Wednesday, December 4 2013
The premiere suggests exactly why this period isn't more often plundered by television, namely, the extraordinary difficulty of shaking off the popular culture clichés of the period.
What strange magic has propelled writer-creator Robert Kirkman's zombie apocalypse epic, The Walking Dead for so long? Whatever it is, it's alive and kicking still in issue #116.
This substantial documentary displays the genre at its most vital: telling a story for a subject incapable of voicing complaint.
American journalist Max Lerner claimed "to reject the word is to reject the human search." Under the Third Reich, the book industry faced its own destruction, leaving the people with empty words bursting with Nazi propaganda.
How can global destruction have the same effect in a world that has already endured too much of it?
Like the band's proper albums, its singles collections get better each time around. Volume 3 is the best collection yet, with some downright gems and curious if imperfect steps into the unknown.
This new collection of critical essays on Twin Peaks has bright moments, but suffers from poor curation.
Intending to pique and whet before note one, this partnership between members of Neon Indian and Tigercity infuses some sorely needed sexuality back into oft-sterilized electronic pop.
Father John's soundtrack to his wife's upcoming short film wants to be hypnotic and foreboding; it settles for fitfully pretty and forgettable.
The UK pop star barely avoids a sophomore slump with this retro, hook-heavy set.
The best tracks on Engravings combine icy ambience with doomy grooves. The more lackluster pieces lack melodic hooks and try to get by on atmosphere alone.
Tuesday, December 3 2013
Marvel’s latest cosmic donnybrook comes to an end, closing as it has progressed--neatly, thoughtfully, and with a restrained temperament.
As alter egos go, you couldn't have two more opposite types than the adorable Sven and the relentlessly fierce ice monster.
It's been 45 years, and we're still trying to figure this record out, but this expansive edition gives us the clearest picture of the band's murky sophomore record. It reveals the group's thorny vision for the album and perfectly honors the late Lou Reed.
Whales and Leeches is not the raging triumph hoped for.
Afrobeat's most famous AIDS casualty gets Red Hot honors once again.
The latest work from electronic artist Mike Silver finds him expanding his sonic palate to reach new heights.
There's some great, if hokey, material to be had on I Robot, and yet it is also hugely entertaining and a must have for geeks interested in the late '70s sci-fi landscape
Cassavetes' aesthetic, both in front of and behind the camera, was less Method immersion than mad (as in gleeful) exploration, skirting the emotional edge without tripping into or wallowing in cathartic excess.
Jethro Tull is one of progressive rock's longest-running bands. But is it progressive rock? If not, Ian Anderson and Co. have some explaining to do when it comes to Thick as a Brick and Passion Play.