Album Reviews

Brian Eno
The Ship

Apr 29, 2016 Web Exclusive

Brian Eno's intentions will never cease to be helplessly rooted in discovery. Strikingly modest for a man with such colossal cultural impact and a production résumé boasting John Cage, David Bowie, and John Cale to name a few, Eno is unrivaled in his influence on the dynamics of modern electronic music. 

Chris Cohen
As If Apart

Apr 28, 2016 Web Exclusive

On Chris Cohen's second solo LP, As If Apart, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist seems to be wandering through the gullies and gulfs of his own interior world, intermittently stopping to examine strewn fossils of '60s baroque pop, vintage AM gold, and the most placid strains of psychedelia.

Britta Phillips
Luck or Magic

Apr 27, 2016 Web Exclusive

After a three decade long career featuring stints as the original singing voice of Jem in the '80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms followed by Belltower; Ultrababyfat; the recently reunited Luna; and Dean & Britta, her ongoing band with husband Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips has finally and remarkably released her debut solo album. 

Comic Book Reviews

Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam
Fantagraphics

Apr 20, 2016 Web Exclusive

I'm not sure if there's ever been such a contrast between the beauty of a work's cartooning and the cringe-inducing depravity of its characters as in Simon Hanselmann's Megg & Mogg comics. 

Interviews

A talk with Harrod Blank about his father Les Blank’s masterpiece, A Poem Is A Naked Person

Apr 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

We sat down with Harrod Blank to discuss his father’s masterpiece, which was just released on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection.

Benjamin Dickinson, director and star of Creative Control

Apr 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

There are no aliens, evil empires or other tired tropes in Benjamin Dickinson’s new sci-fi flick, Creative Control. Instead, the director, co-writer and star’s vision of the future is myopically dystopic: one in which his protagonist dons a pair of glasses, only to lose sight of reality. That’s because said “Augmenta” specs allow him to create a 3D representation of his best friend’s girlfriend that only he, the gadget’s wearer, can see, ogle over and eventually fall in love with. Indeed, the film’s take on tomorrow is cynically satirical—rife with tech addiction, couples driven to dysfunction by those electronics, and the neurotic ad men who shill them. Dickinson tells us about blending fact and fiction for the film’s take on advertising, the pros and cons of being a film’s director and star, and more.

Pleased to meet you

Sunflower Bean

Mar 11, 2016 Web Exclusive

You don't have to wear floral shirts and flares to record your guitars backwards, just ask Sunflower Bean's Jacob Faber. His band owe more stylistically to the black-clad cool of The Velvet Underground than Woodstock '69, they make some of the most arresting psychedelic rock of recent times, but Sunflower Bean don't have time for revivalism.

Lists

Ranked: 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

Feb 26, 2016

The 88th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen on Sunday, February 28th. As in years past, we've taken a look at this year's short film competitions. The Academy defines a short film as an original motion picture running 40 minutes or less, and excludes all advertisments, unaired or unsold television episodes, or credit sequences from feature-length films. Our critic, Shawn Hazelett, watched and ranked all of this year's Oscar-nominated shorts. Today, he looks at this year's animated category. 

Live reviews

Lush at The Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, April 25, 2016

Apr 26, 2016 By Nick Hyman

Lush are finally back in Los Angeles after an almost 20-year absence! "It all comes full circle," said lead vocalist/guitarist Miki Berenyi as she reminisced about the first time the band played the legendary Roxy Theatre even further back in April of 1991. 

Blog

Thao Nguyen of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down on How Her Dad Influenced Her New Album

Apr 28, 2016 By Thao Nguyen

When we asked Thao Nguyen of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down to take part in one of our recurring guest blog series, instead she decided to pen a more personal piece about the inspiration behind the band's new album, A Man Alive, which came out last month via Ribbon Music. 






Cinema Reviews

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

Apr 29, 2016 Web Exclusive

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba does an excellent job of showing the various facets of Hemingway’s personality.

Television Reviews

Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping
Netflix

Apr 22, 2016 Web Exclusive

The shouty, stocky, pulverizing funny Patton Oswalt is in prime form during his new standup special for Netflix, Talking For Clapping. Taped sixth months ago at The Fillmore in San Francisco, where he first began to hone his comedic chops, Oswalt deftly mixes high and low brow humor throughout the set, and sometimes within the same bit.