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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 38 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 45 4 4

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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 142 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 24 5 7

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 […]

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Gareth’s Top 100 Films of All Time

By: Gareth Jones After the Sight and Sound all time best list came out a few weeks ago, many folks asked me if I had such a list. After seeing the astonishing list by dear friend Gregory Lowry, I decided to jot one down. I do have to say that this list is very different from how it would have looked 10 years ago. It does mirror and was influenced […]

todayMarch 20, 2020 48 1

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