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  1. I'm wondering if any of you fine folks are on Clubhouse. I'd love to connect there. This is a pretty good article if you're curious about it: https://www.wired.com/story/inside-clubhouse-audio-app-paul-davison-rohan-seth/ It feels different from any other social media I've every experienced.
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    Why Does Christopher Nolan Want ‘Tenet’ in Theaters Next Month?
  3. 1) Maybe I was less forgiving because I binged the season in ~3 days, but about halfway through I found almost everyone really annoying. I haven't figured out if it was the acting, the writing, the direction, or something else. I'm leaning toward the direction. Whatever the case, I'm really glad they got Anthony Hopkins (even if it seems a slightly tired role for him); his is the only performance I really admired. 2) That all said, I'm surprised your take was so much more positive, and I'm curious which you think is the one exception! Only one?? Logan? Sylvester? Felix Lutz? Sizemore? Ther
  4. Some interesting thoughts here on Borat's 10th anniversary and its relationship to the current Trump-influenced cultural / political climate. And on satire's inevitable "Now what?" question and the increasing tendency of shows like Last Week Tonight to end with a Call To Action.
  5. Anybody else watched this yet? I loved it. Isaac was superb, imo, and there were plenty of other very good performances, although the parade of Wire actors was a bit distracting at times for me. Their familiarity worked against what Zoller Seitz draws attention to above. I was able to care for the (what would normally be) auxiliary characters to the extent that they felt like real people; every Wire face was a too-hard-to-ignore reminder that they were not.
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    Future Islands

    I was surprised to see no one talking about this performance here. I can't stop watching it. http://youtu.be/1Ee4bfu_t3c I can't remember a front-man performance as mesmerizing as this. Part of the fun for me (and friends) is trying to come up with adequate hybrid descriptions: Tom Jones + Henry Rollins + a pigeon Carlton (from Fresh Prince of Bel Air) + Kevin Spacey + Beelzebub Rick Astley + Burt Reynolds + Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) William Shatner + Tom Waits + Aerobics Instructor How can a single song/performance bring together so many disparate influences
  7. Anyone have any thoughts on the significance of the title?
  8. Some might argue Electronic Music (insofar as it is a genre) could compete for that title. Baths Bibio Boards of Canada Bonobo Disclosure DJ Koze James Blake Jon Hopkins Atoms for Peace Daft Punk That's a really good batch of albums.
  9. Here are a bunch of albums I like a lot, so far: Junip - Junip The National - Trouble Will Find Me Alpoko Don - The Ol' Soul EP Josh Ritter - The Beast in its Tracks Ballake Sissoko - At Peace Baths - Obsidian Bonobo - The North Borders Rhye - Woman Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg (My guilty pleasure. I suspect the pleasure will diminish with time but I like this candy right now.) Foxygen - We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic Olafur Arnalds - For Now I am Winter Want/need to listen more: The Uncluded, Parquet Courts, Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer, My Bloody Valent
  10. Official release is tomorrow. I just wanted a place to share this -- http://storify.com/kevangilbert/what-yeezus-says -- and there didn't appear to be an existing thread.
  11. SDG, would you mind sharing a URL to your final list?
  12. My 2012 favorites in alphabetical order, which works out well because the first two are in a league of their own and I don't want to rank the rest: Alt-J - An Awesome Wave Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe Damien Jurado - Maraqopa Father John Misty - Fear Fun Japandroids - Celebration Rock JBM - Stray Ashes mewithoutYou - Ten Stories Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again Stealing Sheep - Into the Diamond Sun Some honorable mentions: Cat Power, Sarah Jaffe, Boom Bip and Charlie White, Max Richter, Kanaku y el Tigre, Old Time Machine
  13. I'll second 7 Wonders. Haven't played Android but recently played Infiltration, which is a spin-off and it was pretty enjoyable. Played Lord of the Rings (or maybe it was the hobbit version) once and it was alright but not my cup of tea. Here are a few more that I've been playing that I just added to the Favorite Board Games thread: Snake Oil (4 - 9 players)(more of a party game than a "board" game) - Similar to Apples to Apples, in that you choose word-cards from your hand and are trying to get your selection chosen by the player who is "it" this round, but instead of just needing
  14. A few new faves: Snake Oil (4 - 9 players)(more of a party game than a "board" game) - Similar to Apples to Apples, in that you choose word-cards from your hand and are trying to get your selection chosen by the player who is "it" this round, but instead of just needing to have the card(s) fit the indicated theme, you are trying to sell a new product to the "it" person who is given a role. They might be a dictator or a priest or Santa Claus and you make your selection based on what that character might buy. So if the "It" is a Cave Man, from my hand of Finger, Hell, Gas, Future, Shield, Urg
  15. Just found out: it's an online symposium. Ie. A blog a day, with the author responding to any comments/questions. Part 1
  16. Just saw this announcement and thought some of our UK A+Fers might be interested. Curiously, I don't think the announcement says where it's taking place...
  17. Huffington Post just posted a Top Big Screen Jesus Bracket Challenge.
  18. Thom, thanks for the recommendation. This album became one of my most listened last year. I always look forward to your "New Music Worth Hearing" round-ups because you're always introducing music nobody I know is talking about.
  19. My non-critic 2 cents: liked it a lot but found it hard to really love it. Very little emotional investment but brilliantly intellectually engaging. Did find it hard keeping names and code names straight but it didn't stop me from following what was happening. Visually very interesting. Subtle little comedic nuggets spread throughout (the drama rehearsal in the yard when he goes to visit Connie Sachs [where is she living, btw??], or, my favorite, the prominent graffiti in one scene: "The Future is Female"). The ending felt a little underwhelming even though I appreciated the--already menti
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    Wild Flag

    I saw their second show as a band, not because I was particularly excited about the band or the music--I was never a huge fan of Sleater-Kinney or any of the members' other bands--but because so called super-groups don't often do their second show in my (then) hometown of Bellingham, Washington. I was also a fan of the venue, a great little intimate folk/country/blues space, just down the street from my studio. The show was fun and I expect if you like Sleater-Kinney you'll enjoy WILD FLAG, but it was hard to tell from the concert what an album would sound like. Any thoughts from anyone who
  21. Bought this on the strength of that youtube clip. Thank you. I'm enjoying it. Although I might dispute your claim that the album is lovelier than the live clip--maybe it's the slow atmospheric build up that does it for me.
  22. Hi everyone. My thesis exhibition opens this Sunday at 6pm. I'd love it if I got to meet some L.A. area A+Fers then or on another day during the show. Here's the invite: You can respond here. Or RSVP at the facebook invite. Also, feel free to check out my website to get a teaser of the kind of work you'd see.
  23. I was in the thick of it all. I don't have time now but I've been writing some thoughts that I hope to share here soon. I can't stop thinking about it.
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