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So Zatoichi is kinda like James Bond, except blind – Vol. 1

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This post about the Zatoichi films was originally posted at Cinema Shame. I’ve had this Zatoichi Criterion box set on my shelf. It’s a very pretty box set, filled with lots of movies, 25 to be exact. After procuring the set for Christmas some years ago, I watched the first Zatoichi film, The Tale of Zatoichi. What a superb film!… Read more »

30Hz New Music Radar 2/3/17: Sampha – Process

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Welcome to February 2017.   At least there’s always new music.   Another rotten week of the upside-down. But at least we have Besty Devos. God save you, Betsy, for giving us all hope. Hope that in this brave new world, nobody is unqualified for any job. Like just today I decided I’d become Nickelback’s new tour manager. One would… Read more »

30Hz New Music Radar 1/27/17: Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness

Welcome to January 27th, 2017.   At least there’s always new music. We’re living in a world of the waking nightmare. We can’t wake up. It won’t go away. The upside-down time. The boogie-monster in the emperor’s clothes continues to disassemble forward progress. If we keep marching backward, slipping against time, we’ll soon be back in the 1950’s. And as much… Read more »

30Hz New Music Radar 1/20/17: Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick

Welcome to January 20th, 2017. Welcome to the future. I believe music offers the power to heal scars, ignite fires, prop up lost and weary souls. I’ve always resisted doing a weekly recommended column because there are just so damn many. Everyone has a record to recommend. But I’m not everybody. You’re not everybody else. I’ve consistently promoted the notion that… Read more »

A writer’s manifesto on January 20th, 2017

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Today is a day. Today is a day like any other. In Pittsburgh, the sky is overcast with intermittent rain shows. The temperature hovers around 40 degrees. This is what happens in January. Sometimes it snows and wrongly convinces us all that January is not always gloomy in Western Pennsylvania.    A Writer’s Manifesto   Right now, just a few… Read more »