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Friday, October 25 2013

The Trouble with Fandom and ‘The Elizabethans’

A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

‘Queen Margot’ Is a History That Only Goes Downhill

Patrice Chéreau's multiple César winning film receives a lavish 20th anniversary edition from Cohen.


Banks: Goddess

If you happen to be in the market for a new, hyper-hip iteration of slow-burning electronica, then Jillian Banks is your girl.


‘Walt Before Skeezix’ Captures a Slice of American Life just After World War I

'Walt Before Skeezix' offers an in-depth look at the early days of 'Gasoline Alley' in a beautifully-presented volume


GRMLN: Soon Away

On his third release as GRMLN, Yoodoo Park expands and explores pop-punk's roots.


The Wilderness of Manitoba: Between Colours

Between Colours reaches for the sun and the stars, not to mention the backs of the bleachers.


Sarah Jaffe: Don’t Disconnect

Sarah Jaffe speaks volumes while singing very little on Don’t Disconnect’s futuristic indictment against modernity.


David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights: End Times Undone

Similar to albums by Kilgour's band the Clean, End Times Undone feels longer than it is, in a good way.


Die Antwoord: Donker Mag

Die Antwoord have described their work as "exaggerated experience", and that's apt. Anger, lust, passion, violence - all things through the lens of Die Antwoord become amplified to the point of deafening.


Tuesday, September 16 2014

‘This Is Where I Leave You’: Family Dramedy Revisited

This, of course, is how such concoctions work: all supporting players tell you something about the original squabbling family members, and each of these tells you something about the primary family member.


This Issue Has Harold H. Harold!: “Hawkeye #20”

Matt Fraction is leaving Hawkeye. It's just never gonna be the same.


“I’ve Seen the Future and It’s Hungry”

The Bone Clocks merges set-scenes of imaginative showdowns with intellectual reflection, which will reward the keen and alert reader.


More Than Bjork: A Journey Through Iceland’s Pop Music History

Blue Eyed Pop includes a trove of candid band shots, live performance photos and more that would otherwise go unseen by anyone outside of Iceland.


Silly Sexual Politics Undermine ‘Operation Petticoat’

Silly sexual politics prevent this film from being a bona fide classic.


‘Circle the Wagen’ Prefers a Predetermined Map

Circle the Wagen begins with the end in mind, and suffers as a result.


Death From Above 1979: The Physical World

Ten years on, Death from Above 1979 kicks just as much ass.


‘SMiLE’ Left Me Terribly Unhappy

Labored and unfocused, the study that Luis Sanchez attempts with SMiLE is a poor fit for the 33 1/3 format.


My Brightest Diamond: This Is My Hand

By time a song ends, one has undergone the journey from ignorance to familiarity accompanied by a sense of Déjà vu as if one already knew what one never has known.


Zeus: Classic Zeus

Classic Zeus is sturdy and stormproof, and has enough memorable hooky hooks to make your head spin.


Dr. John: Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

Not all the guest artists fit, and sometimes the connection to Satchmo seems tenuous indeed. But when it works, as it mostly does, the album delivers much pleasure and pleasant surprises.


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