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Review: Burial- Rival Dealer EP

When Burial (aka, William Bevan) released his masterpiece Untrue in 2007, it felt like a watershed moment. The album was universally acclaimed, wound up near the top of several “Best of the Year” lists, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. This was at a time when dubstep was still a fairly young genre — artists like Skrillex and Nero hadn’t broken …

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of December 09, 2013

Hi folks, the roundup is back after a week off (and announcement of Grammy nominations.) Check out what AW is listening this week…   What Michael Ward is listening to this week… A Local Band: Curse of Cassandra (local being the Dayton, Ohio area) Recently, I found out one of my college professors (who, during my career as a student, …

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Review: The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Stiller, 2013)

Ben Stiller’s new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty suffers from something I would call “Zach Snyder Syndrome.” It’s where a film is loaded with moments that can be powerful and emotionally moving when edited nicely together with a fitting piece of music, but when taken in for 2 hours within the context of an attempt at story can …

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of November 25, 2013

Hi folks, the roundup took a week off but we’re back in full force. Check out what AW is listening this week and what you should be too. What George Portades is listening to this week… With this being TLC’s 20th year in the music industry, fans were rewarded with two new hits compilations (Japan’s TLC 20 and US’ 20), a reality docu-series …

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Review: Her (Jonze, 2013)

In Spike Jonze’s latest film Her, Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a professional letter-writer for-hire who composes personal correspondence with his creative mind, sensitive nature, and some high-tech voice-recognition software. While he’s good at his job, he’s also going through a divorce. He can clearly express feelings for others, but has begun closing himself off emotionally. That’s his baseline when …

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of November 11, 2013

  What Zac Nuccio is listening to this week… Sky Ferreira / Night Time My Time After over half a decade of solid EP releases, excellent one off singles, and sustaining countless delays and obstacles, Sky Ferreira found a fitting match in producer Ariel Retchtshaid and delivered an immense album with Night Time, My Time(yes, the title’s a Twin Peaks reference). It was …

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Review: Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Does the world really need to revisit the dark, hellish world of Marshall Mathers? That’s the major question posed by Eminem’s sequel to the album that catapulted him to instant legend status back in 1999, even more pressing than the question about whether he made Marshall Mathers 2 for a quick cash-out. It becomes obvious after the first track that Eminem isn’t …

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Review: Lady Gaga- ARTPOP

“I killed my former and left her in the trunk on Highway 10” begins Lady Gaga’s new album, ARTPOP. Were this anybody else, such opening lyrics might ring with a bit of finality—the artist definitively moving to a new phase. But for Gaga, it simply signals an iteration in a constant cycle of reinvention. It’s ARTPOP’s version of hatching out of an …

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AwardsWatch Weekly Music Roundup: Week of November 4, 2013

What George Portades is listening to this week… Yo Yo featuring Gerald Levert, “Iz It Still All Good? (Something’s On Your Mind)” Out of all the female rappers who debuted in the early 90s, Yo Yo seemed to be the one who became my favorite. I didn’t really become aware of her music until say ’96 when she hosted BET’s Rap City …

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Review: All Is Lost (Chandor, 2013)

Cinematically speaking, there are few places more moving, more honestly heartbreaking than on the big screen with a lone character struggling to survive. To be lost, stranded in a desolate place is to provide a narrative hook that is immediately intimate and resoundingly relatable. As modern movies like Cast Away, 127 Hours, and Life of Pi attest, there are many …

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