Lists »

Monthly Mixtape: January 2014

Monthly Mixtape: January 2014

Spectrum Culture Staff January 30, 2014 0

1. Real Estate—“Talking Backwards” (Domino) After two well-received records, the Ridgewood, New Jersey-based indie rock outfit Real Estate has found a sonic formula that works: jangly guitars, gentle, yet propulsive drums and ethereal, beach-combing

Read More »
List Inconsequential: The Best of Pavement’s Slacker Poetry

List Inconsequential: The Best of Pavement’s Slacker Poetry

Spectrum Culture Staff January 16, 2014 0

As we get acquainted this month with Wig Out at Jagbags, we decided to take a look back at Stephen Malkmus’s pre-Jicks discography – you remember, a little Cali band called Pavement. Read on

Read More »
List Inconsequential: 2013′s Best Overlooked Albums

List Inconsequential: 2013′s Best Overlooked Albums

Spectrum Culture Staff January 9, 2014 0

Anna Calvi — One Breath [Domino] One Breath is one of 2013′s finest musical documents, and the fact that it’s going largely unnoticed stateside is a travesty. Anna Calvi, the enigmatic British songstress, allows

Read More »
Five Years Later: The Best Films of 2008!!

Five Years Later: The Best Films of 2008!!

Spectrum Culture Staff January 7, 2014 0

Five years is an eternity in the life of a film. When coming up with this feature, the question the Spectrum Culture staff pondered was this: “How well do these movies play NOW!” Not

Read More »
Five Years Later: The Best Albums of 2008!!

Five Years Later: The Best Albums of 2008!!

Spectrum Culture Staff January 5, 2014 0

Five years is an eternity in the life of a record. When coming up with this feature, the question the Spectrum Culture staff pondered was this: “How well do these albums play NOW!” Not

Read More »
Top 20 Albums of 2013

Top 20 Albums of 2013

Spectrum Culture Staff December 19, 2013 0

20. Julianna Barwick Nepenthe [Dead Oceans] Julianna Barwick’s Nepenthe leaves me feeling like I’ve opened a secret door, the light behind it thick and golden and twining around me. With ethereal loops and choir-strong

Read More »
Best Films of 2013

Best Films of 2013

Spectrum Culture Staff December 18, 2013 0

The Act of Killing (Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer, Drafthouse Films) Anwar Congo and Herman Koto are the two most memorable characters I met at the movies this year. They are larger than life, full of

Read More »
Top 25 Songs of 2013

Top 25 Songs of 2013

Spectrum Culture Staff December 17, 2013 0

25. Janelle Monáe – “Dance Apocalyptic” [Bad Boy/Wondaland] On her stellar sophomore album, The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe calls in the musical royalty. The likes of Prince, Miguel, Solange, Esperanza Spalding and Erykah Badu

Read More »
Best Performances of 2013

Best Performances of 2013

Spectrum Culture Staff December 16, 2013 0

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine I went into Blue Jasmine with high expectations. Let’s face it: Cate Blanchett. In a Woody Allen film. Playing a modern day Blanche Dubois. Not to mention the high

Read More »
Our Favorite Books of 2013

Our Favorite Books of 2013

Spectrum Culture Staff December 15, 2013 0

*Our best books list includes any book we read in 2013, regardless of release date* Tenth of December by George Saunders To begin, George Saunders is wonderful. The word seems to be out that

Read More »