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Friday, October 25 2013

The Trouble with Fandom and ‘The Elizabethans’

A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.


Friday, September 19 2014

‘Sarah and Duck: Doubles (Vol. 2)’ Is a Whimsical Throwback to the ‘70s

Sarah and Duck finds the fantastic in the mundane in this fine reminder of the joys of the British kids' TV of yesteryear.


Sondre Lerche: Please

Prior to Please, it was fair to say that Sondre Lerche could make a great record. With Please, however, he's one-upped himself and made a masterpiece.


‘Producing Country’ Is Great Oral History

This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time.


Earth: Primitive and Deadly

Primitive and Deadly may be the dawning of another new era for the Seattle legends.


Nils Lofgren: Face the Music

Possibly the mother of all box sets, Nils Lofgren’s Face the Music contains 169 tracks, 20 video clips, and a 136-page book, covering a big talent’s long career.


Ballet School: The Dew Lasts an Hour

Ballet School is an indelible entry into the synth pop genre, and are at least taking the approach somewhat differently by using guitars.


Ann Hampton Callaway: From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughn Project

Ann Hampton Callaway covers the late, great Sarah Vaughan incredibly on From Sassy to Divine.


Homeboy Sandman: White Sands

Queens' militant pedagogue teams up with one of London's weirder producers.


Thursday, September 18 2014

Jonathan Demme Takes on Henrik Ibsen in ‘A Master Builder’

The crux of the plot lies in Solness’ state of mind, bothered by a material abundance he fears is unearned, and thus infinitely fragile, liable to be withdrawn as arbitrarily as it was given.


Frenetic and Scatter-Brained, ‘Preparing the Ghost’ Is Still an Infuriatingly Good Read

If one is looking for something more 21st century than beat poetry and new journalism to challenge your mind and thrill your heart, this is it, whatever this is.


In ‘The Galapagos Affair’, Paradise Remains Stubbornly Absent

In this gripping true-crime story, an absurdist stew of petty tensions and quasi-Nietzschean dynamics rip apart the tiny colony of Europeans who settled one of the Galapagos islands in the '30s.


Mysterious Forces and Femme Fatales: ‘Out of the Past’

In Torneur's classic film, the femme fatale knows she's an object in a world of violent men she has no reason to respect.


The Juan MacLean: In a Dream

DFA greats the Juan MacLean sound out of their element on their new album, a collection of stripped down pop and '70s rock-flavored electro.


Moonface: City Wrecker

For all his worry over moving around, Spencer Krug's latest Moonface release makes it clear that behind the piano Krug sounds at home, rooted, in a place he's been found and a place he belongs.


Iron Reagan: The Tyranny of Will

A group of metal guys take a break and form an '80s-style hardcore band. A good time is had by all.


Farmers by Nature: Love and Ghosts

The third release from a free jazz cooperative piano trio featuring Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver and William Parker


Ben Glover: Atlantic

On Atlantic, redemption awaits in the cleansing waters of the river, if not in the chorus of the songs or the hallowed memory of Robert Johnson that Ben Glover invokes.


Wednesday, September 17 2014

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + Galactic

New Orleans musicians rarely disappoint. They come from a world where music is practically akin to religion, and they always seem to know how to rise to the occasion.


‘Runers’: What’s My Motivation?

Shoot better and better and better. Then, shoot some more.


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