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Wednesday, November 20th, 2019  

Album Reviews

Hand It Over

Dinosaur Jr.
Hand It Over

Nov 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

Dinosaur Jr.'s final mid-period album is reissued with a grand assortment of extra content. 

Where You Been

Dinosaur Jr.
Where You Been

Nov 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

Dinosaur Jr.'s Where You Been is lavishly reissued in double CD package with a slew of enticing extras. 

Closer to Grey

Chromatics
Closer to Grey

Nov 19, 2019 Web Exclusive

One problem with Chromatics' latest "surprise" album Closer to Grey, which dropped without much fanfare last month, is the fact that it wasn't quite the album many fans were expecting.

Classic Interviews

Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus
All By Herself

Feb 10, 2012

Nika Roza Danilova—who writes and performs as Zola Jesus—first appeared to the music world with her 2009 debut full-length, The SpoilsUnder the Radar caught up with the musician in a park near her West Hollywood home to talk about her new album Conatus, friendly neighborhood critics, and why calling her Zola instead of Nika might not be such a leap in logic.

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1
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Apr 05, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger's big-screen heyday. 

Interviews

My Firsts: Girl Ray

My Firsts: Girl Ray

Nov 20, 2019 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 all three members of Girl Ray: Poppy Hankin, Sophie Moss, and Iris McConnell.

The End: Kate Tempest

The End: Kate Tempest

Nov 15, 2019 Web Exclusive

To end out the week, we ask Kate Tempest some questions about endings and death.

Pleased to meet you

The Soft Cavalry – Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell on Their Self-Titled Debut Album

Oct 24, 2019 Web Exclusive

The Soft Cavalry is the brainchild of husband and wife duo Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell. The latter perhaps better known for her work with Slowdive, Mojave 3, and Minor Victories while the former has played bass and sang backing vocals in a number of bands (including Ricky Gervais/David Brent's Foregone Conclusion) as both a full time member and session musician.

Lists

25 of the Best Elton John Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

Jun 10, 2019

Rocketman is here. And it's spectacular. As such, I've got Elton on the mind.

I didn't go to the church of Jesus Christ when I was a kid. I went to the church of Elton John. Still do. We had portraits of Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin framed, matted, and hanging in the hallway as if they were fuckin' family members. LOL. Mom took me to my first concert in 1994. I was 11. It was Elton and Ray Cooper at the Greek Theater in LA. In 7th grade, I had a picture of Elton on the front of my school folder and one of Taupin on the back. Caught a lot of shit for it too. It was middle school, it was the mid-'90s, I was a weirdo.

So I'm a mega-fan for sure.

When people ask me where to start with Elton's catalog, here's what I tell 'em: All the studio albums from the 1970 self-titled Elton John through 1976's Blue Moves are essential. That's 10 albums people. 10 ALBUMS IN 6 YEARS. All of them essential. And no, we're not gonna get into anything after Blue Moves. Don't have time. Too controversial. But do check out 1981's The Fox and 1983's Too Low for Zero if you have the appetite.

Those 10 studio albums aren't just essential because of their brain-scramblingly good singles, but also because the non-single album tracks are Just. Un. Real. To celebrate all that incredible music and the release of Rocketman, I've compiled 25 of the very best Elton John songs I reckon you've never heard.

What'd we miss? BRING IT.

 By Kenny S McGuane

Live reviews

Working Men’s Club at Record Junkee, Sheffield

Working Men’s Club at Record Junkee, Sheffield

Nov 15, 2019 By Dom Gourlay

As 2019 enters its final weeks, one of the most heart warming stories in the music world centres around the rapid rise of Working Men's Club. Hailing from the Calderdale borough of West Yorkshire that boasts the cultural havens of Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Halifax amongst its towns and villages. If the first twelve months of their existence were about honing their crafts and finding a sound. This year has been nothing of a meteoric rise, and deservedly so. 

Blog

New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award Winners 2019

New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award Winners 2019

Nov 13, 2019 By Zach Hollwedel

The New Orleans Film Society has announed the 30th New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award Winners.




Cinema Reviews

The Report

Nov 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

The Report is two movies, neither of them very good.

DVD Reviews

It Always Rains on Sunday [Special Edition]
Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Nov 19, 2019 Web Exclusive

Tense and grimy, It Always Rains on Sunday has grown in prominence over the decades; once little more than a lesser-known Ealing, it’s become of the best-regarded British noirs of all time.

Television Reviews

Back to Life
(Showtime, Sundays at 10 p.m.)

Nov 08, 2019 Web Exclusive

The residents of the small town of Hythe don't believe in the concept of "paid her debt to society." This is what Miri Matteson (Daisy Haggard), the main protagonist in Back to Life finds out very quickly upon her release from an 18-year sentence in prison.