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Tuesday, January 27 2015

The Dodos: Individ

If 2013's Carrier was a meditation on loss, Indvid is a bold cry of life, with the duo returning to take inventory of themselves full of energy, poetry, and release.


A Convent Goes Psycho-Sexual in ‘The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio’

Based on the detailed notes from the original Roman Inquisition investigation long buried in a Vatican archive, Wolf unravels a tale of religious madness and power trips.


Noveller: Fantastic Planet

On Fantastic Planet Noveller's Sara Lipstate spends the early parts of the record selling us on her potential, making us rethink how we hear and feel texture in music, how we understand musical structures.


Moby: Hotel: Ambient

A re-release of a Moby bonus disc shifts focus back to the one of the artist's neglected talents.


Marcia Ball: The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man

If you own a good chunk of Ball’s catalog, there is nothing essential here. If you don’t, it’s a fine introduction.


Jean Grae: That’s Not How You Do That: An Instructional Album for Adults

Jean Grae is deep in the no-fucks-to-give phase of her career, and it's kind of great.


Monday, January 26 2015

Sundance Film Festival 2015: ‘Z for Zachariah’ and ‘The Witch’

Both The Witch and Z for Zachariah point to the terrifying uselessness of religion in the face of the wilderness.


Cougar Copulates With Crazy in the Ludicrous ‘The Boy Next Door’

This loopy and stupid film promises eros and instead delivers an earache.


Game of Thrones, Episode 1: Iron From Ice

In Telltale's version of Game of Thrones, you play the parts of people who themselves are playing parts. Each one is not playing the game of thrones, they are pieces in the games of others.


‘All the Light We Cannot See’: People in the Dark, Hunting the Right Frequency

In Anthony Doerr's richly romantic jewel quest of a war novel, a blind girl and an engineering prodigy pulse ever closer to each other across a ravaged Europe.


The Final Season of ‘Better Off Ted’ Reminds Us That We Were Better Off With It

Better Off Ted was cancelled too early, and this truncated final season doesn't give any real closure. What it does give us, however, is more hi-jinks and zany creativity.


Björk: Vulnicura (Take 1)

Björk's devastating ninth album Vulnicura, brutally chronicles the dissolution of her relationship with longtime partner, avant-garde NY filmmaker and sculptor Matthew Barney.


This Collection of the Band’s Memories Makes Led Zeppelin Actually Likeable

No matter how grandiose the Led Zeppelin legend gets, hearing the golden gods tell their tale is both astounding and more real than anything anyone could ever make up.


Björk: Vulnicura (Take 2)

By escaping from her grandiose visions to dwell in her own head, Björk has made a stark and overwhelming record that proves she still has an abundance of ideas to explore, even at a detriment to herself.


Jan St. Werner: Miscontinuum Album

Jan St.Werner's huge, vibrant Miscontinuum Album is spellbinding -- and could use fewer guests.


Chris Hickey: Love Away

Intimations of mortality echo throughout this fifth solo release from the contemplative Los Angeles singer-songwriter, formerly of Uma and Show of Hands.


Friday, January 23 2015

Johnny Depp Is Lost Once Again in the Clueless Caper ‘Mortdecai’

As the eccentric art thief Charlie Mortdecai, Johnny Depp says things cleverly instead of saying clever things.


Broken Families Boxed In: ‘Mommy’

Mommy reminds you that mothers are not supposed to be sexual, and that children and everyone else need boundaries on mothers' behaviors.


With ‘Drunk History’, the More Shots You Have, the More You Learn

This isn't so much a comedy classic as it is passively amusing, but Drunk History's formula works damn well... especially after you've had a few of your own.


Mark Ronson: Uptown Special

This uptown ain't so special; honestly, you're better off staying downtown.


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