Reviews

13 Aug 2015 // 2:05 AM

bvdub: A Step in the Dark

Though Brock Van Wey's address has changed from China to California, his expansive soundscapes remain much the same.

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‘Sapiens’ Takes the Long View on the History of Humanity

Yuval Noah Harari's book is a brilliant exercise in counterfactuals: what could, might and should’ve been.

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Love and Other Skirmishes in ‘Death Sentence London #3’

How do you outdo yourself, if you've already produced a masterpiece? Sometimes you succeed in a way that redefines success itself.

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‘2 Broke Girls’ Is on the Way to Comedy Bankruptcy

While it has moments that make you think about laughing, this sitcom relies heavily on poorly delivered re-hashings of the same tired jokes.

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Esoteric Musings in ‘Love Unto Death’ and ‘Life is a Bed of Roses’

These two films by Alain Resnais are moody, mysterious and stylish exercises in self-indulgence.

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12 Aug 2015 // 2:30 AM

HEALTH: Death Magic

HEALTH's characteristic noise is upended by obscured pop aesthetics on their first LP in six years.

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12 Aug 2015 // 2:20 AM

Georgia: Georgia

Like other musical omnivores before her, Georgia is distilling the essence of music of the period.

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Martin Newell: Teatime Assortment

Teatime Assortment
's consistency is conveyed through the cheery disposition that’s maintained throughout, all the oddball and eccentric references tossed in for good measure.

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Black Mountain: Black Mountain (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

This reissue of Canadian group’s debut album gets the deluxe treatment, doubling its length and lessening its impact.

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Don’t Confuse ‘Brother’s Keeper’ With ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

Devote Christians will probably get more from Brother’s Keeper than non-believers, but this film is without a doubt better made and acted than most in its genre.

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In ‘A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me’, Denial Bites the Hand

David Gates writing shines in those moments of self-conscious vulnerability, where the veil is drawn and the confrontation with oneself and one’s reality is glaring back, undeniable.

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12 Aug 2015 // 2:05 AM

The Knack: Zoom

The Knack’s reissued album certainly hits all the expected beats, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Gods Walk the Earth in ‘The Infinity Gauntlet #3’

From a horror thrill ride that will leave your heart racing to a science-fiction family adventure, The Infinity Gauntlet is on the verge of becoming something much more.

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It’s the Special Features That Shine in ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXIII’

The featurettes here are extremely respectful and well-made, detailing the oft-forgotten studio systems in place that made cheap B-movies thrive in the '50s and '60s.

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11 Aug 2015 // 7:00 AM

When a Memoir Isn’t

In chapter after chapter of Hold Still, Mann unfolds the dark secrets of her father, her mother, her adulterous great-grandmother -- everyone, it seems, but Mann herself.

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11 Aug 2015 // 2:30 AM

Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss

Although Abyss is most unnerving in its quieter moments, the album is Wolfe’s most well-paced and effective release to date.

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Sweet Baboo: The Boombox Ballads

The Boombox Ballads is, at its essence, all about surfaces. Gorgeous, sumptuous surfaces.

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Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio

An important reminder of Charlie Haden's great spirit and generosity.

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Some Memories Just Won’t Be Released in ‘Unfriended’

Unfriended successfully updates horror movie conventions for a social media savvy audience.

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Wendy & Lisa: Fruit at the Bottom

The late ‘80s album gets a fresh work-out with re-mastered expanded edition, featuring Prince remix.

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