Wednesday, November 27 2013
Far from "bowing their heads and leaving out the back", the Los Angeles-based post-hardcore/screamo outfit Touché Amoré is doubling down on its clean guitar/screamed vocal contrast, and successfully so, at that.
Deborah Solomon’s incisive biography shows us a hitherto unseen side of the celebrated illustrator—one that’s complex, neurotic and darker than the images of breezy Americana that he made famous.
Strong, varied songwriting is the name of the game regardless of what genre you’re peddlin', and Sandrider's second album Godhead has this in spades.
The Burger Records debut for this synth-pop project shows a considerable amount of promise, as well as a few growing pains.
This superb collection properly revisits select songs from a wide portfolio, adding respectful guest appearances that accentuate more than not.
Tuesday, November 26 2013
Her remarkable relationship to the camera is visible in most of the photos and footage of Bettie Page, perhaps especially in those she took with two women photographers.
Far from just the journey westwards, there've been three other American migrations. Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years introduces the idea of a fifth.
Like Jimmy Darmody, his Boardwalk Empire counterpart, Tommy Shelby has grown up to find all Gods dead and all faiths in man shaken -- but not quite all wars fought.
Death Grips' creativity is flowing at its peak and they are only concerned with music, and you should be as well.
Mug Museum: a magical place that'll wrap your troubles in dreams (and likely have a gift shop, too).
It doesn’t seem enough that our conversations about pop culture only take one of two opposing poles: how it corrupts people totally and leads to “moral problems” and solipsism, or how it provides means of “agency” and “empowerment” and new ways of envisioning freedom.
This uniquely celebratory work is one of the best of the year.
Despite some minor quibbles, this is a very accomplished album and one that shows Flynn well on his way to becoming the U.K.’s next great folk troubadour.
Listening to this comp feels more like a college assignment, but the feeling of being properly educated is well worth it.
Monday, November 25 2013
When questions came up as to the toxicity of flame retardants, the three primary manufacturers made their case with faulty studies or deliberate misreadings of studies.
Ghosts doesn’t have the same ambition to attempt the social commentary that Modern Warfare had, but that allows it to go so buck wild crazy that the loss is worth it.
At 75 years, both Superman and the print collection that celebrates his anniversary, suggest the idea of perpetual fictions as public good.
Among the A-list jambands born in the mid-‘80s through about the early ‘90s, none has been more consistent that this one for as long a period, nor seems as poised to remain so.
Graham Nash has always seemed like an affable dude, but his personality grates rather quickly in this mercifully short memoir.
Six of the very best episodes and a treasure trove of extras make this boxed set worthy of commemorating the 25th anniversary of one of the funniest shows ever made.