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Monday, December 9th, 2019  

Album Reviews

When I Have Fears

The Murder Capital
When I Have Fears

Dec 09, 2019 Web Exclusive

Dublin's The Murder Capital are currently heading up a thriving Irish indie music scene alongside good bands like Fontaines DC and Just Mustard but here, on their box-fresh debut, the band mark themselves as entirely separate, unique among their contemporaries.

The Gospel According to Water

Joe Henry
The Gospel According to Water

Dec 06, 2019 Web Exclusive

A funny thing about the waterfall pictured on the album cover of Joe Henry's latest album, The Gospel According to Water. At the time of the album's release that waterfall will no longer be there. It's not that it is some old historic photograph of a place long gone, but the waterfalls of Yosemite are the result of snow melt so they disappear in the chill of winter.

A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan

IDLES
A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan

Dec 05, 2019 Web Exclusive

The rise of IDLES over the last 18 months has been heartening to watch. After years of half-focused gestation, the Bristol band had one of the best debut albums of 2017 with Brutalism, but with little U.S. exposure their first North American tour in March of 2018 was a modest four dates at small venues in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

Classic Interviews

Keira Knightley and Director Joe Wright Discuss Anna Karenina

Keira Knightley and Director Joe Wright Discuss Anna Karenina
New Takes On Old Tales

Nov 15, 2012 Web Exclusive

Keira Knightley and filmmaker Joe Wright have a great chemistry working together. The young actress landed a starring role in the director's 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. That same magic struck again with their second collaborationan adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel, Atonement, in 2007which received a nod for Best Picture.

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

That dress is killer: Peter Strickland on his film ‘In Fabric’

That dress is killer: Peter Strickland on his film ‘In Fabric’

Dec 06, 2019 Web Exclusive

Peter Strickland’s new film has taken a long road to the cinema, but it’s finally made it.

Self-Portrait: Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Self-Portrait: Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Dec 05, 2019 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Jaakko Eino Kalevi.

Pleased to meet you

Dry Cleaning on “Sweet Princess” and “Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks”

Nov 26, 2019

As South London continues to pump out angular post-punk bands with all the regularity of a vending machine, such a well-populated landscape doesn't afford much room for differentiation. It's telling then that Dry Cleaning stand out effortlessly. 

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




Cinema Reviews

When Lambs Become Lions

Dec 04, 2019 Web Exclusive

Kasbe’s style is dizzying, more akin to a descent into madness a la Apocalypse Now than your average Very Important Documentary™.

DVD Reviews

Old Joy
Studio: The Criterion Collection

Dec 06, 2019 Web Exclusive

Released in 2006, Old Joy was a unique and utterly compelling little film in which either nothing happens, or a lot happens – depending entirely on your personal interpretation.

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.