Author: Taylor Long

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Film, Film Reviews

Film Review: “The Human Centipede”

Horror movies, perhaps more than any other genre, have become ripe for redundancy. Blood-thirsty psychopath here, deadly virus outbreak...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Wild Beasts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2/28/10

When Wild Beasts came to New York City last fall, they found themselves in the pressured position of having a lot to prove. They’d...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Murder City Devils @ Nokia Theater, 2/13/10

Murder City Devils are no longer the kind of band that sets their drums on fire, or plays dive bars. For quite some time they were...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Yeasayer @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/8/10, and Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2/9/10

Alternately titled: How I got in to Two Sold Out Yeasayer Shows in New York City, A Tale of Happiness & Triumph One of the biggest...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: David Byrne @ Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, 6/8/09

An overwhelming 27,000 people showed up to see David Byrne play a free show at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn on Monday night. The...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: GAS @ Miller Theatre, 5/29/09

Save the massive excitement surrounding what was claimed to be his first and only show in the U.S. (though it seems he played Chicago three...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: St. Vincent, “Actor”

St. Vincent’s face graces the cover of her second full-length, Actor. The winsome singer-songwriter appears mesmerized by a bright...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Pattern Is Movement and St. Vincent @ Webster Hall, 5/20/09

Pattern Is Movement have certainly lived up to the Movement part of their name, touring relentlessly since the release of their excellent...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Akron/Family, “Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free”

For a band with a name like Akron/Family, it should probably come as no surprise that their new album, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Akron/Family @ Bowery Ballroom, 5/6/09

After seeing jam-freak-avant-folksters Akron/Family put on an incredible show at Brooklyn’s Union Pool in March, there was only one...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Throbbing Gristle @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple, Tuesday, April 28th

If anyone other than Throbbing Gristle had been playing the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Tuesday night, the fact that the crowd was older and...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “It’s Blitz!”

It’s Blitz!, the new album from New York City favorites the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, could’ve easily been named It’s Glitz!...

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Music

New John Vanderslice Single: “Fetal Horses”

Former MK Ultra front-man and current solo artist/singer-songwriter John Vanderslice is nothing if not consistent. At his...

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Music

New Music: Akron/Family, “River”

“You are no longer a river to me,” Miles Seaton sings on “River,” the new single from Akron/Family’s upcoming...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Dan Auerbach, “Keep It Hid”

As the frontman for blues rock duo the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach is known for his raw, powerful rock ‘n’ roll songwriting and...

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Music

New Music: Dirty Projectors, “The Stillness Is the Move”

The album art for Bitte Orca, the Dirty Projectors’ upcoming fifth album, shows band members Amber Coffman and Angel Deradoorian,...

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Music

New Music Videos: Cursive, Department of Eagles, Fleet Foxes

Cursive, “From The Hips” (download) kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZgJfr-195xk" width="425" height="350"...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Glasvegas @ Webster Hall, 3/30/09

They may only have an album and a Christmas EP behind them, but Glasgow’s Glasvegas are already performing like a big-time rock band....

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Akron/Family @ Union Pool, 3/29/09

“Everyone is guilty,” Akron/Family sang at their second gig at Union Pool, but if their performance was any indication, that...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Morrissey @ Webster Hall; the Grates and Micachu & the Shapes @ Pianos, 3/25/09

New York City living, with its ever-expanding list of options, presents a reoccurring problem: What to do when you need or want to be in...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Neko Case, “Middle Cyclone”

On her latest release, fiery-haired singer-songwriter Neko Case lightens the tone, musically, while trekking into deeper territory,...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Charles Spearin’s Happiness Project @ Le Poisson Rouge, 3/15/09

One of many highlights of Broken Social Scene’s performance at CMJ last fall was the presentation of “Mrs. Morris,” the...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Cursive @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 3/9/09

Appearances, as they say, can be deceiving. Looking at Cursive frontman Tim Kasher’s slim stature on stage at the Music Hall of...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Les Savy Fav @ the Mezzanine, 3/1/09

By now, most people who’ve heard (of) Les Savy Fav know their live show is more spectacle than concert. This is due in large part to...

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Lost MP3 of the Week, Music

Lost MP3 of the Week: John Coltrane, “A Love Supreme, Part 1: Acknowledgement”

The first time I heard A Love Supreme, I was on a train coming back from MacArthur Airport in Islip, Long Island. I was in my senior year...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Coconut Records, “Davy”

Too many actors turned “musicians” simply stumble through albums without much creativity or passion, depending on the fame and...

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Lost MP3 of the Week, Music

Lost MP3 of the Week: Des’ree, “Kissing You”

I “fell in love” so many times in high school that it’s hard to know who to classify as the first, but Damon was the...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Lily Allen, “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You (2009, Capitol) purchase this album (Amazon) When you weigh Lily Allen‘s...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Steve Martin, “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo”

If, upon hearing the news that Steve Martin has a banjo album, you have an image of Martin in overalls and a straw hat displaying a...

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Lost MP3 of the Week, Music

Lost MP3 of the Week: Muddy Waters, “You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had”

Being an obsessive music hoarder has its drawbacks. The questions of, “How often do I really listen to ______ ?” and all those...