DESIGN: 2019 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Skyhooker” • Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow • 01:52 • Luce (OST), Lakeshore Records2. “Dance Monkey” • Tones and I • 03:29 • The Kids Are Coming EP, Bad Batch Records / Elektra Records3. “Pang” • Caroline Polachek • 03:34 • Pang, Perpetual Novice4. “F Delano” • Kishi Bashi • 03:24 • Omoiyari, Joyful Noise Recordings5. “Feel Something” • Clairo • 02:57 • Immunity, FADER Label6. “Problem” • Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine • 03:28 • 8:47, Big Machine / Bell Media7. “Love Has All Been Done Before”…

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REVIEW: Judy [2019]

What if I can’t do it again? Playwright Peter Quilter has stated that the original play (“Last Song of the Nightingale”) on which “End of the Rainbow” was modeled upon found its inspiration from an alcoholic male singer met while traveling with his partner on a cruise ship wherein the latter was also a performer. Because he changed his lead into a woman, however, everyone assumed the show was about a thinly-veiled Judy Garland. This reception led him to research the Wizard of Oz legend’s final year on earth and…

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REVIEW: Wild Rose [2019]

What do you need to say? These movies usually start with the music and attempt to find happiness afterwards. That’s the order you need for the fantasy of artistic superstardom to work—that talent is enough to earn everything you’ve ever wanted and therefore the foundation for what’s still to come. That’s not the real world, though. Maybe some people are plucked from obscurity like in A Star Is Born. Maybe some do reach great heights via contests a la Teen Spirit. But what about those dreamers who come to the…

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REVIEW: Beast [2018]

I just wanted to go dancing. Everything is and isn’t as it seems with Michael Pearce‘s genre-fluid romantic thriller Beast. What starts with the template of rich girl falling for local bad boy against mom’s wishes turns to a case of serial murder with assumptions made every second that confirm what we believe is real just as they throw everything out the window. Nightmares point fingers inward, physical evidence out. Love becomes a weapon for hope and understanding as well as a mask for impending horror moving closer to home…

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