Music Review: Lady Lamb, Tender Warriors Club

Published on December 2nd, 2016 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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With her latest EP, Tender Warriors Club, the reliably wonderful Lady Lamb (a.k.a. Aly Spaltro), is consciously trying to keep an open heart. Her Tender Warriors Club website reads:

STRIVE TO
find the courage to be sensitive
be emotionally vulnerable
connect
create
grow
be comfortable with & embrace solitude
never compromise their integrity
explore
be true
be kind
practice self-acceptance & self-love
give an honest effort
forgive
be present
be patient
be transparent.

As far as manifestos go, that’s a damn fine one. And one that is utterly prescient. And Tender Warriors Club is a welcome addition to Lady Lamb’s catalogue of delicate but fierce music. She wears her emotions on the outside, and causes us to do the same. I can’t count the times that I’ve been moved to tears by her without even realizing I’m crying. Damn.
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Movie Review: Innsmouth

Published on December 2nd, 2016 in: Current Faves, Feminism, Horror, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Tim Murr

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Ten minutes is barely enough time for some films’ opening credits to run, much less properly set up the first act. Writer/director Izzy Lee deftly creates a three-act story in just minutes that feels every bit as complete and satisfying as a full-length feature. Her new film Innsmouth takes a police procedural and drops it into Lovecraftian horror. The result is truly something to behold.
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Knoxville Horror Film Fest 2016: Review Roundup

Published on December 2nd, 2016 in: Film Festivals, Horror, Movie Reviews, Movies |

By Jeffery X Martin

khff-2016-review-header-graphicThe Knoxville Horror Film Fest wrapped up its eighth year with a fascinating and diverse lineup, happily anchored by the invigorating re-examination of the Phantasm franchise. Some of the movies were overly dependent on politics or allegory to make their points, but overall, the Fest was well-programmed and a lot of fun.
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Let Us Now Praise Noise: November 18, 2016

Published on November 18th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Let Us Now Praise Noise, Music, New Music |

By Tim Murr

Muuy Biien: photo by Matt Evans

Muuy Biien: photo by Matt Evans

Here’s a rundown of what I’ve been listening to as of late.
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Music Review: The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Atom Bomb

Published on November 18th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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The Blind Boys Of Alabama won a Dove Award for 2005’s  Atom Bomb, but the album isn’t your typical gospel music. The songs are intended to capture the “deep and haunting feel of the Old Testament,” as executive producer Chris Goldsmith says, and they do, but as always, the Blind Boys put their own distinct spin on songs. On Atom Bomb, they are joined by a fantastic band who turn the traditional (and sometimes untraditional) tracks into swampy, bluesy explorations and canvases in which to showcase the Blind Boys luxuriant harmonies, as well as rapper The Gift Of Gab (from Blackalcious), who adds a whole other dimension.
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Music Review: The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Go Tell It On The Mountain

Published on November 18th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Holidays, Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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It took until 2003 for The Blind Boys Of Alabama to release a Christmas album, but the wait was worth it. Now, Omnivore is reissuing Go Tell It On The Mountain with bonus material (as they do and do so well) in time for your holiday playlist, and it is a welcome addition.
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Blu-Ray Review: New Orleans Music In Exile

Published on November 18th, 2016 in: Blu-Ray, Documentaries, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Movie Reviews, Movies, Music, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Though it was made in 2006, New Orleans Music In Exile, is finally getting a Blu-ray release. The film, made by famed music documentarian Robert Mugge (Last Of The Mississippi Jukes, Gospel According To Al Green, The Kingdom Of Zydeco, among a great many), was shot in the rather immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: two months later. Mugge and his crew had open access to a who’s who of New Orleans musicians and luminaries as they try to pick of the pieces of their lives and careers.
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TV Review: The Walking Dead, “Service”

Published on November 18th, 2016 in: Horror, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Laury Scarbro

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Service… with a smile? Negan arrives in Alexandria earlier than he was expected, with a heavily bruised Daryl in tow. He takes out a walker once the gates are opened, but things are all downhill from there. I am of the firm belief that the real reason Abraham had to die was because they didn’t want him upstaging Negan for one-liners.
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TV Review: The Walking Dead, “The Cell”

Published on November 18th, 2016 in: Horror, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Laury Scarbro

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If you were wondering at the end of the first episode, “But what about Daryl?” then your question will be answered with this episode, and they may not be answers you wanted. It seems that there is quite a bit of emphasis placed on the differences and similarities between Daryl and Dwight, as well as Dwight’s standing within Negan’s pecking order.

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TV Review: The Walking Dead, “The Well”

Published on November 18th, 2016 in: Horror, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Laury Scarbro

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As expected, the second installment of this season was calm and, for the most part, without complication. After the first episode and its emotional wringer, it was actually rather nice to slow things down a bit and live within the illusion that bad things going on outside the walls of the Kingdom aren’t really happening.

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