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Friday, July 18 2014

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.


Mark de Clive-Lowe: Church

Electronic jazz mashup artist Mark de Clive-Lowe collages together a breathtaking masterpiece.


Mike Weis: Don’t Know, Just Walk

Give a microphone to a musician and he will record the mortality that surrounds him. Give it to a musician with fear of mortality and he or she will describe what life is all about.


Bombay Dub Orchestra: Tales From the Grand Bazaar

Still more world muzak from the globetrotting English duo.


Wednesday, July 16 2014

‘Broken Heart Land’ Heartbreakingly Tells of the Harm Done by Intolerance

Norman, Oklahoma serves as a haven for both tolerance and intolerance. This contradiction comes to trouble the parents of Zack Harrington, who killed himself in 2010.


Secrets No Longer Buried : “Original Sin: Thor and Loki #1”

Revelations are often messy and chaotic, but this is one case where the impact is as seamless as it is profound.


‘Bellweather Rhapsody’ Is an Entertaining and Enthralling Yarn

What makes this novel interesting is that it is peppered with a cast of characters who are still living in the past, or are afraid of the future.


‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ Is Elliptic and Suggestive

Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, now in a sterling Criterion edition, remains lovely to look at and difficult to fully comprehend.


Jungle: Jungle

This British retro-funk duo has created something unpretentious enough to energize a dance floor at 2 a.m., yet curious enough to suggest there’s something just a tad thornier under the surface.


Old Crow Medicine Show: Remedy

Remedy is a noble stepping stone between Old Crow Medicine Show's past and future.


Ab-Soul: These Days…

Ab-Soul's follow-up to Control System sees him forgetting all quality control.


Severed Heads: Dead Eyes Opened

Severed Heads' "Dead Eyes Opened" was an accidental critical success back in 1983. Relive this modest hit's moment in the sun on a vinyl reissue.


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