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Ryan Gillespie


Wednesday, January 25 2006

Bring on the Major Leagues

When major labels promote indie bands, sucking up the air that truly independent music needs to breathe, will the music stop developing altogether? Will we be stuck with Strokes and Rilo Kiley retreads forever?


Sunday, February 17 2008

Tourists of History by Marita Sturken

The idea of education as liberation is a poor one; education might allow a critical perspective on cultural practices, but asserting that ironic frame helps an individual grieve, or mourn, or live a richer and fuller life, is a mistake.

Wednesday, August 1 2007

Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan: The Golden Years 1962-1978 [DVD]

An unauthorized two-disc documentary set that features painfully small doses of Dylan himself and lacks insight into the man or his music.

Tuesday, March 20 2007

Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1965 Tour Deluxe Edition) [DVD]

The digital remastering is noteworthy, but it’s the “65 Revisited” bonus disc that makes this an entirely necessary upgrade for Dylan fans and essential viewing for film and music aficionados alike.

Thursday, January 11 2007

Matthew Ryan: From a Late Night High Rise

A very personal album from a great singer-songwriter yields surprisingly placid results.

Thursday, November 30 2006

Sarah McLachlan: Wintersong

McLachlan’s holiday album captures that frosty winter mood like hot apple cider and barren-leaved, snow-ladden trees.

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