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Podcast - Spectrum Culture
09/21/2022
Podcast - Spectrum Culture

Podcast - Spectrum Culture

In this episode, David Harris, Holly Hazelwood and Eric Mellor are joined by special guest, Janet Weiss, to discuss drummers who make or break songs.

Podcast - Spectrum Culture
09/21/2022
Podcast - Spectrum Culture

Podcast - Spectrum Culture

In this episode, David Harris, Holly Hazelwood and Eric Mellor are joined by special guest, Janet Weiss, to discuss drummers who make or break songs.

Pearl is anticlimactic and in search of a real hook outside of its relationship to its superior predecessor.
09/16/2022
Pearl - Spectrum Culture

Pearl is anticlimactic and in search of a real hook outside of its relationship to its superior predecessor.

Anticlimactic and in search of a real hook outside of its relationship to its superior predecessor.

Waters, who recently turned 79, doubled down on the politics, turning the concert into a multimedia experience that coul...
09/13/2022
Concert Review: Roger Waters - Spectrum Culture

Waters, who recently turned 79, doubled down on the politics, turning the concert into a multimedia experience that could be both exhilarating and exasperating no matter your ideology.

Waters, who recently turned 79, doubled down on the politics, turning the concert into a multimedia experience that could be both exhilarating and exasperating no matter your ideology.

Watching Yves Tumor expertly and effortlessly guide a sold-out crowd to rapturous abandon, again and again, is a revelat...
09/02/2022
Concert Review: Yves Tumor - Spectrum Culture

Watching Yves Tumor expertly and effortlessly guide a sold-out crowd to rapturous abandon, again and again, is a revelation.

Watching Yves Tumor expertly and effortlessly guide a sold-out crowd to rapturous abandon, again and again, is a revelation.

Jordan Peele’s third feature is a genuine crowd-pleaser, a rousing thriller with strong characters and a flying saucer t...
07/22/2022
Nope - Spectrum Culture

Jordan Peele’s third feature is a genuine crowd-pleaser, a rousing thriller with strong characters and a flying saucer that has a lot on its mind.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/07/21/nope-review/

Jordan Peele’s third feature is a genuine crowd-pleaser, a rousing thriller with strong characters and a flying saucer that has a lot on its mind.

Waititi's affinity for goofy characters foisting their awkwardness upon one another makes for a charming twist on the Ma...
07/08/2022
Thor: Love and Thunder - Spectrum Culture

Waititi's affinity for goofy characters foisting their awkwardness upon one another makes for a charming twist on the Marvel formula, but in the end not even the gods are powerful enough to survive the steamroller of this cinematic universe.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/07/07/thor-love-and-thunder-review/

Waititi's affinity for goofy characters foisting their awkwardness upon one another makes for a charming twist on the Marvel formula, but in the end not even the gods are powerful enough to survive the steamroller of this cinematic universe.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets is not a bad film. It is even enjoyable in that batsh*t, Nic Cage-grabbing-a-quick-bu...
05/03/2022
Revisit: National Treasure: Book of Secrets - Spectrum Culture

National Treasure: Book of Secrets is not a bad film. It is even enjoyable in that batsh*t, Nic Cage-grabbing-a-quick-buck kind of way, if you can accept the fact that only straight white dudes get any shine in the film.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/05/02/revisit-national-treasure-book-of-secrets/

Not a bad film. It is even enjoyable in that batsh*t, Nic Cage-grabbing-a-quick-buck kind of way, if you can accept the fact that only straight white dudes get any shine in the film.

It’s difficult to believe that these tapes have been sitting around for 50 years, waiting this long to be unleashed to t...
04/28/2022
Charles Mingus: The Lost Album from Ronnie Scott’s - Spectrum Culture

It’s difficult to believe that these tapes have been sitting around for 50 years, waiting this long to be unleashed to the public. But there’s always room for one more live album from Charles Mingus.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/04/27/charles-mingus-the-lost-album-from-ronnie-scotts-review/

It’s difficult to believe that these tapes have been sitting around for 50 years, waiting this long to be unleashed to the public. But there’s always room for one more live album from Charles Mingus.

Father John Misty’s conspicuous vanishing act – away from being a big online personality – only highlights his impressiv...
04/13/2022
Father John Misty: Chloë and the Next 20th Century - Spectrum Culture

Father John Misty’s conspicuous vanishing act – away from being a big online personality – only highlights his impressive, and remarkably consistent, knack for delivering razor-sharp lyricism atop lush soundscapes.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/04/12/father-john-misty-chloe-and-the-next-20th-century-review/

Father John Misty’s conspicuous vanishing act – away from being a big online personality – only highlights his impressive, and remarkably consistent, knack for delivering razor-sharp lyricism atop lush soundscapes.

Andrea Arnold’s immersive documentary Cow seeks to bridge the yawning disconnect between modern humans and the source of...
04/12/2022
Cow - Spectrum Culture

Andrea Arnold’s immersive documentary Cow seeks to bridge the yawning disconnect between modern humans and the source of our food. Y

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/04/11/cow/

There are no shots of horrific factory farm conditions; instead, this largely wordless documentary simply provides a poignant cow’s-eye view into the stark daily life on a dairy farm.

Over the space of 10 hours and 100 songs, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention make a strong case for 1971, despite ...
03/24/2022
Frank Zappa: The Mothers 1971 - Spectrum Culture

Over the space of 10 hours and 100 songs, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention make a strong case for 1971, despite its disasters and drama, being the pinnacle of their career together.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/03/23/frank-zappa-the-mothers-1971-review/

Over the space of 10 hours and 100 songs, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention make a strong case for 1971, despite its disasters and drama, being the pinnacle of their career together.

Sure, anyone who hears bootlegs of the old days will hear a looser, more freewheeling band, but the version of the Pixie...
03/02/2022
Pixies: Live in Brixton - Spectrum Culture

Sure, anyone who hears bootlegs of the old days will hear a looser, more freewheeling band, but the version of the Pixies one hears on Live in Brixton is tight, professional and eager to please.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/03/01/pixies-live-in-brixton-review/

Sure, anyone who hears bootlegs of the old days will hear a looser, more freewheeling band, but the version of the Pixies one hears on Live in Brixton is tight, professional and eager to please.

To call Turn on the Bright Lights a masterpiece feels like a far more inflammatory statement now than it did in the earl...
01/27/2022
Holy Hell! Turn on the Bright Lights Turns 20 - Spectrum Culture

To call Turn on the Bright Lights a masterpiece feels like a far more inflammatory statement now than it did in the early ‘00s.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/01/26/holy-hell-turn-on-the-bright-lights-turns-20/

Even if Interpol’s career has slowly revealed itself to be disappointing as they struggled to live up to the hype, the album that brought about that hype is nothing short of a masterpiece all these years later.

Costello writes with storyteller's sensibility and a rocker's attitude, and with the Imposters willing to indulge a litt...
01/18/2022
Elvis Costello and the Imposters: The Boy Named If - Spectrum Culture

Costello writes with storyteller's sensibility and a rocker's attitude, and with the Imposters willing to indulge a little id, The Boy Named If becomes as rousing a coming-of-age album as you could ask for.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/01/17/elvis-costello-and-the-imposters-the-boy-named-if-review/

Costello writes with storyteller's sensibility and a rocker's attitude, and with the Imposters willing to indulge a little id, The Boy Named If becomes as rousing a coming-of-age album as you could ask for.

Five years is an eternity in the life of a film. Here's the 10 films from 2016 that still resonate the strongest with us...
01/03/2022
Five Years Later: The Best Films of 2016!! - Spectrum Culture

Five years is an eternity in the life of a film. Here's the 10 films from 2016 that still resonate the strongest with us.

https://spectrumculture.com/2022/01/02/five-years-later-the-best-films-of-2016/

Five years is an eternity in the life of a film. When coming up with this feature, the question the Spectrum Culture staff pondered was this: “How well do these movies play NOW!” Not five years ago, but how have they aged in our memories. While some acclaimed films of 2016 remain strong on our ....

Few would argue that the 1990s were Bowie’s best period, but Brilliant Adventure documents a decade of sporadic flights ...
12/09/2021
David Bowie: Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) - Spectrum Culture

Few would argue that the 1990s were Bowie’s best period, but Brilliant Adventure documents a decade of sporadic flights of genius amid a musical landscape that was, if patchy, rarely boring.

https://spectrumculture.com/2021/12/08/david-bowie-brilliant-adventure-1992-2001-review/

Few would argue that the 1990s were Bowie’s best period, but Brilliant Adventure documents a decade of sporadic flights of genius amid a musical landscape that was, if patchy, rarely boring.

Colin Kaepernick and those who followed his actions have started a necessary debate, and Zirin's book gives them a neces...
12/01/2021
The Kaepernick Effect: by Dave Zirin - Spectrum Culture

Colin Kaepernick and those who followed his actions have started a necessary debate, and Zirin's book gives them a necessary boost while capturing an important bit of our recent history.

https://spectrumculture.com/2021/11/30/the-kaepernick-effect-by-dave-zirin/

Colin Kaepernick and those who followed his actions have started a necessary debate, and Zirin's book gives them a necessary boost while capturing an important bit of our recent history.

As a family drama, The Humans is complicated and rewarding. But like its protagonists, the film really doesn’t feel comf...
11/24/2021
The Humans - Spectrum Culture

As a family drama, The Humans is complicated and rewarding. But like its protagonists, the film really doesn’t feel comfortable in its own skin, creating an experience that is confounding and frustrating, pulling the audience in the wrong direction.

https://spectrumculture.com/2021/11/23/the-humans-review/

As a family drama, The Humans is complicated and rewarding. But like its protagonists, the film really doesn’t feel comfortable in its own skin, creating an experience that is confounding and frustrating, pulling the audience in the wrong direction.

The band that helps Julien Baker to translate her “I’ll just do it all” attitude into a compelling performance adds enou...
11/16/2021
Concert Review: Julien Baker - Spectrum Culture

The band that helps Julien Baker to translate her “I’ll just do it all” attitude into a compelling performance adds enough muscle to the live renditions of each song that you may never actually want to see her play a show completely solo again.

https://spectrumculture.com/2021/11/14/concert-review-julien-baker-2/

The band that helps Julien Baker translate her “I’ll just do it all” attitude into a compelling performance adds enough muscle to the live renditions of each song that you may never actually want to see her play a show completely solo again.

A slightly perfunctory compilation, though the music is impeccable and well-chosen; best as an introduction to the Velve...
11/04/2021
The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film by Todd Haynes (Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Spectrum Culture

A slightly perfunctory compilation, though the music is impeccable and well-chosen; best as an introduction to the Velvet Underground, even if an incomplete one.

https://spectrumculture.com/2021/11/03/the-velvet-underground-a-documentary-film-by-todd-haynes-music-from-the-motion-picture-soundtrack/

A slightly perfunctory compilation, though the music is impeccable and well-chosen; best as an introduction to the Velvet Underground, even if an incomplete one

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"An Argentinian musician recorded this album of Brazilian music in Norway, and that roundabout journey to his muse is part of what makes it so special." Spectrum Culture 🙌
Wonderful review for "Water Ladder" by Spectrum Culture, Thank you!
"With Aeon Station, Whelan moves himself forward. The motion carries value in itself but, to a listener, it matters that the music resonates, and it surely does that, entirely on its own terms" Spectrum Culture on Observatory by Aeon Station
The year is not over yet, but we (royal) are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for ‘All my dreams came true’. This article is from July…dunno how it slipped by, but very cool to be listed as a top ten album by Spectrum Culture for the year so far! Here’s to those December lists hopefully bringing good fortune, and helping us (royal) ascend from our refrigerator box under the freeway. 🏚 light a smoke, and read up…🚬⚰️
"Light Caught the Edges is more than From the Mouth of the Sun’s best record. It is an announcement of sorts. The duo, who in their own careers also have been mighty prolific and well-regarded, has come into their own with the fourth LP, really creating a sense of the group’s space in ambient circles." - (Justin Vellucci) Spectrum Culture
"His prolific nature is nothing new, but it’s still astonishing when you take a step back to look at what he’s accomplished recently." Spectrum Culture
“Hear the band at its most fresh, with unadulterated energy and enthusiasm, this is a hard compilation to beat, as well as a perfect place to start.”. Thank you, Spectrum Culture. Very kind of you to help us spread the word about the new release.
Spectrum Culture | Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra: Tinctures in Time (Community Music, Vol. 1) “...much like John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, of which Bernstein was once a member, his music straddles so many boundaries that a single genre category just scratches the surface. His pieces occupy some special space that drifts from soul to funk to lounge, all committed with the daring spirit that modern jazz requires.” - Spectrum Culture Don’t miss the Album Release Party for Tinctures in Time (Community Music, Vol. 1) at City Winery NYC: The Loft, tomorrow 9/8! Tickets available here >> https://bit.ly/3jhJn2E
“...much like John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, of which Bernstein was once a member, his music straddles so many boundaries that a single genre category just scratches the surface. His pieces occupy some special space that drifts from soul to funk to lounge, all committed with the daring spirit that modern jazz requires.” - Spectrum Culture 🙏🙏🙏 https://spectrumculture.com/2021/09/06/steven-bernsteins-millennial-territory-orchestra-tinctures-in-time-community-music-vol-1/
"Martin’s most absolutely murderous, terrifying productions" Large thx to Spectrum Culture for the 85/100% review of The Bug - 'Fire' 💥💥💥 https://spectrumculture.com/2021/08/30/the-bug-fire-review/
"If anything, this alternative score brings the heart of the film into even greater focus, its immediacy of both dread and yearning an arguably more bracing summary of Tarkovsky’s more guarded, carefully revealed emotions." Respect to Spectrum Culture for the indepth review of 'Return to Solaris'
"This is Tehran? is a confounding collection of tracks. The artists featured in the compilation already prove themselves as forward-thinking musicians. (thank you, Spectrum Culture 🥰) But with the integration of traditional elements of Iranian music, the collection makes for a great introduction to a sphere of the music world that might seem intimidating to some. This is Tehran? serves as a starter pack, a jumping off point. If this much creativity can be packed into a 10-song compilation, it’s hard not to imagine what other sects of Tehranian music are just waiting to be discovered.