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Chris Conaton


Monday, July 23 2012

Days in and Days Out of Hall H: Comic-Con International 2012

Attending the various panels in Hall H at Comic Con can require a lot of planning and may take up your whole day.

Tuesday, April 12 2011

Joss Whedon: Pioneer of the Body Count

Among Joss Whedon's greatest contributions to television has been the continual use of the Body Count, the willingness to kill off recurring characters in order to ratchet up the narrative tension and create a sense of danger.

Monday, April 11 2011

Joss Whedon 101: Cabin in the Woods

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's Cabin in the Woods has been as star-crossed as a show can be. Although Goddard and Whedon had finished principle filming, MGM requested a year delay to convert the film to 3D, and then promptly went bankrupt.

Thursday, January 6 2011

The Year in Television Conspiracies

Secret, usually evil, plots dominated TV drama in 2010, from Lost, Rubicon, and Persons Unknown to 24, V, Flashforward, and Terriers.

Tuesday, October 20 2009

A Decade of Change

Between the Internet, DVRs, and DVDs, television viewers have been almost completely freed from the vagaries of network scheduling. We can watch our favorite shows whenever we want.


Tuesday, July 15 2014

Comet Control: Comet Control

Fuzzed-out guitar riffs. Locked-in rhythm section. Emphasis on slow grooves. Yep, Comet Control is a stoner rock band. A pretty good one, too.

Sunday, July 13 2014

Trampled By Turtles: Wild Animals

When your album highlights sound much like a previous rock incarnation and a pair of fast songs sound like fraternal twins, it’s probably not your best effort.

Monday, June 30 2014

Phish: Fuego

Good effort, gentlemen, but not the best effort. You've put together a very solid studio album but also somehow managed to include two total duds and one supremely silly track.

Tuesday, June 24 2014

Tijuana Panthers: Wayne Interest

Tijuana Panthers mix surf, garage, and punk rock to mostly great effect. Except when they rely on the same exact mix for a few too many songs.

Monday, June 23 2014

OK Go: Upside Out EP

Four tracks. Two hits, one middling song, and a miss. OK Go keeps making great videos but musically they're still trying to live up to their excellent first album.

Pow!: Hi-Tech Boom [20.Mar.14]
TacocaT: NVM [6.Mar.14]
Warpaint: Warpaint [19.Jan.14]
Irata: Vultures [28.Feb.13]
Nude Beach: II [10.Sep.12]
Birdy: Birdy [14.Jun.12]
Milk Maid: Yucca [19.Jul.11]
Falcon: Disappear [10.Jul.11]
Mike Gordon: Moss [13.Jan.11]
Fanshaw: Dark Eyes [25.Mar.10]
Cougar: Patriot [4.Jan.10]
Björk: Voltaic [23.Aug.09]
NOFX: Coaster [17.Jun.09]
Skew: Skew [13.Jan.09]
The Revival Tour [8.Dec.08]
Dredg [24.Nov.08]
sBach: sBach [21.Sep.08]


Monday, July 9 2012

Previewing Comic-Con 2012

The biggest pop culture gathering in North America kicks off Wednesday night. How has Comic-Con responded to last year's problems, and what are the most interesting events taking place at this year's show?

Wednesday, December 14 2011

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011: Fountains of Wayne

This week we presented our Best 75 Albums of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

Sunday, December 4 2011

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Songs of 2011: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Today we presented our Best 75 Songs of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

Wednesday, July 20 2011

Armchair Quarterbacking Comic-Con 2011

Grading the upcoming Comic-Con, from who's in attendance to who decided to stay behind...

Wednesday, June 22 2011

Feeling Burned By 'The Killing'

We stuck around for the whole season, got our hopes up when things improved in the last few episodes, and this is the way it ends? Ugh. Spoilers abound, of course.

A Bad Month for Independents in Houston (Short Ends and Leader) [9.Sep.10]
Why I Gave Up on Glee (Channel Surfing) [1.Dec.09]
Legend of the Seeker: Season 2 Premiere (Channel Surfing) [11.Nov.09]
True Blood Season 2 - The Wrap-Up (Channel Surfing) [23.Sep.09]
Anticipating Comic-Con '09 (Graphic Novelties) [22.Jul.09]
Auto-Tune the News #6 (video) (Mixed Media) [13.Jul.09]
Harper's Island: The Death of Cheesy Fun? (Channel Surfing) [10.Jul.09]
Three More Memorable Albums from 1999 (Sound Affects) [29.Jun.09]
Prison Break: An Epitaph (Channel Surfing) [18.May.09]
On the Bubble: 5 TV Shows Worth Saving (Channel Surfing) [1.May.09]
Weezer - "Pork and Beans" (Sound Affects) [25.May.08]
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