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by Charles Pitter

18 Nov 2014


The black and white video shows the song being created in the studio with the Normandy All Stars and producer Gaspard Murphy. It goes to show that what sounds simple is actually quite complicated.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

17 Nov 2014


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Catch up with the piles of colorful new music to rake up and add to this fall’s soundtrack. Bands such as Motopony, Bear In Heaven and Foxygen offer songs from solid follow-ups, while music scene stalwarts TV on the Radio and Cold War Kids return to drop more tunes into a vast archive. Solo artists Sondre Lerche, Ariel Pink and Jenny Lewis also appear on the playlist along with Dan Boeckner’s new band Operators. It’s a harvest to behold, so listen and enjoy.

by Charles Pitter

17 Nov 2014


Phil Spector may be in prison for having undertaken bad things, but hopefully he’s managed to hear the glorious girl group harmonies of Lucius. We all deserve a touch of mercy now and again. The beginning of the video for “Turn It Around” is like a weird Linguaphone lesson, but the rest is pure joyous pop, demonstrating that reflections aren’t so tedious after all.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

28 Aug 2014


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Here’s another collection of music culled from recent releases to help keep the summer vibe going. Check out new songs from indie veterans Spoon, Interpol, the New Pornographers and the Shins along with new bands such as Jungle and the Orwells. Vacationer, Parquet Courts and Ex Hex bring the party atmosphere while Christopher Owens, Stand of Oaks and Tweedy (Jeff Tweedy of Wilco) craft a mellow musical vein.

by Barry Lenser

16 Jul 2014


Actually, it does reside in that rarefied space—just not according to your average listicle on the subject or the band’s “greatest hits”. “The Way Love Used to Be” is a ghost classic mainly due to its undistinguished release history, appearing first on the soundtrack to Percy, a 1971 British comedy about “the world’s first penis transplant”, and then two years later on The Great Lost Kinks Album, an odds-and-ends collection that was discontinued in 1975 after Ray Davies initiated legal measures against Reprise Records.

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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

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"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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