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Thursday, August 14 2014

Various Artists: The Best of Blue Note

Here's another one of those groovy, swingin', melodic and enjoyable exercises in futility.


Wednesday, August 13 2014

‘The Knick’: Clive Owen in 1900s New York City

Again and again, The Knick makes visible the traumas suffered by bodies, at risk, unequal by law, and struggling to survive.


In ‘The Blazing World’, a Lifetime of Smothered Rage Blossoms into an Ingenious Plan

A serious examination of what female artists continue to endure, this is unquestionably one of the year’s finest novels.


‘Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series’: Maybe It Needs to Burn

Low Winter Sun tries to stand out as a refreshing take on the cop drama formula, but it's far too preoccupied with the shows that it knows audiences will compare it to.


Bear in Heaven: Time Is Over One Day Old

On Time Is Over One Day Old, there’s always something missing, a mystery hanging in the air, yet it’s the band’s most satisfying album yet.


You Blew It!: You Blue It

Rising emo band tackles an iconic set of songs from Weezer's "Blue Album" a bit too gently.


Steve Wynn: Sketches in Spain

Steve Wynn continues to follow his muse, this time to Spain, for a couple of reinvigorating albums released on these shores for the first time.


Anders Parker: There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart

There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart is packed with sucker punches and subtle jabs. Filled with sound and fury, no final blow is ever delivered, but, nonetheless, Parker has created a knockout.


Officer!: Dead Unique

Carnivalesque pop music filtered through an eccentric lineage that defies categorization and transcends time. A good thing since it was recorded 20 years ago and is only just now seeing the light of day.


Tuesday, August 12 2014

Brendan Gleeson Plays a Sort of Johnny Cash of the Soul in ‘Calvary’

John Michael McDonagh’s caustic passion play pits one stolid cleric against the whole filthy universe of base humanity, which demands he atone for the sins of the Catholic Church.


Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1

An epic struggle that has all the right ingredients, but not enough of the most important one.


‘Fifi Howls from Happiness’: In Thrall to Iranian Artist Bahman Mohassess

Brilliant, loving, and as intensely political as any of Bahman Mohassess' works, this film celebrates connection as much as it reveals isolation, dedication and outrage.


‘The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit’ and Graham Joyce’s Slipstream Writing

A bit unusual for Joyce, this book mutes the fantastical elements and reads more like a straight-up coming of age story.


‘Amen’ is What Political Cinema Is All About

Troublesome though the implications of Amen are, it is nonetheless a fine example of Costa-Gavras at his most incendiary.


Dilated Peoples: Directors of Photography

After an eight-year gap, Dilated Peoples are back and picking up right where they left off.


William Shakespeare and George Lucas? Could Any Two Writers Be Farther Apart?

Ian Doescher's translation of Return of the Jedi into the style and syntax of William Shakespeare steps between the ridiculous and the sublime.


Marc Broussard: A Life Worth Living

By whitewashing lies and deceit with hopeful, sorry songs, the homogenized A Life Worth Living resonates as false.


Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca: La Rumba SoYo

Veteran Congolose singer and band's seventh album, a gloriously international affair.


Avery Sunshine: The SunRoom

Avery Sunshine makes her audience feel at home on the warm, uplifting The SunRoom.


Dave Van Ronk: Live in Monterey 1998

Although over 30 releases already bear Van Ronk's name, including several wonderful live discs, Omnivore Records has issued a new one.


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