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Film, "Oslo, August 31st": All the Sad Young Literary Norwegians

"Oslo, August 31st": All the Sad Young Literary Norwegians

In just two feature films, writer/director Joachim Trier has proven to be unparalleled in exposing the foibles and delusions of all the sad young literary men. The twentysomething character played by Anders Danielsen Lie in Reprise (2006) finds immediate cult…
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Music, BeatBox Corinne: Show Preview

Corinne: Show Preview

Despite its name, "freestyle" holds to a certain pattern. Borne on a generous application of syncopated drum machine jitters and tweaked electro bass and topped with flitting synth melodies, the genre is inescapably associated with New York and Miami in…
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Music, The Body Electric

The Body Electric

A proper aerobic workout demands a warm-up period, a spate of moderate to intense activity, and a cool-down session. It also demands a compelling soundtrack. Enter last year's Where You Go I Go Too — an album metabolizing the influences…
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Music, Misc. Reviews

Misc. Reviews

Search for "fucked up Norwegians" on, and the name Hurra Torpedo tops the ranks. Eleven years after the trio performed a cover of Bonnie Tyler's multiplatinum hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on a national television program, the clip…
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Music, Reviewed The Shining

The Shining

There's nothing surprising anymore about the cross-pollination of jazzbos gigging with rockers and laptoppers, especially in the mutation-friendly music scene of Oslo, Norway (see: Jaga Jazzist, Supersilent). But it's rare to hear a band that exposes the fissures. While this…
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Music, Reviewed Turbonegro


Sounding much like a next-generation Ramones, Norway's Turbonegro melds ridiculous, smutty lyrics to hard-charging rock without coming off as a joke band. Since its Oslo beginnings in 1989, this sextet has honed a dark, semi-ironic bludgeon that combines pile-driving punk…
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