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Music Review

Winter / What Kind of Blue Are You?

Recommended if you like: My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, The Spinanes, Cranes, Ivy by: Kristi Houk Winter aka Samira Winter’s sophomore release, What Kind of Blue Are You?, on Bar None Records could have been released in 1991. And I mean that in the best way. This 10 song LP is dream-pop at its finest. Checks all the prerequisites: swirly guitar drone (check), lots of reverb (check), whispery, breathy vocals […]

todayApril 4, 2020 39 7 5

Music Review

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s / Cool It Down

Recommended if you like: P.J. Harvey, Warpaint, Metric, Patti Smith, early U2 Stand out tracks: “Spitting Off the Edge of the World,” “Fleez,” “Wolf” by Kristi Houk A welcome return Cool It Down, the fifth album from Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, is their first record in nine years. The three piece powerhouse still sound like themselves—dance-y art school synths, hooks that pack a punch, emotive vocals, and punk all at the […]

todayApril 3, 2020 49 4 4

Music Review

Dry Cleaning / Stumpwork

Recommended if you like: Pavement, Courtney Barnett, Wet Leg, Laurie Anderson by Kristi Houk       Dry Cleaning formed in South London in 2017 features vocalist Florence Shaw, guitarist Tom Dowse, bassist Lewis Maynard and drummer Nick Buxton. Their second album, Stumpwork was released in October of this year. At first listen, it’s hard not to compare them to 90’s indie, slacker darlings, Pavement with the band’s lo-fi sound […]

todayApril 2, 2020 52 5

Music Review

ALVVAYS / Blue Rev

Recommended if You Like: The Sundays, Camera Obscura, The Beths, Snail Mail, The Smiths by Kristi Houk Blue Rev, the third album from Toronto band, Alvvays is so beautiful it hurts. I almost missed the deadline for this review because I couldn’t bear the album coming to an end and kept playing track “After the Earthquake” over and over. Am I waxing melodramatic? maybe—but it’s that good. Call them power […]

todayApril 2, 2020 38 1

Feature

Spiritualized / Everything Was Beautiful

Recommended if you like: Iggy and The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, Mercury Rev Stand Out Tracks: “Always Together With You”, “Crazy”, “Let it Bleed (For Iggy)” By Kristi Houk Space Rock pioneer, Jason Pierce (aka J Spaceman) of Spititualized does it again. On Everything Was Beautiful (taken from a quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s classic SlaughterHouse-Five), Pierce effortlessly fuses country, psych rock, blues, and gospel into one cohesive, drugg-y package. It’s […]

todayApril 1, 2020 145 1 2

Film Review

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

For fans of Werner Herzog, Nomadland, Travel Books and Documentaries, and nomadic philosophical wanderings by: Gareth Jones Released in 2019, (the same year as Family Romance, LCC) by Werner Herzog, the prolific octogenarian Bavarian master, Nomad examines the ways, both physical and philosophical, that Herzog and renowned British travel writer Bruce Chatwin’s lives intersected.  Like all of his films, Herzog mixes genres and formats in his search for the ecstatic […]

todayMarch 27, 2020 27 5 7

Film Review

Deep Cover

For fans of Film Noir, Good Fellas, strong black stories and performances, Jeff Goldblum By: Gareth Jones Released on April 15, 1992 (nearly one year after the Rodney King beating and a couple of weeks before the ensuing riots), Deep Cover captured the Zeitgeist of justified distrust of the police. It is a noir film updated in the drug cartels of the 90’s from the Black perspective.  The film stars […]

todayMarch 26, 2020 54

Film Review

He Ran All The Way

For fans of tough-as-nails acting as seen in John Garfield and Shelly Winters, Dalton Trumbo, James Wong Howe’s cinematography, and early 50’s Noir By: Gareth Jones John Garfield died too young. At age 39, he suffered a heart attack after appearing before the House of Un-American Committee in 1951.  Always a standout in playing tough, working class underdogs, he brought his experience in the Group Theater to the screen along […]

todayMarch 24, 2020 26

Film Review

The Girl Without Hands

For fans of minimalist painterly animation, Grimms Fairy Tales, Marcell Jankovics (Son of the White Mare) By: Gareth Jones This hypnotic, oneiric film from 2016 was written, directed, animated and edited by one person, Sébastien Laudenbach.  Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm, it is a fairytale about a young girl accidentally sold to the devil by her poor farmer father.  She evades the devil initially, but loses her […]

todayMarch 22, 2020 23 1 2

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