Monday, January 19 2015
Confronting Contagion tries to capture the 3,000-year history behind a modern scientific breakthrough: the discovery that tiny organisms invade our bodies and make us sick.
King of the Sun and King of the Midnight Sun are both fine records, but not quite the Saints at their finest.
Putting the lie to the idea that all underground rap is good (or about something).
The Story is a strong collection from a classic British '80s pop band. New subscribers could sign up here, but anyone with a passing acquaintance will find nothing new.
The avant-metal band's latest album: traveling in one big loop.
Friday, January 16 2015
The insights of the late, great Roger Ebert shed light on how documentaries fit in the film world, as well as the myopic processes of Oscar voting.
With one paw in the cinematic strategies of the past and the other in pure post-modern magic, Paddington is no run-of-the-mill kid's flick.
In this global thriller about digital terrorism, the visuals do not shape the story but rather are the story.
Gangs of Wasseypur is tumultuous, five hour gangster saga, stuffed with humor as bleak as the story is bloody.
To presume to review works of this level is farcical; we can only be overjoyed by their continued existence.
The fully realized five hour version of Lars Von Trier's Nymph()maniac feels as worthy of revisits as your copy of Crime and Punishment or Ulysses.
Although this isn’t the Decemberists’ best album, it’s a breathtaking effort that maintains everything that makes them so one-of-a-kind and vital.
Live in Memphis is ultimately unassuming but effective, an honest account of Big Star's mid-'90s chapter and a reminder of the group's considerable talent and charms.
Shady Records compilation celebrating 15 years of the label; one disc of new material plus one "greatest hits" CD.
With prudent messaging, excellent delivery, and slick production, there are plenty of reasons to smile while listening to Rise.
Thursday, January 15 2015
Creative chaos may be the mother of Internet invention. But inventiveness is a threat to the Powers-that-be. Is crime-fighting just another handy euphemism for Orwellian consolidation?
Pride is the rare crowdpleaser that gives audience members more to think about once they’ve wiped away their tears and stopped smiling after it's over.
It doesn't matter who played or who produced. It doesn't matter if it's "classical" or "ambient". And it certainly doesn't matter that it was released in 1980. Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics is still an album unlike any other.
These characters navigate a constellation of theological ruins and failed rationalizations, wherein existential nausea must do battle with the hunger of the werewolf Curse.
First Demo proves what fans have long known, that Fugazi was brashly confident and fully formed from day one.