I’ve Caught Aaron Strumpel Fever

The only 5-star album I've heard thus far this year. If Nine Inch Nails sang the Psalms and invited avant garde jazzbos The Art Ensemble of Chicago to the studio, it might sound like this. - Paste music critic Andy Whitman In the last several years, I've been excited about a few artists and a few albums, and it's been easy to see. I've shouted myself hoarse here on the blog and Facebook, urging people to check them out.The records that have lit me on fire include:Arcade Fire - Funeral … [Read more...]

Is U2 stealing the title of their next album from another singer?

In short, it appears so.Bono has declared that U2's next album is called Songs of Ascent.With that in mind, it's worth taking note of this: http://bit.ly/1735Tl"Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief," Bono once sang. And it's true. No harm done here. U2's been paraphrasing and expanding on the Psalms their entire career. Why stop now? … [Read more...]

Flannery O’Connor in the Criterion Collection

Here's a new essay at Criterion about their latest release: Wise Blood.I've heard very mixed things about this film, insofar as it represents (or fails to) the story O'Connor wrote. Will you be picking up this DVD? Have you seen the film? I'd love to hear your take on it. … [Read more...]

Up, Up… and a Rave!

Hey, guess what! Looks like this new Pixar movie might be worth seeing!Yep, the latest film from the most consistently impressive filmmaking team at work in the world today is almost here. I'm so thrilled to be reviewing movies in the age of Pixar. What a joy to get to see their films with audiences while the paint is still fresh on the canvas.I said it last year, and I'll say it again: If this thing is worthy of a Best Picture nomination, let's start making noise about it. Last year was … [Read more...]


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