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Tuesday, July 1 2014

Going ‘Up the Junction’ to Get Down with the Common People

Despite being set in London's Swinging Sixties, Up the Junction comes across just as apropos of America's here and now.


The Pleasure Seekers’ Have All the Cars, Clothes, and Guys That Money Can Buy

These adventurous women only wear some kind of underwear or nightie in front of the windows for that funny little peeping tom across the courtyard.


Phish: Fuego

Good effort, gentlemen, but not the best effort. You've put together a very solid studio album but also somehow managed to include two total duds and one supremely silly track.


William T. Vollmann’s Words to Howl at Death

The success of the 32 restless, spectral stories in Last Stories and Other Stories depends upon whether Vollmann can sustain in-depth soul-searching.


Peter Murphy: Lion

Here comes Peter Murphy again, and he's got a mane this time. He might even bite you. Seriously, Lion is ferocious.


Wiz Khalifa: 28 Grams

28 Grams is full of interesting, moody, personality-drenched beats, many of which go to waste because they’re not suited to the artist.


Chuck E. Weiss: Red Beans and Weiss

Cartoonish in nature, like an exploding cigar joke. No matter how smart one thinks he or she is, one always laughs to the groove at the moment of detonation.


Monday, June 30 2014

So There Are ‘112 Weddings’, but What Happens After the 112 Ceremonies?

This explores the marriages that come after the weddings and perhaps more provocatively, the hopes and limits of documentary filmmaking.


You’ll Lose Your Religion in ‘The Leftovers’

The cop and the reverend spend the first few episodes starting or not avoiding fights, their faces increasingly bruised and bloodied, increasingly emblems of disorder.


‘Tomodachi Life’ Is As Much a Digital Pet As It Is a Farcical Soap Opera

A sequel to the 2009 Japan-only DS release Tomodachi Collection, Tomodachi Life is less a game than a virtual aquarium (or perhaps sitcom set) populated by Miis.


The Demon That You Can Swallow: “New Avengers Annual #1”

According to Joseph Campbell, The Demon You Can Swallow "gives you its power—and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply."


‘Il Sorpasso’ Makes for a Luxurious Summer Treat

Dino Risi is able to turn this odd couple’s story into a film that’s socially and emotionally intelligent -- and entertaining.


‘Bang! Bang! You’re Dead’ Gives Us a Wry Twist on the Wrong Man Theme

Tony Randall comes across like a star for the little screen overwhelmed by the Big Screen, a Felix Unger-type trying out unsuccessfully for Her Majesty’s Service.


The Jayhawks: Sound of Lies / Smile / Rainy Day Music

This Jayhawks reissue campaign makes us reconsider the band's legacy and shows how a band turned uncertainty into a new identity.


Amy Bloom’s ‘Lucky Us’ Tells the Tale of (Several) American Hustles

Nothing is quite what it seems to be in Lucky Us, a story of survival in '40s-era America.


Beverly: Careers

Beverly have created a distillation of the best of the ‘60s girl group sounds, garage rock, C86, early indie rock, and the girls with guitars revival of the last ten years or so.


Joe Henry: Invisible Hour

Lyrically dense and musically intimate, Invisible Hour, aims to be less a part of your hard drive and more a part of your record collection.


Malka Spigel: Gliding

Spigel gets a new band to play old songs. They not only sound new but, in some cases, completely different.


Thomas Dybdahl: What’s Left Is Forever

With a sound at once soft and serene but clear and vibrant, Thomas Dybdahl returns with What's Left Is Forever.


Sunday, June 29 2014

Word Play, Opera, ‘Endeavour’

Both Endeavour, and its parent series Inspector Morse make a point of juxtaposing a lovely illusion of Oxford with the city's uglier realities.


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