Gogol Bordello: Smuggling in the Immigrant Culture of Gypsy Punk

Originally seen on Tastemakers Online, September 20, 2017 Gogol Bordello is what might happen if a drummer and a bassist put out a call for an exceptional frontman, and took five of them. The real story is this: the Ukrainian immigrant frontman Eugene Hütz (who you might already know as the life of the movie…

Audiovisual and Assorted Thoughts on Blade Runner 2049

This is a casual collection of significant or intriguing audiovisual relationships from Blade Runner 2049, since I found the artistic direction of this film to be quite moving, and noteworthy. This is by no means a complete list, or even review. Just assorted thoughts. Please feel free to leave some of your own in the…

New Earworms and Heartworms from The Shins

The Shins are back again after a five-year absence with a second single from Heartworms, “Name For You”. The new album produced by frontman James Mercer, is out March 10th and available for preorder. Some people (your author, for instance) who love vaguely gruesome, trip-inducing tattoo art might spring for the slightly overpriced, but charming lithograph poster….

A Great New Binge Watch To “Get Down” With

Combined efforts from Baz Luhrmann, Nas, Grandmaster Flash, and more have brought a small but powerful piece of old-school hip hop to Netflix in a neat little package called ‘The Get Down’. The plot explores landscapes of hip hop, disco, graffiti, and politics in the late 1970’s Bronx, with a clear figurehead in each parallel plot and Ezekiel “Zeke” Figuero at the crux of it all.

New Release: Pierce Fulton’s “Make Me Blue”

The fresh and playful “Make Me Blue” stands out in Pierce Fulton’s current repertoire of in-your-face dance music, and puts him on the map for more alternative fans who still like to get down to a fun electronic groove. This new track is an alternating string of sparsely yet elegantly filled swathes of vast sonic…

Paul Simon’s Spiritually Schizophrenic Stranger to Stranger: A Listening Guide

Paul Simon’s new concept album Stranger To Stranger is a complex juxtaposition of styles and influences in a musical discussion of the differences between organized western religion, group spirituality, and untamed mysticism. Simon brings us on a schizophrenic tour of musical traditions and cultural references namely from the old American South, Brazil, and Africa. Here…

RiFF RAFF ONLY MADE 4 MiLLiON LAST YEAR, STiLL WEARS DOPE PEACH TUXEDO

I’ve often wondered how much of Riff’s ironic behavior has turned over in his head into a real lifestyle, and maybe I give him too much credit, but I really feel like the Pantherettes are meant to be a sarcastic kind of cliché groupie. I like their status of essentially being bodyguards…

Flesh Without Blood Without Redeeming Qualities

Author’s Note: I wrote this review in January for an exercise in writing about something  with a negative slant.   My first contact with Grimes was in stills from the 2013 MTV VMAs, wearing the same Versace pants as 2 Chainz. Here she was caught in the bane of a female star’s existence, wearing the…

Singing to Succulents

It’s Friday night and I’m waiting for my dough to rise so I can make pizza. This is the kind of person I am. Not to say that I’m a homebody, but I am also the kind of person who’s installed Steam on her computer just to grow a pot of virtual succulents. Viridi is…