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by Timothy Gabriele

8 Sep 2011


“You Know You Like It” is pitch-perfect weird pop, the kind of thing that would stand a chance against Chris Brown and Drake in any other era but our own, with its arbitrary and somewhat nonsensical rules. I’ve given up on waiting to hear things like this on the radio. There’s a way in which the title phrase with its addendum of “...but it drives you insane” can be proscribed onto those clueless station programmers who won’t notice the acute skills of novice George Reid’s IDM ‘n’ purple dubstep-honed production skills and Aluna Francis’s unusual voice, a peculiar blend of Baby Fox’s Christine Leach and a more Brit Britney. This single is about to drop on Super Recordings, the label run by the ever-excellent Raffertie (who has also remixed the below tune). Hopefully, this entry will serve as a historical document of how wrong I was. I would enjoy that much.

Oh yeah, in case you were wondering, the black and white video of Francis dancing with herself is pretty killer too.

by Stuart Henderson

8 Sep 2011


140. That’s how many movies are attributed to John Ford over his 50 years in Hollywood. It’s an absurd number, almost impossible to imagine. How does one compare a filmmaker who was prolific to this extreme to someone as stingily unproductive as Terrence Malick? Indeed, and this is the most amazing part, even though most of us has never seen even half of these films (many are lost), what we are left with are at least a few dozen unassailable masterpieces. For a man who was tireless, obviously overworked, tied to a studio system which had him churning out picture after picture at breakneck speed for decades, John Ford managed to compile an unparalleled list of unqualified successes.

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by Jessy Krupa

7 Sep 2011


New TV series were hyped at an all time high in 2010, only to see disappointing ratings and early cancellations. As a result, this fall will see more new series debuts than last year. But what will stay and what will get cancelled before Christmas? Looking at a show’s premise and competition, I previously predicted the demises of Running Wilde, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, and Outlaw, so let’s see about this year. 

(The listings shown are for the Central Standard time zone.)

by Evan Sawdey

7 Sep 2011


Calvin Harris’ latest single, “Feel So Close”, is as close to a full-blown dance-rock anthem as you can find, which is why the track has been picking up significant play in the past month. Following “Bounce”, which featured a great guest spot from Kelis, his latest video is more life-affirming than club-jumping, but sets Harris up nicely for his to-be-determined album which is due by the end of the year.

by John Garratt

7 Sep 2011


If you were hoping that Noel Gallagher’s split from Oasis would liberate him from the meat-and-potatoes approach to Britpop advocated by little brother Liam, you need to just keep waiting. Though Noel was an Oasis member more prone to experimentation, this new a-side just brings us back to one of the weaker moments on Don’t Believe The Truth—only with a horn section. Recycling is one thing, never finding a natural sense of flow is another. His lament that “it’s a pity that the sunshine is followed by thunder” is offset when you flip the 7” over and hear him admit that “I don’t care for the sunshine.” The up-tempo b-side “The Good Rebel” is supposed to be an update of the Beatles’ single “Rain”, though you’ll probably enjoy the song more if you forget about this little delusion of grandeur. Noel’s choices of a-sides have always been iffy, so the lackluster nature of The Death of You and Me really shouldn’t concern anyone.

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