Reviews

5 May 2015 // 4:30 AM

Tinashe: Amethyst

Tinashe’s meticulously crafted world is too engrossing to leave.

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Various Artists: Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco, and Mbaqanga 1975-1985

Then the brass hits, trumpets double saxes in sforzando swells changing chords on the bar line as the singer talks about "our time."

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The Orange Peels: Begin the Begone

The sweetly satisfying Begin the Begone might just be the best Orange Peels outing yet.

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5 May 2015 // 3:30 AM

MG: MG

The context of Martin Gore's career in Depeche Mode doesn't lessen the achievement of MG; in fact, it complements it.

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‘Litpop - Writing and Popular Music’ Suffocates From a Lack of the Lively Air of Opinion

This anthology is meant to study two of the most lively artistic fields on the planet, and yet it's bogged down by articles of no great substance and no great joy.

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Best Coast: California Nights

Lo-fi no longer, Best Coast give listeners an avalanche of hooks and waves of power chords with their third LP, California Nights.

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Revolvers, Redemption, and Yasujiro Ozu’s Silent Film Experimentation With Crime Drama

Like Jean-Luc Godard and other French directors who were later influenced by the American crime film tradition, Japan's own Yasujiro Ozu made the genre his own.

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4 May 2015 // 1:21 PM

Mickelson: Flickering

Mickelson makes use of traditional instrumentation all in service to his dramatic delivery.

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John Zorn: The Hermetic Organ, Vol. 3: St. Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield

In celebrating his 60th birthday, John returns to his first instrument.

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4 May 2015 // 9:30 AM

The Face in the Puddle

The central image of Spawn #251, the reflection of the monster in a puddle, speaks volumes about both the comics industry, and ourselves.

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Sam Lewis: Waiting on You

Waiting on You is the kind of album that resonates well, one that will likely be a listening staple for some time to come.

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Josh Rouse: The Embers of Time

The 11th album from Josh Rouse continues in a relaxed and chilled-out manner, with some high quality material.

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Game of Thrones, Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness

The Sword in the Darkness continues the thread of mischief management associated with the Game of Thrones and does so with real panache.

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Todd Rundgren, Emil Nikolaisen, Hans-Peter Lindstrom: Runddans

Runddans has been described as “a spiritual magnusopus", but that may be a euphemistic assessment.

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4 May 2015 // 5:00 AM

METZ: II

METZ are a caustic antidote for a cynical world, and II burns even better going down than their defining first album.

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‘Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell’ Is Outstanding—Just Don’t Call It a Graphic Novel

I can’t say with certainty who today’s greatest French practitioner of the ‘Ninth Art’ is, but I can say that Jacques Tardi is the greatest I have read.

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‘Wild at Heart’ Is David Lynch’s Exuberant Circus of Romance and Violence

Compared to David Lynch's bleak take on fate and human nature in, say, Eraserhead or Lost Highway, this is sunshine and sailboats -- albeit with plenty of vivid sex, violence, and twisted humor.

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‘Annie’ Is a Feature-Length Native Ad, Not a Remake

At the helm of producers Jay-Z and Will Smith, Annie becomes not a tale about finding one's home, but instead a paean to personal shopping sprees and technology.

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The Science of the Yuk and the Yum of Things

John McQuaid blends history, scientific research, cultural studies, and personal anecdotes to create a lively and engaging history of taste.

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In ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’, Women Are Property

A woman fights to keep her freedom in Thomas Hardy’s love quadrangle, rendered visually by director Thomas Vinterberg in a poised, crisp, and actor-centric film.

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