Friday, August 04, 2017

August Reviews

(c) 2014 SBS Productions - SBS Films - Close Up Films - Arte France Cinema
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

SIFFBlog: The On-the-Ground Cinema of Ferguson Documentary Whose Streets?

The Stranger Film Openings: Bless Their Little HeartsThe Glass Castle, and Lemon (I think; screener mysteriously landed in my inbox).

The Stranger Music Things to Do: The Peacers, Lavender Flu, and DYED and Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble and Heather Trost.

Video Librarian: Hired Gun, In the Shadow of Women, Insepar-
ables, Roaring Abyss, Big Voice, Eagles of Death Metal - I Love You 
All the Time: Live at the Olympia in ParisVince Giordano - There's
a Future in the Past, I Am the Blues, In the Game, Mixed MatchSamba and Jazz, Sexuality, Intimacy and Dementia in Residential
Care Settings, Mary Lou Williams - The Lady Who Swings the Band,
Winnie, Change Begins Within - Benefit Concert for the David Lynch Foundation, Jane’s Addiction - Alive at 25: Ritual de lo Habitual [three-disc set], Shameless - Complete Seventh Season [three-disc set].

Endnote: In the Shadow image from Time Out.

Friday, July 21, 2017

July Reviews

Photo by Julien Bourgeois.
These are 
the reviews 
and other 
pieces I'm 
working on 
this month. 

The Stranger Film Openings: My Grandfather Was A Member of the IRA, So Why Didn't I Fall For the Film The Journey? and Great Performances and Dialogue Breathe Life Into Landline's Middle-Class Problems.

The Stranger Music Things to Do:
Blonde Redhead with Porcelain Raft.

Video Librarian: Starlight [Blu-ray], The Rolling Stones -
Olé Olé Olé! A Trip Across Latin America [Blu-ray], What the
Health, The Invisible Patients, Injecting Aluminum, Ovarian
Psycos, Sonita, Special Blood, Trapped, and Wrestling
Alligators - The New Seminole Wars.



Endnote: Blonde Redhead image from bits LOUNGE.  

Saturday, June 03, 2017

June Reviews

Director Lipitz and the lethal ladies of Step.
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

SIFFBlog: SIFF 2017 Week One Guests: Hirokazu Koreeda, director of After the Storm, and Amanda Lipitz, director of Step.

The Stranger Film Opening: The Suburban Pleasures of BMX Riding in Violet and The Comforts of Exile in Wartime-Era Stefan Zweig.

Slog/Film Opening count: 683 posts and/or reviews since 2011.

The Stranger Music Things to Do:
Hurray for the Riff Raff and Making Movies.

Video Librarian: Table Songs of Kakheti, Chapter & 
VerseThe Ticket [Blu-ray], and Chapter & Verse.



Endnote: Photo from the 5/22 screening of Step. It opens on 8/4.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Reviews

Kikagaku Moyo at the Sunset Tavern, 5/19/17.
These are 
the reviews 
and other 
pieces I'm 
working on 
this month.





SIFFBlog: SIFF 2017 Week One Guest: Jeffrey Schwarz, Director of The Fabulous Allan Carr

The Stranger Film Opening:
The Commune: A Movie for Seattle's Housing Crisis?

The Stranger SIFF Notes: The Fixer, The Farthest,
The Last FamilyThe Oath, and Landline

Slog/Film Opening count: 682 posts and/or reviews since 2011.



The Stranger Music Things to Do: PJ Harvey,
Jessy Lanza with Kate NV, Kikagaku Moyo, Sugar Candy
Mountain, and Bod
, and Woods and Golden Daze.

Video Librarian: June Bride - Redemption of a Yakuza,
Dare to Drum, Guido Models, I Think You Are Totally Wrong - 
A QuarrelLa Laguna, Love, Sweat & Tears, Nada's Revo-
lution, Painted Nails, and Saving Jamaica Bay.



Endnote: SIFF '17 continues through June 11. Kikagaku photo by me!

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Reviews

Adrian Titieni and Lia Bugnar in Graduation.
These are the 
reviews and 
other pieces 
I'm working 
on this month.

SIFF: Blurb for the 2017 program guide (Bertrand Tavernier's Journey Through French Cinema).

The Stranger Film Openings: In the Ruins of Socialism: Toxic Father and Brutalist Architecture in Graduation.

Slog/Film Opening count: 681 posts and/or reviews since 2011. 

The Stranger Music Things to Do: Sleaford Mods with Private Room, Jay Som and the Courtneys, Spiral Stairs, Pale Noise, and Mystic Soul Potion, and Laura Marling with Valley Queen.
 

 
Video Librarian: Becoming Johanna, Mimi and Dona 
Who Am I To Stop It, SPLiT, DepartureFragments of 
LoveKiki - Love to LoveGary Numan - Android in 
La La Land, and Before I Kick the Bucket.

Endnote: Image from Why Not Productions.  

Friday, March 03, 2017

March Reviews

A kedi ("Gamzis") in Kedi.
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

The Stranger Film Openings: Cats Exalted in Turkish Film Kedi, Take a Break from Trump's America and Spend Five Hours with the Four Japanese Women in Happy Hour, Gael García Bernal Good; You're Killing Me Susana Not So Good, Middle-Aged Greek Doctor Enjoys Making Out and Dancing With Young People In Suntan, and The Ups and Downs of Life After Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour in Strike a Pose.

Slog/Film Opening count: 680 posts and/or reviews since 2011.

SIFFBlog: revamped versions of Lust in the Austere Dust - Silent
Light
, Opulent and Radiant - Anatahan, and Protocols of Zion.  



The Stranger Music Things to Do: Black Mountain and zZz,
The Coathangers, the Birth Defects, and VHS, and
Teenage Fanclub and Britta Phillips.

Video Librarian: Bars4Justice, Becoming Johanna, Growing Up Coy, Let's Get the Rhythm, Mission to Lars, Murder Rap - Inside the Biggie and Tupac Murders, My Love Affair with the Brain - The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, Arcade Fire - The Reflektor Tapes [two-Blu-ray set], and Def Leppard - And There Will 
Be a Next Time: Live from Detroit [two-CD+Blu-ray].



Endnote: Image from Oscilloscope Laboratories. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

February Reviews

Sandra Hüller sings her heart out in Toni Erdmann.
These are 
the reviews
and other 
pieces I'm
working 
on this 
month.

Cinema Squabble: I guested on podcast #51 with hosts Sara Michelle Fetters and Adam Gehrke. We discuss Logan, Get Out, Kedi, and the Oscars.  

SIFFBlog: Toni Erdmann is a death clown, a life coach, and a big, hairy Bulgarian monster. It's also a fabulous film. Plus, revamped versions of Sophie Scholl - The Final Days and Oscar winning screenwriter Barry Jenkins' Medicine for Melancholy

The Stranger Film Openings: Oscar-Nominated Toni Erdmann Is Long but Manages Not to Wear Out Its Welcome

Slog/Film Opening count: 675 posts and/or reviews since 2011.



The Stranger Music Things to Do: Cherry Glazerr with Slow Hollows, Uniform with Guests, Meatbodies with Guests, and Ty Segall, Axis Sova, Gazebos, Nail Polish, Weird Omen, and Guests.

Video Librarian: Brad Paisley - Life Amplified 
World Tour and Gimme Danger.

 
Endnote: Image from Sony Pictures Classics. 

Friday, January 06, 2017

January Reviews

These are the reviews and other
pieces I'm working on this month.

The Stranger Film Openings: Belgian Crime Film The Ardennes (a Great Downer) Screens This Weekend at Northwest Film Forum.

Slog/Film Opening count: 674
posts and/or reviews since 2011.

The Stranger Music Things to Do: The Flat Five (featuring Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor) with the Tripwires, The Lemon Twigs with Savoy Motel, and Boogarins with Guests.

Video Librarian: The Crossing, East LA Interchange,
I Was Born in Mexico, But..., On Meditation, Right 
Footed, Stray Dog, and Under the Umbrella Tree.


Endnote: Image from We Are the Last Beatniks.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Movies for Music Lovers: 2016 Edition

Ralph Fiennes gets his ya-ya's out. [Fox Searchlight] 
Click here for the 2015 edition.

Since I compile this list for my personal blog and not for any other sites or publications, I follow my own rules, which means I count DVD and Blu-ray debuts, though I only listed a few. This is because I review more home video than theatrical releases. Links lead to my reviews for or podcast contributions to Cinema Squabble, Daily Projections, SIFFBlog, and The Stranger (some might have also appeared in East Bay Express and Portland Mercury). My reviews for Video Librarian live behind a paywall or by way of a print subscription.

The Tops
1. A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino)

It irks me that Guadagnino swiped a title that David Hockney already used for one of his most famous paintings, especially since there's no correlation between the two, but the quality of his film (an idiosyncratic adaptation of Jacques Deray's 1969 La Piscine) helps to assuage the irritation. If Grand Budapest Hotel offered a looser Ralph Fiennes than anyone had seen before, A Bigger Splash shows how far the guy can go. Pretty fucking far, apparently. 

2. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins)
3. Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Koreeda)
4. Hell or High Water (David Mackenzie)
5. Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
6. The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer)
7. Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)
8. Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)
9. Little Men (Ira Sachs)
10. The Love Witch (Anna Biller)

Note: I live in Seattle, so some of the films, like Paterson and Silence, that might have made my top 10 are missing, because they haven't opened here yet. A few screened for critics towards the end of 2016, but they weren't assigned to me, so I'll have to wait until 2017. 



Runners-up
11. Hail, Caesar! (Joel and Ethan Coen)
12. Sunset Song (Terence Davies)
13. Kaili Blues (Gan Bi)
14. Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)
15. Fences (Denzel Washington)
16. Green Room (Jeremy Saulnier)
17. Evolution (Lucile Hadžihalilović)
18. Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)
19. The Witch (Robert Eggers)
20. Hello, My Name Is Doris (Michael Showalter)

Channing Tatum gets his Gene Kelly on. [Universal] 















Second Runners-up
21. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes)
22. Love & Friendship (Whit Stillman)
23. La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
24. Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve)
25. Maggie's Plan (Rebecca Miller)
26. 10 Cloverfield Lane (Dan Trachtenberg)
27. A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (Shunji Iwai)
28. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi)
29. The Invitation (Karyn Kusama)
30. In a Valley of Violence (Ti West)

Note: For some reason, In a Valley of Violence, a serio-comic take on the spaghetti western, has attracted less attention than most every West film to date, and that's a shame, because John Travolta gives his best performance in years. Based on his recent projects, he won't top it any time soon, though Ethan Hawke, the film's true star, proves just as convincing as a gunslinger in West's film as a novelist in Rebecca Miller's (sorry to say I missed his turn as Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue). And although Keith Harris won't approve, I'm listing Ara-
bian Nights, a trilogy, as one film. The three aren't just designed to go together, but that's how some theaters have been screening them. Don't ask me to pick a favorite--I won't do it! 



Top Documentaries
1. Fire at Sea / Fuocoammare (Gianfranco Rosi)
2. No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman)
3. Cameraperson (Kirsten Johnson)
4. Something Better to Come (Hanna Polak)
5. De Palma (Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow)
6. T-Rex (Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari)
7. NUTS! (Penny Lane)
8. Breaking a Monster (Luke Meyer)
9. Tickled (David Farrier and Dylan Reeve)
10. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (Jeff Feuerzeig)

Note: I'm surprised and disappointed that Fire at Sea hasn't make it onto more end-of-the-year lists. To make the film, Rosi operated as a one-man crew and embedded himself into the life of Lampedusa for months. The results are beautiful, disturbing, and incredibly timely. And it made the Oscar short list, so it still has a chance at a best doc nomination. 

Samuele Pucillo in Fire at Sea. [Kino Lorber]

Doc Runners-up
11. Hooligan Sparrow (Nanfu Wang)
12. Dogtown Redemption (Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush)
13. Seven Songs for a Long Life (Amy Hardie)
14. Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (Alex Gibney)
15. Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Stig Björkman)
16. Janis: Little Girl Blue (Amy J. Berg)  
17. Danny Says (Brendan Toller)
18. Song of Lahore (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken)
19. Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty)
20. Red Gringo / Gringo Rojo (Miguel Ángel Vidaurre)

Note: Seven Songs for a Long Life comes to PBS's POV on January 30, 2017. Don't miss it.



Missed docs: 13th, The Beatles – Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, Dead Slow Ahead, Don't Blink: Robert Frank, For the Love of Spock, Gimme Danger, Gleason, Am Not Your Negro, Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, Miss Sharon Jones!, Newtown, O.J.: Made in America, Peter and the Farm, Tower, and Weiner.

Top Reissues or Video Debuts
1. Private Property (Leslie Stevens)
2. Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey)
3. Fireworks Wednesday / Chaharshanbe-soori (Asghar Farhadi)  
4. Los Sures (Diego Echeverria) 
5. Belladonna of Sadness / Kanashimi no Beradonna (Eiichi Yamamoto)  
6. Cornbread, Earl and Me (Joseph Manduke)
7. A Poem Is a Naked Person (Les Blank)
8. Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye)

Note: Cornbread, Earl and Me, a made-for-TV movie which made its Blu-ray debut in 2016, features the first on-screen performance from 14-year-old Lawrence Fishburne. He's a little rough around the edges, but it's clear the kid was gonna go places. Two years later, that place was the Philippines for the filming of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.  

Conrad Hall shot the hell out of Private Property. [Cinelicious Pics]












Also worthy of note (including docs and made-for-TV movies): 50 Feet From Syria, All the Way, An Autobiography of Michelle Maren, The Bronze, Café Society, Call Her Applebroog, Captain Fantastic, Closet Monster, Coming Out, Complete Unknown, Confirmation, The Damned: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead, Demolition, Denial, Don’t Think Twice, Dukhtar, The Edge of Seventeen, Elvis & Nixon, The Eyes of My Mother, Golden Gate Girls, The Handmaiden (except for the last part), I Am Thor, I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman, India's Daughter, Indignation, The Intervention, Jackie, Kate Plays Christine, L'Attesa, Lamb, Les Cowboys, Life After Manson, Lion, The Listeners, The Lobster, Look at Us Now, Mother!, Mad Tiger, A Man Called Ove, The Memory of Fish, Microbe & Gasoline, Midnight Special, Miles Ahead, Miss You Already, Money Monster, Morphine: Journey of Dreams, Morris From America, Mountains May Depart (see note on The Handmaiden), Neon Demon, The Night Stalker, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, Older Than Ireland, Oriented, Other People, Portrait of a Serial Monogamist, Pushing Dead, Queen of Katwe, Remember, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Songs My Brother Taught Me, Southside With You, Strike a Pose, Sully, Summertime, Tag, Take Me to the River, Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents, Tiny, Too Late, Torrey Pines, The Trees, Uncle Kent 2, The Violin Teacher, We Are Twisted Fucking Sister!, We Are X, Wedding Doll, Where Have All the Good Men Gone, Wiener-Dog, The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music, Women Who Kill, Wondrous Bocaccio, and The World of Kanako.

Samiya Mumtaz and Saleha Aref in Dukhtar. [Geo Films]
Missed or haven’t seen yet (not including docs): 11 Minutes, 20th Century Women, Aferim!, The Alchemist Cookbook, Allied, American Honey, Barry, The BFG, The Birth of a Nation, Born to Be Blue, Captain America: Civil War, Christine, The Childhood of a Leader, The Club, Creepy, Demon, Dheepan, Don't Breathe, The Dressmaker, Dr. Strange, The Eagle Huntress, Embrace of the Serpent, Everybody Wants Some!!, Eye in the Sky, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Finding Dory, Florence Foster Jenkins, Ghostbusters, Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, High-Rise, I Am Not Madame Bovary, I, Daniel Blake, The Innocents, Into the Forest, Into the Inferno, Ixcanul, The Jungle Book, Keanu, Kicks, Knight of Cups, Krisha, Kubo and the Two Strings, Julieta, The Light Between Oceans, Louder Than Bombs, Loving, The Meddler, Miss Sloane, Moana, My Golden Years, Neon Bull, Neruda, The Nice Guys, Nocturnal Animals, Old Stone, One More Time With Feeling, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Our Kind of Traitor, Paterson, Pete's Dragon, Presenting Princess Shaw, Right Now, Wrong Then, Rules Don't Apply, Sausage Party, The Secret Life of Pets, The Shallows, Silence, Sing Street, Snowden, Spa Night, Star Trek Beyond, Sweet Bean, Swiss Army Man, Theeb, Toni Erdmann, Train to Busan, Under the Shadow, and Zootopia.

Note: I signed up for Amazon Prime this year, so that may help me to catch up with some titles going forward, but I don't have the time or the money for cable, Fandor, Filmstruck, or Netflix. Currently on Prime: Embrace of the Serpent and Krisha. The service also allowed me to catch up with TV shows like The Americans, Fleabag, Mr. Robot, and The Wire



Endnote: The clip above isn't bad, but if you haven't seen Fiennes get down to "Emotional Rescue" (not on YouTube), you haven't lived.  

Songs for Cineastes: 2016 Edition

And then there were two. [Chad Batka/Redux]
Click here 
for the 
2015 
edition.

Links lead
to my re-
views and previews for The Stranger.

The Tops 
1. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
2. Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf (Heavenly Recordings) [2015]
3. Cate Le Bon - Crab Day (Drag City)
4. Kikagaku Moyo - House in the Long Grass (Guruguru Brain)
5. Steve Gunn - Eyes on the Lines ( Matador)
6. Anohni - Hopelessness (Secretly Canadian)
7. Exploded View - Exploded View (Sacred Bones)
8. Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion (Sub Pop)
9. Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits (Castle Face)
10. Essaie Pas - Demain Est Une Autre Nuit (DFA)

Note: For most of the year, Gwenno's Welsh-language record was my #1, but I felt uncomfortable about the choice, because it's actually from 2015, except I first heard about it (by way of the late Other Music update list) in 2016. Then I heard A Tribe Called Quest's first full-length in 18 years, and that was the end of that. Simply put, it's the record I've listened to the most--and that's not counting the hundreds of times I've heard tracks on KEXP. It's rare that a major label release tops my list, but it's just that good. And I'm no super-fan. I own their first two records, but checked out after that. No doubt Epic is hoping that the success of We Got It From Here leads to more music from the surviving duo, but without Phife Dawg, who passed away in March, it wouldn't be the same, so I hope they keep their word, i.e. that this is their swan song. There's nothing wrong with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad continuing to work together; just not as A Tribe Called Quest. Also, I won't deny that I prefer Anohni's protest record more in theory than practice, but I endorse every damn word.  



Runners-up
11. Dr. Lonnie Smith - Evolution (Blue Note)
12. Angel Olsen - My Woman (Jagjaguwar)
13. Deerhoof - The Magic (Polyvinyl)
14. Wussy - Forever Sounds (Shake It!) 
15. Myrkur - Mausoleum (Relapse)
16. Yoko Ono - Yes, I’m a Witch, Too (Manimal Group)
17. The Julie Ruin - Hit Reset (Hardly Art)
18. Rangda - The Heretic's Bargain (Drag City)
19. Psychic Ills - Inner Journey Out (Sacred Bones)
20. Jessy Lanza - Oh No (Hyperdub) 

Note: Why aren't more people talking about the Yoko Ono record? Sure, it's a collection of remixes, but it brings her dance-oriented material up to date without cheapening it in any way. The lady turned 83 in 2016, and she can still wipe the floor with all of us. 

The eternal cool of Dr. Lonnie Smith. [Blue Note]














Second Runners-up
21. Marissa Nadler - Strangers (Sacred Bones)
22. Woods - City Sun Eater in the River of Light (Woodsist)
23. Jah Wobble - Everything Is No Thing (Jah Wobble)
24. The Flat Five - It's a World of Love and Hope (Bloodshot)
25. Charles Bradley - Changes (Dunham / Daptone)
26. Claire Cronin & John Dieterich - Came Down a Storm (Ba Da Bing)
27. Coathangers - Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)
28. Clipping - Splendor and Misery (Sub Pop)
29. Tortoise - The Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey)
30. Wire - Nocturnal Koreans (Pinkflag)



Top Reissues & Collections
1. Colin Newman - A-Z, Provisionally Entitled the Singing Fish, and Not To (Sentient Sonics)
2. Pram - The Stars Are So Big... and Helium (Medical Records)
3. The Chills - Kaleidoscope World (Flying Nun) [deluxe reissue]
4. Terry Allen - Lubbock (On Everything) (Paradise of Bachelors)
5. Benny Hester - Benny... (Moraine Music Group)
6. John Cale - Fragments of a Rainy Season (Double Six / Domino)
7. The Clean - Getaway (Merge)
8. Pylon - Live (Chunklet)
9. Blonde Redhead - Masculin Feminin (Numero Group) [box set]
10. Ministry - Trax! Rarities (Cleopatra)

Also: Anna Homler and Steve Moshier - Breadwoman & Other Tales (RVNG Intl.), Kleenex / LiliPUT - First Songs (Mississippi), Poster Children - Daisychain Reaction (Lotuspool), Sparks - S/T (Bearsville), and Mor Thiam - Dini Safarrar / Drums of Fire (private press).

Note: Not gonna play favorites with the Newman reissues, because I was only able to listen to each one once prior to a browser malfunction. After that, the downloads wouldn't play. 


Anderson .Paak (Brandon Paak Anderson). [Stones Throw]
Top Singles and Tracks
1. Anderson .Paak - "Celebrate" (Steel Wool / OBE)
2. Solange - "Cranes in the Sky" (Saint / Columbia)
3. Six Organs of Admittance - "Taken by Ascent" (Drag City)
4. Junior Boys - "Big Black Coat" (City Slang) [2015]
5. Ty Segall - "Orange Color Queen" (Drag City)
6. Mr. Elevator - "Sunshine Daydream" (Rad Cat)
7. Justice - "Safe and Sound" (Ed Banger)
8. Moon Duo - "Creepin' " (Sacred Bones)
9. Paul Simon - "Wristband" (Concord)



Also worthy of note: Bayonne - Primitives (Mom+Pop), Willis Earl Beal - Through the Dark EP (Tender Loving Empire), Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop - Love Letter for Fire (Sub Pop), Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties (Drag City), Black Mountain - IV (Jagjaguwar), Erik Blood - Lost in Slow Motion (HomeSkillet), Blood Orange - Freetown Sound (Domino), Boris with Merzbow - Gensho (Relapse), Breanna Barbara - Mirage Dreams (No Roads), Clipping - Wriggle EP (Sub Pop), Cradle - Temperate Lands (CDT), Morgan Delt - Phase Zero (Sub Pop), Devil Makes Three - Redemption and Ruin (New West), Globelamp - The Orange Glow (Wichita Recordings), Cory Hanson - The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo (Drag City), Aldous Harding - Aldous Harding (Flying Nun), The Heliotropes - Over There That Way (The End), Holy Fuck - Congrats (Innovative Leisure), Holy Wave - Freaks of Nurture (Re-
verberation Appreciation Society), Jacuzzi Boys - Ping Pong (Mag Mag), Chuck Johnson - Velvet Arc (Trouble in Mind), Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land (Secretly Canadian), Klaus Johann Grobe - Spagat der Liebe (Trouble In Mind), Lavender Flu - Heavy Air (Meds), Dan Lissvik - Midnight (Smalltown Supersound), Kedr Livanskiy - January Sun (2MR), Matmos - Ultimate Care II (Thrill Jockey), MV & EE - root/void (Woodsist), Nervous Curtains - Low Defender EP (Med-
ical Records), Parquet Courts - Human Performance (Rough Trade), Britta Phillips - Luck or Magic (Double Feature), Purling Hiss - High Bias (Drag City), Quilt - Plaza (Mexican Summer), Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3 (Mass Appeal / RED), Mikael Seifu - Zelalem (RVNG Intl.), Mark Sultan - BBQ (In the Red), Sun Angle - Skullflower (XRay), Suuns - Hold / Still (Secretly Canadian), Carter Tanton - Jettison the Valley (Western Vinyl), Terry - Terry HQ (Upset the Rhythm), Terry Malts - Lost At The Party (Slumberland), Doug Tuttle - It Calls on Me (Trouble in Mind), the Veldt - The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation EP (Leonard Skully), Adia Victoria - Beyond the Bloodhounds (Canvasback), Various Artists - Day of the Dead (4AD), Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans), and Andre Williams - I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City (Bloodshot).

Moscow musician-producer Kedr Livanskiy. [2MR]




  








Need to hear more: Anderson .Paak - Malibu (Steel Wool-OBE), Beyoncé - Lemonade (Parkwood-Columbia), David Bowie - Blackstar (ISO-Columbia), Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree (Bad Seeds Ltd.), Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker (Columbia), Cross - Wabi-Sabi (Ba Da Bing), Justice - Woman (Ed Banger), Frank Ocean - Blonde (Boys Don't Cry), Radiohead - A Moon-Shaped Pool (XL), Silence - Nine Suns, One Morning (Drag City), Solange - A Seat at the Table (Saint / Columbia), and Kanye West - The Life of Pablo (Def Jam).
 
 
Endnote: Not only haven't I heard the entirety of Lemonade, but I haven't seen the visual album either, which made it onto a lot of film critics' end-of-the-year lists. An agenda item for 2017's to-do list.  

Thursday, December 08, 2016

December Reviews

Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle.
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.






Daily Projections: Things to Come and Elle.

The Stranger Film Openings: The Risks of Migrants in the Must-See Doc Fire at Sea and Isabelle Huppert Excels in Things to Come.

Slog/Film Opening count: 673 posts/reviews since 2011. 



The Stranger Music Things to Do: Robert Glasper Experiment.

Video Librarian: Circle of Poison, Dogtown Redemption, Llyn Foulkes - One Man Band, I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan, The Trees, Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: Live [Blu-ray+two-CD set], Morphine - Journey of Dreams, Danny Says, Me, Myself and Her, An Autobiography of Michelle Maren, Café, and Call Her Applebroog.



Endnote: Image from SBS Productions via Variety.   

Friday, November 04, 2016

November Reviews

Anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck of WXLT-TV, 7/74. Photo: John Cloud / AP
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.










Daily Projections: We Are X.

SIFFBlog: Dystopia on Our Doorstep - Uncle Kent 2.

The Stranger Film Openings: Two Movies About a Florida Newscaster Who Killed Herself On-Air

Slog/Film Opening count: 672 posts/reviews since 2011.
 
The Stranger Music Things to Do: Purling Hiss, Bigfoot Wallace
& His Wicked Sons, and Psychic Death
, Terry Malts, Killer Ghost, Ver-
sing, and Rainy Day
, Seu Jorge Presents: The Life Aquatic, A Tribute
to David Bowie
, Thee Oh Sees, Alex Cameron, and Mommy Long
Legs
, and Matmos and Jeff Carey.

 


Video Librarian: KISS Rocks Vegas [Blu-ray+CD], The Catch - The Complete First Season [two-disc set], Coming Out, A Farmer’s Road, Look at Us Now, Mother!, The Idol, Scorpions - Live in Munich 2012 [Blu-ray], The Tubes - The Musikladen Concert 1981, Equal Means Equal, You and I, Closet Monster, and Shared Rooms.


Endnote:
Image from Vogue via the AP ("Kate Lyn Sheil on
Searching for Christine Chubbuck in Kate Plays Christine").  

Monday, October 03, 2016

October Reviews

These are 
the reviews 
and other 
pieces I'm 
working on 
this month.




Daily Projections: House and Carnival of Souls.  

The Stranger Film Openings: Let’s Do the Twist: Queer Film Festival (Strike a Pose, Torrey Pines, etc.), Denial Has Strong Performances and Dialogue, and Brilliant Bad Boy of Ballet Captured in Dancer.

Slog/Film Opening count: 671 posts/reviews since 2011.
 
 


The Stranger Music Things to Do: The Julie Ruin, Kikagaku Moyo, Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Julia Dream, and Weeed, Jacuzzi Boys, Boy-
friends, Stallion
, and Sonics, Tom Price Desert Classic, Ayron Jones.

Video Librarian: The Listeners, Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise, Something Better to Come, Grey’s Anatomy - Complete Twelfth Season [six-disc set], Classic Albums - The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds [Blu-ray], The Everly Brothers - Harmonies from Heaven [Blu-ray], Complete Unknown, and The Passion Live.


 

Endnote: Image from The Criterion Collection.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September Reviews

These are 
the reviews 
and other 
pieces I'm 
working on 
this month.











Daily Projections: Hooligan Sparrow.

The Stranger Film Openings: The Hollars Is Another Dysfunctional Family Dramedy, A Darker Film Struggles to Breathe in the Comedy My Blind Brother, Cameraperson Captures the Personal and Professional Sides of an Accomplished Cinematographer, and 
A Man Called Ove Is a Swedish Gran Torino.

Slog/Film Opening count: 669 posts/reviews since 2011.

The Stranger Music Things to Do: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires (this show was ultimately cancelled), Steve Gunn and Nap Eyes, and Jah Wobble & the Invaders of the Heart with Weeed.




Video Librarian: Dukhtar [Blu-ray], 50 feet from Syria, The 
Good Breast, Here Come the Videofreex, Lady Be Good - Instru-
mental Women in Jazz, Seven Songs for a Long Life, Trend Bea-
cons, Voices of Muslim Women from the US South, and Shame-
less - The Complete Sixth Season [Blu+digital/three-disc set].

 

Image credit: Jah Wobble and Mingus. Photographer unknown.