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Wednesday, January 7 2015

Matthew Ryan: Boxers

Despite attempts to disguise his voice behind a series of too-obvious influences, Matthew Ryan reveals in a whisper here and there his true, and worthy, vocal character.


World/Inferno Friendship Society: This Packed Funeral

If the term "punk rock cabaret" doesn't grab you, maybe the strong storytelling and creative musical arrangements will.


Tuesday, January 6 2015

‘Mr. Sloane’ Displays An Allenesque Dark Charm

Robert B. Weide's British period comedy Mr. Sloane was cancelled after just one season, depriving viewers of an engaging, wise and beautifully-made character study.


‘A Temporary Future’ Unpacks David Mitchell’s Nesting Doll Novels

Patrick O'Donnell's survey of David Mitchell's six novels dives into the labyrinthine, "screaming Russian doll" structures they all share.


K. Michelle: Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart

For all the major moves she made this time around on her second album, K. Michelle still can't break away from the shackles of her contemporaries.


Githead: Waiting for a Sign

Githead were never ones to put a great deal of passion into their pop. But even by their standards, this album feels a bit cold.


‘A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin’ Tells of a Killer Hiding Amidst Mass Murderers

The way in which serial killer Paul Ogorzow turned his victims into his own playthings of wickedness is a small allegory of the corruption that seeped the entire Nazi system.


Queen: Forever (take 1)

Queen's Forever, ostensibly a greatest hits album, feels more like an album made up of its greatest misses.


Queen: Forever (take 2)

Yes, this is another Queen compilation, but it's not hard to make a good case for Forever.


Monday, January 5 2015

When It Really Could Be Worse: “All-New X-men #34”

The O5 X-men think their future is bad, but a trip to the decaying world of Ultimate adds some needed perspective.


‘Melancholy II’ Is a Poignant Novel That Lives Up to Its Name

This melancholic Norwegian masterpiece is a beautiful, albeit acquired taste, now finally available in an English translation.


Le Guess Who?: Utrecht - 21 November 2014

Utrecht's experimental music festival takes over the college town for a weekend in November.


B-Film as Theory: ‘The Shooting/Ride in the Whirlwind’

Two blasts of existentialist disquiet and hallucination from the stable of Roger Corman, these two Westerns launched the career of a major alternative filmmaker in Monte Hellman.


Ghostface Killah: 36 Seasons

To just put 36 Seasons on and listen to it is to be entertained, but to dig into the details, or lack of details, is to perhaps see a frustrated artist, one working through various projects to recapture something.


Bvdub: Tanto

On his fourth album of 2014, Brock Van Wey presents a difficult but often moving eulogy for his beloved cat, and a fundraiser for feline disease research.


‘Syllabus’ Explores the Unconscious Mind in a Composition Book

"Accidental professor" Lynda Barry's Syllabus is a graphic novel lesson plan, one that invites readers to reflect on their unconscious perceptions.


A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Atomos

The duo’s impeccable, immovable second album was conceived as an original score for a dance performance.


Chick Corea Trio: Trilogy

Three long discs of the jazz pianist with a great trio but playing mostly music we’ve heard from him many times before.


Friday, January 2 2015

‘A Most Violent Year’ Burns Too Slowly

J.C. Chandor’s crime drama is an exceptionally performed but rote drama about family and ethnic loyalties pushed to the breaking point.


Tuesday, December 30 2014

Donald Rumsfeld Becomes Donald the Duck in ‘Ricky Rouse Has a Gun’

The cringe-worthy humor of Ricky Rouse undercuts whatever salient satire it might have had, such as Donald Rumsfeld's disguise as the beloved Disney character Donald the Duck.


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