Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden

Leaving Eden finds the Carolina Chocolate Drops in the unenviable position of having to follow up their marvellous, Grammy-winning, 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are currently spearheading a revival of old-time American music, trying to highlight the important, but often neglected place of African-American musicians in the tradition of string bands, jug…

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Tunes review: Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

It’s been four years since Yukon Blonde released their first EP, Everything in Everyway, to critical attention. But in that time, Kelowna, B.C. shaggy rockers have travelled the globe, playing shows in Australia and Japan, as well as criss-crossing Canada too many times to count. All that touring has finally paid off. This month sees…

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Tunes Review: The Internet – Purple Naked Ladies

Whether or not you like the music of rap collective Odd Future (or enjoy their unrestrained vulgarity), you have to admit they sure can market themselves. But maybe next time Odd Future should spend less time on ironically shitty album designs and visual aesthetics and more time on editing their recording output. The Internet is…

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Tunes Review: Aja interpreted by The Darcys

It’s pretty common to hear of a band recording a cover of someone else’s work. But when a band decides to cover an entire album, that’s completely different. But that is exactly what Toronto band The Darcys did with their second album, *Aja interpreted by The Darcys*. As the title suggests, the band covers Steely…

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Flicks: The Artist

Marie: There are two ways that I can describe Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist (2012) right off the top of my head: 1) It is an endearing and affective love letter to the art and history of cinema, and 2) It is a novelty film, it being the first feature-length silent film since the 1920s. Starring French…

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Flicks: A Dangerous Method

ZOE:   The David Cronenberg/Viggo Mortensen collaboration party continues in A Dangerous Method (2011), a departure from the gory A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007).  Method dives into the conflicts and heady discoveries of psychoanalysis as it emerged in early 20th century Vienna and Zurich. Theoretically, the  talent and subject matter promise an energetic, scathing take on human fallibility contorting  ‘progress’  –…

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SuddenlyLISTEN improvisational collective gets a little Wilde

Oscar Wilde. Photo by Napoleon Sarony

The Picture of Dorian Gray: Revised Dorian is an engaging, enigmatic combination of improvisational acting and music, and an avante-garde revision of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Picture of Dorian Gray, that sees improvisational musicians performing alongside improvisational actors. Norman Adams, the creative force behind the SuddenlyLISTEN improvisational collective elaborates. “We don’t want the music just soundtracking…

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Tunes review: Feist – Metals

Feist - Metals

After 15 years of touring, two full-length albums, some messing around with Broken Social Scene, an iPod commercial and a stint on Sesame Street, Feist has finally found herself, and Metals marks this coming of age. Feist’s career is spotted with unfortunate attempts to superimpose her voice in uncomfortable contexts. Much to the chagrin of record…

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Flicks Review: 50/50

50/50

If you’re in the mood for a funny movie with a few tearful moments, this is the one to see. Inspired by a true story, 50/50 tells the tale of 27-year-old Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who is diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer. The movie shows Adam’s journey as he tries to not only beat his cancer,…

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Tunes Review: Jens Lekman – An Argument With Myself

Jens Lekman

Relentlessly adorable, devilishly witty and thick with affected poignancy, An Argument With Myself is the new EP from the precocious, loveable, Swedish indie mastermind, Jens Lekman. The EP sees the forlorn, fickle song-man glossed in lavish and bombastic arrangements, diversely crooning off-kilter yacht rock tales, arguing with himself, trying to meet actress Kirsten Dunst, and crafting…

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