Black Dynamite

Studio: Apparition
Directed by Scott Sanders; Starring: Michael Jai White

Oct 23, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Cancel the Oscars, Black Dynamite is the best film of 2009assuming, that is, that your definition of fine cinema includes kung fu, adulterated malt liquor, fightin' The Man, drug-addled orphans, pimps, exploding cars going over cliffs, soul music, helicopter explosions, Vietnam vets, dudes getting thrown through walls, nunchuck fights, and former first lady Pat Nixon being pimp-slapped. More

Oct 23, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Fidel Castro's communism had incredible, if often polarizing, effects on the music industry of Cuba. The island employed state-subsidized musicians who earned steady paychecks, and these artists had relatively little concern about their commercial success, giving them free reign to experiment and play from the heart. On the other hand, there was very limited access to recording equipment and the raw materials necessary to record and create albums. More

Where the Wild Things Are

Studio: Warner Bros.
Directed by Spike Jonze; Starring: Max Records and Catherine Keener

Oct 22, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Something about Maurice Sendak's classic children's picture book Where the Wild Things Are inspired director Spike Jonze and his co-screenwriter Dave Eggers to infuse the long-awaited feature film adaptation with a dispiriting sense of fear and sadness. More

Boredoms

Super Roots 10 EP

Thrill Jockey

Oct 22, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Super Roots 10 was released by Boredoms in early 2009, quickly selling out despite being completely unexpected and arriving without warning. For those who weren't quick enough to purchase one of the original run or who haven't snatched the record off a file sharing site in the last nine months, a U.S. version has now been released by Thrill Jockey. More

Oct 22, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

A review of day one of CMJ, Tuesday, October 20th, 2009. The write-up includes reports on sets by Javelin, The Love Language, Think About Life, The Walter Schreifels Band, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel, Laura Marling, and The Antlers. More

Oct 21, 2009 Live

Because five straight days of nonstop music, packed subways, and free booze just isn't enough, the Syndicate and Rachael Ray's The Feedback started their CMJ celebration a night early with sets from the Union Line, The Cringe, White Denim, and Fanfarlo, at the 11th annual Conflict of Interest party at Rebel NYC in Manhattan. The artist lineup was a bit disjointed in terms of genre spanning, but it still was a promising kickoff to the fest. More

Oct 21, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Instead of waiting in the wings for the lights to go down on the stage of New York's Bowery Ballroom, Sufjan Stevens, after sound-checking his own equipment, nonchalantly picked up his banjo and began to strum the first chords of "The Mistress Witch From McClure." Dressed in a jersey T-shirt and jeans with a camouflage baseball cap tucked in his back pocket, this shy boy from Michigan is still modest, despite his four consecutive New York shows that sold out instantly. More

Oct 21, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

For those about to rock, Kings of Convenience salute you. That's rock as in "rocking chair" or "rock yourself to sleep." More

Oct 20, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

After Bradford Cox, frontman for Atlanta's Deerhunter and the sole member of Atlas Sound, unintentionally posted a download link to an early, unfinished version of Logos on the Deerhunter blog, he nearly abandoned the project out of frustration. But we're fortunate he didn't. More