Thursday, October 23 2014
Did I know the No Hay Banda Trio before I stepped into Rich Mix in sadly up-and-coming Shoreditch? Yes. Was I at all aware that Clare Savage and Bellatrix were hiding a monstrous talent in their minute figures? I do now.
This violent murder mystery is atypical among Cold War era films and stands up well today, but this Blu-ray could use a little more "special" in its "features".
On their third album, Allo Darlin’ turn down the twee ever-so-slightly to craft a less precious, more grown-up version of that at which they’ve excelled over their previous releases.
As food studies enters academia, texts are required to populate the curricula. That doesn't mean lay readers can't enjoy them, too.
Primus covers Willy Wonka, playing up your fuzzy memories of the film's dark heart while subverting the original arrangements.
This disc marks the official arrival of a major talent: clearly steeped in the blues tradition who can shift seamlessly between feedback-frenzied rawness and cool, old school soul and funk.
This collection of the Chicago psych rock band's previously released non-album tracks adds up to more than the usual rarities compilation.
Singer, guitarist, fiddler, banjo player, Sam Amidon's sixth album is a patchwork of delights.
Another collection of evocative songs, deceptive in their carefully woven simplicity.
Wednesday, October 22 2014
The game fails to properly equip the player for the challenges in the game. That sounds like a criticism, but it really works in its favor.
Alberto Manguel takes a thematic rather than linear approach to a history of reading, offering an entertaining and impassioned account of reading practices and readers' agency.
Ghost in the Shell remains an excellent milestone in anime, but this barebones release is devoid of the extras that would truly make this edition special.
Jessie Ware supplies more late-night soul on her sophomore effort, an album that finds her subtly expanding her much-lauded R&B sound.
No One Is Lost is undoubtedly a fun album, but it very much gets lost in its own narrative.
There are secret plots, geopolitical rumblings, high-math technical language, and a parrot of interest, but as often as not these things wanly colorize an otherwise monochromatic narrative.
The jazz singer tackles a set of boomer pop "standards", kind of like she was the Perry Como of her generation, and sounds plastic doing it.
“The Cavern”, the one 45-minute song that makes up this EP, is truly worthy of the word “epic” and is a welcome addition to the pantheon of metal music.
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz get weird on Tyranny, but weird doesn't automatically mean quality.
Thirteen years on this seemingly-derivative piece of sludge metal differentiates itself from less interesting acts with one thing: pure sonic filth.
Tuesday, October 21 2014
As in Faber's previous fiction, the situation the protagonist meets in The Book of Strange New Things appears to be more complex than what this idealistic but flawed Everyman can fully comprehend.