Thursday, July 03, 2014

July Reviews

Nick Cave at the Paramount, 7/2/14
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.








Slog: The Criterion Collection's World Cup Promotion: A Fabulous Deal for Foreign Film Aficionados, You Better Run, You Better Take Cover: Bad Trip Australian Psychodrama Wake in Fright, Nick Cave Brought His Patented Jazz-Punk Vegas Act to the Paramount. And It Was Good, Building a Community Only to Watch It Fall Apart: Razing the Bar Documents the Final Days of the Funhouse, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: An Interspecies Western Set in the Not-Too-Distant Future, Richard Linklater Reflects on Boyhood: "Everything in the Movie Is Somebody's Experience," Now Playing: Melvil Poupaud Brings Low-Key Charm to Éric Rohmer's Langorous Summer's Tale, A Spanish Cannibal of Wealth and Taste, Joe Swanberg's Happy Christmas, and Elena.

Line Out/Slog post count: 555 posts since 2011.

ProgDay!: the Sensations' Fix page includes an excerpt from
my Stranger review of the Music is Painting in the Air collection. 

The Stranger: U&C blurbs on Amen Dunes, Magik Markers,
The Body, Woods/Steve Gunn/Foxygen, and Kevin Morby. 

Video Librarian: Anomaly, Growing Up Green, Living for 32, Neuromarketing - Programming the Brain to Buy, Outcasts - Surviving the Culture of Rejection, Suitcase of Love and Shame, Scott and Bailey - Season One [2-disc set], Every Everything - The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart, B.B. King - The Life of Riley, Sarah Silverman - We Are Miracles, Vinyl [Blu], Half the Road - The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women's Professional Cycling , Kid Cannabis [Blu], Kismet [Blu], Samba, Double, Filth, Last Days.



Endnote: Photo from The Stranger's Brooklyn Benjestorf. 

Sunday, June 01, 2014

June Reviews

Ennar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater in Boyhood
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

Slog: A Few of the Visiting Actors and Directors (Including Two Local Ringers) at this Year's SIFF, Popping and Locking from Cambodia to Uganda in the Hip-Hop Documentary Shake the Dust, That's a Wrap: SIFF Concludes with Quincy Jones, Chris Messina, and Some Cool Shoes, Double Your Pleasure with Tom Hardy's New Film, The Dance of Reality: Chil-
ean Director Alejandro Jodorowsky's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
, Guy Pearce and Chris Evans Struggle with Machin-
ery and Hygiene in The Rover and Snowpiercer
, The House of
the Devil
Director Ti West Takes on a Cult in The Sacrament. The Cult Wins
, and a nice shout-out from Paul Constant in this post

Line Out/Slog post count: 547 posts since 2011.

 

 

Portland Mercury: Up & Coming blurb on Lee Bains III.

Seattle Channel: Chris Estey interviewed me for Take 21.

The Stranger: Up & Coming blurbs on Throwing Muses
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Chad VanGaalen, Dean 

Wareham, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Amen Dunes. 

Video Librarian: Call the Midwife - Season Three [Blu-ray 

set], Dio - Live in London: Hammersmith 1993 [Blu-ray], To-
to - Live in Poland: 35th Anniversary Tour [Blu-ray], ADHD 
Rush Hour, Field Biologist, Insights - Queer Youth Defining Our 
Future, Pad Yatra - A Green Odyssey, Suitcase of Love and 
Shame, Run & Jump, and My Father and the Man in Black.



Endnote: Boyhood still from IFC Films. Thought I might get to transcribe my interview with Richard Linklater this month, but I was wrong. Will get around it prior to the film's July opening.  

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

May Reviews

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are The Skeleton Twins
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.






SIFF Notes: The Case Against 8, The Dune, Life Feels Good, Medeas, Supermensch, The Skeleton Twins, and The Signal.

Slog: The Contradictory Couple in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive Are Neither Alone Nor Alive (also included in my list of April posts), Factual Death, Fictional Life, and the Associations That Result When the Two Intersect, Now Playing: A Documentary About the Invention of the Teenager, Taylor Kitsch Takes a Break from Big-Budget Action Movies to Try Something Different, Matt Smith Remembers the Capitol Hill of the 1960s in My Last Year with the Nuns, Richard Linklater: From Slacker to Boyhood, Doc-
umentary Stars at This Year's SIFF Include Susan Sontag, George Takei, and Bronies
, and Vincent Kartheiser Leaves Pete Campbell Behind for a Trip to Antarctica with Olivia Thirlby in Red Knot.


Line Out/Slog post count: 540 posts since 2011.  
  
Video Librarian: Off the Rez, You, Me & Them - Series 1 [2-disc 
set], Brownian Movement, Call Me Crazy - A Five Film, The Rise 
& Fall of the Clash, Suzanne Vega Live Solitude Standing [Blu].

 


Endnote:
Skeleton Twins still from Roadside Attractions/Lions-
gate. Wiig and Hader previously teamed up for Adventureland

Saturday, April 05, 2014

April Reviews

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

Seattle International Film Festival: Four blurbs for the SIFF program guide: Desert Runners, Everything We Loved, The Great Museum, and Healing

The Stranger's SIFF Notes: Bad Hair, Clownwise, and more. 

Slog: Ambient Artist K. Leimer and the Quieter, More Electronic-Oriented Side of the Seattle Sound, Remixer Extraordinaire Todd Terje Produces His First Full-Length with a Little Help from Bryan Ferry, German Duo Boozoo Bajou Bend and Stretch Jazz (and Other Styles) into Beautiful New Shapes, I'm Ambivalent About Total Control's "Flesh War" Single (but I Dig That '80s Flashback Title), If You're Gonna Watch a Guy Drive Down a Motorway for 85 Minutes, It Might as Well Be Tom Hardy: A Preview of One-Man Motion Picture Locke, New Music and Images from Brazil's Boogarins, Late Pass: Portland Trio WL Plays with Contrasts on Their Captivating Full-Length Debut, Hold, Woods' With Light and with Love Lives Up to its Hippy-Dippy Title—and That's a Good Thing,
The Strangest and Most Influential Movie Spectacular Never Made: Jodorowsky's Dune, Neneh Cherry: Alone with a Studio and a Camera, Animal Kingdom Director David Michôd Has a New Film on the Way with Robert Pattinson, and The Contradictory Couple in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive Are Neither Alone Nor Alive

Line Out/Slog Music post count: 533 posts since 2011. 

Video Librarian: Brian May and Kerry Ellis - The Candlelight 

Concerts: Live at Montreux 2013 [Blu], Lou Reed: Transformer and Live at Montreux 2000 [Blu], The Punk Singer, American Masters - Billie Jean King, Arctic Hip Hop, Beyond the Music, First Comes Love, The Hooping Life, Karama Has No Walls, Mrs. Judo, Punk in Africa, Street of Dreams, Don’t Ask Me Questions - The Unsung Life of Graham Parker & the Rumour, Grand Piano.



Endnote: Poster image from Sony Pictures Classics.

Friday, March 07, 2014

March Reviews

Scene from Anne Émond's Nuit #1
These are the 
reviews and 
other pieces
I'm working 
on this 
month.

Line Out: Stone Jack Jones's Third Album, Ancestor, Is a Haunting, Mesmerizing Piece of Work, Animator-Musician Chad VanGaalen Raids the Vaults to Illustrate New Vid-
eo
, Guto Pryce of Super Furry Animals Forms New Band, Releases Single, and Preps Full-Length Debut, They Got Him on the Run: Alien Boy Documents the Short Life of a Portland Music Figure, The Ghetto Ghouls Have Loudness in Their DNA, Eleven Minutes of Guitar Bliss from Wyrd Visions, A Look at London Quintet Polar Bear's Latest Experimental-Jazz-Pop-Dance Conglomeration, Bluesman Gary Clark Jr. Joins Soul Singer Cody ChesnuTT for a Somewhat Unexpected Collaboration, "Last Summer" (Featuring Kevin Shields) Exemplifies Composer Brian Reitzell's Maximal Approach to Minimalism, Director Bill Morrison and Composer Bill Frisell Remember The Great Flood of 1927, Switzerland's Confusingly Named Klaus Johann Grobe Is a Duo (and Their New Song Is Terrific), Helium's Unstoppable Mary Timony Has a New Band and a New Video (Co-Starring Ian Svenonius), East Coast Guitar Bands Woods and the War on Drugs Make New Fans by Re- fining Their Strengths, and Ass-Kicking Atlanta Trio the Coat- hangers Win Over the Seattle Crowd at Friday's Sold-Out Show.  

Line Out/Slog Music post count: 521 posts since 2011.  

 

SIFFBlog: Vic + Flo Saw a Bear and Enemy.

Video Librarian: 400 Miles to Freedom, Danchi No Yume - Dreams of the Projects, From Nothing, Something - A Docu-
mentary About the Creative Process, Melvin & Jean - An Amer-
ican Story, Muscle Shoals, Romeo Romeo, Running for Jim, Sis-
ter - An Intimate Portrait of a Global Crisis, Young Lakota, Girl Rising, Miss You Can Do It, Nuit #1, Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer.



Endnote: Image from K Films Amerique/Adopt Films.  

Saturday, February 01, 2014

February Reviews

Cover of Habibi's self-titled debut (1/28 release date)
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.












Amazon: Going forward, I'll be providing database support, though no DVD or theatrical reviews, since Amazon will not be offering exclusive editorial content anymore (I've been writing music and movie reviews since 2000). Once I'm caught up with current assignments, I plan to pursue other opportunities.

Still playing (or yet to open): August - Osage County, The Hunger
Games - Catching Fire
, The Invisible Woman, and The Past.




Line Out: Habibi Bring "The Moves" to Their New Single, Rock and Booze: Suicide Squeeze Issues a Compilation and a Namesake Beer, Stone Jack Jones' Spare, Spectral "Red Red Rose," September Girls Make a Fine Racket on Their First Full-Length, Cursing the Sea, Beverly Is Not a One-Woman Band, Quilt Channels Traffic on "Tie Up the Tides," The Notwist's New Single, "Kong," May Be Their Most Upbeat Song to Date, The Perfect Song for Your Next Seance: Portland Two-Piece the Body's "Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain," The Blank Project, Neneh Cherry's First Solo Album in 18 Years, Is Her Best Yet, Get "Caught Up" with Detroit Combo Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas in Their Latest Video, The Mind Massage of Doug Tut-
tle's Debut
, Elysian Fields Use "Cat" Ploy to Reel in Listener, Aus-
tin's Tele Novella Are on the Move with a Single and a Record
.

Still playing: Jobriath A.D. Also, some of my words about Tough Age's "Sea of White" appear in their latest press release: "With its echoey vocals, fuzz guitar, rubbery bass, and thundering drums, it plays like a cross between Rocket from the Crypt's 'On a Rope' and Loop's 'Straight to Your Heart,' as incongruous as that combination may seem—and the louder you turn it up, the better it sounds."

SIFFBlog: long-delayed review of The Great Beauty

Video Librarian: Free China - The Courage to Believe,  
Harvest, My So-Called Enemy, Orange Witness, Tokyo 
Waka, How I Live Now, Mr. Nobody, and Bomb It 2.

 

Endnote: Habibi cover image from Burger Records. 

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

January Reviews

Tahar Rahim, Bérénice Bejo, and Ali Mosaffa in The Past
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.





Amazon Theatricals: Ralph Fiennes' The Invisible Woman (with Fiennes and Felicity Jones) and Asghar Farhadi's The Past.

Line Out: After Two Years in Berlin, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Unveil Wig Out at Jagbags, Morgan Delt's Kaleidoscopic "Obstacle Eyes," Morvern Callar Author Alan Warner Takes on Can's Tago Mago, What Happens When the Black Lips Get the Blues (and Break Out the Leather and Chains), Protomartyr's "Scum, Rise!" Revives the Scuzzy Noise Rock of the Reagan Era, Angel Ol-
sen Revs Up Her Sound on New Record
, Web of Sunsets Herald Their Debut on End of Time Records with a Lovely New Song, Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn Celebrate Old Drunk America on First Full-Length, Forget the Title: Boston Trio Quilt's "Tired & Buttered" Is One of Their Finest Songs to Date, The Coathangers Throw Things, Deface Record Covers, Release a New Song, and Hit the Road, Neneh Cherry's Genre-Defying "Everything," Jobriath A.D.

 

Video Librarian: Old Dogs & New Tricks - Complete Seasons 
1 & 2, Cliff Richard - Still Reelin’ and A-Rockin': Live in Sydney [Blu-ray], George Thorogood & the Destroyers: Live at Montreux [Blu-ray], Consumed - Identity and Anxiety, Follow Me Down - Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians, The Lower 9 - A Story 
of Home, They Think I'm Chinese, Sample This - The Birth of Hip-Hop, Sister (with Léa Seydoux), and Tiger Eyes.



Endnote: Image from Sony Pictures Classics.  

Sunday, November 03, 2013

November Reviews

Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue Is the Warmest Color

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









Amazon Theatricals: Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is the Warm-
est Color (with Léa Seydoux), Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (with Jennifer Lawrence).

Still playing (or yet to open):
Blue Jasmine, The Mortal Instru-
ments - City of Bones, The Way, Way Back, and We're the Millers.


 

Line Out: Doc Pomus: Writer, Raconteur, Humanitarian, The Great Cate (Le Bon) Abandons Wales, Embraces the U.S., and Falls in with a Bunch of Yanks, Morgan Delt's Album Preview, "Beneath the Black and Purple," Will Take Your Mind for a Ride, Wot's Up with Mike Donovan's Debut, A Transformative Night at the North-
west Film Forum in Tribute to Loud Reed
, Quilt Gets Back to Na-
ture in "Arctic Shark" Video
, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Is a Heartbreaker, Hear Mmoss's David Tuttle Get His Neil Young On, Barbara Trentalange's "Same Illusion" Is a Moody Thing (with a Haunting Video), Limiñanas' Irresistible Costa Blanca, and RSD's Black Friday Includes T-Shirts, Too, Like This Big Star Model

SIFFBlog:
Claire Denis's Bastards.

Video Librarian:
The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones, On the Riviera, Alfredo's Fire, The Genius of Marian, Here One Day, The 
Hill, More Than Honey, The Price of Sand, Caro Emerald in Con-
cert
[Blu-ray], Drug War [Blu-ray], Stuck in Love, and Kindred -
The Embraced: The Complete Vampire Collection
[three-disc set].

 


Endnote:
Blue Is the Warmest Color image from IFC.  

Monday, September 30, 2013

October Reviews

Claudia Lennear (Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour)
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

Amazon 
Theat-
ricals: Haute Cuisine (with Catherine Frot) and Romeo and Juliet (with Douglas Booth).

Still playing (or yet to open): Blue Jasmine, Jobs, The Mortal Instruments -
City of Bones
, The Spectacular Now, The Way, Way Back, and We're the Millers.
 

Easy Street Blog: Line Out review of the new Dirtbombs.

 

Line Out: Bill Callahan, Circuit des Yeux's Haley Fohr, and
the Art of Selecting an Opening Act
, The New Limiñanas Song,
"My Black Sabbath," Recreates the World of the Swinging Sixties Jetsetter
, David Novick's Lovely, Hazy "Undo the Knot," Jacco Gardner Releases a New Song and Video ("The End of August")
and Hits the Road
, Claudia Lennear's Lone Solo Record, Phew!, Rocks Hard, Defies Expectations, New Quilt Song: Anything but Cold or Dangerous, Jacco Gardner: Bringer of Grace and Charm, Dirty Three Guitarist Mick Turner's New Bag of Tricks Includes a Veteran Australian Vocalist, Alex Cuervo Trades the Garage for More Treacherous Spaces on Spooky New Project, Jason Pierce Returns to Spacemen 3 Roots on Reworking of Cut Copy's "Free Your Mind," Cate Le Bon Guests on Kevin Morby Song, Bella Musica from Italian Duo Satelliti, Boardwalk's Debut: A Mix-
ed Success
, Grass Widow Bassist Hannah Lew Is Cold Beat,
and Tim Presley's White Fence Gets "Filthy" for a Friend

Video Librarian: Where Heaven Meets Hell, Santana & Mc-
Laughlin – Invitation to Illumination: Live at Montreux 2011 [Blu-ray], Willy DeVille - Live in the Lowlands [Blu], Portnoy Sheehan Macalpine Sherinian - Live in Tokyo [Blu], UB40 - Live at Montreux 2002 [Blu], Bob and the Monster, Awkward - Seasons 1 & 2 [four-disc set], Stuck in Love, Big Star - Nothing Can Hurt Me.



Endnote: Image from tour photographer Linda Wolf.  

Thursday, September 05, 2013

September Reviews

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

Amazon 
DVDs and
Theatricals:
None. 

Still playing (or yet 
to open): Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Jobs, The Mortal Instruments - City
of Bones
, The Spectacular Now, Turbo, The Way, Way Back, We're the Millers.


Line Out: His Electro Blue Voice: These Italians Do It Better--and a Lot Louder, Tough Age's New Single Will Wake the Dead, MORE from Alexis Georgopoulos's Arp, The Dirtbombs Recreate the Bubblegum Era with Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!, Sun Getting You Down? Unlikely, but Just in Case: The New HSY EP Will Cure What Ails You, The Julie Ruin: A Super-Sized Sundae with Choc-
olate Sauce
, Brazilian Quartet Boogarins Release Summery, Sunlit Video for "Lucifernandis," On Nobody knows., Willis Earl Beal Trades the Studio Apartment for the Recording Studio, Photo-
grapher Jamel Shabazz Captures (and Continues to Capture) New York Cool
, "Living for the Future," the Spooky New Video from One-Man Factory Revival Band Vex Ruffin, In the First Single
off Their New Album, Tim Heidecker and Davin Wood Ask,
"What Else Is New?,"
CAVE's Ghostly "Shikaakwa" Video In-
tegrates Vector Rescanning and Raster Manipulation.  

Video Librarian: Shameless - Seasons 1 & 2 [four-disc set], 
Ain't In It for My Health - A Film About Levon Helm, Change,  
Carbon for Water, Ethiopia Dances for Joy!, How to Lose Your Virginity, Love Hate Love, Our Fires Still Burn - The Native Am-
erican Experience, Price of Gold, Enlightened – The Complete 
Second Season [two-disc set], Grey’s Anatomy - The Complete 
Ninth Season [six-disc set], and The Idolmaker [Blu-ray].  

 

Endnote: Arp image from Smalltown Supersound.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

August Reviews

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




Amazon Theatricals: Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen directs
Cate Blanchett), We're the Millers (with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis), Jobs (with Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs), and The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones (with Lily Collins).  

Still playing (or yet to open): The Bling Ring, Girl Most Likely, Much 
 Ado About Nothing, The Spectacular Now, Turbo, and The Way, Way Back.  

Line Out: Boogarins' Decidedly Undemonic "Luficernandis,"
Mike Donovan Ends Sic Alps, Releases New Single, and Hits the Road with Ty Segall, On Ty Segall's New Project, Fuzz, and the Unrelenting Pace of His Production, Gap Dream's Goofy Video for "Chill Spot," Lonnie Holley: In the Studio and On Tour with Brad-
ford Cox, Cole Alexander, and Bill Callahan
, The Blow Returns
with "Make It Up
," As Enchanting as Ever: Juana Molina's "Eras," Vex Ruffin's New "No Escape" EP Is Pretty Great and Totally Free, Scout Niblett Dresses Like Snow White to Spread the Joy of "Gun," Scout Niblett at Barboza: Short Report, Cass McCombs, Karen Black, and His New Album, Cate Le Bon + Perfume Genius =
A Lovely Duet
, and The Growlers' B-Movie Video for "One
Million Lovers" Is a Black & White Delight
.



Pitch Perfect PR quotes me in the one-sheet for the new RocketNumberNine video: 
"An album that makes me want to dance, to get to work, 
and to read the novels of Philip K. Dick." --The Stranger
 
Video Librarian: Boardwalk Empire - The Complete Third Season [five-disc set], Boy, Cloudburst, Dio - Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986 [Blu-ray], Garbage - One Mile High...
Live [Blu], Bob Milne in Concert - Vol. 1, Solomon Burke - Live at Montreux 2006, The LA Complex - The Complete Series [three-
disc set], Saige Paints the Sky, I Killed My Mother, Violeta Went to Heaven, The Wall, Aerosmith - Rock for the Rising Sun [Blu].



Endnote: Cate Blanchett image from Sony Pictures Classics. 

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

July Reviews

Heliotropes - A Constant Sea
These are the reviews and other 
pieces I'm working on this month.

Amazon DVDs: None.  

Amazon Theatricals: Turbo (animated feature with the voices of Paul Giamatti and Ryan Reynolds) and Girl Most Likely (with Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening).

Still playing (or yet to open): Before Midnight, The Bling Ring, Much 
Ado About Nothing, The Spectacular Now, and The Way, Way Back.  

Hot Splice: Family History or Why I Support the NWFF

Line Out: Sic Alps: Three Videos for Three Songs, Having a Sab-
bath with Heliotropes
, Hannah Lew Directs the Mantles' "Hello" Video, Pony Time In-Store at Everyday Music, Reading and Dreaming with Bitchin Bajas, New Terry Malts Music: Fun with Negative Nouns, KCMU 40th Anniversary Party at the Sunset, King Tuff and More at the Jubilee, Shintaro Sakamoto's Skeleton-Dancing Video, "From the Dead," The Psychedelic Tears of Jacco Gardner, Food Pyramid's Music from Other Worlds, Wayne Coyne to Introduce Flaming Lips Documentary at the Northwest Film Forum, Arp's 1970s-Saturated "High-Heeled Clouds," Wayne Coyne: Fearless Freak on Film, Assessment of Venom P. Stinger



SIFFBlog: Berberian Sound Studio.  

Video Librarian: A Portrait of James Dean - Joshua Tree 
1951, Dirt Road to Psychedelia: Austin, Texas During the 
1960s, Flower in Otomi, La Source, Nova Rex - Ain't Easy 
Being Cheesy, Of Two Minds, Paper Mirror, Frank Zappa - 
A Token of His Extreme, Call the Midwife - Season Two  
[three-disc set], Neil Cowley Trio - Live at Montreux  
[Blu-ray], Drop Dead Diva - The Complete Fourth 
Season [three-disc set], and Ring of Fire.



Endnote: Cover art image from Manimal Vinyl. 

Sunday, June 02, 2013

June Reviews

Self-portrait by Seattle photographer Jini Dellaccio
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.









Amazon Theatricals: The Spectacular Now (with Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley), Before Midnight (Richard Linklater directs Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy), Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola directs Emma Watson and Leslie Mann), The Way, Way Back (Steve Carell and Toni Collette).

Line Out: Music and Photography Trailblazers at SIFF: Her Aim Is True and A Band Called Death, The Mantles' Paisley Throwback Track "Hello," Rick Springfield's Affair of the Heart: Flattering, Yet Strangely Compelling, Jenny Hval's Splendidly Schizophrenic "I Called," Parquet Court and Lil Bub: On the Road to Win Your Heart, John Grant: The Greatest Motherfucker You're Ever Gonna Meet, King Khan & the Shrines - "Born to Die," Sub Pop Signs Ominous Italian Noise Trio His Electro Blue Voice, Colleen Weighs Her Heart on New Album, The Latest from Saturday Looks Good to
Me: Same Song, Different Singers
, Chad VanGaalen and METZ
Pay Tribute to Heavy Metal in New Video
, The Self-Titled Deb-
ut from Tim Presley's White Fence: A Magnificent Mess
.



A Pitch Perfect PR one-sheet about their "Mean Maybe" video quotes from 
me on Yellowbirds' Songs from the Vanished Frontier, "I hoped for the best 
from the band's second full-length, and Cohen and company have delivered." 

SIFFBlog: Blurry Pictures of Dynamic Directors, Pt. 3.

The Stranger: I praise Pony Time in this collective effort.

Video Librarian: OMD Live - Architecture & Morality & More 
[Blu-ray], Steel Magnolias, An Affair of the Heart, A Tribute to 
Ron Asheton, Wine, Women & Friends, Chandelier Status: 
Sommore, Mosquita & Mari, and Of Two Minds.

 
Endnote: For more about Her Aim Is True, visit the official site

Sunday, May 05, 2013

May Reviews

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

Amazon DVD: Women in Love (with Rosamund Pike and Rachael Stirling).

Amazon Theatricals: Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundament-
alist
(with Riz Ahmed), Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha (with Greta Gerwig), Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (documentary with Gior-
gio Armani, Marc Jacobs, etc.), and Scot McGehee and David Sie-
gel's What Maisie Knew (with Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan).

Still playing: Admission, Disconnect, Life of Pi, Quartet, and The Sapphires.

Line Out: The Phoenix Foundation Goes Deep, Scout Niblett: No
Wigs, No Scrubs
, Psych-Glam Band the Burnt Ones' "Web" and You'll Never Walk Alone, UV Race and Life Stinks at Barboza, Sic Alps' Top-of-the-Pop-Tart Jam "Biz Bag" Is Rocking My World, King Khan Signs to Merge Records, Issues Statement Filled with Movie References, Shannon & the Clams' Newish Single "In a Dream" Is Dreamy, Black Moth Super Rainbow Live on KEXP, RocketNumb-
erNine's Productive, Sci-Fi Post-Post-Punk Will Make You Move
, Ernest Greene's Washed Out Gets Kaleidoscopic and Paracosmic in New Album Trailer, Two Documentary Stars at This Year's SIFF: a Punk Singer and a Freeze-Dried Pomeranian, Vanished Frontier.  

 

Drag City quotes my Scout Niblett review in the "Gun" press release: 
"Her emotions lie just below the surface, threatening to escape in full, 
spilling out all over the place, incinerating everything in their vicinity. 
It's as if her instrumental restraint keeps them in check." - The Stranger
 

Pitch Perfect PR quotes my RN9 review in the "Deadly Buzz" press release:  
"This percussion extravaganza from the London duo RocketNumberNine (brothers Tom and Ben Page) gets my vote for the best song of the week. No vocals to get in the way, lots of drums to clear your head...The forward momentum makes me want to work, and I mean that as a compliment." 

Video Librarian: 110%, Face 2 Face, Flirting with Danger - 
Power & Choice in Heterosexual Relationships, It Was Rape, 
Love, Hate and Everything in Between, Saving Face, Still Around,
Wonder Women! - The Untold Story of American Superheroines
, 
Paul Anka - Live in Switzerland [Blu-ray], and Save the Date. 



Endnote: Frances Ha still from IFC (opens in Seattle on 5/24).