“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and the Direction of Streaming Giants

I love the Peanuts holiday movies to death, especially “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” It’s simply one of those movies that has to be on around the holidays, and it always has been for my family and hundreds of thousands of others like mine. This year, however, many families may have to eschew this tradition, because It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and all other Peanuts holiday specials are becoming Apple TV+ exclusives…

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The Autumnal Brilliance of “Mingus Ah Um”

When I listen to “Mingus Ah Um”, I rarely consider the many people, events, and pieces that form this magnificent puzzle. I instead always see a pathway lined with naked trees and carpeted with orange and brown leaves stirring with the breeze, and Charles Mingus never fails to engross me in his wonderful, autumnal world. Released in October of 1959, “Mingus Ah Um” plays like fall weather. It can turn from a gentle, relaxing breeze, to a whipping, howling gale in an instant, and Charles Mingus isn’t afraid to place those two sides together in stark contrast…

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How the Rap World Collectively Agreed to Stop Paying Attention to 6ix9ine

Tekashi 6ix9ine has always been seen as that annoying kid in school that never seems to run out of new things to annoy you about. That business model has proven to be quite effective, as 6ix9ine has become one of the most talked-about rappers in the world. I’d estimate every teenager who listens to hip-hop, the largest genre in the world right now, has heard of 6ix9ine. But with his post-’rat’ releases, most recently his 2nd studio album TattleTales, everyone seems to suddenly, finally, be losing interest…

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Review: The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man follows Cecilia, played by the incredible Elisabeth Moss, after her escape from the house of her abusive tech mogul boyfriend. But even after his apparent suicide, she still encounters a force haunting her life, which she believes to be her boyfriend who’s found a way to become invisible. After her far-fetched theory leaves her discredited and abandoned, it’s up to her to protect herself and her loved ones, discover the truth, and get vengeance…

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In This Month: “Born to Run,” The Perfect Summer Album, Even in an Abnormal Summer

There are plenty of events from 1975 applicable to 2020, but none of what I mentioned are the real reason as to why I am looking 45 years into the past. I’m looking at 1975 because on August 25th, Bruce Springsteen released his climactic cornerstone rock album, Born to Run….

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Drain Gang’s Vision for the Future of Live Shows

Well into the COVID-19 lockdown, the official YouTube channel of London-based live radio network NTS uploaded an hour-long live performance featuring Bladee and Ecco2k, two members of the Swedish cloud rap collective Drain Gang. This whole “concert” shows the inventiveness of Drain Gang and it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for inventiveness in the live medium. There’s no telling what kind of creativity other artists could bring to the table if this becomes the new norm…

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Review: 1000 Gecs and the Tree of Clues

1000 Gecs and the Tree of Clues is the latest release from experimental pop group 100 Gecs, and is a follow-up to last year’s 1000 Gecs album, which was one of the most forward-thinking, idiosyncratic, well-conceived, and tightest pop albums not of the year, not of the decade, but of all time…

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Review: “Come and See”

“Come and See” is a 1985 film from the Soviet Union by director Elem Klimov. The film is set in Byelorussia in 1943, and follows a young boy, Florya, as he is recruited into the struggling resistance movement against the crushing arm of Nazi Germany. He enters the war with confidence and courage, as many young recruits do, but his mind and body are soon ravaged by the horrors of war.

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