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Rabit - "Snow Leopard" (Singles Going Steady)

Everything on Rabit's "Snow Leopard" is deliberate, like a great cat stalking its prey in the woods.

Kevin Korber: Rabit kicked the doors down with “Pandemic,” so it’s inevitable that “Snow Leopard" would sound a bit softer in comparison. Not by much, though; this gets as harsh as grime can get, but the aggression is contemplated. The percussion is measured for effect, arriving at its loudest when Rabit knows it’ll have the most impact. Everything on “Snow Leopard” is deliberate, like a great cat stalking its prey in the woods. Just as with any predator, it’s gone before you realize, and you’re left in a completely different state from where you began. [8/10]

John Bergstrom: It starts off glitchy/creepy and ends off glitchy/creepy. In the middle, it's glitchy/creepy. The not-so-creepy part is you've heard this sort of thing before, and for a couple decades now. [4/10]

Dustin Ragucos: The asphalt is being scraped by snow and a lethargic shovel, at least, that's how it feels like. Apart from that, nothing on "Snow Leopard" is icy, menacing, or fast. It's not a song that forces you to trudge. [4/10]

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Alfred Hitchcock helped to create the modern horror genre, the modern thriller, and the modern black comedy. He changed film, even as he was inventing new ways to approach it. Stay tuned through October as we present our collection of essays on the Master of Suspense.

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'Psycho': The Mother of All Horrors

Psycho stands out not only for being one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, it is also one of his most influential. It has been a template and source material for an almost endless succession of later horror films, making it appropriate to identify it as the mother of all horror films.

Francesc Quilis
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The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti (By the Book)

With discussions of characters like Leon Ray Livingston (a.k.a. "A-No. 1"), credited with consolidating the entire system of hobo communication in the 1910s, and Kathy Zuckerman, better known as the surf icon "Gidget", Susan A. Phillips' lavishly illustrated The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti, excerpted here from Yale University Press, tells stories of small moments that collectively build into broad statements about power, memory, landscape, and history itself.

Susan A. Phillips
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The 10 Best Indie Pop Albums of 2009

Indie pop in 2009 was about all young energy and autumnal melancholy, about the rush you feel when you first hear an exciting new band, and the bittersweet feeling you get when your favorite band calls it quits.

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