Album Reviews

Mac DeMarco
Another One

Aug 04, 2015 Web Exclusive

The independent music world can at times seem like a snobbish, closed-off community, dangerously close to drowning in its own pretension. It is increasingly important, then, that it have a few jesters to stir up the status quo.

Ultimate Painting
Green Lanes

Aug 03, 2015 Web Exclusive

James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes) blend Twerps' college slacker rock and The Kinks' sun-kissed melodies on their second Ultimate Painting album, Green Lanes

The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Mont Royal

Aug 03, 2015 Web Exclusive

Ohio-grown The Lighthouse and the Whaler's Mont Royal sounds similar at times to Band of Horses, with hints of Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues.

Classic Interviews

Eran Riklis

Eran Riklis
Interview with the director of Lemon Tree

May 01, 2009 Web Exclusive

While discussing his film Lemon Tree, Israeli director Eran Riklis repeatedly begins sentences with the phrase, “On the one hand….” The words are indicative of Riklis’ evenhanded approach to Lemon Tree, a reflective and touching film that addresses the enduring Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a microcosmic modern tale.

Comic Book Reviews

Cyborg #1
DC

Jul 29, 2015 Web Exclusive

Cyborg returns to S.T.A.R. labs following his death and regeneration at the end of Convergence, and his debut issue is a mixed bag of sci-fi weirdness and mopey characterization. 

Interviews

Matt and Kim: My Firsts

Aug 04, 2015 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim

Jesse Eisenberg on “The End of the Tour”

Jul 31, 2015 Web Exclusive

The actor and writer told us about his experience making the intimate The End of the Tour, and his own short story collection, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, due in book stores this fall.

Pleased to meet you

Amason

Jul 29, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Amason never had a plan. The story of this Swedish band's formation spans years of friendship and admiration, a bond that eventually assembled itself into a band in 2012, when members Amanda Bergman, Pontus Winnberg, Petter Winnberg, Nils Törnqvist, and Gustav Ejstes put aside their musical projects to start anew.

Lists

Ranked: Björk (Her Albums From Most to Least Accessible)

Apr 20, 2015

An Introductory Guide To Björk's Strange and Beautiful Career

Björk is Iceland's most celebrated musical export. She's been singing since childhood, and gained prominence in the '80s as frontwoman for The Sugarcubes. She left that band in the early '90s to pursue a solo career, driven mostly by her unparalleled creative output. Björk is known for pushing boundaries both sonically and visually, leaving a trail of strange and beautiful works throughout her long and impressive career.

 

Her latest album, Vulnicura, is but another milestone for Björk. As with anyone who's been around so long and made such an impact, diving headfirst into her back-catalog is a little daunting. Björk's work is ethereal, modern, abstract, and whimsical. In another word, intimidating.

 

Björk's work isn't all oblique and avant garde. At the very core of her discography is an inventive pop performer, and her music is always centered on the sheer power and versatility of her voice. It is impossible to rank her albums on quality alone, since they rarely deviate from a standard her fans expect. Instead, this list will serve as more of a guide for those who know they need to listen to Björk, but have put it off too long and don't know where to begin. I will attempt to set out a path that will ease the listener into Björk's world, starting with her most accessible record, leading into her more challenging work. I stuck to her adult studio albums (so no self-titled 1977 album recorded when she was 11) and didn't include her two soundtracks (2000's Selmasongs and 2005's Drawing Restraint 9). Here we go. By Cody Ray Shafer

Blog

Big Seven Inch: POWER OF SATAN

Aug 04, 2015 By Frank Valish

In our new column highlighting the 7" record, we tackle Japanese four-piece POWER OF SATAN.






Cinema Reviews

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Aug 04, 2015 Web Exclusive

With a tape deck and microphone, teenage Minnie chronicles her coming of age: her creative blossoming as a young cartoonist, discovery of drugs, and her sexual awakening at the hands of her mother’s skeevy 34-year-old boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård).

Television Reviews

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Netflix

Jul 29, 2015 Web Exclusive

Big time content producers like Netflix are currently in the business of reviving cult classics—in the loosest sense of the word, as the foreboding Fuller House looms on the horizon—but even die-hard fans of David Wain's 2001 movie comedy Wet Hot American Summer were probably as confused as the masses by the announcement of a prequel series.