Album Reviews

Com Truise
Persuasion System

Jun 26, 2019 Web Exclusive

A Spoonerism is an error in speech that makes for a hilarious rhyme, and Com Truise (a flub of Tom Cruise) is a smooth example.

The Waterboys
Where the Action Is

Jun 25, 2019 Web Exclusive

Propagator of "The Big Music," Mike Scott, has been the leader of influential folk/rock/punk/Pagan/everything else collective The Waterboys since around 1983. In that time there have been solid gold albums like 1985's This Is the Seaand 1988s Fisherman's Blues as well as recent, acclaimed efforts like the experimental double Out of All This Blue from 2017.

Willie Nelson
Ride Me Back Home

Jun 24, 2019 Web Exclusive

Legend gets bandied about too easily these days but Willie Nelson, now 86, well deserves the title. With more than six decades in the business: from Music Row songwriter behind Patsy Cline's "Crazy," to memorable covers "Georgia On My Mind" and "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," to his own chart toppers "On the Road Again" and "Always On My Mind"the man is unstoppable. 

Classic Interviews

Hans Petter Moland, director of In Order of Disappearance

Hans Petter Moland, director of In Order of Disappearance
Mixing genres with bloody results

Aug 26, 2016 Web Exclusive

Hans Petter Moland has been a stalwart of Norwegian cinema for over two decades. Often playing with dark material, and skirting around the edges of multiple genres, he’s become a regular on the festival circuit, appearing frequently at Cannes and the Berlin Film Festival where his eighth film, In Order of Disappearance, premiered back at the start of 2014. Two and half years down the line and his mix of revenge thriller and black comedy has continued to launch strongly in a number of regions, leading to a US release. The film set in Norway stars acclaimed Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, best known to US audiences for blockbusters ranging from the Marvel films to Pirates of the Caribbean.

In their fourth film together, Skarsgård plays Nils, a taciturn snowplow operator who embarks on an amateur and very bloody revenge mission when his son is killed by local gangsters. His actions inadvertently spark a gang war, sending the body count spiraling. Hans spoke to us recently to discuss mixing genres, the rise of Norwegian cinema, and working with Stellan Skarsgård.

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. 

Book Reviews

Keith Elliot Greenberg
Where You Goin’ With That Gun in Your Hand?: The True Crime Blotter of Rock ‘n’ Roll

May 27, 2019 Web Exclusive

In Where You Goin' With That Gun in Your Hand?, Keith Elliot Greenberg has written a primer of sorts, compiling the stories of 21 different rock and roll tragedies, from Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain to Sam Cooke and Selena.

Interviews

My Firsts: Stephen McBean of Black Mountain

Jun 26, 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 Stephen McBean of Black Mountain.

Splendour Preview: The Slow Readers Club Talk Festivals, Longevity, and New Records

Jun 21, 2019 Web Exclusive

Splendour opens its doors for the 12th year on Saturday July 20. The Nottingham-based festival has firmly established itself as one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the UK. 

Pleased to meet you

Stella Donnelly on “Beware of the Dogs”

May 10, 2019 Web Exclusive

Gathering her voice between intermittent coughing fits and sniffles, Stella Donnelly apologizes for being sick for the interview, wishing that she were more readily able to express herself. 

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

Manic Street Preachers and Gwenno at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, UK

Jun 26, 2019 By Haydon Spenceley

I can remember distinctly an interview that James Dean Bradfield, the lead singer of Manic Street Preachers, gave what seems like many years ago now in which he opined quite strongly that he "couldn't imagine still doing this [fronting the Manic Street Preachers] when I'm 40."

Blog

Trumpville, USA

Jun 26, 2019 By Steve King

This is an Address from NPR: Nationalist Private Radio. No transcription of this broadcast will be made, as the Ministry of Labor has liquidated the Ministry of Education and reading has been outlawed. If you are able to read this, troops will be dispatched from the Ohio battlefront to arrest you immediately.






Cinema Reviews

The Dead Don’t Die

Jun 15, 2019 Web Exclusive

Jim Jarmusch, while frequently funny, rarely ventures into outright comedy. He works often and well with explicitly comedic talents like Bill Murray and Roberto Begnini, working them into his deadpan universe in ways that both play to their comic strengths but also reflect and accentuate the bleakness (blankness?) of the world around them.

DVD Reviews

Fatso [Special Edition]
Studio: Shout! Factory

Jun 25, 2019 Web Exclusive

Written and directed by Anne Bancroft in her only behind-the-camera feature, Fatso is a mostly sweet romantic comedy.

Television Reviews

Leaving Neverland
(HBO, Sunday March 3 and Monday March 4)

Mar 03, 2019 Web Exclusive

Leaving Neverland, a sprawling account of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, was set for controversy from the moment it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.