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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
Ten years after the release of A Ghost Is Born, the songs still just aren't there.

Ultimately, Wilco‘s A Ghost Is Born is a disappointment.


I should clarify. A Ghost Is Born is a disappointment not because it’s worse than Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which was easily one of the best albums of 2002 and which was, for me (and for I imagine tons of others after Pitchfork gave it a perfect score) the entry point to the band. That line of thought definitely does not need to be pursued.


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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is supposedly in trouble. Why?

Apparently, the future of a certain Marvel mainstay is currently “up in the air”. No, not any character from the Avengers or some of the second tier offshoots like the Guardians of the Galaxy. Not even proposed players like Ant-Man or Dr. Strange.


While the X-Men chug along mightily and Disney continues to distribute the wealth to its multi-franchised property, Sony has stumbled—big time, according to reports—on where Peter Parker and The Amazing Spider-Man should go next. There are even rumors that the franchise may be dead, having dropped significantly since the studio decided to reboot the webslinger shortly after giving Sam Raimi and company the boot.


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Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
So the idea behind this cop show is a smart, unthreatening woman of a certain age. It's a wonder why it only lasted one episode.

What is it about homicide? “It’s far more interesting than vice or burglary,” says Lt. Shirley Ridgeway, a middle-aged widow played by Canadian actress Kate Reid. “And believe it or not, you meet a better class of people.”


At least that’s true if you’re a character in a 1970s TV movie that’s blissfully unconnected with reality. Even though she works for the Los Angeles Police Department, Lt. Ridgeway’s world consists of a homey office where she’s supplied with a cute young uniformed patrolman, Manny Reyes (A Martinez), as a kind of personal batman. “He’s a beautiful boy,” she sighs, before explaining he used to run with an East Side gang. Now they water plants, fill out crosswords, arrange her hair appointments (“I look worse than my passport photos!”), and debate whether to attend the opera or a baseball game (together!) while waiting around for the next murder in Bel Air. No East Side Gangs for them.


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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
Check out and download the latest tune from Alejandra O'Leary and the Champions of the West, "Skin to Skin".

The Detroit, Michigan-based outfit Alejandra O’Leary and the Champions of the West are set to release a new LP soon, and leading up to the release the group is offering single “Skin to Skin” as a download.


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Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
Watch a video from the forthcoming live video from the Call and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Robert Levon Been, "I Still Believe".

Robert Levon Been of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recently got a privilege that few musicians ever get: to pay tribute to his family’s recording legacy by performing the tunes himself. Been’s father, Michael Been, was part of the Call, a band who in an eight-year stretch recorded seven LPs—an impressive run by any metric.


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