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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.

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Blue Note Records Beyond the Notes Movie Review

Hits All the Right Notes

It took me a very long time to understand that jazz wasn't meandering and boring. At some point I came around enough to at least appreciate it and even really like some of it, although I remain very far from an aficionado.

Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label established in 1939 by Alfed Lion and Max Margulis, two German-Jewish immigrants. At its outset the label was dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, but in 1947 they switched their attention to modern jazz.


Blue Note was home for Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Hancock and Shorter are interviewed in the film. The label has also released works by Miles Davis, Sidney Bechet and John Coltrane and many others.

Sophie Huber's documentary "Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes" originally seen at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, is a love letter to the label and to jazz itself and it is loaded with great performances and fascinating interviews with those that lived through it and look back fondly at its history.

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Huber traces the history of the label to the hip-hop of today, with the aid of Terrace Martin and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad. They explain how the music of Blue Note is a path to the music they make today.

I could go into loads of the details in the film, but it would be pointless. While it's certainly informative, mostly it's a joy to watch. Great music and interesting people relating excellent inside stuff. This is a sit back, relax, and enjoy affair.


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