Top 100 Albums of 2013

Honorable Mention: #100: The Silver Gymnasium by Okkervil River. #99: Monkey Mindsin the Devil’s Time by Steve Mason #98: Weekend by The Sounds. #97: Reflektor by Arcade Fire #96: Beyond Wilderness by Gold & Youth #95: Amok by Atoms for Peace #94: Edward Sharpe& The Magnetic Zeros by Edward Sharpe& The Magnetic Zeros #93: Trouble Will Find Me by The National.. #92: Praxis Makes Perfect by Neon Neon.. #91: Electric Slave by Black Joe Lewis #90: Devil by Lydia #89: Birthmarks by Born Ruffians #88: Comedown Machine by The Strokes…

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TIFF13 REVIEW: 2013 Short Cuts Canada Programmes

Programme 1 A far cry from the documentary short Joda—a visual letter to Jafar Panahi—that was included in the TIFF Short Cuts Canada Programme last year, graphic designer turned filmmaker Theodore Ushev’s Gloria Victoria is all about the visceral and aural capabilities of film without something as unnecessary as words. Full of sumptuous textured layers formed by sketch drawings, Russian Constructivist elements, what I believe were faces from Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, and more, the rising crescendo of Shostakovich’s “Invasion” from Symphony No. 7 helps spur on an emotive war in…

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REVIEW: Shut Up and Play the Hits [2012]

“If I can see all my friends tonight” The end of LCD Soundsystem was a seminal moment in rock and roll music history. I’m not even a fan of the band and I know this to be true. Frontman James Murphy created something that spoke to the college crowd with a mix of electronic dance beats and wittily poignant lyrics on his way to becoming a rock God/philosopher. And then he decided to call it quits after a decade. Stopping on his own terms to continue the life he led…

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REVIEW: Scenes From the Suburbs [2011]

“I wonder what happened to the other moments” There is no better praise to heap on a short film than to admit you watched it again right after the initial viewing. Scenes from the Suburbs is just such a piece, not because of the connection to one of my favorite albums of 2010—Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs—nor the fact it’s directed by Spike Jonze, but because it really hits upon the jaded cynicism of our current world. No longer do we live in an environment deemed safe. My childhood of leaving…

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DESIGN: 2010 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Sins of My Youth” — Neon Trees 3:39 | from Habits; Mercury Records2. “The High Road” — Broken Bells 3:51 | from Broken Bells; Columbia Records3. “I Won’t Kneel” — Groove Armada 4:35 | from Black Light; Cooking Vinyl4. “Breathe” — Ryan Star 3:49 | from 11:59; Atlantic5. “ILU” — School of Seven Bells 4:40 | from Disconnect From Desire; Ghostly International/Vagrant Records6. “Madder Red” — Yeasayer 4:06 | from Odd Blood; Secretly Canadian7. “Conversation 16” — The National 4:19 | from High Violet; 4AD8. “Lights” — Interpol…

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Top 100 Albums of 2010

(short and sweet and to the point; culled from listening to 502 releases—at time of publishing—from 2010. ask me tomorrow and the list will probably be drastically different, but you have to lock ’em in sometime. click album cover for website) #100: I Speak Because I Can by Laura Marling #99: LP4 by Ratatat #98: Wilderness Heart by Black Mountain #97: Libraries by The Love Language #96: To The Sea by Jack Johnson #95: Star Tiger, Star Ariel by Delays #94: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise by Ray…

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REVIEW: Where the Wild Things Are [2009]

“Will you keep out all the sadness?” A few weeks back I went into Barnes and Noble to acquire a novel with a friend. While she was in the children’s section seeking some Spanish books to use with her students I moseyed on over to the illustrated nook whereupon I spied Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Remembering the cover image and very little else, I decided to flip through the pages and refresh my mind before catching the new adaptation in theatres. Surprising to me, each spread contained…

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