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Mark Smotroff Posted: Oct 23, 2012 0 comments

Halloween's not even here yet, but Sufjan Stevens is ready for Christmas

But you can pre-order some fun Holiday albums already, including Sufjan Stevens: Silver & Gold (Ltd Ed. 5 LP, 6 EP set)

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Ken Richardson Posted: Apr 09, 2013 0 comments

Paramore: Paramore

New release (Fueled by Ramen; tour dates)

I’ll never forget my first encounter with Paramore. It wasn’t at a gig or on the radio. It came in the pages of a magazine: a backstage photo taken around the time of 2007’s Riot! And I have to be honest: My focus wasn’t on the band but on its singer, Hayley Williams. Underneath that flame of orange-red hair, with her head cocked elatedly to the side, she was laughing as if there was no tomorrow. Now that’s rock & roll, I thought, wondering if she (um, the band) sounded as full of youthful excitement as she looked.

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Mark Smotroff Posted: Dec 18, 2012 0 comments
This weekend, I pulled out my SACD of Vince Guaraldi's classic soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas, marking the beginning of the holiday season for me personally.
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Ken Richardson Posted: Jul 09, 2013 0 comments

Robert Pollard: Honey Locust Honky Tonk

New release (GBV Inc.; tour dates for Guided by Voices)
Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

When you’re the prolific Robert Pollard and you tend to release dozens of songs each year on multiple albums, one thing is certain (despite what the ultra-faithful think): Not every song on every album is going to be a gem. This is particularly true when you’re being especially prolific — as in the past 18 months, when Pollard has released four albums and one EP with his reunited main band, Guided by Voices, and now three solo albums, for a total of 130 songs, 97 of which he wrote alone and another 13 of which he co-wrote.

That said, more things are certain: The gems are far more prevalent, and typically they’re truly sparkling.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Mar 12, 2013 0 comments

Life of Pi 3D

What do you do when you find yourself adrift alone in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with just the company of an orangutan, a hyena, a zebra, and a majestic but fearsome, nay terrifying 450-pound male Bengal tiger? This is the sticky situation Pi Patel must deal with while trying to survive the elements and discover the meaning of life.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jun 04, 2013 0 comments

A Good Day to Die Hard

The latest chapter of the popular, 25-year-old franchise is a Die Hard film with subtitles. But, fear not, ardent fans, it's just for a scene or two at the start and that's as arty as it gets. The rest of the film is standard slam-bam, big-boom, non-stop adrenaline-filled, Yippie-Kai-Yay thrill seeking.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 28, 2012 0 comments

Boardwalk Empire: Season 2

"After you get what you want you don't want what you wanted at all." A great sense of loss runs throughout Boardwalk Empire, the Terence Winter-created, Martin Scorsese-executive produced gangster series set in Atlantic City of the Roaring Twenties.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Oct 09, 2012 0 comments

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Only Steven Spielberg could take a simple story based on an imaginary friend he'd created after his parents' divorce and turn it into the highest box office earner ever (a title it held for the next decade), pulling in $793 million worldwide in 1982 dollars.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Mar 26, 2013 0 comments

The Strokes: Comedown Machine

New release (RCA)
Photo courtesy of RCA

I had pretty much given up on the Strokes some time ago. The band’s early, early promise just wasn’t bearing fruit anymore. But here we have Comedown Machineand waddayaknow, things would seem to be looking up.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Dec 04, 2012 0 comments

Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection

Winner of five Academy Award Francis Ford Coppola's films are beloved and oft quoted by film aestheticians, critics, couch warriors, and gangsters alike.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Jun 18, 2013 0 comments

What you are looking at above is the “cover art” for Kanye West’s new album, Yeezus (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam). In fact, there’s no cover or CD booklet at all, just a sticker on the back of the package with the track listing. This dovetails nicely with Kanye’s mysterious anti-campaign for the album’s release today. He did perform “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves” on Saturday Night Live in May, and if those hard-hitting, industrial-sounding tracks are any indication, then Yeezus could be a wowzer.

Still, I can’t stop thinking about that “cover art” and, paradoxically, how much it reminds me of this:

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Josef Krebs Posted: Feb 27, 2013 0 comments

The Master

Continuing to push the boundaries of traditional narrative and character development, the latest film from director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights), The Master, tells of Naval veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) who arrives back stateside from fighting in the Pacific front in World War II troubled, un

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Josef Krebs Posted: May 14, 2013 0 comments

Cloud Atlas

Written and directed by Andy and Lana (formerly Larry) Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), Cloud Atlas takes you on a mind-boggling odyssey through many ages and places that come together to make up the six-story tapestry of lives and previous lives, allowing many of the best actors in Hollywood and England to play multipl

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 27, 2013 0 comments

The Great Gatsby

As with Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, with this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel set during the Roaring Twenties, the writer-producer-director creates a series of set pieces of bravura filmmaking with careering camerawork of huge zoom-ins and acrobatic fly-arounds all tied together with rapid montages.

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