Monday, April 14 2014
Given Brian O'Nolan and his sly guises, one must wonder what this erudite satirist makes of this posthumous tribute to his tetchy talents.
This 12-song, 11-minute album from 2013, now reissued by Slumberland Records, is a quick blast of power-pop in which brief songs become representative but not reflective. They twist or deny our expectations, and are all the stronger for that denial.
Cynic makes technical, progressive sounding music sound fun and emotional. These guys are masterful technical musicians, but more importantly, they are great song writers.
A Scattering Time plays like an emblem of a different era because it is an emblem of no era, a haunting and formless musical work full of pitch-dark textural turns, proggy rhythmic tremors, and a wailing vocal thrust.
Friday, April 11 2014
The good dads theme culminates in the image of the biggest, bestest dad of all, Roger Goodell on the stage, calling out the names of hopeful young men whose lives are changed forever by his pronouncement.
Nicolas Cage jolts back to life for David Gordon Green's Joe, a Southern thriller and character study that asks more of him than grimacing or wigging out.
The wonderful folk-soul-jazz singer plays a classic jazz club at the start of her tour. If only more people were hearing this music!
If you haven't yet read a Michelle Huneven novel, what are you waiting for?
The "power jazz" trio reinvents Stravinsky's avant-garde classic in a wholly new way. And darn if it doesn't sound fresh!
The greatness of Flicker Alley’s 2014 Blu-ray release of the 1923 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame is evident even before the disc is slid into the player.
Love and Hate offers songs that are mature, but not aged, worldly, but not cynical, in a soundscape that flows with no forcing and no faltering.
This merger of two industrial pioneers can be impressive, but never quite matches the original versions.
Some questionable choices, but otherwise a good place to start in the man's discography.
Wild Moccasins spend half of their debut slavishly recreating early '80s pop, but don't really come to life until they stop doing that later in the album.
Thursday, April 10 2014
As the torture scenes in The Railway Man focus on waterboarding, you're reminded that Japanese waterboarders were executed by Allied victors, and may pause to ponder the current debate over American waterboarders.
At first glance, Black Moon might appear to be just another variation of the zombie theme, but it isn't: this novel is written for adults.
The Hidden Fortress is more "accessible" and "entertaining" than Rashômon, but Kurosawa's artistry is ever present.
The final recording of a collaborative trilogy, Abraçaço sees the seemingly ageless septuagenarian inventively fusing the Tropicália style with an indie pop sensibility.
No longer an event, a new record from this hardcore revival act won’t turn the tide for punk rock. While the rest of the band bashes away, veteran Keith Morris prattles on about what we already know.
In his publisher John Calder's view, Samuel Beckett retreats in his later texts, as did God from Genesis.