Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Future Islands THE FAR FIELD (2016)



I don't know how these guys do it, but they make the most perfectly propulsive springtime music: it is a distillation of a winter thaw, a college campus of competing and coinciding young narratives tied by a common thread of past and future both looming impossibly large.

Monday, April 10, 2017

HOMELAND S6 (2017)




After that finale, I am straight dunking on everyone who thinks THE AMERICANS has more to offer.  This episode was its own SICARIO, while resolving threads of past seasons, setting the stage for the next, and being bafflingly on pointe re: our horrifying now.

ps Straight out of Portland is the primer you need:


pps I've been suffering serious podcast fatigue for awhile now, probably dating back to the election if not before, and somehow this was a breath of fresh air.  He's born to the medium, and keeping it to 30:00 is 100%.
 

Saturday, April 01, 2017

REVIEW S3 (2017)

I can give no higher praise than Andy Daly created the modern Don Quixote.


(thanks Flavorwire)

Friday, March 31, 2017

George Saunders LINCOLN IN THE BARDO (2017)


I can't recommend strongly enough that you listen to the audiobook if able.

The Hobbit: LOTR:: Our Town: Lincoln in the Bardo

Exhaustively researched and shaped, with a Greek chorus of opinionated true people of history providing context for a moment where our nation stood on the knifepoint. Harrowing with acute anguish, leavened with slapstick and gallows humor; the most titanically empathetic work in any medium I've yet experienced.  Saunders is the fusion of Vonnegut and Whitman, and in this present crisis of American masculinity, there can be no more vital reminder of whom we should truly strive to emulate, who our spiritual father was and must continue to be.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Favorite Albums of 2016

20. Ian William Craig CENTRES
19. 1 Mile North AWAKENED BY DECAY
18. SubRosa FOR THIS WE FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF AGES
17. Margo Price MIDWEST FARMER'S DAUGHTER
16. Bruno Mars 24K MAGIC



15. Tim Hecker LOVE STREAMS
14. Caretaker EVERYWHERE AT THE END OF TIMES
13. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith EARS
12. Eluvium FALSE READINGS ON
11. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith/Suzanne Ciana SUNENERGY



10. Carly Rae Jepsen EMOTION: SIDE B
9. Chance the Rapper COLORING BOOK
8. Pallbearer FEAR AND FURY {EP}
7. Bon Iver 22, A MILLION
6.  Grouper PARADISE VALLEY {Single/B-side}



5. Rihanna ANTI
4. Lady Gaga JOANNE
3. Steve Hauschildt STRANDS
2. Julianna Barwick WILL
1. Beyonce LEMONADE