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Thursday, September 25 2014

Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems

Cohen's 13th studio release offers nine powerful reflections on the sacred and the profane with characteristic mix of humor and longing.


Perfume Genius: Too Bright

Glittered with transcendent brilliance, gilded shadows do not hide the empowered dramatic turn of Perfume Genius's Too Bright.


‘The Childhood of Jesus’ Has the Simplicity of Myth But None of the Clarity

Like many of J.M. Coetzee’s books, this one feels written for and about the author himself, ruthlessly interrogating his own beliefs and purpose.


Justin Townes Earle: Single Mothers

Single Mothers sounds like something you would expect from Earle: a carefully calculated and cohesive product.


Prude: the dark age of consent.

This is psychologically dangerous stuff, and a great deal of enjoyment comes from revelling in Prude’s excesses. That comes to a point, though.


Mark Kozelek: Live at Biko

With Live at Biko, Mark Kozelek delivers a live set of highly compellingly autobiographical later period work that sets a new standard for the nakedly confessional singer-songwriter.


Girl Talk & Freeway: Broken Ankles

Girl Talk & Freeway collaborate to bring you a fast-paced EP that is well worth its short run time.


Wednesday, September 24 2014

Berlin Is Still at It in ‘The Blacklist’

Unlike weekly procedurals that wrap up everything with a bow, the knots tied in The Blacklist are entwined on frayed ribbon that runs the risk of falling apart.


Kathy Sledge: 6 September 2014 - New York

At the New York premiere of "The Brighter Side of Day", Kathy Sledge captured the spirit and soul of Billie Holiday.


If We’d Never Had to Fight a War: “The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes #1”

Tell your people, your super-people, that it won't stop here. It's coming your way, too. And if you have no super-people, may the lord have mercy.


Troubled Loners of the World Unite!

Sarah Maitland writes How to Be Alone as much for us not-so-troubled loners as she does for the chronically extroverted.


Fair Enough at the Very Least: ‘The Legend of Billie Jean: Fair Is Fair Edition’

One might believe in the "Legend" of Billie Jean Davy if the distributor cared a little more about extras.


Tweedy: Sukierae

Tweedy father and son combo journey down a road of reflection and introspection.


Erasure: The Violet Flame

The Violet Flame doesn't really reignite Erasure so much as keeps their torch going..


How the Fashion Industry Cannibalises the Planet

Stiched Up is an accessible, lucid book that analyses the exploitation inherent in capitalism through the often violent operations of the fashion industry.


Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler: Slant of Light

The first album from this duo is at its best when it finds shape within its wide-open borders, when it cuts a path through all that bright light.


Anti-Flag: A Document of Dissent: 1993-2013

A comprehensive overview of 20 years of old-school punk protest and an alternate history of our nation’s turn from the 20th into 21st century.


Information Society: _hello world

While this trio may be a product of a certain day and age, it’s nice to hear that they aren't interested in rehashing old glories, necessarily.


PartyNextDoor: PartyNextDoor Two

PartyNextDoor may remind you of another former friend of Drake's, but he's a LOT less talented.


Tuesday, September 23 2014

‘Forever’: Ioan Gruffudd Born Again and Again

In this show the doctor, Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), is immortal. However, t's not what you think: he doesn’t sleep in a coffin, drink blood, or have sparkly skin.


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