Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Albums of the Month: August 2017

Arcade Fire takes another unproductive dive into the well of synthpop, Lou Reed finds a rather distinctive songwriting style in the bleak reporting of the destructive life of a couple, David Bowie creates and kills a rock and roll myth during the course of an album, and Iggy Pop emerges out of the wreckage of The Stooges’ implosion in the most unexpected way possible.

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Albums of the Month: July 2017

Big Star brilliantly nods towards the British Invasion long after it had become part of rock history books, the Beastie Boys prove classroom jerks can be widely beloved when their wit and musical talent are remarkable, Paramore start to pave their way out of the pop punk cage, and The Last Shadow Puppets bring drama and subversion to baroque pop.

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Albums of the Month: June 2017

Arcade Fire births the perfect concept album, The Stone Roses define the Madchester movement, the Sex Pistols turn punk into a phenomenon, and Paramore manages not to fall apart for just about long enough to find the treasure amidst the storm.

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Albums of the Month: May 2017

The Jesus and Mary Chain returns poppier and cleaner than usual, Gorillaz fails in delivering an apocalyptic party, Audioslave begins as a band that had yet to free itself from the groups that originated it, and Incubus tries to move while standing still.

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Albums of the Month: April 2017

The XX run full speed towards indie electronic without losing sight of the intimacy of their sound, The Birthday Party stands on the verge of total insanity, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers play straightforward rock and roll, and Bob Dylan turns himself into one of the biggest interpreters of the American songbook.

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Albums of the Month: March 2017

The Rolling Stones drown in sex, drugs, and rock and roll to produce the genre’s greatest album, The Clash announces the ending of rock music by envisioning a future in which it is mixed with other styles, Tom Waits celebrates the darkest aspects of life by going primal and swimming in its sewage, and Pink Floyd writes a rock opera on human relations and the isolation that stems from their rupture.

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Strength of Strings

If Pixar movies cleverly appeal to both adults and children by presenting levels of strong messages under the visual sugarcoating, Laika – here – does something somewhat similar. The difference is that the line they choose to walk is a far more dangerous one, because not only does Kubo and the Two Strings carries its heaviest themes more blatantly on its sleeve, it also deals with emotionally charged subjects; at times, even feeling like a Studio Ghibli work, one that is an adult movie disguised as a beautiful and appealing animation.

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