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Roger Holland


Thursday, December 13 2007

The Best Country Music of 2007

Whatever your taste in music, be it Country or Western, 2007 has been something of a disappointment when compared with recent years. You have to look a little harder to find the diamonds in the Van Lear coal-mine that was the year that was, but they're there.

Tuesday, June 5 2007

Kids' DVDs: June 2007

Given that babies and young children love nothing more than repetition, repetition, and... um.... repetition, I can't understand why even the pointiest of heads would think children between the ages of six months and three years could possible need 23 different Baby Einstein DVDs.

Wednesday, May 30 2007

Architecture and Morality: The Wedding Present Revisited

Pop scholars frequently undervalue The Wedding Present. If the Smiths were the undeniable figurehead for the UK's thriving independent pop scene of the 1980s, then Gedge's little-band-that-could certainly inherited that mantle.

Wednesday, December 20 2006

Best Country of 2006

Goodbye to Academia, Pedantry, and even Austin: Roger Holland's favorite country albums of 2006 come from a very broad church indeed.

Tuesday, December 5 2006

Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?

As our inner Helen Lovejoy knows full well, Christmas Is For Thee Children. So what on earth can we pick up for our kids from Wal-Mart that'll fit into an SUV laden with goodies from the Pottery Barn and beyond? Well, DVDs. Obv. And why not start with the Christmas Classics?

Casey Kessel [13.Sep.06]
California Man [31.Dec.94]


Tuesday, December 11 2007

Led Zeppelin: Mothership

More Songs About Groupies and The Lord of the Rings.

Friday, November 2 2007

The Amazing Race

This is the way the best reality show on TV returns. Not with a bang, but a whimper. I love The Amazing Race, but I'm increasingly unhappy with how its handling.

Wednesday, October 17 2007

Men in Trees

Reasons to watch Men in Trees, Part One: It's not Sex and the City.

Monday, October 8 2007

Beauty and the Geek

If she lasts long enough to find her place between the geeks and beauties, Nicole will enjoy her very own "Why, Miss Jones, You Were Beautiful All Along" moment, and make more than one geek's day.

Tuesday, October 2 2007

Private Practice

The show's true centre of dramatic gravity can be found midway between Violet (Amy Brenneman) and Cooper (Paul Adelstein).

NCIS [1.Oct.07]
NUMB3RS [27.Sep.07]
House [24.Sep.07]
Chuck [23.Sep.07]
Traveler [1.Aug.07]
Mad Men [25.Jul.07]
Robin Hood [4.Jun.07]
Veronica Mars [28.May.07]
Drive [29.Apr.07]
The Dresden Files [31.Jan.07]
Click (2006) [15.Oct.06]
Greys Anatomy [27.Sep.06]
The Amazing Race [20.Sep.06]
Standoff [11.Sep.06]
Cracker: Greenland [31.May.06]
Teachers [26.Mar.06]
Cheerleader Nation [20.Mar.06]
American Idol 5 [24.Jan.06]
Rollergirls [8.Jan.06]
House [3.Oct.05]
The Apprentice [21.Sep.05]
Bones [18.Sep.05]
Valiant (2005) [25.Aug.05]
Erasure [30.May.05]
Hell's Kitchen [31.Dec.94]
Treasure Hunters [31.Dec.94]
NCIS [31.Dec.94]
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