REVIEW: Vox Lux [2018]

Simply put: it was a hit. America lost its innocence on 9/11. It wasn’t an overnight thing, though. The gradual degradation of humanity on an ever-shrinking global landscape stewarded us there as school shootings and terrorist attacks grew with their weak links towards violent videogames rather than an otherwise Puritan sense of sex being worse than murder. Our repressed selves fought against growing malaise until that day provided a scapegoat to blame. We turned our internal rage onto an undeserving people suddenly reduced to their worst and smallest faction so…

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Top 100 Albums of 2016

Honorable Mention: #100: Above Water by Gibbz #99: Muzik by Delorean #98: Lonely Is a Lifetime by The Wild Feathers #97: iii by Miike Snow #96: Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest #95: Good Will Prevail by GRiZ #94: Blackstar by David Bowie #93: Everything You’ve Come To Expect by The Last Shadow Puppets #92: I Remember by AlunaGeorge #91: A Coliseum Complex Museum by The Besnard Lakes #90: What I’m Feelin’ by Anthony Hamilton #89: Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ by Kid Cudi #88: Painting of a Panic…

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Top 100 Songs of 2016

#100: Pacifico by Majid Jordan #98: Swooner by The Zolas #96: Come Alive by The Jezabels #94: Faint Of Heart by Tegan & Sara #92: So Much Sky by The Temper Trap #90: Touch by Shura #88: Sometimes by Oscar #86: Hell’s Kitchen Angel by MAX #84: Drive It Like You Stole It by Sing Street #82: Zombies by Childish Gambino #80: Someone That Loves You (ft. Izzy Bizu) by HONNE #78: Your Love by Cardiknox #76: Fight Song by Rachel Platten #74: Call You Up by Viola Beach #72:…

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DESIGN: 2016 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Stranger Things” • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein • 01:08 • Stranger Things OST, Vol 1, Lakeshore Records2. “Can’t Let Go, Juno” • Kishi Bashi • 04:23 • Sonderlust, Joyful Noise Recordings3. “Bright Lights” • Gibbz • 03:15 • Oh My God EP, Gibbz4. “I Can’t Stand You Anymore” • Sleigh Bells • 04:02 • Jessica Rabbit, Torn Clean5. “Giant” • Banks & Steelz • 03:51 • Anything But Words, Warner Bros. Records Inc.6. “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” • Foxes • 03:24 • All I Need, Sign of the…

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REVIEW: Relatos salvajes [Wild Tales] [2014]

“Crime of passion?” Best. Wedding. Ever. And trip to the bureaucratic black hole that is government sanctioned towing. And expertly planned, faux fateful airline flight this side of “Lost”. I mean it. Damián Szifrón‘s Relatos salvejes [Wild Tales] is a twisted cousin of Krzysztof Kieslowski‘s The Decalogue, a sextet of darkly comic morality plays where chaos reigns and vengeance rewards the unhinged desperate for a win. From the hilariously absurd yet perfectly revealed machinations of its opening segment “Pasternak” to the vicious table turn of its last “Til Death Do…

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Top 100 Albums of 2014

Honorable Mention: #100: Get Hurt by The Gaslight Anthem #99: They Want My Soul by Spoon #98: Motion by Calvin Harris #97: The Joy of Motion by Animals as Leaders #96: Dialects by Snowmine #95: Emmaar by Tinariwen #94: The Fire is Gone by Midnight Faces #93: The Endless River by Pink Floyd #92: Count On My Love by Tessanne Chin #91: Fall for You by Leela James #90: Stronger by Tank #89: Warpaint by Warpaint #88: Wonder Where We Land by SBTRKT #87: Hungry Ghosts by OK Go #86:…

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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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