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Monday, May 25th, 2020  

Album Reviews

Introduction, Presence

Nation of Language
Introduction, Presence

May 22, 2020 Web Exclusive

At first listen, Introduction, Presence, the debut full-length from Brooklyn trio Nation of Language, is a deceptively simple retro-synthpop album that sounds like what we’d get if The National’s Matt Berninger had fronted early Depeche Mode.

Declaration

Red
Declaration

May 22, 2020 Web Exclusive

Red have been a mainstay in the world of heavy rock for several years. Their brand of metal has always been tinged with classical, almost symphonic melodrama. 

Notes on a Conditional Form

The 1975
Notes on a Conditional Form

May 21, 2020 Web Exclusive

Few artists have attempted to address the responsibilities of a mainstream rock band over the last decade as seriously as The 1975’s Matt Healy. Across three increasingly ambitious records, Healy (and bandmates George Daniel, Adam Hann, and Ross MacDonald) obsessed over the possibilities of what a modern band could be, how it could sound, and what it could stand for.

Classic Interviews

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Alvvays

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Alvvays
Northern Nomads

Aug 13, 2014 Web Exclusive

Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan were childhood friends before they were bandmates, growing up together and both playing the fiddle.

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway
Fantagraphics

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists' lives continue to flush down the toilet. 

Interviews

My Favorite Album: Georg Holm of Sigur Rós on Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers”

My Favorite Album: Georg Holm of Sigur Rós on Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers”

May 22, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

I had to think about that quite deeply because it does change. People’s favorite albums don’t necessarily stay the same forever. You might have a favorite now but in 10 years you may have another one. The record I’m listening to quite a lot now—and I actually listened to quite a lot when I was a kid, even before joining Sigur Rós—is Wildflowers by Tom Petty.

My Firsts: Wilma Archer

My Firsts: Wilma Archer

May 21, 2020 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 Wilma Archer (aka Will Archer, who used to release music as Slime). 

Pleased to meet you

Pottery Share New Song “Hot Heater”

May 13, 2020

Pottery have shared a new song, “Hot Heater.” It is the fourth single from the Montreal band’s upcoming debut album, Welcome to Bobby’s Motel, which is due out June 26 via Partisan.

Lists

Top 50 TV Shows of 2019 to Stream Now During the Quarantine

May 20, 2020

We’re all stuck inside during the quarantine. It could last for a few more weeks, but more likely for months—whatever it takes to make sure that those most at risk in our society aren’t exposed to COVID-19. So we’re on our couch, perhaps still in our PJs, pretending to be productive. But with the weight of all that’s going on, perhaps we just want to grab the remote. But what to watch? These days we’re spoilt for choice, depending on which TV services you partake in. Some have cable plus streaming services, others are cord cutters and rely on only on Netflix and their ilk. But then there’s Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Go (and soon HBO Plus), Disney Plus, DC Universe, BritBox, CBS All Access, and others we’re no doubt forgetting. Sure, we’ve all been told to watch Tiger King, but what else?

We decided to dust off an abandoned project to help give some suggestions of recent shows to check out while you’re confined to home. Last December we had started a list of the Best TV Shows of 2019, conducting a vote with all our writers, but never finished it. Better late than never we say. So our writers finished up their blurbs on the Top 10 and we belatedly present to you a list of last year’s best shows to help you decide on what to watch until we’re allowed outside again.

Blog

The Trump Plague: Viral Politics in the Age of Fuckery

The Trump Plague: Viral Politics in the Age of Fuckery

May 04, 2020 By Steve King

Well, it only took him three years, but Trump finally beat George W. Bush for the title of worst president ever. It’s not as though the president created the virus. It’s not his fault. But he did make it much easier for the coronavirus to ravage the country.




Cinema Reviews

Bull

Apr 29, 2020 Web Exclusive

For all the ferocity of Bull, it’s in the moments of quietude where the real power lies.

Television Reviews

Betty
HBO, Fridays at 11 p.m.

May 01, 2020 Web Exclusive

The rumble of skateboard wheels on concrete is one of the most soothing sounds in the world. This is the both the underscore and overlay for HBO’s six-part series, Betty