Thursday, December 5 2013
The 2003 indie-rock classic gets its reissue in the same year that its creator, Jason Molina, died.
Caroline Norton is a little known woman who arguably changed the world. Author and scholar Diane Atkinson explains how.
Beastmilk's unabashed re-imagination of the music of their influences is so well conceived and unapologetic that the lack of originality at the heart of Climax becomes little more than an afterthought.
Hunters' paradigm of noise-punk layered with melodic hooks is a common enough model, but Hunters pursue some sideways diversions on the grime-ridden path.
The Brightest Light isn’t a perfect album from the Mission. That said, it is very good and has the potential to please established fans as well as the newly interested.
The title track will floor you: a stunning return to form for our favorite indie rock weirdos. The rest of this slapdash EP? Not so much.
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.