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Friday, August 8 2014

‘Need for Speed’ Is About the Thrill of the Ride, Not the Script

Besides just lavishing attention on the cars, director Scott Waugh loves placing them in the context of other, classic driving movies, from Bullitt to American Graffiti.


Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl (Deluxe Edition)

Mystery Girl, possibly one of the few ‘80s pop masterpieces, makes it to a deluxe version, with an expanded CD and DVD documentary. If only we could always live in dreams.


Twin Peaks: Wild Onion

Chicago's Twin Peaks sophomore release offers a fascinating glimpse of where they've been and what the future might hold.


‘A Daughter’s Memoir’ Reflects on Father, Family, and Fragile Freedoms

This is a poignant and moving portrait of the author’s famous journalist rebel father, and the family and country that shaped his life.


Melted Toys: Melted Toys

Like the imagery evoked by their name, Melted Toys make lethargic indie rock steeped in warm summer afternoons and nostalgia.


Gurrumul: Gurrumul

This is a disc that invites you to sit down, have a cup of tea and just listen.


Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys: The Lost Transcriptions for Tiffany Music 1946-1947

A stunning retrospective, capturing a pivotal time in the career of one of the most important bands in American roots history.


Thursday, August 7 2014

Race, Shame and Manhood Make for a Complex Brew

Big Little Man offers a deeply personal and engaging point of entry into the broader and very complicated social and cultural politics of race, masculinity and immigrant identity.


Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. 2014

Sweden may be the 800-lb gorilla of Northern European cinema, but its neighbors have come on strong.


The Golden Woods of ‘Without Warning’ Can’t Kick the Camp

"It was a sci-fi and we could ham it up, so we did—and it was great,” Tarah Nutter says about Without Warning. While "ham it up" fits the film, "great" is less apt.


The Rosebuds: Sand + Silence

On their sixth LP, the Rosebuds have fine-tuned that balance of intimacy/art, not by lessening either but by heightening both.


Brigitte Fontaine: Brigitte Fontaine

Superior Viaduct continues its resurrection of the criminally-underappreciated Brigitte Fontaine’s back catalog.


Mike Doughty: Live at Ken’s House

While Ken's House is a clear improvement over Doughty's previous album of Soul Coughing covers, it still contains its fair share of questionable decisions.


Taylor McFerrin: Early Riser

Taylor McFerrin joins a growing field of jazz-influenced artists exploring the possibilities afforded by this once vital art form on his debut for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label.


John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension: The Boston Record

At 72 years old, John McLaughlin can still storm the stage. His current band is pretty excellent too.


Wednesday, August 6 2014

All History Is Ancient History: “Outcast #2”

Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman’s most recent title, Outcast, not only offers a meditation on demonic possession, but competes on equal footing with high-end dramas like The Leftovers and Ray Donovan.


‘Web Junkie’ Reveals How China Re-Programs Its Internet Addicts

The question of reality -- what it might be, for whom -- swirls at the center this terrific and shrewdly provocative documentary set inside the Daxing Boot Camp.


Killer Choreography Consumes the ‘Ong Bak Trilogy’

Tony Jaa still has a long way to go before he becomes a household name, but as this box set proves, he's well on his way—and may just be able to afford an acting lesson or two as well.


Spider Bags: Frozen Letter

With Frozen Letter, the North Carolina trio dives headfirst into the psychedelic end of the garage rock pool.


Wildcat! Wildcat!: No Moon at All

The hooks are here, even when the lyrics aren't: a pleasant night drive to absolutely nowhere.


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