Wednesday, December 11 2013
Hilary Hahn is out to boost the violin vocabulary. Thanks to her commissioning effort, here are 27 short pieces you never heard before.
The rundown of classic albums from 1988 is astounding. 1988 also marked the debut of EPMD. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith stepped into an arena already filled with other would-be greats and staked their own claim with Strictly Business.
If you aren't familiar with Bay Area Salsa music, then prepare to be boarded.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
In basketball, Bernard King, a shy, thoughtful child living in a "rough" part of Brooklyn, found a means to self-expression and purpose.
'Holiday Spirits' allowed folks to sample a variety of liquors from small distilleries. There was near unlimited booze but not a lot of food.
Harsh lessons are part of growing up. But when Emma Frost teaches them, they're MUCH harsher.
While Despicable Me delivered a solid story on top of a touching character arc for its super villain with a heart of gold, the sequel is a more pedestrian affair.
Anything That Moves pushes past Bourdanian blood and guts to challenge commonly held ideas of edibility: bugs, ant larvae, “hornless goat” (dog), and tailless whip scorpion.
The first movie for the "post-theatrical era", The Canyons vividly illustrates a despairing, nymphomaniac generation run amok.
From the director of Singin' in the Rain comes this sci-fi horror film that had all the potential to be the next Alien, but falls far short of the mark.
Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones team up to tackle the Everly Brothers. Yes, you read that right. So how does it all sound anyway?
Aims is sonically lush, adventurous, rhythmic, and sometimes beautiful, but Teng's often didactic and high-minded lyrics demand an awful lot of you.
More than a canonical list, Rosebud Sleds and Horses' Heads is the author's trip with the movie objects that shaped him.
In Tor Lundvall's world, art reflects art. His painting and his music merge into one cloud of melancholy.
Volume 3 of a series of cover albums tackles the '80s, and is a job well done.
Reckless Kelly's eighth album opens strong, closes strong, and sags just a bit in the middle. But this is a good album from a veteran band.
Monday, December 9 2013
As much as Lenny Cooke ponders what might have gone wrong for him, this film suggests more than just what might have been.
Over 20 years ago Grant Morrison asked why these things still excite us? Jeff Lemire’s current run on "Animal Man" is counting on them still doing so.
Fast and Furious 6 is a movie about cars, muscleheads and an international terrorist plot that can only be saved by muscleheads with cars.
Near the conclusion of The Pleasure's All Mine: A History of Perverse Sex, this cultural historian of sexuality wonders if any taboos are left.