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Cloud Nothings aren't "the new" anythingnew

Comparisons are fucking stupid. The immediate impulse when listening to Cloud Nothings' new post-hardcore (whatever that means) opus (whatever that means) Attack on Memory is to compare young frontman Dylan Baldi to another soft-spoken-though-undeniably-charismatic 20-something songwriter who channeled his love of angry hardcore bands (Wipers, Hüsker Dü, Black Flag, etc.) into inexplicably populist rage, but this isn't then.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  02-27-2012  |  Reviews

Sleigh Bells: 'Reign of Terror'new

Several of the bands that grabbed critical attention with the sugary-pop-through-blown-speakers aesthetic popular a few years back (Wavves, Dum Dum Girls) managed to remain relevant by totally not doing that shit anymore.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  02-27-2012  |  Reviews

Van Halen: 'A Different Kind of Truth'new

We can hardly expect A Different Kind of Truth — the first Van Halen album since brothers Eddie and Alex reunited with frontman David Lee Roth, released 40 years after the band's formation and 28 years after its last great record.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  02-15-2012  |  Reviews

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylannew

Chimes, Amnesty International's bake-sale, gives 75 insanely varied artists the chance to play Dylan for a day.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  01-26-2012  |  Reviews

L.A. Left Comatosenew

Blame it on the L.A. traffic, but it’s actually kind of cool arriving just as Girl in a Coma are starting up, taking in the full crowd, walking past the vendors’ booths.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  07-08-2011  |  Music

Death by Inches: Why Eric Fonseca’s Film Won’t Bring Down the Housenew

The house of Eric Fonseca, the auteur behind the latest stop-motion-animation adaptation of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher is in no way gloomy or in ill-repair. It’s just another house on a typical Southwest San Antonio street.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  03-10-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

Reduce, Reuse, 'Revolt': Michael Cera's New Flicknew

As Sinatra-loving, foreign-film-renting Oakland high-school student Nick Twisp, Michael Cera’s having his usual troubles getting laid, or for that matter even interacting normally with girls or dudes his own age.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  01-06-2010  |  Reviews

The Americanized 'Astro Boy' is an Illogical Messnew

Actually it's all pretty lame, and not helped at all by the ridiculous dialogue and voice work, featuring several name actors (Sutherland, Bell, Theron) delivering their lines with the sort of single-take disinterest generally reserved for rushed bargain-bin-anime overdubs.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  10-21-2009  |  Reviews

'The Informant!' Takes Soft Approach to Satirenew

Matt Damon packing on layers of doughy flab to play a biochemical whistleblower isn't exactly a formula for comedy gold, but the film is funnier than it has any right to be.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  09-17-2009  |  Reviews

The Biggest Problem With 'Funny Books' is Also the Hardest to Criticizenew

Complaining that this film, which follows the lives of three comic-book-store employees, makes too many geek references is like griping about the gratuitous hardcore sex in Deep Throat.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  08-12-2009  |  Reviews

Cartographers Get By With a Little Help from Their Friendsnew

The lyrics for every Cartographers song, personal or poetic as they sound, begin as "placeholders," Jackson Albracht says, strung together to chain all those chord changes into songs, coherent musically if not always lyrically.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  07-29-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Outrage' Celebrates the Kiss-and-Tellnew

Kirby Dick's documentary offers a surprisingly in-depth look at D.C.'s secret gayness on the way to its apparent objective: justifying the privacy violations inherent in ejecting the Larry Craigs and Mark Foleys from D.C.'s crowded closet.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  06-10-2009  |  Reviews

Apple Miner Colony Is Out to Make 'Awesome Shit' Happennew

While Polyphonic Spree's robed chanting kicks into Valium overdose mode sometime during mic check, 23-member Apple Miner Colony's songs proceed like an orgy you have to sit through an awkward blind date to be invited to, and the emotional payoff is greater because of it.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  05-20-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Pablo Veliz and Manuel Garcia on Their Locally Shot 'Ghost Town'new

Why film in San Antonio when your gangster picture is set in Houston? It's cheaper, and Veliz, who's shot four other films here, none of which is set in San Antonio, has a reputation with the film commission.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  04-01-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

What Is Our Fascination with Vampire Love?new

Why, at this particular point in human history, do we require two different movies and a television show (all based on books) about humans who fall in love with vampires. What is it that makes drinking blood (and/or abstaining from garlic) so damn sexy right now?
San Antonio Current  |  Jeremy Martin  |  12-03-2008  |  Movies

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