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Thursday, October 23 2014

With Feeling: ‘Joss Whedon: The Biography’

The only problem with the sincerely enjoyable Joss Whedon: The Biography is that we learn a heck of a lot more about his creative endeavors than we do about the geek god himself.


‘South Park: The Complete 17th Season’ Finds Parker and Stone On an Upswing

From the gross-out to the epic, South Park returns to form with a ten-part season with no bad episodes.


Match & Fuse Festival: 3 October 2014 - London (Photos)

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


‘Gorky Park’ Is a Cold War Film that Avoids National Stereotypes

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".


Allo Darlin’: We Come From the Same Place

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.


‘Books That Cook’ Is for the Literary Foodie Whose Reading Tastes Are of a Scholarly Bent

As food studies enters academia, texts are required to populate the curricula. That doesn't mean lay readers can't enjoy them, too.


Primus: And the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble

Primus covers Willy Wonka, playing up your fuzzy memories of the film's dark heart while subverting the original arrangements.


Gary Clark Jr.: Live

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.


CAVE: Release

This collection of the Chicago psych rock band's previously released non-album tracks adds up to more than the usual rarities compilation.


Sam Amidon: Lily-O

Singer, guitarist, fiddler, banjo player, Sam Amidon's sixth album is a patchwork of delights.


Walter Salas-Humara: Curve and Shake

Another collection of evocative songs, deceptive in their carefully woven simplicity.


Wednesday, October 22 2014

‘Cosmochoria’: The Good Kind of Grind

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.


The Power of the Reader in ‘A History of Reading’

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 25th Anniversary Edition’ Is a Classic Anime Given Paltry Extras Treatment

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: Tough Love

Jessie Ware supplies more late-night soul on her sophomore effort, an album that finds her subtly expanding her much-lauded R&B sound.


Stars: No One Is Lost

No One Is Lost is undoubtedly a fun album, but it very much gets lost in its own narrative.


‘The Mathematician’s Shiva’ Is Classically Middlebrow

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.


Diana Krall: Wallflower

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.


Inter Arma: The Cavern EP

“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: Tyranny

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz get weird on Tyranny, but weird doesn't automatically mean quality.


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