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Tuesday, November 18 2014

Human Interaction Is Nailed Down in ‘Wolf In White Van’

John Darnielle's debut novel is an exploration of self-reliance, pain, and acceptance. Isn't that enough?


Hozier + James Bay: New York - 6 November 2014 (Photos)

Hozier's back to back, sold-out nights at Irving Plaza, proved to the audience that the Irish singer-songwriter's recent buzz, post-SNL, is well deserved.


Although Almost 100 Years Old, ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ Is Surprisingly Modern

Deliberate artificiality and horror based in human psychology make this horror classic, first released in 1920, feel remarkably fresh today.


Robin Gibb: 50 St. Catherine’s Drive

Like George Harrison, whose career and influence only grew after his death, Gibb’s final efforts reveal that he too deserves a re-evaluation of his solo offerings.


Dream Police: Hypnotized

When Hyponotized succeeds, it feels like a fresh start and a new direction that could worm its way into Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi's other band, the Men, or wander down its own weird path for quite a while.


Tears for Fears: Songs From the Big Chair

A 1985 bestseller re-issue which fails miserably to stand the test of time to put it mildly.


Calvin Harris: Motion

With Motion, Calvin Harris delivers a pleasant album, not without flaws.


Greensky Bluegrass: If Sorrows Swim

Some interesting questions, and some worthy answers from bluegrass country rockers Greensky.


Monday, November 17 2014

DOC NYC 2014: ‘Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere’ + ‘A Murder in the Park’

A lyrically surreal investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a professor in Nebraska and an exposé on the case an innocent man that might have been a huge mistake.


The Spiderversity: “Spider-Verse #1”

The Spider-Verse has no one author, no omnipotent guiding hand. It is organic, connecting and reconnecting like the strands of a web, like the strands of life.


Travel the Steampunk Way in ‘80 Days’

Whereas Jules Verne's novel consisted of only one trip around the world, 80 Days contains multitudes.


All of the Citizens of ‘Nuclear Nation’ Are Forced to Be Expats

Like spent fuel rods, refugees of the Fukushima nuclear disaster are handled delicately, considered toxic, and unwelcome anywhere they go.


‘Uranium Drive-In’ Reveals How Fake Facts Shape Reality

Suzan Beraza's documentary captures the contours and stubborn endurance of myths about uranium mining, as well as the evidence of their tenuous connection to reality.


Wilco: Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Alpha Mike Foxtrot's 77 tracks suggest that Wilco didn't have an experimental period. Instead, we see Wilco as an ever-changing, constant experiment in and of itself.


Buzzcocks: The Way

This leans towards hard rock rather than punk, back to the type of music prevalent when punk burst out, and which after all most punks grew up hearing.


A Rural Youth is Curated in John Updike’s ‘Olinger Stories’

John Updike is able to highlight the details of domestic life in a way that turns the mundane into something sacred and significant.


Arca: Xen

Arca invites you to come along for the ride into the netherworld of the self, and those who do may feel alternately exhausted and exhilarated.


The Jazz June: After the Earthquake

The Jazz June’s first new album in a dozen years is one of the most surprising developments so far in the unlikely second life of second-generation emo.


Steve Aoki: Neon Future I

This collection of songs are serviceable tracks that would fit well on any EDM-lovers playlist, but it lacks a certain something: experimentation.


Roll the Dice: Until Silence

The Swedish duo explores the protagonist's journey through the post-war torn landscape in a soundtrack for an imaginary film.


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