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Hatchie - Keepsake Music Album Reviews

Hatchie's platonic ideal of dream pop goes down a bit too easy, like another rewatch of a John Hughes film.
Shoegaze offers the perfect place to bury bad feelings; there is a storied legacy of groups like Slowdive and Mazzy Star sinking Tory conservatism and post-breakup remorse into hazy swirls of distortion. Harriette Pilbeam uses Hatchie as an outlet for more quotidian concerns — friendships, romances, nostalgia. On her EP Sugar & Spice, Pilbeam offered glassy guitars, long sighs, and some bright choruses, but there was nothing darker beneath the surface to reward your close, ongoing attention. She promised a broader palette for her debut, but Keepsake feels hemmed in by the same lack of depth. Pillbeam's platonic ideal of dream pop goes down a bit too easy, like another rewatch of a John Hughes film.





Hatchie - Keepsake Music Album Reviews

Hatchie's platonic ideal of dream pop goes down a bit too easy, like another rewatch of a John Hughes film.
Shoegaze offers the perfect place to bury bad feelings; there is a storied legacy of groups like Slowdive and Mazzy Star sinking Tory conservatism and post-breakup remorse into hazy swirls of distortion. Harriette Pilbeam uses Hatchie as an outlet for more quotidian concerns — friendships, romances, nostalgia. On her EP Sugar & Spice, Pilbeam offered glassy guitars, long sighs, and some bright choruses, but there was nothing darker beneath the surface to reward your close, ongoing attention. She promised a broader palette for her debut, but Keepsake feels hemmed in by the same lack of depth. Pillbeam's platonic ideal of dream pop goes down a bit too easy, like another rewatch of a John Hughes film.

His Name Is Alive - All the Mirrors In the House (Home Recordings 1979 - 1986) Music Album Reviews

Fueled by the curiosity of the untutored mind, Warren Defever’s collection of childhood recordings is wispy, mercurial, and improbably good.
In the 29 years that he has helmed the idiosyncratic project His Name Is Alive, Warren Defever has made many different kinds of music, few of them obvious kin to one another: lo-fi bedroom pop, ramshackle ambient, straight-up R&B, spiritual jazz, stoner metal, even a psychedelic rock opera. Recently, Defever came across a box of cassettes—many without covers or cases, the labels scrawled in ballpoint or Sharpie—that lay at the root of all of it: his own adolescent (and preteen) home recordings, from the years predating HNIA. Some went as far back as 1979, when the Livonia, Michigan, native was just 10 years old. He paid fellow Michigander Shelley Salant, of Saturday Looks Good to Me and Tyvek, to make digital transfers of their contents, and he asked her to flag anything that sounded “new agey, ambient, or had echoey guitars.” All the Mirrors …

Nectarine & Prosciutto Salad

Sweet ripe nectarines pair with peppery arugula and a hit of salty Parmesan and prosciutto in this outstanding side salad.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Preview

How does Final Fantasy VII Remake play for a total series beginner? This is what I thought of the game free from nostalgia after playing at E3 2019
Should I Buy The Final Fantasy VII Remake?
Speaking as a Final Fantasy skeptic, I’m genuinely pleased to be able to say that I’m actually looking forward to the FF7 Remake.
I’ve mostly seen the combat - saving me from any attempt to deep dive into lore changes or character revisions I don’t understand - but this feels like a fun, modern reinvention of the standard JRPG formula that pays tribute to classic combat while decisively doing its own thing.

Borderlands 3 Preview

Borderlands 3 is one of the big titles on show at E3 2019 and we're pretty impressed with the action in our hands-on.
Should I Buy The Borderlands 3?
We might not be seasoned Borderlands players at Tech Advisor towers but this certainly seems like bigger and better mayhem from 2K Games.
We can't wait to get properly stuck into all the new weapons, worlds and customisation.

Tenda Nova MW5 Review

Low price and an easy-to-use app make the Tenda Nova MW5 a very tempting mesh Wi-Fi system and an ideal upgrade if your current wireless router doesn't provide a strong signal throughout your home.
Should I Buy The Tenda Nova MW5?
It’s not the fastest or most sophisticated mesh system, but the MW5 is one of the most affordable options for anyone that simply wants to improve their Wi-Fi signal at home. And, with Tenda’s simple, straightforward app, you’ll have your new, more reliable network up and running in a matter of minutes.

Watch Dogs Legion Preview

Play as anyone you meet in London in the new Watch Dogs Legion. We've been hands-on at E3 2019.
Should I Buy The Watch Dogs Legion?
Hack your way around the capital, playing as anyone you meet if you can convince them to join DedSec.
We're loving the new Watch Dogs game complete with it's new classes, perks, permadeatchs and much more. All in a beautifully recreated London.

The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger Music Album Reviews

After an 11-year hiatus, the first album from Jack White’s other other band floats in weightless, haughty bliss through a perpetual 2008.
The gloss of celebrity served the Raconteurs well in the late aughts—“the White Stripes are dying, long live Jack White’s new radio-rock band!” But 11 years after the band’s last album, the novelty has faded and the Michiganers—Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler alongside White himself—have found themselves floating in a weightless, haughty bliss, through a perpetual 2008. Help Us Stranger must now contend with the strength of a new indie rock field, and the mere fact of White’s affiliation is not nearly as compelling as it once was.

Vegyn - Text While Driving If You Want to Meet God Music Album Reviews

The Frank Ocean collaborator lays his hard drive bare, pulling back the curtain to reveal the scattered pieces of recorded music littering his cutting-room floor.
Never one to pass up an opportunity to self-aggrandize, Kanye West famously immortalized his work ethic on his debut album. “You can't fathom my love, dude,” he declared. “Lock yourself in a room doing five beats a day for three summers… I deserve to do these numbers.” It’s an axiom that’s motivated countless would-be artists in the decade and a half since: You want to be as good as Kanye? Put your nose to the grindstone and eventually you’ll get there. Even if the stuff you make is middling, nobody will hear it but you. Unless you want them to.

iLoveMakonnen - M3 Music Album Reviews

The rap zeitgeist has mostly left iLoveMakonnen behind, but his first major-label release in years shows a taste of the pop star he could still become.
For a glorious moment in 2014, every other week seemed to bring a new viral hip-hop hit. It began with Bobby Shmurda, ended with Denzel Curry’s “Ultimate,” and O.T. Genasis and OG Maco happened somewhere in between. The songs themselves didn’t matter as much as the fact that everyone knew them, and everyone knew them because of the beloved six-second video app Vine (RIP).

Mr. Tophat - Dusk to Dawn Music Album Reviews

The Swedish producer and frequent Robyn collaborator offers an ambitious three-album suite of understated, occasionally disquieting techno nocturnes.
Hardcore Robyn fans already know the work of Swedish producer Rudolf Nordström, aka Mr. Tophat. He co-produced “Baby Forgive Me” and “Beach2k20,” two of the gorgeous, gently filtered house-pop tracks from last year’s Honey; his own 2017 release Trust Me, a three-song, 35-minute EP of throbbing, desaturated grooves, featured Robyn throughout. His latest solo release, Dusk to Dawn, is an ambitious three-album suite of understated, occasionally disquieting techno nocturnes. More melodic than the distortion-warped A Memoir From the Youth, two and a half hours of mostly chill, mid-tempo house conceal interesting moments within slack expanses. At its best, it’s a triple-album endurance listen that rewards partial concentration; at its slowest, it’s an illustration that Tophat’s signature long-format tracks don’t scale.

Tomato & Provolone Sandwiches

There's something magical about a simple bread-and-tomato sandwich, but this one is even better topped with melted provolone cheese and tarragon-garlic mayo.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 UK Review

This is Redmi, but not as you know it. Rocking a gorgeous all-glass design and a meaty 48Mp dual-lens camera, the Redmi Note 7 is a sub-£200 phone that could tick all your boxes, and is unbeatable in the budget Android phone market.
Should I Buy The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7?
The Redmi Note 7 is not Redmi as you know it. Featuring a gorgeous all-glass - and very Mi 9-esque - design, a dual-camera with 48Mp lens, a large, decent-quality screen and all-day battery life, this is a mid-range phone with a budget price. It bucks recent trends with a headphone jack and an IR blaster, and impresses with dual-SIM functionality and microSD storage expansion. A few more premium features are missing, alongside NFC, but it's difficult to argue with the value it offers.

Apple MacBook Pro 15in (2019) Review

The 2019 version of the 15in MacBook Pro brings more powerful Intel processors - including a 9th generation 8-core option, but it may still suffer from keyboard issues (which Apple will fix for free). Here's our full review.
Should I buy the 15in MacBook Pro (2019)?
You’ll need to weigh up how much you need an incredibly powerful Mac laptop with concerns about the keyboard, but the new 9th generation 8-core processors should sweeten the deal.

The Wolf's Call 2019 Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis In the near future, a French submarine finds itself in a crisis situation.

The Queen's Corgi 2019 Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis This is about the adventure of Rex (Jack Whitehall), the British monarch's (Dame Julie Walters') most beloved dog, who loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a clan with dogs of all kinds confronting and fighting each other. During his epic journey to return to the Queen, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self.

Google Maps To Warn About Crowded Buses And Late Trains

Google Maps is working hard everyday to make things even more convenient for its users. Public transport is the lifeline for any urban area and is also a better choice for the planet than driving your own car. But the fact remains that everyone hates late buses and crowded subways. Now Google can warn the public transport commuters about such hassles.

Yesterday Movie Review

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Blah
Legendary musicians and bands have been prominent in the movie marketplace over the past year and Danny Boyle's "Yesterday" is the latest to celebrate the music of a beloved group. The movie features the music of The Beatles, without telling a standard biopic about the iconic musicians. Perhaps a standard biopic would have been better.

black midi - ​Schlagenheim Music Album Reviews

The London guitar band’s debut is twitchy, hair-raising, always on the move. They harken back to a more esoteric era of indie with a magnetic and dazzling style.
In January, KEXP uploaded a 26-minute video of four British kids positioned in a homey Icelandic hostel, stepping loosely and methodically through a handful of songs that now appear on black midi’s debut album, Schlagenheim. Two things are immediately apparent while watching: Everyone in black midi looks approximately 8 years old and their drummer is an absolute legend. The performance is hypnotic, hair-raising, maybe a little irritating, and definitely out of time—a bunch of schoolboys producing something so staunchly learned, freeform, and anti-pop in an age when pop reigns supreme.

Baroness - Gold & Grey Music Album Reviews

Post-rock, space rock, prog rock, psychedelic rock, grungy Alice in Chains-eyeing hard rock—it’s all here, and since it’s Baroness, it works.
It is intimidating thing to sit down with a new Baroness record and try to understand its contours. There’s just so much to take into account. This Savannah DIY metal band turned scattered progressive rock collective are an entirely different beast than they were back when Red came out in 2007 and every bike messenger in West Philly was rocking their shirts; or when Blue dropped in 2009 and hipsters caught wind of their promise; or when 2012’s Yellow & Green elevated them to a new tier of progressive acclaim; or when 2015’s Grammy-nominated Purple presented a band who had quite literally been through hell, and returned bearing iridescent riffs. With their fifth album, Gold & Grey, the shape-shifting outfit hands us the latest frayed chapter in their evolution, its words and notes illuminated like a medieval manuscript. Demons still hide i…

Cassius - Dreems Music Album Reviews

Released just days after Philippe Zdar’s accidental death, the duo’s fifth album marks a joyous return to the emotive, immaculately produced house music of their early years.
In 1996, Philippe Zdar didn’t know what to do. Motorbass, his ascendant project with his friend and roommate Étienne de Crécy, had dissolved after Crécy packed his things and moved out of their apartment in the Montmartre district of Paris. That same year, they’d released their sole album, Pansoul, regarded today as one of the defining moments of the French house revolution. His downtime didn’t last long. Within months, Zdar linked back up with his old La Funk Mob partner Boom Bass, aka Hubert Blanc-Francard. Having bonded earlier in the decade through their shared love of hip-hop, Zdar and Boom Bass rebranded as Cassius and released their first album, 1999.

Willie Nelson - Ride Me Back Home Music Album Reviews

Old age suits the country singer well. On his latest album—featuring three newly penned tunes—Willie sings with a kind of chagrinned humor, as if nobody is more surprised by his longevity than he is.
Perhaps the only thing more impressive than the fact that Willie Nelson is still at it—it being writing, recording, touring, and toking—is the fact that he’s still good at it. These 86 years seem to have sharpened his focus and his sense of humor, so there’s not that feeling he’s going through the motions when he plays “On the Road Again” for the millionth time. Nearly six decades after he wrote “Crazy,” he has largely avoided the pitfalls that have snared so many older country and rock artists, instead emerging as a grandfatherly influence for yet another generation of country misfits like Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price (both of whom played Willie’s Outlaw Music Festival last year). To be active, relevant, and beloved as an octogenarian in the business—that’s the dream of any artist.

Nicoise Egg Salad

Green beans, tuna and olives make this Niçoise-style egg salad recipe substantial. Serve it over salad greens.

Harmony 2018 Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis Born with an energetic power to absorb fear from others, a young woman must find love to balance the fears of her own and fight an ever growing storm of negative energy.

Abduction 101 2019 Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis In her fantasies, an ancient, unspeakable thing slumbers in the muck at the bottom of the abandoned pool. In her fantasies - erotic, masochistic, and full of violence - masked strangers capture, beat, and bind a trio of brave, beautiful women, exposing them to creatures that penetrate, control, and devour them. Are these just the fetishistic nightmares of one haunted woman's subconscious? Or is there really something at the bottom of the pool?

Sheep And Wolves: Pig Deal Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis The united town of sheep and wolves lives a peaceful and quiet life until two unexpected guests turn up - a polar fox and a tiny ewe. No one ever expected them to bring a deadly danger, which can be overcome only if they work together. Only teamwork can solve big problems and deal with serious challenges - as there is strength in unity.

The Outer Worlds Preview

The Outer Worlds looks an awful lot like Fallout - which is exactly what we want. Here's what we thought after seeing the game in action at E3 2019
Should I Buy The The Outer Worlds?
The Outer Worlds is essentially trying to appeal to a very specific niche, and you probably know if you’re in it. The good news is, it really seems like it’s going to deliver on what it promises.
If I have a hesitation it’s that not much of what I’ve seen so far feels especially new or groundbreaking, but I’m not sure it’s trying to be. This is comfort food for Fallout fans, and that is no bad thing.

InMotion Web Hosting Review

Expand your horizons in the shape of a WordPress site with the web hosting packages offered by InMotion. Here's our review.
Should I Buy InMotion Hosting?
InMotion can help you get a WordPress site together in no time and benefits from providing you with lots of helpful support along the way.

The Sinking City Review

The latest Cthulhu game has its charms, but mostly if you already love your Lovecraft - otherwise The Sinking City's rough edges might hold you at bay
Should I Buy The The Sinking City?
Rough edges run through The Sinking City - both the city and the game itself - but in the case of the latter it’s mostly down to over-ambition.
Still, the game has its charms, and I’ve really enjoyed roaming the streets of Oakmont, meeting its oddball locals, and shooting (or fleeing) its oddest. We’re still waiting for a truly great Cthulhu game, but until it arrives this certainly helps pass the time.

Nokia 4.2 Review

At £150, Nokia's budget handset has to be compared to the very best cheap phones. How does it stack up?
Should I Buy The Nokia 4.2?
The 4.2 has shown that Nokia can still produce good hardware, and combined with the slick user interface on Android One it provides an enjoyable user experience. This fully featured modern handset produces consistently solid performance, with above average cameras and impressive battery life. 
However, it is let down by a low resolution screen, poor implementation of biometrics and some stubborn design choices.

Mannequin Pussy - Patience Music Album Reviews

On their third record, the Philly band has achieved a balance between seething chaos and quietly devastating vulnerability. It’s one of the best punk rock records of the year.
Mannequin Pussy are inherently unforgettable. For starters, there’s the name, conjuring images of plastic clits and keeping the prudes away. (For me, I think of German surrealist Hans Bellmer’s doll project, a series of dismembered female mannequins arranged in fetishistic, voyeuristic, and ultimately unsettling manners). Then there’s the music itself, which summons a different type of terror. Beginning with their 2013 debut Gypsy Pervert, Mannequin Pussy have whipped up breakneck punk tornadoes with equally brutal names like “Meatslave.” But beneath that fury are tender confessionals about love, heartbreak, and trauma, which were explored more deeply on 2016’s Romantic.

Holy Ghost! - Work Music Album Reviews

The New York duo jump-starts iconic disco label West End Records with a love letter to classic dance, but the mood is strangely sour.
Holy Ghost! have been making music for nearly twice as long as the golden era of disco, boogie, and 1980s AOR that their sound invokes. Their longevity is a testament both to Alex Frankel and Nicholas Millhiser’s dogged ambition and the everlasting fertility of the style they’ve adopted. Their third album, Work, opens in a familiar mood: a tasteful cocaine-Koyaanisqatsi bed of sequencers, a sturdy piano riff, and a guitar gurgling like champagne bubbles, all gently rising in a 30-second intro just long enough to let you powder your nose and hit the floor.

Shellac - The End of Radio Music Album Reviews

Culled from the band’s sessions at Maida Vale Studios in 1994 and 2004, this double-LP that captures, in great fidelity, the acerbic personality and power of Steve Albini’s trio.
Steve Albini’s convictions about music production and distribution paint him as nearly a mythic figure in the already esoteric world of analog audio engineering. But underneath his impenetrable, iconoclastic facade, Albini practices a sort of radical humility, charging market rate for his engineering services and constantly taking chances on obscure, burgeoning groups in his Electrical Audio studios. This approach to the industry likely came from the rapacious work ethic of the late John Peel: “He listened religiously to every single record he received in the mail, devoting hours of every day to the task,” Albini once noted of the British DJ. Coming from the man whose screeds against popular music make it onto massive billboards, the comment practically reads like hero worship.

Anthony Naples - Fog FM Music Album Reviews

Tough, upfront, and often bruisingly physical, Fog FM is the New York producer’s most substantial piece of work by a considerable margin.
American house and techno are in a remarkably good place right now. The underground is thriving, bolstered by a network of labels, club nights, warehouse parties, and off-the-beaten-path festivals, all with a staunchly independent spirit that’s a world away from the high-flying, big-ticket milieu of commercial dance music. It’s an especially welcome development given that house and techno’s well-defined parameters, combined with a retro-fetishizing reverence for the past, have sometimes left the music feeling cautious and conservative. But a new generation of artists is finding ways to tweak familiar templates, carving a zig-zag path between respect for their predecessors and a determination to do things their own way.

Zesty Shrimp & Black Bean Salad

Loaded with fresh tomatoes, peppers and cilantro and seasoned with cumin and chile, this shrimp and black bean salad recipe has all the flavors of a great fresh salsa and is a quick and easy no-cook recipe. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh corn tortillas.

Meizu 16s Review

The Meizu 16s is a high-spec phone available on import for less than the Xiaomi Mi 9. Here’s our full review
Should I Buy The Meizu 16s?
With a slim, well thought out design, no notch, top level performance and a great price the Meizu 16s should be a winner – and no doubt it will be for people in the east.
But for the western market the software is a little abrasive and Android 9 Pie has a skin that makes it barely recognisable. If you can look past that then the 16s is a really solid choice to import.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Class Review

LIKES Sublime demeanorPosh interiorStrong turbocharged enginesImpressive dynamicsAMG, Maybach editions sure to come DISLIKES Hefty priceHefty curb weightHefty fuel consumptionOccasional cheap touch BUYING TIP The optional E-Active Body Control cuts lean in corners but is almost too good at its job. Stick with the standard suspension, we say.

Tineco Pure One S12 Review

Tineco's Pure One S12 is an impressive bit of kit, offering something unique in the vacuum cleaner market. Find out what in our review.
Should I Buy The Tineco Pure One S12?
The Tineco Pure One S12 is a new favourite of ours, offering a combination of a sleek design, lightweight body a range of easy-to-swap accessories that make cleaning the home a breeze. There's a large circular display that, thanks to the iLoop system, can tell you just how clean the surface is and will even adjust suction based on that information. It's amongst the smartest vacuum cleaners we've seen, doing everything it should and more. 

Arlo Pro 2 Review

If you're looking for an excellent smart security camera kit then they don't come much better than the Arlo Pro 2, but can you afford it? Find out in our full review.
Should I Buy The Arlo Pro 2?
If you want multiple security cameras in and our of the home then the Arlo Pro 2 system is seriously good quality in all ways.
You'll just have to be ok with how much it costs, which a lot of people won't.

Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island Music Album Reviews

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit the oft-overshadowed debut from indie rock icons, a smaller and more intimate look into the mercurial world of Jeff Mangum.
In the mid-’90s, Jeff Mangum moved into a haunted closet in Denver where he had dreams of women in fur coats drinking champagne, yelling at him to get out of their house. During a snowy Colorado winter, the Louisiana-born songwriter and his childhood friend Robert Schneider set about recording what would become Neutral Milk Hotel’s debut album. They worked feverishly, going out to smoke cigarettes when they hit a roadblock, until, in May of 1995, they had a finished record. The North Carolina indie label Merge scooped up the young band and quietly released On Avery Island the following March.

Turkey Pastrami Sandwich

If you're taking this sandwich to go, line one piece of bread with the pastrami and the other with Swiss cheese and tuck the sauerkraut and apple in the middle to keep the bread from becoming soggy.

Nutrition Profile Low-Calorie Ingredients 2 slices turkey pastrami 5 thin slices apple 2 tablespoons drained sauerkraut1 thin slice reduced-fat Swiss cheese 1 large slice rye bread, cut in half Preparation Active - 5 m Ready In - 5 m Layer turkey pastrami, apple slices, sauerkraut and cheese between bread halves. Make Ahead Tip: Wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
loading... Nutrition Information Per Serving: 184 calories; 4 g fat(2 g sat); 3 g fiber; 24 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 4 mcg folate; 30 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 141 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 175 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 613 mg sodium; 61 mg potassiumCarbohydrate Servings: Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 lean meat
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Hellboy 2019 Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

Lenovo Smart Clock Review

Does your alarm clock need to be smart? The Lenovo Smart Clock makes a surprisingly good argument for it - here's why your next smart display might be a small one
Should I Buy The Lenovo Smart Clock?
The Lenovo Smart Clock is a fairly simple concept - a Home Mini with a screen - but slick design, a simple interface, and smart features around screen brightness make it a surprisingly compelling offering. The only real downside is the lack of Bluetooth support - the main Home Mini feature missing here - but everything else about this does exactly what you want it to.

2020 Audi Q7 Preview

Q8-inspired lookHigh-tech interiorJust right sizeDISLIKES
Information overloadStiff competitionLooks too much like the old one?BUYING TIP
The 2020 Audi Q7 goes on sale in 2020.

Oppo Demonstrates World’s First Under-Display Selfie Camera

Oppo was always known for standing out in terms of mobile photography and in recent months, it has reached remarkable heights. At the MWC, the company showcased the first 10x hybrid optical zoom camera, which is only featured in Huawei so far. After some teasing, the company has unveiled and then subsequently demoed the world’s first under-display selfie camera.

YouTube Music Can Now Automatically Download Your Favourite Songs

Music streaming service YouTube Music is bring some good features for its users. The service is making it easy for the users to keep listening to their favourite tracks even when they are away from a consistent internet connection. The app is getting a new feature known as Smart Downloads that will automatically download up to 500 songs once the users click on the ‘like’ button. The Android users with Premium subscription will be able to have the new feature.

Titus Andronicus - An Obelisk Music Album Reviews

Where Titus Andronicus once made great statements out of bloat, on their sixth album they do it with refreshing brevity.
Patrick Stickles understands that it takes a gimmick to sell music these days, so he’s winkingly provided one. To tease their throat-grabbing new album An Obelisk, the band released a meta, 36-minute pilot for a sitcom called “STACKS” that satirizes the modern promotional cycle while simultaneously feeding it, following a barely fictionalized version of Stickles as he endures the indignities of the record industry. After the album’s first video flops, his label PR suggests manufacturing a viral dance challenge (“#TitusAndronicusChallenge or something like that?”). When he dismisses that idea, they suggest a pivot to synth pop. His day plays out in a sequence of deflating interactions that make the episode feel like a structural mirror of A Charlie Brown Christmas—both chronicle a melancholy idealist as they process the commercialization of something they cherish.

French Vanilla - How Am I Not Myself? Music Album Reviews

On their second album, the cheerfully subversive L.A. art-punks critique societal norms as they revel in their own absurdity (and saxophone).
The most liberal use of saxophone you’re likely to hear on a rock record in 2019 does not involve Bruce Springsteen, nor any titans of third-wave ska (yes, Reel Big Fish put out an album recently). It’s the new album by French Vanilla, a cheerfully subversive art-punk group nurtured in Los Angeles’s queer punk scene. Throughout How Am I Not Myself?, Daniel Trautfield’s saxophone squawks, groans, and erupts into melodies far more playful than you might expect from a band that cites Leonard Cohen and novelist Dodie Bellamy among its lyrical influences. These sax parts share virtually no DNA with the smooth sax solo, that much-mocked ’80s tradition recently rehabilitated by the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen and the 1975. Like much of French Vanilla’s music, they are jittery and anxious and a little bit outrageous⁠—critiquing cultural norms and reveling …

Bad Books - III Music Album Reviews

Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull used to record collaborations that sounded like reworkings of their respective catalogs, but they’ve finally articulated what this band is about.
Both Kevin Devine, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, and Andy Hull, frontman of Atlanta band Manchester Orchestra and sole member of Right Away, Great Captain!, have been around longer, sold more records, and played bigger venues than their collaborative side project, Bad Books. In 2010, the longtime friends (and the rest of Manchester Orchestra) partnered up to workshop one another’s ideas under a new moniker. Instead, they wound up writing material that sounded like reworkings of their respective catalogs: alt-leaning indie folk, deceptively mopey rock, and heartstring-tugging acoustic songs. After a seven-year break, Bad Books return with III, the album that finally articulates who, and what, this band is about.

Missing Link 2019 Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is none of his small-minded high-society peers seems to recognize this. Sir Lionel's last chance for acceptance by the adventuring elite rests on traveling to America's Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature. A living remnant of Man's primitive ancestry. The Missing Link.


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