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Friday, November 14 2014

America Has a Fever and the Only Cure Is Poetry

In 'Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays', Tony Hoagland makes a compelling case that poetry is just what America needs, so long as it's the right kind of poetry.


Melissa McCarthy Leads an All-Star Cast to Its Doom in ‘Tammy’

Don't be fooled by the pretty faces: Tammy is as bad as they come, a major flop that fails to show Melissa McCarthy and her cast's true talents.


Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.'s second major label debut continues his reign of dominance as he claims the role as "King of the South".


Marianne Faithfull: Give My Love to London

Now in the 50th year of her career, Faithfull delivers a vibrant, haunted and haunting set of songs that look to the past and the future.


‘The Story of Pain’ Takes an Historical Look at the Experience and Nature of Suffering

To the author, pain exists only in the act of naming it. Sufferers may disagree.


iamamiwhoami: blue

blue isn't only the most satisfying record in this collective's discography; it's also one of the best albums released this year.


Kevin Drumm: Wrong Intersection

As Kevin Drumm steers you through the Wrong Intersection, you can't help but get the feeling that that's where he belongs.


Frank Kimbrough: Quartet

A beautifully balanced group, including Steve Wilson on saxophones, Jay Anderson on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.


Zion80: Adramelech: Book of Angels Volume 22

There’s nothing not to recommend about this release, which offers further evidence that virtually everything Jon Madof touches turns to sonic gold.


Thursday, November 13 2014

DOC NYC 2014: ‘The Seven Five’ + ‘The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest’

One of New York’s most crooked cops tells his story in an electric film, and a tragicomic story looks at the troubled life of Florida’s most dedicated prison escape artist.


DOC NYC 2014: ‘9-Man’

This documentary poses hard questions about how teams, communities, and identities are developed, and how assumptions shape expectations.


‘Countercultures and Popular Music’ Is Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

A fascinating, thorough, and highly intellectual exploration of how popular music shaped the counterculture of the '60s, this is a must read for any fan of music and/or modern anthropology.


Röyksopp: The Inevitable End

Röyksopp are officially saying au revoir to the “traditional album format” with The Inevitable End, but they are definitely not disbanding anytime soon.


‘Remember Those Great Volkswagen Ads?’

This revised and expanded second edition of the hardback, details one of the most influential campaigns in the history of advertising.


Deerhoof: La Isla Bonita

Deerhoof's 12th album channels the band's musical chops toward sharp political critique while retaining moments of whimsical release.


Serengeti: Kenny Dennis III

The law of diminishing returns has begun to catch up with Seregenti's sketch-like Kenny Dennis persona on this, his fourth dedicated release.


The Hollies: 50 at Fifty

The Hollies have been better represented on other collections and this anniversary collection contains little new. But their '60s pop virtuosity is still something to be treasured.


Scarred But Smarter: The Life ‘n’ Times of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’

An excellent documentary of a deserving band. Thirty years down a long road, the band is still driving with tears in their eyes and telling stories worth hearing.


Ruby: Waiting For Light

Still trading on much of the heavy electronic grooves of past albums, Ruby's latest effort also sees much of the sonics stripped to a bare minimum of just voice and guitar.


Wednesday, November 12 2014

Fleetwood Mac: 1 November 2014 - Hartford, CT

After 16 long years, the Fleetwood Mac lineup is complete with Christine McVie and touring again. The legendary band's show in Hartford proved the reunion to be a happy one.


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