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Thursday, February 26 2015

‘Bluebird’ Makes for a Thoughtful Examination of Distraction

Every character in Bluebird reminds us of how we might deliberately distract ourselves, in ways that simultaneously buffer and generate pain.


Two Troubled People = Explosive Chemistry

Along the way to Preparation for the Next Life's dramatic conclusion, there's a good deal of lovely, Nabokovian-like descriptive writing.


Death and Childhood Hover Over Guy Maddin’s ‘My Winnipeg’

The comic mythologizing of Winnipeg becomes conflated with an urge for Maddin to mythologize himself.


Drake: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

At the peak of his game, Drake has begun to embrace the darker sides of success.


The Pop Group: Citizen Zombie

In an age of band reunions where anything is possible, we now have the Pop Group’s first album in 35 years.


Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

Iyer’s trio returns for its ECM debut, a sharp rhythmic workout that continues this musician’s brilliant run.


Elana James: Black Beauty

The Hot Club of Cowtown fiddler Elana James makes it a point to let her folk flag shine high and mightily in her solo debut, Black Beauty.


Louise Goffin: Songs From The Mine

Goffin understands the importance of keeping everything simple, from the music to the sentiments expressed.


Wednesday, February 25 2015

Beyond Good and Evil: “Multiversity: Mastermen #1”

Mastermen is a masterwork. A perfect 10. The greatest issue yet in this stunningly good series. Bravo, Mr. Morrision! Bravo!


Minae Mizumura’s ‘A True Novel’ Makes for a Truly Engrossing Tale

This deeply engrossing and sophisticated Japanese novel unpeels itself in multiple nested narratives over its 855 page length.


‘Más Negro Que La Noche’ Is the Rare Remake That Trounces the Original

This Mexican horror remake evokes the mood, atmosphere and acting of the classic era of horror.


Torche: Restarter

On Restarter, Torche delivers the smoothest sludge.


Sam Prekop: The Republic

The second instrumental adventure in the land of modular synthesizer from the golden voice of the Sea and Cake.


The Balkan Clarinet Summit: Many Languages, One Soul

The Balkan Clarinet Summit has produced one of the most soulful, enjoyable, and diverse collaborative albums in some time.


Hypercolor: Hypercolor

Hypercolor is a New York trio, an absolute mess of influences that can't help but play around with a blender.


Blackberry Smoke: Holding All the Roses

Blackberry Smoke's fourth studio album is appropriately named after an analogy meaning "you're the winner".


Tuesday, February 24 2015

A Shot Across the Bow: “Hawkeye #21”

This penultimate issue is essentially Home Alone, if Macaulay Culkin was an Avenger and the Sticky Bandits were a bunch of Eastern European mobsters in tracksuits and armed with machine guns.


Life Is Strange, Episode 1: Chrysalis

Max wants to make friends, survive high school, and impress her famous photography teacher to jump start her art career, the kinds of human and relatable stories not often seen in video games.


The Dead Talk in Maírtín Ó Cadhain’s ‘The Dirty Dust’

This novel's recurring themes of discontent and rivalry dominate whatever moments of tenderness and solidarity remain after Irish village life has given way to common death.


‘Big Hero 6’ Bursts at the Seams With Emotion

Big Hero 6 demonstrates how Disney does animated storytelling like no other.


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