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Friday, March 28 2014

Shit Robot: We Got a Love

The DFA producer is weighed down by his guests on his second album.


Danilo Perez: Panama 500

The astonishing pianist brings out two different trios, some strings, percussion, and native Panamanian chant to celebrate the anniversary of his homeland.


Milagres: Violent Light

There's a lot of beauty on the second album by this Brooklyn band, but the songs suffer from a museum-like coldness.


Uncle Tupelo: No Depression

If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.


‘Yoshi’s New Island’: Parenting the Hard Way

Generally speaking, gamers aren't big fans of escort missions. Yet, Yoshi's New Island and the rest of the Yoshi's Island series doesn't seem concerned with that, as the entire game is an escort mission.


Thursday, March 27 2014

‘Noah’ and One Leaky Ark

Russell Crowe’s embodiment of Noah’s tempestuous righteousness nearly carries Darren Aronofsky’s muddled Biblical parable of man-made catastrophe.


Shpongle + The Desert Dwellers: 9 March 2014 - Santa Ana, CA

Shpongle stands out from the crowded EDM scene by remembering the organic rock roots of psychedelic music.


Hearing Isn’t the Only Thing Lost When One Goes Deaf

Writer Katherine Bouton was 30 years old when hearing in her left ear lessened. She did what most people would: she ignored it.


‘George Washington’ Is the Artful Debut of a Visionary Filmmaker

David Gordon Green favors the elliptical over the literal and is more concerned with establishing atmosphere. Words spoken are less important than words omitted.


Mr Little Jeans: Pocketknife

Easily one of the best albums of the year thus far, few debut records brush up against perfection as effortlessly as Mr Little Jeans’ Pocketknife.


Howler: World of Joy

"Hey Howler, what are you rebelling against?" "What a-ya got?"


September Girls: Cursing the Sea

Yet another fuzzy "Girls" group shows on their debut album that they can hold their own.


Party Dolls: Love Wars Baby

Drew Beskin turns heartbreak into an album of hugely enjoyable songs.


Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: New Ammo

The group has been gelling again over the past two years and the results are evident here with a mix of fresh new tunes and a handful of sharp covers.


Wednesday, March 26 2014

The Essays in ‘Sex Scene’ Are as Vivid and Provocative as One Would Hope

Sex Scene offers a new angle for examining the "longest revolution", and demonstrates the profound ability of the media to influence how we think, and what we think about.


‘Brothers Hypnotic’ Is the Tale of a Brass Band in Thrilling Motion

As much as this celebrates the music of the Hypnotic Brass Band, with long sequences devoted to their energetic performances, it also makes clear the hard work that goes into it.


The Chilling Effect of Noh Theater on Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Throne of Blood’

Throne of Blood plays with Noh's frightening incongruity, its delicacy of movement expressing mortifyingly indelicate actions, as when Washizu and Asaji deflate like punctured blow-up dolls as they resolve themselves to treason.


‘Line of Defense Tactics’ Feels Aloof

Line of Defense’s lack of ambition harms it in the end. It’s the gift card you give a distant cousin on their birthday. It’s the free coffee you get with an oil change, appreciated for what it is but quickly forgotten.


‘Inside No. 9’ Is a Bit Like a Box of Chocolates, Albeit One Full of Dark, Bitter Sweets

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton turn down the grotesque but amp up the insidious mixture of morbid comedy and genuine creepiness for this series of stand-alone tales.


Jimi Goodwin: Odludek

The singer/bassist for British indie-rock anthemists Doves catches the sun on his first solo album, a warm, eye-opening affair.


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