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by John Lindstedt

3 Feb 2010

Much like another beloved MTV cult hit The State, Daria‘s absence from the DVD market frustrated fans for the eight years the show has been off the air. Fans mobilized an online petition movement and soon became one of most wanted shows on the site tvshowsondvd.com. Rumor had it that music rights complicated Daria‘s release. The show never really had an original score and used pop songs instead. VHS releases replaced or even completely removed the music in some episodes.

But the long awaited DVD release ofThe State last year was a huge victory for cult television enthusiasts, and a teaser trailer revealed that the impossible was indeed possible: Daria is finally getting its due in 2010.

The show will be released in complete series form, including it’s two straight-to-television movies, Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet?. Although the exact date is yet to be confirmed, you can sign up to be notified of the release date on amazon. Some episodes will differ from the ones originally aired, however, because of the aforementioned music rights complications.

by Bill Gibron

3 Feb 2010

It’s a sentence that strikes fear into the hearts of many a lover of independent art. “We are on hiatus” the simple phrase states, the only indication that Giuseppe Andrews is still around, making anything remotely resembling movies. This stark welcome to his current website could mean many things - the cinematic savant is truly taking a break from creating his brilliant homemade masterworks to concentrate on his many other talents: acting; music; literature. It could be something more personal, areas of interest only to the sleaze mongers and tawdry TMZ crowd. It could be technological. It could be something more sinister.

Whatever the case, it’s depressing to think that one of the most original voices in outsider creativity could be taking an indefinite leave - or worse, a more permanent one. If his latest effort Esoterica is indeed his swansong (at least temporarily) it shows that Andrews is still at the top of his game. A brilliant 27 minute short bubbling with enough volatile wordplay to give the corpse of William Burroughs fits, the Truffaut of the trailer park is definitely channeling his own personal beat poet here.

by Terry Sawyer

3 Feb 2010

In the Terminator franchise, the moment in time that the hero seeks to undo is the moment that Skynet becomes “self aware”, when technology suddenly makes the leap into having a consciousness of its subservience to mankind and decides to stage a slave rebellion. I fear that my television fun will soon be ruined as Snooki 2.0 suddenly learns words like “cache” and avoids the burnt umber spray tan setting, opting instead for something that looks like it could actually be produced by exposure to sunlight. We are reaching the terrifying moment where Jersey Shore understands itself. 

It’s true that, as the New Yorker notes, the pleasure derived from Jersey Shore is tainted with anthropological condescension, but that seems far more sensible to me that ironic adulation. Of course, we want to part the bushes and peer into the world of “Guidos and Guidettes” who string one clubbing night to another, skirmish in violent turf wars, and wring dramatic tensions from hooking up. Honestly, at their age, I can’t say that I did much more than go to concerts and classes, do harder drugs, and have casual sex, the only difference being that I had a reading list.

Frankly, I’m glad that Pauly D doesn’t talk about Foucault and listen to the Fall. These kids are brash, directionless thrill seekers. Most people in their 20s are mistake factories, prone to perpetually misread the significance of life events, their place in the cosmos, and the stability and veracity of their choices and feelings. (Whereas people in their 30s understand that they are repeating the mistakes of their 20s.) The Jersey Shore kids simply represent a very specific subgenre of a more general category: partiers.

by Randy Romig

3 Feb 2010

There is something very scary about not knowing what happens next, that whole ‘fear of the unknown’ idea. While comicbooks are suspenseful, there is always a certain amount of predictability in them. The Amazing Spider-Man will not see Spider-Man die at the hands of Mysterio. Surprises (like the death of Captain America in his own monthly title) often end in the inevitable (like his inevitable return from the dead). However, comicbooks that do not follow ongoing continuity are the true wild cards. These are an outlet for the writer to make some incredible statement, with no regard for what may come next. Standalone stories provide the storyteller with a way to totally disregard responsibility to the character. Loose ends are left hanging, and no one has to pick up the pieces once the story ends. Truly, no subject or character is untouchable.

That being said, I want to look at one of my favorite non-continuity titles from the 90s: Earth X.

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by Alex Suskind

3 Feb 2010

Rocky Votolato
True Devotion
(Barsuk)
Releasing: 23 February

In 2007, singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato released his seventh full-length studio album, The Brag & Cuss, to mostly favorable reviews. Soon, his lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression resurfaced, however. He stopped writing music and cut himself off entirely from the outside world, holing up in his apartment for more than a year. In an effort to overcome his demons, Votolato spent time studying existential philosophy, history, physics, and theology. Before long, he began writing music again. His upcoming album, True Devotion is the result of those writing sessions.

The new record gives listeners a look into Votolato’s life; a powerful acoustic retelling of his downfalls (see “Lucky Clover Coin”) and his determination (see “Fragments”).

SONG LIST
01 Lucy Clover Coin
02 Fragments
03 Red River
04 Eyes Like Static
05 Sparklers
06 Instrument
07 What Waited for Me
08 Sun Devil
09 Don’t Be Angry
10 Where We Started

Rocky Votolato
“Red River” [MP3]
     

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