other. Episode seven of season two of True Detective, “Black Maps and Motel Rooms”, serves the same function. Writer Nic Pizzolatto needs to merge as many of his loose strings together as possible to lead into the season finalé.

by Michael Barrett

4 Aug 2015

by PopMatters Staff

4 Aug 2015

Willis Earl Beal  will release his latest album, Nocturnes, on 28 August via Tender Loving Empire.

It has an inventive build-up, with its DIY quality and dazzling timbres making it consistently mysterious and engaging. Vocally and melodically, Beal evokes his soulful forefathers, which, when done right, is more difficult than it seems. It reminds me a bit of certain tracks from Plastic Beach by Gorillaz, actually. It’s a bit too sparse, though, since Beal’s voice deserves a more luscious arrangement. The contrast between his robust delivery and the limited composition is part of the intrigue, though, so yeah, I’m a bit torn on this one.—JORDAN BLUM (7/10)

by Erin Giannini

4 Aug 2015

We got our  "news" from these two satirists, and their protégés, Noah and Wilmore, surely hope for such loyalty. What is Stewart and Colbert's legacy? What does the future hold for them -- and us?

When The Daily Show debuted in 1996, there was little to suggest what it would become. Despite the desires of creator Lizz Winstead, both the Comedy Central execs and host Craig Kilbourn set a tone for the series that was more a parody of infotainment and less a trenchant satire of modern news media.

//Mixed media

Truth and Other Restrictions: 'True Detective' - Episode 7 - "Black Maps and Motel Rooms"

// Channel Surfing

"Series creator Nic Pizzolatto constructs the entire season on a simple exchange: death seems to be the metaphysical wage of knowledge.

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