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The Thermals: Now We Can See

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By Chuck Russell in New Music on Thursday 1 September 2011

Beginning with handclaps and a sing-a-long chorus, The Thermals’ Now We Can See quickly careens into power pop glory. When Hutch Harris sings, ‘our enemies lie dead on the ground and still we kick’, you get the felling that The Thermals have spun the car around, and barreled the wrong way down a one-way street. […]

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Imprints of birds on English windows

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By Chuck Russell in New Trends on Thursday 1 September 2011

These imprints of birds on English windows are strangely beautiful. Apparently, the ‘powder down’ of their wings causes the ghostly imaging. The snapshots themselves are unspectacular, but the idea of nature leaving such a haunting calling card is truly remarkable.

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No Country for Old Men: directed by the Coen brothers

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By Chuck Russell in New Film on Tuesday 30 August 2011

If you haven’t yet seen No Country for Old Men, you need to drop everything and watch it. It is the perfect embodiment of the first lines of Yeats’s poem, Sailing to Byzantium (from which the film/book takes its title). Watch especially for the conversation between Tommy Lee Jones and Barry Corbin toward the end […]

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The Antlers: I Don’t Want Love

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By Chuck Russell in New Music on Tuesday 30 August 2011

What begins as an almost conventional pop ballad, I Don’t Want Love slowly begins to reveal itself as something else. We’re not exactly sure what Peter Silberman means when he says ‘I’ll leave my gun at home’, but whatever it is, it taps a nerve. By the time his voice fades out over the final […]

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Captain Beefheart: Ashtray Heart

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By Chuck Russell in New Music on Tuesday 30 August 2011

This Captain Beefheart album from 1980 has it all: crazy lyrics, insane rhythms, and a killer version of the Magic Band. At the helm is the Captain himself, sounding more like Captain Ahab after finally catching sight of the White Whale and racing across the ocean determined to run him down. This is rock and […]

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