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Monday, December 1 2014

David Foster Wallace and the Work That Made the Man

The posthumous The Pale King finally gets its day in court.


Wayfarer: Children of the Iron Age

Children of the Iron Age is a sturdy, dependable release that weaves a tapestry of dark magic across its eight songs.


Paul McCartney and Wings: Wings at the Speed of Sound

The Wings album on which each member of the band sings and it really doesn't matter.


Greylag: Greylag

Like the band's namesake bird, Greylag follows rather than leads, traversing domesticated grounds and tested sounds of bands that have come before.


Winterpills: Echolalia

Echolalia, a covers record, finds the band revealing its influences while still shifting them into a Winterpills' sound. Songs here become both tributes and spaces for exploration.


Henry Butler / Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9: Viper’s Drag

Jazz’s post-modern “little big band”, fronted by trumpeter Steven Bernstein, gets together with a great New Orleans pianist to bring you back in time and up to the present.


Sunday, November 30 2014

Literary History’s Best Celebrated Failures

Whether you entertain delusions of grandeur or merely write to justify alcoholism, The Biographical Dictionary of Literary Failure is a book for you.


Saturday, November 29 2014

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof

From Jerome Robbins to an all-black school production, Solomon cherishes the Fiddler's legacy.


Friday, November 28 2014

‘Horrible Bosses 2’ Goes for the Laughs, Not the Anger

The sequel skips the original’s workers' fury and lets its comedy all-star trio play to their strengths, with mixed results.


Wednesday, November 26 2014

The Demonic Force in ‘The Whale: Revenge From the Deep’

As in its previous literary and screen incarnations, the whale here is a demonic force, producing fear in the whalers (and the audience) even when it is not visible.


‘The Imitation Game’ Doesn’t Pretend to Solve the Enigma That Is Alan Turing and His Machine

As visible as the Turing machine may be on screen -- and it is gorgeous, strange, and haunting, as well as sublimely mechanical and daunting -- it remains unfathomable.


David Bowie’s Affective Relationship With the Remarkable, Schizophrenic City of Berlin

Tobias Rüther’s exploration of Bowie’s artistic and personal development in mid-'70s Berlin offers few cogent insights and a confusing timeline of an artist in a city.


‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: Turkey Day Collection (XXXI)’ Is Comedy Worth Being Thankful For

Featuring episodes from both Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, this Turkey Day Collection is a feast for comedy fans.


The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground - 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Few bands ever had a year like the Velvet Underground did in 1969. Even fewer have a set that documents a year like that as beautifully as this one.


Alex Capus’ Latest Book Is a Wild Ride Through the Wild West

Filled with six charming tales about the American West in the 19th Century, Skidoo is an off-the-wall history lesson about the American Frontier most of us were never taught in school.


Pink Floyd: The Endless River

On The Endless River, Pink Floyd sounds as strong as it did during some of its best years. On this almost entirely instrumental album, however, the lyrics are sorely missed.


Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991

No more head games: there are some true pop gems worth uncovering on Foreigner's first few albums, but a single-disc best-of would just as well satisfy anyone else.


Swans: Oxygen EP

Revealing the true horsepower behind the Swans’ "Oxygen", this four-song collection should be handled by a professional driver on a closed course.


Locust: After the Rain

Mark Van Hoen is not one-offing his Locust resurrection. Not by a long shot.


Game Theory: Blaze of Glory

Game Theory's nervy debut album gets to baffle another generation of listeners with this bulky reissue.


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