Archive for December, 2007

Drunken Angel

December 18, 2007

Toshiro Mifune electrifies in Kurosawa’s 1948 genre piece (it’s an amalgam noir/weeper/Ozu-style family drama). Not just a harbinger of the greatness to come, Drunken Angel stands on its own as a stylish and memorable entertainment.

Reggae Pressure

December 14, 2007

One final ’07 shout out to a Trojan compilation (who’s minding the store? These releases keep appearing despite the company’s in-transit status): the marvelous Reggae Pressure which hones in on killer rock steady tracks from 1969 and 1970. Like some of Trojan’s other recent comps, this one digs past the usual various artists fodder and brings you fresh vintage that you’ll be able to break out at your next bashment and amaze your friends with your deep selection skills.

Tis The Season

December 10, 2007

to stay in and play some records. (photo from Allure)

Top Shows Of The Year

December 3, 2007

(as seen by me)

Tinariwen, Cedar

Céu, Dakota

Konono No. 1, Cedar

Booker T. & The MGs, Dakota

Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra, Dakota

Lucinda Williams, Irving Plaza

Crooked Still, Cedar