The Five Phases of Metallica: A Case Study in Catalog Organization

The Five Phases of Metallica: A Case Study in Catalog Organization

By William Nesbitt

A layperson takes a stab at music sabermetrics by tracing Metallica's success and failures through these five phases. 18 Oct 2017 // 2:00 AM

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Pearl Reaves and Her Retro R&B: The Magical Obscurity of the Working Artist

A generically labeled 45rpm leads to unforeseen connections between an illegal squat, a ramshackle used record outlet, and an obscure R&B outfit that eventually lands at the Mount Olive Temple of Christ in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

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Why, After All These Years, Are We Still Speaking in Sein Language?

Just like with hip-hop, Seinfeld has broadened our collective slang and everyday rhetorical wit.

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Backtrack to Center: An Interview with Wild Cub’s Keegan DeWitt

"We made the first [album] as a bunch of kids in a house, so we're just really happy that we've gone through this process to make this big, emotionally and artistically dense record."

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What to Push and When to Push It: Palestinian Director Maysaloun Hamoud on ‘In Between’

In Between emits an idealistic spirit to create unity, and Hamoud equally looks towards feminism as a unifying framework for the contemporary world.

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10 Oct 2017 // 2:35 AM

10 Conversation-Shifting Contemporary Books About Music

These are multiple works of genre history and works tackling important issues of race, class, and gender. All challenge dominant narratives of music.

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Hope Is Big: An Interview with Deer Tick

A long break for the band yielded not one but two albums: one all-acoustic and one all-electric. Deer Tick are back, baby.

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Distill the Swarm: The Top 20 Extreme Metal Debuts of 2017

Pay no heed to what the curmudgeons say as there are plenty of fascinating sounds being forged annually by new metal bands. 2017’s swarm has been distilled…

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9 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

An Ozarker Considers Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

The local crime boss tells a lengthy parable about the difference between a hillbilly and a redneck; the upshot being that the hillbilly is craftier and more bound to a set of principles than a redneck.

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Parody, Pastiche, and Poignant Observation: On Polish Journalist Ryszard Kapuscinsi’s Insight

Kapuscinski's journalism reminds us that the boundary between truth and fiction is one that needs to be pushed at more often.

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6 Oct 2017 // 8:17 AM

The Flipside #8: ‘The Gambler’ (2014)

An overlooked 2014 remake of a James Caan classic asks a daring cinematic question: can Mark Wahlberg convincingly play a tenured English professor?

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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