Michael Cullen – Love Transmitter Review

Heartbreaks are easily spotted when sung in a baritone. Matt Berninger and Ian Curtis have proven this theory time and time again. Both Joy Division and The National cover a lot of topics in their musical discographies, but isolation, loneliness, and heartbreak are the reoccurring theme. Michael Cullen is another name to add to theContinue reading “Michael Cullen – Love Transmitter Review”

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2013: Saturday

The first of two full days of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival was great. The morning performances on the multiple eight stages showed a wide variety of talent, music. and interesting tidbits that is only found in a folk festival. Starting the day, we visited a stage that compiled multiple singer-songwriters to talk about howContinue reading “Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2013: Saturday”

Underground Mondays: Place to Stand – Matt Tomlinson

It’s cold and rainy here in Vancouver, BC and there’s no surprises there. As a passionate member of my city, I’ve grown accustom to the frequency of rain and clouds, as the last time I saw a heavy snow storm was probably back in 2008. The weather is mild, and the seasons tend to blendContinue reading “Underground Mondays: Place to Stand – Matt Tomlinson”

Dallas Sutherland makes a comeback for folk

With folk music making a big comeback, it’s only fitting to include somebody who sets the genre apart. As a Canadian (Sorry to break the news), I take pride in my musicians. While I should have a bias for any act who’s from the great north, I find the best music is coming from theContinue reading “Dallas Sutherland makes a comeback for folk”

Writer/director Andrew Dominik hopes to be Killing Them Softly

Andrew Dominik‘s film adaptation of “Cogan’s Trade” is set in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, against the Hurricane Katrina ravaged back streets of Louisiana. The opening title sequence is a series of seemingly random, jarring images and sounds reminiscent of films from the 70s. It’s two parts brilliant, one part WTFContinue reading “Writer/director Andrew Dominik hopes to be Killing Them Softly”

Only the strong are featured in The Collection

Peter Melton & Marcus Dunstan, the writer/director team that brought you the 2009 slasher The Collector, have returned with one of the better slasher films of the year: The Collection. The stylish, fast-paced sequel sees the return of the masked man and his most recent collectible, Arkin (Josh Stewart).  If you haven’t seen the originatingContinue reading “Only the strong are featured in The Collection”

WU LYF break up after short, but successful career

One things for sure is that WU LYF has put us on quite the wild ride over their short spanned career. The British alternative rock band have called it quits, and they included this message to fans or what seems to be anyone willing to listen. “By the time I wrote this I was all readyContinue reading “WU LYF break up after short, but successful career”

Scott Walker leaves you with a jaw to pick up on “Bish Bosch”

Experimentation in music is the reason why we hear what we do today. If someone didn’t go out of their way to fuck with the listener, who would? Us as humans are intrigued by the some of the oddest things. We enjoy attention, we like it when others we dislike are hurting, and we wantContinue reading “Scott Walker leaves you with a jaw to pick up on “Bish Bosch””

Hopkins, Mirren Utterly Captivating in Wildly Entertaining “Hitchcock”

“All of us harbor dark recesses of violence and horror.” – Alfred Hitchcock Magnificent.  Wildly entertaining.  Engaging.  Hilarious.  Fascinating.  If we’re talking about director Sacha Gervasi’s 2012 biopic Hitchcock, then, yes.  All these things.  All of these things a dozen times over.  Easily a contender at the 2013 Academy Awards, Hitchcock is a must-see for fans of Alfred Hitchcock, AnthonyContinue reading “Hopkins, Mirren Utterly Captivating in Wildly Entertaining “Hitchcock””

Excelsior! Silver Linings Playbook Leaves Some Cheering, Others Jeering

Director David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, at first glance, may seem to be your average, run of the mill chick flick rom-com. This will, undoubtedly, send most of the men out there running, failing to return phone calls and text messages inviting this to see this movie. Well, I’m here to tell you DON’TContinue reading “Excelsior! Silver Linings Playbook Leaves Some Cheering, Others Jeering”