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Album Reviews
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Yagull is a quiet duo recording for a New York label more associated with louder, often metallic, music on the cusp of prog and fusion. Some of Yagull’s original compositions have a rock texture; they even turn in lovely renditions of a pair of ’70s rock classics, Free’s “Wishing Well” and Deep
I Hate Hollywood
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Selma will probably win. Increasingly, “based on a true story” is a Hollywood mantra and despite the business of what LBJ said to MLK, Selma is more truthful than most. Also, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences likes to give its Best Picture honor to movies with important themes, and what could be timelier, in our “post-racial society,” than the 1965 civil rights ...
Home Movies
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
The father of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, spun endless trance-and-dance grooves from the influences of James Brown and African syncopation. The continent’s most popular musician was also confrontational wh
Home Movies
Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Although surprised to inherit Aunt Ofelia’s estate, Greta moves into the mossy old manor. Her snarky, shallow friends tag along. But since this is a horror movie, the house is creepy, in the path of
I Hate Hollywood
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Michael Mann’s Cyber Thiller

With the recent hacking of Sony by North Korea (or whoever), cyber security is a headline issue. The Sony incident is a reminder that the operating systems for civilization depend on digital technology and are vulnerable to intrusion. Firewalls are like their brick and mortar analogues in that none has ever proved impregnable. Director Michael Mann explores this anxiety with Blackhat. His ...
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Author Stephen Wade’s one-man Stackner Cabaret show

In the 1930s and ’40s, the Library of Congress sent “song collectors” with bulky recording gear into rural America. Their mission was to document folk music traditions fading against the bright glare of mass media, especially from the coast-to-coast broadcasts and sound recordings that were