Efterklang – Magic Chairs


Wikipedia informs us that the word “Efterklang” is the Danish equivalent of “remembrance,” which is somewhat ironic, given that post-rock and ambient albums can be some of the more difficult to recall. In my first year of college, I think I might have listened to Brian Eno’s Ambient I at least once per week during […]

Spoon – Transference


There’s good news and bad news. First, the good: Transference, Spoon’s latest album proper in two and a half years, isn’t going to lose them any fans. The bad: it probably isn’t gonna win them many new ones, either. Nope, it isn’t as good as Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, nor as catchy. The kneejerk […]

Big Fan


Paul is in his mid-thirties, single, and still living at home with his mother. He works as a parking lot attendant in New York, and is content to sit in his booth at night writing down passionate, articulate rants, so that when he goes home he can call a local radio sports show and prove […]

The Lovely Bones


Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones is a colossally misguided failure. Based on the well-received 2002 novel by Alice Sebold, Jackson — along with his Lord of the Rings cohorts, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh — has penned a meandering screenplay, made merely all the worse by uniformly awful performances, poor editing, and generally bad filmmaking. […]

15 of the Best Movies from 2009


2009 was actually a rather solid year for film. It was harder to pick favourites than last year. I have to admit, though, that I haven’t been keeping up with some of the Oscar contenders — I’ve yet to watch Up in the Air, A Single Man, etc., so this list is kind of a […]