Friday, January 23 2015
This uptown ain't so special; honestly, you're better off staying downtown.
Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers and Swells is a celebration of progress, of progressives, prophecy, and prescience.
The resurgent mod scene of the late 1970s gets its due.
Fall Out Boy version II makes a bid for the continued evolution of their sound. A mostly entertaining work emerges from this creative maelstrom.
It's high time that Pugwash and America got acquainted.
Thursday, January 22 2015
Marvel Comics takes its first step into a galaxy far, far away and offers plenty of reasons for more hope.
In this absorbing volume, Sally Potter provides an exploration of the director/actor relationship that teems with insight and intelligence, offering inspiration whatever your creative pursuits.
Leo Carax sculpts together cinema references and turns them into something new, only later allowing the influences behind specific pieces to make sense in your mind.
Marilyn Manson's new album experiments with dark blues and alt-country, but it fails to become truly memorable considering the risks each song avoids.
Before becoming the go-to pop music Midas for the likes of M.I.A., Usher, and Madonna, Diplo tried damn hard to be DJ Shadow, and surprisingly, wasn't half-bad at it.
Haruki Murakami is famous for his magical worlds rich in issues of identity and psychology. Strecher's book is the road map to understand the twisting, metaphysical 'Over There' of Murakami.
The answer to the album title’s rhetorical question is self-evident--Nile is the river with all the rich suggestiveness that reference implies.
A relaxed but interesting tribute to tenor sax giants Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young from one of today's most eloquent players.
Debut and follow-up albums from Echobelly re-released in expanded editions with b-sides, radio sessions and live material.
Wednesday, January 21 2015
Ant-Man learns that living small (in his case, really small) can sometimes be better than living large if it means that you get to be with your kids, watch them grow, dry their tears, all that stuff.
From California to Iraq; from Chile to India; struggles over water are coming to define the political and military conflicts of the 21st century.
Much like its closest television contemporary, Mad Men, Girls comes alive through character detail rather than plot.
Every genre has its retro-revivalists, but the ones that matter are those that inhabit the role and breathe a new gust of wind through comforting styles. Enter Joey Bada$$.
For Lena Respass, the last transcriptionist working at New York's daily newspaper, The Record, a brief bus ride beside a blind woman changes everything.
There may not be much new to say on the subject of death, but with their self-titled debut Viet Cong offer up an evocative contention with the grim reaper.