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Friday, January 23 2015

This ‘Vanity Fair’ Retrospective Reveals the Spirit of the Early Decades of 20th Century America

Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers and Swells is a celebration of progress, of progressives, prophecy, and prescience.


Various Artists: Millions Like Us: The Story of the Mod Revival 1977-1989

The resurgent mod scene of the late 1970s gets its due.


Fall Out Boy: American Beauty / American Psycho

Fall Out Boy version II makes a bid for the continued evolution of their sound. A mostly entertaining work emerges from this creative maelstrom.


Pugwash: A Rose in a Garden of Weeds: A Preamble Through the History of Pugwash…

It's high time that Pugwash and America got acquainted.


Thursday, January 22 2015

A Bolder, New Hope: “Star Wars #1”

Marvel Comics takes its first step into a galaxy far, far away and offers plenty of reasons for more hope.


‘Naked Cinema: Working With Actors’ Resonates

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.


‘Boy Meets Girl’ Is a Treasure of Cinematic References

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: The Pale Emperor

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.


Diplo: F10rida

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.


Diving Deep Into the Other Worlds of Japan’s Most Famous Living Writer

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.


Willie Nile: If I Was a River

The answer to the album title’s rhetorical question is self-evident--Nile is the river with all the rich suggestiveness that reference implies.


Michael Blake: Tiddy Boom

A relaxed but interesting tribute to tenor sax giants Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young from one of today's most eloquent players.


Echobelly: Everyone’s Got One / On

Debut and follow-up albums from Echobelly re-released in expanded editions with b-sides, radio sessions and live material.


Wednesday, January 21 2015

They’re Making a Movie About Ant-Man: “Ant-Man #1”

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.


‘The Price of Thirst’ Offers a Disturbing Analysis of Forthcoming Chaos Over Water Inequality

From California to Iraq; from Chile to India; struggles over water are coming to define the political and military conflicts of the 21st century.


Season Three of ‘Girls’ Might Be Its Strongest Yet

Much like its closest television contemporary, Mad Men, Girls comes alive through character detail rather than plot.


Joey Bada$$: B4.DA.$$

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$$.


‘The Transcriptionist’ Is Immersed in Words

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.


Viet Cong: Viet Cong

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.


The Sharp Things: Adventurer’s Inn

A band at the peak of its career, one which appears to be happily unsatisfied, yet chronically inspired by melancholy.


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