Exploring the avant-garde

Exploring the avant-garde

Have you ever wondered where the screeching violin sounds in Psycho come from? Who would have ever thought, Yeah, just hack the hell out of it, that’ll sound really good? That would be the film composer, Bernard Herrmann. With his classical background and experience conducting the CBS Radio Orchestra, Herrmann would have heard such harsh […]

Brooklyn will tug on your heartstrings

Brooklyn will tug on your heartstrings

Brooklyn, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), is the story about an immigrant’s opportunity to leave home and start a new life in the United States.

The Revenant Review

The Revenant Review

I was extremely surprised when I left the theater, because simply put, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie, The Revenant, is a masterpiece. 

Spectre: A case study in unrealized potential

Spectre: A case study in unrealized potential

As a longtime James Bond fan, I counted down the days to the release of Spectre, in early November. I was excited to see that Sam Mendes was back in charge of the 007 franchise, after previously directing the incredibly successful Skyfall installment in 2012. Unfortunately, Spectre did not live up to the lofty expectations […]

Move Like: Bad Royale’s new EP

Move Like: Bad Royale’s new EP

by Catherine Zhang, originally posted on Never Stationary https://soundcloud.com/badroyale/sets/bad-royale-move-like-ep-mad If you like the reggae instrumentals of Bob Marley set against the fast-paced, bass-heavy electronic music put out by Baaeur, you’ll love Bad Royale’s new EP, Move Like, which came out earlier today on Mad Decent. 

Thundercat’s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam

Thundercat’s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam

by Catherine Zhang, originally posted on Never Stationary If you liked the funkadelic elements of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Flying Lotus’s Cosmogramma and You’re Dead!, you’ll love Stephen Bruner’s AKA Thundercat’s newest mini album, The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam, featuring keyboard contributions by jazz legend Herbie Hancock and production from FlyLo himself. Following his two previous albums, The […]