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Monday, December 8 2014

Remember When Youth Culture Was Not Served on a Platter?

Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace offers a thoughtful and stunning visual and oral history of '80s postpunk and goth.


Von Trier’s Cinema as Literature in ‘Breaking the Waves’

Lars Von Trier’s cinema, particularly in Breaking the Waves, is an acknowledgement of film as an offshoot of literature and the heritage of storytelling.


‘Terence Davies’ Is a Perceptive Exploration Into the Filmmaker’s Work

An illuminating, queer theory-influenced study of the work of one of Britain's most distinctive filmmakers.


She & Him: Classics

Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's fifth album as She & Him, comprised of smooth and languid covers, is decidedly relaxed despite a move to a major label.


Love: Black Beauty

Black Beauty, now on CD for the first time, may have a totally different sonic palate than Forever Changes or Da Capo, but it's similarly built around Arthur Lee's emotionally revealing lyrics and careful pop sensibilities.


Bing & Ruth: Tomorrow Was the Golden Age

Where does minimalism end and ambient begin?


Frazey Ford: Indian Ocean

Former folkie Frazey Ford returns with a set of exceptional Memphis soul.


Rush Midnight: Rush Midnight Deluxe Edition

If you like synth pop colored with the flavor of New Age dance tunes without a hint of passion or the erotic you'll love these sterile shenanigans.


Fred Hersch Trio: Floating

Fred Hersch's apprehensions about taking his trio back into the studio are for naught.


Sunday, December 7 2014

‘Austin City Limits’ On a Pedestal

Austin City Limits has defined how music is experienced through television for 40 years. This is a look back at a cultural institution that has always pushed forward.


‘The Librarians’ Is Packed With Allusions and Wily Behavior

The Librarians combines Willy Wonka with Indiana Jones to create the next Scooby Gang in search of magic, artifacts, and its own places in the universe.


Saturday, December 6 2014

‘Pressed for Time’ Shows That Technology’s Not All That Bad

Pressed for Time suggests new ways of looking at how we fit in as individuals with the rapid evolution of time and technology.


Friday, December 5 2014

Reese Witherspoon Takes a Trek With a Gigantic Blue Backpack in ‘Wild’

The metaphor of Cheryl's (Reese Witherspoon) giant backpack works in multiple ways, from the personal ordeals she confronts to the social expectations she can't avoid.


This War of Mine

This War of Mine is a great game about survival, hope, loss, despair, companionship... but oddly enough not about war.


In ‘Magic in the Moonlight’, Ideas Trump Characters

The fundamentalist atheism and myopic intellectualism of Woody Allen's latest depiction of an older man/younger woman dynamic makes it a pale imitation of his best work.


Brian Eno: Nerve Net / Shutov Assembly / Neroli / The Drop Reissues

There’s no possible way you can go wrong with these voluminous reissues of some of Brian Eno's best work.


Elsa Schiaparelli and Fashion Made Sublime

Meryle Secrest’s biography pays homage to Schiaparelli’s unique oeuvre by highlighting the efficiency of form and style in her designs, while framing them as miracles in their own right.


Various Artists: While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records

After 20 years of steady releases and catalog development, the rest of the country has finally caught up to the vision of Bloodshot Records.


ZOM: Flesh Assimilation

This is pretty damn indispensable listening, and somewhere down below the man with the horns and cape is grinning in wild approval.


Stalley: Ohio

Stalley serves up more intelligent trunk music on his major-label debut.


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