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Wednesday, December 10 2014

David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed

Nothing Has Changed, despite the exact nature of its target demographic being up for debate, remains a thrilling go-to for the semi-casual Thin White Duke observer, and is about as damn close to perfect as a Bowie anthology can get.


Could It Happen in America? The Rise and Fall of Fritz Kuhn’s German-American Bund

Could America have become a Swastika nation in the '30s? Arnie Bernstein assembles a riveting in-depth portrayal of the rise and fall of Fritz Kuhn's German-American Bund.


Lloyd Cole: Standards

Lloyd Cole’s Standards is literate and engaging, with pop music hooks deserving of attention.


Robbie Basho: Art of the Acoustic Steel String 6 & 12

This reissue of Robbie Bahso's 1979 album feels more like a conversation between him and his guitar about larger Western spaces.


Teyana Taylor: VII

Though she doesn’t break new ground, Teyana Taylor delivers an enjoyable contemporary R&B album capturing the ups and downs of love.


Various Artists: New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76

The Big Easy creations are grounded in luv, pronounced with a long sultry dipthong, doing somebody wrong for the right reasons and instrumental arrangements dipped in the sweat of sex.


The American Analog Set: Know by Heart (Reissue)

They could have been contenders; they probably should have been. But ultimately the peak of this band's hushed, precise, nuanced indie rock might have been a bit too twisty to catch on.


Tuesday, December 9 2014

Press Start With Your Mind Finger: “God Hates Astronauts #4”

Don't let God read God Hates Astronauts. He would hate it even more than he hates astronauts.


Lou Reed: Uptown Dirt, Downtown Man

Waiting for the Man is a beautiful read, fluid like a long conversation with a friend in your favourite coffee shop.


‘Unrest’: An RPG of a Different Sort

Unrest is The Wire, but set in an ancient, mythical India.


‘Tesis’ Hits All the Points on the Standard Suspense Curve

Alejandro Amenábar’s suspense-drama Tesis is a fairly predictable, American-influenced thriller, but its stellar performances, particularly from Ana Torrent, are all aces.


Cracker: Berkeley to Bakersfield

The stylish conceptual double album Berkeley to Bakersfield travels fast across California, spanning garage rock to Americana.


The Hedonistic Nihilism in ‘Moomin’ Comes to the Fore in This Collection

While children may laugh at the simplicity of the non-sequiturs in the Moomin stories, adults will be drawn to the droll humor -- and something much darker.


Owen: Other People’s Songs

The comfort zone is where Owen gets his mail delivered, but Other People’s Songs is at its most engaging when it steps just a bit outside.


Dope Body: Lifer

Noise rockers explore a more varied palette with mixed results, admirable progress.


Wadada Leo Smith: Red Hill

The out-trumpet icon teams with Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, and Balazs Pandi, making six bracing free improvisations that hark back to the 1970s and come fully up to date.


Brian Eno and Karl Hyde: High Life

For their second collaboration of 2014, these two artists remain frustratingly close to making the great album this one hints they're capable of.


The Dead C: The Twelfth Spectacle

It seems a fitting end for Grapefruit Record Club's final release to be this massive, involving, exhausting set from the Dead C.


Monday, December 8 2014

Heavenly Beginnings: “Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1”

Angela is now a part of the Marvel Universe. This is a story of how she stakes her claim in it.


Remember When Youth Culture Was Not Served on a Platter?

Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace offers a thoughtful and stunning visual and oral history of '80s postpunk and goth.


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