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Album Reviews

Fun House

Hand Habits
Fun House

Oct 22, 2021 Web Exclusive

Fun House, the third album by Hand Habits (aka Meg Duffy, who uses they/them pronouns), is undoubtedly their best to date. Though it seems something of an affront to subject Fun House’s artistry to conventional measures or a stack ranking.

Songs of the Spires (Expanded Edition)

Gleaming Spires
Songs of the Spires (Expanded Edition)

Oct 22, 2021 Web Exclusive

In the early days of New Wave, drummer David Kendrick and singer Leslie Bohem approached the Mael brothers of Sparks at an LA coffee shop and invited them to check out their popular live act, Bates Motel. Rather than help getting a contract, as they likely hoped, the Sparks brothers instead invited Bates Motel to become their backing band for an upcoming world tour

Georgia Blue

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Georgia Blue

Oct 21, 2021 Web Exclusive

On last year’s anthemic “Be Afraid,” Jason Isbell sang, “And if your words add up to nothing, then you’re making a choice/To sing a cover when we need a battle cry.” But sometimes, a collection of cover songs can be the battle cry itself, as Isbell and the 400 Unit claim with Georgia Blue—a covers album in support of voting rights in Georgia where the 2020 presidential election came down to the thinnest of margins.

Classic Interviews

Still Corners

Still Corners
Sequel Potential

Sep 11, 2013 Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCX

Just before the release of Still Corners’ second album, Strange Pleasures, the London-based dream pop groupand avowed film aficionadoswere asked to name a few of their favorite movie sequels.

Comic Book Reviews

Poison Ivy: Thorns

Poison Ivy: Thorns
DC

Jul 12, 2021 Web Exclusive

Poison Ivy: Thorns, the new graphic novel dedicated to the familiar DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy, is as much traditional origin story as it is potential for a new Netflix miniseries in the vein of The Queen’s Gambit. The book portrays both the buzzy contemporary superhero intrigue as it does the de-evolution of a compelling, beautiful, modern, and free thinking character—and one, in particular, many will likely wish they had for reference as younger people.

Interviews

Kevin Morby on “Sundowner” and “A Night at the Little Los Angeles”

Kevin Morby on “Sundowner” and “A Night at the Little Los Angeles”

Oct 22, 2021 Web Exclusive

A pedigree chart shows the occurrence and appearance of phenotypes of a particular gene or organism and its ancestors from one posterity to the next. Underneath the expansive branch of “The Midwest,” you might find DNA labeled as “blankness,” “vague,” or “ordinary.” There is a root in these derivative words, a seed of some sort, that is planted in the heart of midwesterners that either blossoms or festers. It all really depends on how you water it. Because, no matter how sharp your shears may be, there is no real way to cut this root. It is within you, regardless if you want it or not. Regardless, if you’re proud of it.

Hand Habits on “Fun House,” a Career of Collaborations, and Their Voyage of Personal Discovery

Hand Habits on “Fun House,” a Career of Collaborations, and Their Voyage of Personal Discovery

Oct 21, 2021 Web Exclusive

One could certainly understand Hand Habits’ Meg Duffy (who uses they/them pronouns) being a little bit on the sleepy side the Sunday morning we spoke. Forced into pandemic hibernation like the rest of us, Duffy has emerged with their best sounding and most revealing album to date, Fun House (due out tomorrow on Saddle Creek).

Pleased to meet you

Indigo De Souza on “Any Shape You Take”

Sep 10, 2021 Web Exclusive

“It’s been crazy,” laughs North Carolina singer/songwriter Indigo De Souza, regarding the critical acclaim for her second album Any Shape You Take. “It’s also the busiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

Lists

Ranked: The 10 Best Courtney Barnett Songs to Date

Aug 12, 2021

Courtney Barnett, the songstress from down under, has graced us with four studio albums, an EP and several singles since 2012, and her latest ones, “Rae Street” and “Before You Gotta Go,” both precede her upcoming LP Things Take Time, Take Time (which is due out November 12 via Mom + Pop Music/Marathon Artists). The 33-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, is less about dividing her discography into songs you do and don’t like, and more about grouping them into the ones you love and the other ones you really really love. Indie folk, garage rock, stoner soul, she does it all, and these 10 picks are only a taste to get you hooked on the rest and tide you over until the new album comes out. Speaking of, we’ll start with “Rae Street,” which is not officially on this list but gives you an idea of where Barnett is at now (and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list), as well as “Before You Gotta Go,” which just came out this week. Then there’ll be an honorable mention and the full Top 10. By Lily Guthrie.

Blog

Iron & Wine – Reflecting on the 10th Anniversary of “Kiss Each Other Clean”

Iron & Wine – Reflecting on the 10th Anniversary of “Kiss Each Other Clean”

Oct 22, 2021 By Austin Saalman

Rarely does a popular songwriter so drastically shift into an entirely different creative direction and sound so great in doing so that their original style is hardly missed at all. The year 2007 marked such a turning point for singer/songwriter Sam Beam, better known by his stage moniker Iron & Wine.




Cinema Reviews

Memoria

Memoria

Oct 21, 2021 Web Exclusive

Memoria is a work that rewards its viewer long after it decides to part from them.

DVD Reviews

The Naked Spur

The Naked Spur
Studio: Warner Archive

Oct 22, 2021 Web Exclusive

The Naked Spur starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Anthony Mann is possibly the best of their films together, which is saying something.

Television Reviews

Call the Midwife (Season 10)

Call the Midwife (Season 10)
PBS, October 3, 2021

Oct 03, 2021 Web Exclusive

With Call the Midwife embarking on its landmark 10th season, clearly no one’s getting tired of graphically real-looking births and shivering fresh and gooey babies in London’s East End.