Reviews

Christina and The Conjure Movement

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    There is a certain feeling that is conjured when you are at a stranger’s house looking at family photos adorning foreign walls. The poses are familiar—grandma with grand kids, a photo of uncles, kids playing in a plastic pool—and this confuses the mind because your mind finds these people familiar strangers. I get…

The Last Echo: Bismarck North Dakota’s Rising Troubadours

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In Iceland musicians are categorized into one or two categories. There are troubadours and there are “troupas”. Troubadours are musicians’ musicians, writing and preforming their own innovative songs and flinging their lyrics and melodies into an audience of eager ears. Troupa, you’ll notice is a shortened version of the word troubadour. Typically it is not…

In Review, Julianne Mason: Part One, The Fire

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Part One, The Fire is masterfully written, astutely arranged, lyrically driven, and melodically reaching I met Julianne Mason when I introduced myself to her and her guitarist, Tom Hoy, at the end of their set this past summer in Brooklyn’s iconic Goodbye Blue Monday. They played a killer set, lyrical and melodic, and at the…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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I think, hands down, that THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is the most inventive of Peter Jackson’s films yet. To see this movie, I must go back to the simple criteria that, if you are ok with seeing a movie with elves and swords, with dragons and dwarfs, this won’t let you down. But…

From Below Album Review, “no gods, no monsters”

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I first met Tom Hoy as singer/songwriter Julianne Mason’s guitar player during a performance at Brooklyn’s iconic Goodbye Blue Monday. His clean arpeggio driven electric guitar licks added a warm, sonorous element to Mason’s ardently melodic voice. Hoy, it turns out, travels wide on the genre spectrum. He is also the lead guitarist for New…

Movie Review: Jobs

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      Well, I really wanted this to be good. Unfortunately, it was like watching forty-five different versions of a trailer for the movie, continuously, in 2-minute intervals. Here’s how it goes: there’s an emotional, yell-y scene with Ashton Kutcher (doing a decent job portraying Jobs), and then we’re supposed to think that Steve…

MOVIES FOR MEN: Sleepless in Seattle (Really)

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Introduction Alright fellas, here’s the deal, there are some movies that “men” and “dudes” have denied themselves for far too long. With my easy, one-internet-click guide I hope to make even the most macho of muchachos able to enjoy a so-called “chickflick.” And more specifically, Nora Ephron’s lovely gem of a rom-com “Sleepless in Seattle.…

Why Total War: Rome 2 Has Let Me Down (So Far)

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In the early stages of life, video games went hand-in-hand with anticipation. Release dates didn’t matter, what mattered is when the next holiday was, or when someone older than you was dumb enough to take you to a FuncoLand/EB Games/GameStop, knowing it would destroy whatever good habits you’ve set up for yourself. In this day…

Movie Review: The World’s End

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    BOTTOM LINE: If you could see only one movie this year, THIS IS IT. (And this begs some questions. . . Why can you only see one movie this year? If it’s financial then perhaps you should skip it all together and buy two burritos from the stand off Myrtle-Wyckoff?) Gary never actually…

Movie Review: Pacific Rim

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BOTTOM LINE: If you want to see a movie about giant mechs fighting giant bug/dinosaur/aliens, then you will not be disappointed. The Kaijus, colossal pre-historic beasts, have found a way to transport through a portal in the Pacific Ocean to scout, and ultimately rule, the planet Earth. In response, the world has culled their resources…

Movie Review: The Heat

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BOTTOM LINE: Take or leave this one, unless you got some extra cash or love Melissa McCarthy. Otherwise, let’s hope “The Heat 2” makes good on the promise this one shows. “The Heat” has been out in theaters for a bit, and I’m sure most of you who wanted to see this already have, but I decided…

Movie Review: We’re The Millers

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BOTTOMLINE: Don’t be a hater – go see this. We’re The Millers Rated R, 1h40m runtime Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber I tend to be a skeptic when it comes to movies – especially studio comedies. When I saw the trailer for “We’re The Millers” I thought, gee, this looks like a movie full of…

Book Review: LSD Giggles

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This book is available here for free by the author. In the warning to the reader at the beginning “LSD Giggles“, a collection of poetry. “LSD Giggles is a collection of poems inspired by psychedelics and thought altering states of mind that can lead to new views and perspectives on existence.” With dedications to Allen Ginsburg,…