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Monday, September 29 2014

Thom Yorke: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes isn't about any new technology, even with its faux-edgy release through bittorrent; it's about the old question about the power and limitations of our human containers.


The Rural Alberta Advantage: Mended With Gold

On third LP, Mended With Gold, the band pursues escape velocity with the most commitment yet, making the most bombastic and polished arrangements of their career.


There’s Plenty of Realism in “Land of Love and Drowning’s” Magic

While there's a fairy tale tone (think of the original ones, that don’t always have happily ever after endings), the characters are well developed and empathic.


Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra

On In the Orbit of Ra Sun Ra collaborator and Arkestra member Marshall Allen presents a portrait of the jazz legend every bit as complicated and strange as a cross-section of his reality could possibly be.


Lowell: We Loved Her Dearly

If We Loved Her Dearly is any indication, Lowell has simply run out of material, if not ideas, musical or otherwise.


NONONO: We Are Only What We Feel

This electro-dance trio wants you to feel human. Easier done than said.


Sheer Terror: Standing Up for Falling Down

Hate Core is alive and well! Sheer Terror, New York hardcore hate-mongers, return with a new record, new line-up, and their same old abhorrence for, well… everything.


Friday, September 26 2014

In ‘Tracks’, Life Hangs Upon a Single Moment

Tracks explores the problem of authenticity, what it means, and who perceives it.


Tom Hardy’s Role in ‘The Drop’ Makes This Film More Than Just Another Noir

If you follow your instincts and bolt at the start of this sturdy and bleak noir, you miss Tom Hardy creating a thing of beauty yet again


Everything About ‘The Equalizer’ Is Wrong

As much as Robert (Denzel Washington) delivers action and melodramatic conventions, he also hints at another possibility entirely.


Getting Lost in the South: The Hopscotch Music Festival 2014

Did I truly experience "the Real South" over the course of the Hopscotch Music Festival weekend?


A Career in Rock Journalism Makes for Some ‘Strange Days’

Throughout Strange Days Goodman displays elements of what the great Papa described as a “built in bullshit detector”.


Is There Hope for the Creative Underclass as the Internet Changes?

The People's Platform exposes the Internet's capitalist underbelly of exploitation, control and broken promises, while still managing to offer hope for an alternative.


There’s No Horsing Around in ‘A Brony Tale’

A Brony Tale isn’t as fun as it should be, but it does manage to say a lot of interesting things about stereotypes and fandom.


Chuck Prophet: Night Surfer

Despite the high anxiety, Night Surfer, Prophet’s 13th album, is pure-bred, colourful rock with a dark sense of humour.


‘The Golem of Hollywood’ Is a Fresh Novel About Truth and Justice

The father/son team of Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman debuts with an impressive novel that supplants expectations and enhances the legacy of both authors.


Jason Moran: All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller

A wild mix of styles are brought to the music of Fats Waller by the pianist Jason Moran and his collaborator MeShell Ndegeocello. A dance party that proves, again, that jazz boundaries are joyously crumbling.


Dntel: Human Voice

Producer Jimmy Tamborello puts together a pleasant but modest set of textured beats and ambient sounds for his fourth studio album.


Hamish Kilgour: All of It and Nothing

The Clean member Hamish Kilgour's first solo record, All of It And Nothing, doesn't seem interested in grabbing for your attention.


Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa: Savage Imagination

Almost every single moment of Savage Imagination is pretty and melodic, but these tracks tend to just drift by before dissolving into the next pretty, sweet bit of noodling.


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