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by Matt Mazur

2 Jun 2009

Director Lars von Trier recently declared himself to be “the best film director in the world”, at Cannes, where Charlotte Gainsbourg picked up Best Actress for her work in this sure-to-be incendiary film. From the provocative look of trailer, he might be right.

by Sarah Zupko

2 Jun 2009

Rancid - Let the Dominoes Fall
Rancid have been gone for a regrettably long time, having not put out new studio material since 2003’s Indestructible. Their raw and poppy brand of smart punk rooted heavily in Clash influences has been sorely missed, especially as these tough financial times and torture scandal tinged days imploringly cry out for angry, literate and passionate voices like Tim Armstrong and co. Let the Dominoes Fall is another fine entry to the band’s catalog with its tunes of disillusionment. They pay tribute to soldiers on “The Bravest Kids” and they try their hand at country this go-around with “Civilian Ways”. Yes, everyone seems to be reaching for the dobros these days.

Elvis Costello - Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
Elvis Costello has long harbored a passion for country music and he’s created twang-filled albums before, with 1981’s Almost Blue, recorded in Nashville, being one of the highlights of his distinguished discography. It’s only fitting that a songwriter of Costello’s literary talent would embrace the quite visceral and adult medium of country music. He’s returned in 2009 with another platter full of rootsy tunes, here. The elder Costello inhabits these climes like an old native.

by Joe Tacopino

2 Jun 2009

Spinner shows us that Grizzly Bear’s angelic harmonies are just as potent live as they are on disc.

by Sarah Zupko

2 Jun 2009

The Beatles: Rock Band releases 9 September, “coincidentally” on the same day as the re-mastered Beatles CD catalogue drops. Think you can play these songs like the Fab Four?

by Sarah Zupko

2 Jun 2009

Artsy, abstract, droning and electronic. Interesting stuff from Clinic.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Looks at the Scenic Vistas and Human Drama of 'Firewatch'

// Moving Pixels

"This week we consider the beautiful world that Campo Santo has built for us to explore and the way that the game explores human relationships through its protagonist's own explorations within that world.

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