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Thursday, March 19 2015

The Parisian Journey of ‘Le Pont du Nord’ Echoes With Loss and Abandonment

This slow, long-winding walk around Paris is a languorous exploration of two lost souls.


Stone Jack Jones: Love & Torture

Stone Jack Jones bestows upon us the truths of human nature that we are too blind ourselves to see.


The Monochrome Set: Spaces Everywhere

Spaces Everywhere shows that staying on their own path has served the Monochrome Set well over time.


‘The Whites’ Gives Slumming a Good Name

Reported reality gives Price’s novel, published under his new crime-genre pen name Harry Brandt, a sharp tang that resonates with the best of his work.


John Coltrane Quartet featuring Eric Dolphy: So Many Things: The European Tour 1961

The four discs on So Many Things find the band looking for some sweet spot between a groove the audience can latch onto and the experimentalism that shaped the early '60s period of Coltrane's career.


Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2

Richard D. James isn't laying his best cards on the table with this EP, but at least he's staying active.


Nicholas Krgovich: On Cahuenga

The literature and cinema of Los Angeles is full of binaries, of twins and alter egos; here is another. On Cahuenga is a double of On Sunset, the same but incredibly different.


Wednesday, March 18 2015

Detangling the Web

Spider-Woman #5 is a master class in art and is what seems like the beginning of a fantastic story, set at street level, which is exactly what this character needs.


‘Dreaming of Cinema’ Demonstrates Why the Humanities Are Out of Touch

For better or worse, contemporary scholars in cinema studies spend more time drawing from and debating one another than talking about films.


Those Talented, Tempestuous Van Goghs: ‘Vincent and Theo’

Robert Altman’s beautiful film reminds us of Van Gogh's genius and provides an intimate portrait of two brothers bound by their love of art.


Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly

To Pimp a Butterfly is the result of one man’s sprawling journey, but it’s meant to empower us all to take our own.


Mark Knopfler: Tracker

Tracker is the sound of Mark Knopfler's consistency catching up with him. Again.


Kaki King: The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body

Though it loses some of its spectacle charm in the process, the audio adaptation of Kaki King's guitar showcase still bursts with masterclass talent.


St. Vincent: St. Vincent (Deluxe Edition)

Dying her hair white is sadly analogous to the record as a whole. She sounds quirky for the sake of being quirky.


Norman Blake: Wood, Wire & Words

Calling an album consisting of a dozen original songs traditional may seem strange, but Wood, Wire & Wood surely is. Blake pens story songs about past events and composes instrumentals with roots in an earlier period.


Tuesday, March 17 2015

If It Looks Like a Duck

In Howard the Duck #1, Zdarsky and Quinones get the most important things right. They get Howard right.


‘Top Five’ Is the First Film to Fully Showcase Chris Rock’s Genius

Top Five is one of the most original and satisfying comedies in years.


Twin Shadow: Eclipse

Subtlety is nowhere to be found on Twin Shadow's major label debut Eclipse. One thing is for certain though, George Lewis Jr. still has an undeniable knack for crafting a killer refrain.


On the Very Bones of the Wireless World

The Undersea Network changes our imagination of communications infrastructure, revealing how culture, politics and geography interrelate in the global circulation of technology.


Lilacs & Champagne: Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh

On the third full album from their side project, the guys from Grails deliver instrumental hip-hop with a dark side.


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