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Monday, September 8 2014

Interpol: El Pintor

Interpol return with confidence on El Pintor, a record that may satisfy even Turn on the Bright Lights devotees.


Letters of Recommendation Have Never Had It So Good

Composed entirely in correspondence, Dear Committee Members casts some light upon Professor Jason Fitger’s crumbling corner of academia.


Loudon Wainwright III: Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet)

With Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet), Loudon Wainwright III works to a singing observational comic, heavy on the observations, light on the comedy.


Cookies: Music for Touching

Once you’re finished with this round, you’ll definitely want seconds.


Ashrae Fax: Never Really Been Into It

Re-recorded from old snippets, this new Ashrae Fax set is more self-assured than the band's debut, Static Crash!, though you might sometimes miss the nervous energy of that first album.


Soulja Boy: King Soulja 3

Soulja Boy's latest offering is a fairly vanilla addition to the trap genre, with few highlights to make it a worthwhile listen.


smallgang: San

The main discriminant between a bluff and the worthwhile is quality, and smallgang have plenty of it.


Friday, September 5 2014

‘Gringo Trails’ Explores the Complicated Business of Tourism

Gringo Trails doesn't explore the construction of travelers' desire for an "authentic" experience, but instead focuses on its effects: the global tourism industry.


The Holy Greil: Marcus Nears 70 and He’s Better Than Ever With This New Rock History

In The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs, Marcus's writing is as intoxicating as ever. The man is a poet.


(Not So) Sex Obsessed: ‘Alain Robbe-Grillet: Six Films 1963-74’

The controversial French director's best known films are collected into this handsome six-film BFI box set, full of impressive nouvelle vague innovation.


M83: M83 / Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts / Before the Dawn Heals Us

This re-release of M83's first three albums paint a fascinating story of the band's rise to masters of catharsis-oriented synth-pop.


Wire: Document and Eyewitness (Re-issue)

Wire are arguably one of the most influential post-punk bands ever. But the (mostly) tuneless noise of this 1979/1980 live album is not the place to start.


Brad Paisley: Moonshine in the Trunk

The album feels like Paisley exerting his countryness, just three years after titling an album This is Country Music.


Martyn Bennett: Grit

A reissue of a beautiful yet tragic album which, as now as on its original release, unites a nation and a world with its mixture of traditions, sounds and stories.


Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours

The Walkmen's bandleader becomes big-band bandleader.


Thursday, September 4 2014

‘Wetlands’: Grossing Out and Coming of Age Now

Wetlands is both sweet if off-kilter love story and a movie full of stomach-churning material. Think of a substance you might find unpleasant, and you can probably find it here.


Twenty Years, Too Fast: ‘The Past Is a Grotesque Animal: A Film About Of Montreal’

The Past Is a Grotesque Animal takes a compelling, 20-year long story, and zips far too quickly through it.


The Great Tragic History of Southern Rock Is Revealed in ‘Southbound’

Some say it's impossible to call one volume the definitive history on a topic, but it is possible to announce one as the seminal work. This book is both.


‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Needs a Little Humor

This adaptation of Rosemary's Baby misses out on a lot of the charms of Roman Polanski's original.


Half Japanese: Overjoyed

Overjoyed, Half Japanese's first record in over a decade, is all unapologetic, whole-hearted declarations of love that, oddly, make for some of the band's most confrontational material yet.


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