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Monday, July 21 2014

Neil Hamburger: First of Dismay

America’s hardest working funnyman returns with his 10th full-length album, First of Dismay. Repulsive, repellent, live out your fears.


Carly-Jo: Carly-Jo

Carly-Jo is a magnificent addition to New Country sounds, and represents the very best of what country-pop, country-rock or whatever you want to call it has to offer.


Xymox: Subsequent Pleasures

(Clan of) Xymox launched their career with the long out-of-print EP Subsequent Pleasures. Dark Entries reintroduces this odd yet compelling recording to those who missed out on it the first time.


Lee Scratch Perry: Back on the Controls

With the best of intentions, British producer Daniel Boyle reunites Scratch with his vintage '70s dub equipment.


Friday, July 18 2014

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel Act Out for ‘Sex Tape’

Sex Tape demonstrates that it's very hard to do a funny movie about the difficulty of maintaining a successful marriage.


‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Takes Aim at the One Percent

The absurd extremes of this story have an expansive quality that leaves acres of room to explore its moral, political, and socioeconomic possibilities. But it doesn't.


Murdered: Soul Suspect

Salem is the perfect setting for the game's slightly unreal premise as even the name of the town evokes such slightly otherworldly possibilities.


Is Tarzan Forever Lost in the Jungle?

There are no futuristic weapons or strange beasts in Tarzan: In the City of Gold. With Tarzan, it's just the specter of colonialism and dated views on race.


‘Ace in the Hole’ Points its Finger at the Audience

Billy Wilder spares no one—not even the viewer—in this scathing satire of American culture.


Craig Leon: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol.1

An updated, exquisite, extraordinary, genuine electronic classic.


The Clean: Anthology

If you love crisp, jangly, guitar rock, the Clean's Anthology is quite the collection.


Bubba Sparxxx: Made on McCosh Mill Road

Bubba Sparxxx has made plenty of good songs and a couple of great albums. Made on McCosh Mill Road, unfortunately, has very few of the former and is not the latter.


Kasabian: 48:13

On 48:13, Kasabian largely eschew rock, pop and melody for a sound dominated by electronica and synths. With this they have lost a lot of what made them so good.


The Crookes: Soapbox

Sheffield lads continue their run of exceptional, hook-laden indie pop with their latest release.


Thursday, July 17 2014

‘The Congress’ Is Ari Folman’s Ode to Cinema

While The Congress suggests the entertainment industry is dystopian, its own rich strangeness offers a utopian corrective.


The Words That Maketh Murder

David Bromwich's Moral Imagination Is an exploration of the relationship between the America national consciousness and political discourse.


In ‘Overlord’, Someone’s Gotta Go First

Stuart Cooper's World War II drama Overlord easily deserves a place among the great anti-war films.


Reigning Sound: Shattered

Shattered, Reigning Sound's first full-length in five years, is the kind of record that pays tribute to the past, even walks in its shadow, but also provides its own strut.


RiFF RaFF: Neon Icon

Neon Icon showcases all the reasons you love (or hate) RiFF RaFF, but it also proves he can put together a cohesive record.


Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket: In a Dutch Haze

To measure the success of a jam session is a daunting task. The parameters of success are different than with a composed work, and require a different kind of empathy and listening from both players and audience.


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