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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

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Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
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Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
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Sherlock Holmes on Screen: The Complete Film and TV History - Alan Barnes

None October 1st, 2009


Reynolds & Hearn Ltd.

With Robert Downey Jr. looking to capture box-office bucks come Christmas Day with the release of "Sherlock Holmes," expect a resurgence of the great detective on TV and DVD, as well as in print. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic sleuth has been a staple of cinema even before movies carried sound, and Alan Barnes covers them all in "Sherlock Holmes on Screen: The Complete Film and TV History."

Aside from straight adaptations of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels, Holmes has been animated ("Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century"), age-regressed ("Young Sherlock Holmes"), parodied ("Without a Clue"), thriller-fied ("Murder by Decree") and even co-opted by science fiction (in select episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"). With Dracula close behind, he is the fictional character who has been portrayed on the big screen the most, so prepare for a thorough examination.

Organized alphabetically, Barnes' book is like any of the regular movie guides published annually, only focused on one single subject. Each title bears perfunctory credits before getting into a history, a summary and a critical analysis. The more visible and memorable the film, the more Barnes has to say; these have their plots even further broken down into "The Mystery," "The Investigation" and "The Solution."

Barnes appears to be unable to fully separate the source material from the flicks; in other words, if a movie is too far removed from the canon, he's apt to have a problem with it, rather than just enjoy it on its own merits. Still, it's a pleasure to read him unload on something he dislikes, penning such pans as "manifold idiocies of this cynically manufactured multiplex software." His British heritage is to the book's benefit, when someone is described in such rich terms as, say, "a whey-faced malcontent."

Plenty of black-and-white photos pepper this guide "” essential to hardcore Sherlockians, and worth a look to film buffs with only a casual knowledge of the detective.

"”Rod Lott

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