2014: What Is "Critical" About Contemporary Music Criticism?

On Knowing and Not Knowing in Nicholas Szczepanik, Owen Pallett, and PC Music

2014: The Rise of A24 and Drafthouse Films

Two Indie Distributors That Are Changing How We Watch Movies

2014: The New Mixology

The Collapse of the Mixtape-Album Distinction and the Liberation of Hip-Hop

2014: Unbelievable

Christian Film’s Weird, Successful, and Horrifying Year

2014: Tongue, Throat, Lungs

Voices at the Margins of Body and Mind

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass

“If you put twins on two sides of a lake, 50 years from now one’s going to say, ‘I’m the right-side laker and y’all suck over there,’ and then go kill them.”

These Rhythms Still Have Relevance

Revisiting the relationship between music and labor through sonic materialism, prospective time, and industrial group Test Dept

Hey Mother Death

“If one is tuned in with oneself and one’s environment, it’s like intuition or a gut feeling, or a sense of harmony. If you aren’t tuned in, it reminds you to come back to now.”

AFI Fest 2014

“The images are as uniquely astounding as they are mystifying, and the shot of clouds slowly covering the stars as Gunnar rests helplessly on his back is the most singular and memorable shot of the year.”

Horse Lords

“I don’t know if I care about the idea of rock music ‘progressing.’ If it needs to, it’s not going to come from other rock music.”

Andy Stott

“You know it’s right when it feels like it’s pulling the back of your head off.”

New York Film Festival 2014

“The two subjects sit close together surrounded by darkness underneath a halo of city lights, and the mutual cataclysm of their past is given verbal declaration.”


“Here you are, the house is burning down, and you’re just writing about how the lights are in the fire and the smell of the fire. No! Get up, get some water, put it out.”

Call Super

“Sadness is the same coin as joy and I want the two to always try and fight their way through my tracks.”


“The propensity for experimentation within the band isn’t pre-meditated… I think.”


“We’ve instinctively begun integrating our own bodies and our own lives into the visual elements of 18+.”

Gregg Araki

“It’s about a victim of the patriarchy in the sense that she fell into this life that was not hers, but that society chose for her.”

Read The Label #2: Shelter Press

“We are not sellers or product-makers. We are publishers.”