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14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible

Studio: Netflix
Director: Torquil Jones

Nov 22, 2021 Cinema Web Exclusive

14 Peaks provides an exciting portrait of both a journey and a character at the same time.

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Nov 22, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Innovative composer Brian Wilson returns with a sunny volume of instrumental California pop spirituals on his intimate follow up to 2015’s No Pier Pressure, his masterful sound still running strong after six decades. It finds him retooling his previous work with The Beach Boys as instrumental compositions, just him on solo piano.

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Nov 22, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Before The dB’s signed to UK-based Albion Records and released their debut LP, 1981’s Stands for Decibels, they gigged around New York City for years and recorded a ton of material, some of it at the offices of the now legendary magazine New York Rocker.

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Wife of a Spy

Studio: Kino Lorber

Nov 21, 2021 DVDs Web Exclusive

For those who have followed Kurosawa’s career since his early forays in horror like the phenomenal Cure and iconic Pulse, Wife of a Spy furthers his departure from genre cinema, but the craft and care remains intact.

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Nov 19, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Zooey Deschanel—Gimbels’ resident elf and half of the pop duo She & Him—is fast overtaking Mariah Carey as the Christmas Queen of North America. (In the U.K., that role is reserved for the actual queen.) She & Him’s first Christmas album, A Very She & Him Christmas, gets a 10th anniversary reissue in time for the 2021 holiday season, if a little earlier than required. Still, it’s a good excuse to get started on New Girl’s Christmas episodes.

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Nov 19, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro may have broken through to the mainstream in the ’60s primarily through covers of her work, but her own fanbase recognized her as a singular artist well worth following. American Dream, an eight-disc vinyl set, spans Nyro’s output from her 1967 debut album, More Than a New Discovery, through 1978’s Nested, along with an LP of rarities and live recordings and a booklet that provides a solid overview.

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Mulholland Dr.

Studio: The Criterion Collection

Nov 19, 2021 DVDs Web Exclusive

Repeated viewings of Mulholland Dr. speak volumes to just how much nuance and detail Lynch put into every facet of the film.

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Nov 18, 2021 Live JARV IS…

It’s third time lucky as Jarv Is… slays Birmingham with a spectacular live performance

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Nov 18, 2021 Music Web Exclusive

Embracing the comfort of simplicity was a necessity in the fall of 2020. An unobtrusive sonata for acoustic guitar would have provided a welcome 22 minutes of headspace from pre-election anxiety and pandemic chaos. Unfortunately, Lee Ranaldo’s composition has only just arrived. And I find myself wondering why the one-take noodle took over a year to release.

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