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#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Music

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet | Sound

May 19, 2020

What’s the difference between music and noise? Besides general semantics, the two terms are perceived to create something of a dichotomy in relation to one another; often when trying to pass critical judgment on the sonic qualities of a recorded piece, there’s a tendency to dismiss compositions lacking rigid structure or strong melody as sharing the same aspects as amorphous white noise. Most musicians who produce these types of works don’t function within mainstream circles or ever have a hope…

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#KickingtheCanon by Paul Attard Film

Red Beard | Akira Kurosawa

Red Beard — despite its three-hour-plus runtime, massive 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio, and a production history lasting approximately two years — is a rather humble motion picture. It’s certainly one of the most modest statements Akira Kurosawa ever made in his career, only realized…

March 24, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Sam Thomas-Redfern Film

Chelsea Girls | Andy Warhol

In the age of mass production, art is nothing unique. And in the 1960s, the work of Andy Warhol became one of the foremost indicators of this new shift in cultural understanding. Reflected in his work is an increasing disassociation from modernist ideals and…

March 15, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Brendan Nagle Film

Le Bonheur | Agnes Varda

The first image of Agnes Varda’s 1965 film Le Bonheur (meaning “happiness” in English) is that of a yellow sunflower beaming in the radiant light of a perfect summer day. As the opening credits appear on-screen, we cut to another similarly-situated sunflower, and then to…

January 23, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Josh Hurst Music

Bob Dylan | Blonde on Blonde

The boozy, bloozy, cacophonous conclusion to Bob Dylan’s mid-60s “electric” trilogy, Blonde on Blonde feels every bit the culmination of…something. A wild fever dream of an album, owing as much to Fellini and T.S. Eliot as to Woody and Leadbelly, it’s the sound of Dylan’s imagination pushed…

May 15, 2015
#KickingtheCanon by Jake Cole Film

7 Women | John Ford

John Ford’s late career was dotted with heavily revisionist takes on the western cinematic mythology he helped to define, whether attacks on the genre’s racism or even its legacy as a romanticized outpost of uncivilized abandon. Ford’s final film, 7 Women, gave these critiques their purest…

April 27, 2015
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 5

#5: The Tree of Death: Rooting Around in the Killer Tree Subgenre Download episode here. Episode Description: This month, Simon & Steve tackle a fundamentally ridiculous topic when they decide to go rooting around in the very small killer-tree subgenre. (Tree? Rooting? You see what I…

June 13, 2011
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