REVIEW: Uncut Gems [2019]

Black Jew power. Writers/directors Benny and Josh Safdie‘s debut feature bowed at Cannes in 2009 to spark a rather prolific career spanning shorts, music videos, documentaries, and critically acclaimed independents featuring an increasingly more familiar stable of actors at the lead. I mention this because that’s also the year that the Safdie brothers approached Adam Sandler with the idea that became Uncut Gems. That’s before Lenny Cooke. Before their breakthrough Heaven Knows What. Before they let Robert Pattinson loose in New York City for Good Time. That’s Hollywood. Maybe Sandler…

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Top 100 Albums of 2018

Honorable Mention Bernice – Puff: In the Air Without a Shape; Don Diablo – Future; Tory Lanez – MEMORIES DON’T DIE; What So Not – Not All The Beautiful Things; Jagwar Twin – Subject to Flooding; Derek Minor – The Trap; Brazilian Girls – Let’s Make Love; Neko Case – Hell-On; Low – Double Negative; Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending; OMB Peezy – Loyalty Over Love; Damien Jurado – The Horizon Just Laughed; Snow Patrol – Wildness; Gustavo Bertoni – Where Light Pours In; Thirty Seconds to Mars – AMERICA;…

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DESIGN: 2018 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Crazy, Classic, Life” • Janelle Monáe • 04:47 • Dirty Computer, Bad Boy Records LLC2. “Two High” • Moon Taxi • 03:33 • Let the Record Play, RCA Records3. “Go Your Own Way” • Raithe Laurence • 03:14 • A Little Better, Audio Network Ltd4. “Rose In Harlem” • Teyana Taylor • 03:43 • K.T.S.E., Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc. / Def Jam Recordings5. “Missing U” • Robyn • 04:57 • Honey, Konichiwa Records6. “Lately” • Wet • 03:52 • Still Run, Columbia Records7. “BOSS” • The Carters…

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Top 100 Albums of 2016

Honorable Mention BJ the Chicago Kid – In My Mind; Opeth – Sorceress; She Is We – War; The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it; Ed Harcourt – Furnaces; J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only; Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are; Against the Current – In Our Bones; Tall Heights – Neptune; The Lumineers – Cleopatra; Lissie – My Wild West; Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere; Green Day – Revolution Radio;…

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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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Top 100 Albums of 2015

Honorable Mention Yelawolf – Love Story; Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man; The Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird is Home; Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams; Logic – The Incredible True Story; Alberta Cross – Alberta Cross; Kaskade – Automatic; Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor; Blitzen Trapper – All Across This Land; Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars; Squarepusher – Damogen Furies; MisterWives – Our Own House; City and Colour – If I Should Go Before You; Robin Schulz – SUGAR; Matt and Kim – New…

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Top 100 Songs of 2015

#100: After The Fall by Chelsea Wolfe #98: The Shade by Metric #96: Dead Inside by Muse #94: Killing Strangers by Marilyn Manson #92: I’m In Love With My Life by PHASES #90: Vancouver by Kopecky #88: Drunched in Crumbs by Albert Hammond Jr. #86: Till It’s Gone by Yelawolf #84: Home We’ll Go by Walk Off the Earth #82: Orion by The Mynabirds #80: Here To Mars by Coheed and Cambria #78: It’s My Turn Now by Awreeoh #76: Mothercreep by FKA Twigs #74: Angels (Above Me) by Say…

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DESIGN: 2015 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Until We Can’t (Let Go)” • Passion Pit • 04:06 • Kindred, Columbia Records2. “The Business of Emotion” • Big Data (feat. White Sea) • 04:07 • 2.0, Wilcassettes / Warner Bros.3. “Shine” • Years & Years • 04:16 • Communion, Polydor / Interscope4. “Caribbean” • Astro • 04:40 • Chicos de la luz, Nacional Records5. “Don’t Panic” • Ellie Goulding • 03:16 • Delirium, Polydor6. “Joy Rides” • MUTEMATH • 04:01 • Vitals, Wojtek / Caroline7. “S.O.B.” • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats • 04:07 • Nathaniel Rateliff…

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Top 100 Albums of 2013

Honorable Mention The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law; Indians – Somewhere Else; Young Galaxy – Ultramarine; Cansei de Ser Sexy – Planta; Kodaline – In a Perfect World; Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart; Black Blinds – Black Blinds; Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away; The Jungle Giants – Learn To Exist; GRMLN – Empire; Holy Ghost! – Dynamics; Ours – Ballet The Boxer 1; KT Tunstall – Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon; Jim James – Regions of Light…

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DESIGN: 2013 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “A Whistling Tune from a Lonely Man” • Clint Mansell • 00:40 • Stoker OST, Milan Records2. “Young and Beautiful” • Lana Del Rey • 03:56 • The Great Gatsby OST, Water Tower Music / Interscope Records3. “Roar” • Katy Perry • 03:43 • PRISM, Capitol Records4. “Don’t Forget Who You Are” • Miles Kane • 03:22 • Don’t Forget Who You Are, Columbia Europe5. “Get Lucky” • Daft Punk • 06:06 • Random Access Memories, Columbia6. “Royals” • Lorde • 03:10 • Pure Heroine, Motown / Universal7.…

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