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by Vadim Rizov Feature Articles Music

Not Dying Young: A Decade of Vampire Weekend

June 28, 2019

Vampire Weekend were anachronistic from the moment they formed: clean-cut Ivy League youths writing exceptionally clear songs, both in terms of structure and recording clarity. Their first self-titled album officially dropped January of 2008, almost exactly one year before Animal Collective’s Merriwether Post Pavilion, which itself paved the way for what it’s apparently now possible to refer to with a straight face as the “summer of chillwave.” Fuzzy beach songs in, boat shoes out? This narrative seems a little too…

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by Daniel Gorman Film Retrospective

Summer Palace | Lou Ye

Lou Ye’s Summer Palace is an exasperating experience, full of interesting ideas and an incendiary political backdrop but falling victim to clichés of poeticized romantic longing. Though not a new idea, conflating the political and the personal can be an interesting way to explore how…

May 14, 2019
by Luke Gorham Retrospective

Woman on the Beach | Hong Sang-soo

As perhaps the most narratively straightforward Hong Sang-soo film to date, albeit one still prone to a certain structural mischievousness, Woman on the Beach modulates its conceptual restraint in such a languid way as to allow its characters room to breathe. Interestingly, despite this active divergence of approach, Woman…

October 19, 2018
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 30

#30: Hearts and Glowers: A Rough Ride Through Rom-coms of No Repute Download episode here. Episode Description: Like a chance encounter with a long-forgotten lover… like a sore that came from a night of loving unwisely… like an inescapable Celine Dion song… Bad Idea Podcast is…

February 22, 2017
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