Tuesday, February 11 2014
You know how every John Hughes soundtrack has that one left-field New Wave song in the middle of the latter half? The Casket Girls turned that song into an album.
Friday, October 25 2013
A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.
Thursday, March 6 2014
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel walks out of frame, his figure blurrs as if the camera can't keep up, you hear another reporter trying to ask another question from off-screen.
Being a reader—that is, a reader of actual books, increasingly feels like a marginal, slightly suspect habit. Wendy Lesser reminds you why you love it, and why you should keep reading.
Yes, this is perhaps one of the most efficient entries in the Hitchcockian subgenre of “every-man trapped in an extraordinary situation”, but he would go on to direct much better films.
The Rube Goldberg Variations are finally given a museum-quality recollection by none other than the artist's Granddaughter. It's hardly what you'd call "very simple".
This is a beyond excellent album, one that could have a person flipping through the thesaurus for additional superlatives.
Although it retains aspects of the old school death mauling that brought Morbus Chron to the Boss HM-2 pedal-laden table, Sweven is much more expansive and experimental.
Before you can say, “Man, can’t those former Soviet Bloc republics do anything right?” Code Red gets a whole lot of zombie mayhem going on.
The sound is there, but the energy is missing.
New Bums, a new project from the Skygreen Leopards' Donovan Quinn and Six Organs of Admittance's Ben Chasny, sounds charmingly effortless, and Voices in a Rented Room provides a soft-spoken, laid-back set of acoustic tunes to dig into.
This four-song compilation of newly unearthed Wyatt/Soft Machine demos is a treasure trove for fans of both the man and his influential band(s).
Wednesday, March 5 2014
It’s always bittersweet when an acclaimed run comes to an end. But, instead of a farewell, it’s an "I’ll see you later" because a new issue #1 is imminent.
One comes away from Don Drummond with a clearer sense of who the man was and why he is considered by many to be the best musician so few people have ever heard of.
The original Donkey Kong is a difficult game. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is ruthlessly difficult.
Not every question is answered, not every cliffhanger makes immediate sense, but after five seasons the creators of The Venture Bros. have earned fan trust enough to keep this the best show on TV.
This classic dark, enchanting, eyebrow raising tale from Finland, wherein talking animals are swiftly slaughtered, can be a bit of a challenge, but it's never boring.
In Garibaldi's Lovers, Garibaldi, and others from Italy's past, looks on from the afterlife and mourns for the state of his country.
Tomorrow's Hits splits time between classic sway and punk fury. The two side are clearly divided, but the band itself seems lost in the middle between these two poles.
A big hearted bear hug of rock' n’ roll, country and classic rock.