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by Katharine Wray

17 Dec 2009

Know a fan of the occult? Have a niece who is enthralled with Twilight and needs some background info? Does your neighbor think the ‘hood is haunted? Get this set for anyone who likes the haunted, or expects, in the afterlife, to come back and haunt a few folks on his list… This set covers everything macabre from Halloween to zombies to voodoo secrets. With ghost stories, haunting histories and profiles on our favorite mystical creatures, this will make a great gift for the ghoul-bitten.

by Sean Murphy

17 Dec 2009

Best live album ever? Who cares. What is beyond dispute is that 1970’s Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out is certainly the best live album the Rolling Stones ever recorded. And here we are, 40 years after the concerts took place in NYC at Madison Square Garden. World’s Greatest Band + World’s Greatest Stage = Deluxe Box Set! What are we looking at here? The original, remastered album? Check. Six unreleased tracks? Check. Bonus disc of opening acts B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner? Check. Bonus DVD mixing live songs and offstage antics? Check. Obligatory booklet with critical essays and never-before seen photos? Check. Caveat emptor: for anyone thinking of shelling out $40-to-$60, be warned that the extra Stones material and the DVD are both less than 30 minutes in length. For Stones enthusiasts, this newly unearthed bounty is essential and price should be no object.

by Ian Mathers

17 Dec 2009

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Mountains

Choral

(Thrill Jockey)

Review [8.Apr.2009]

Although the various strains of ambient music have their fans, it’s rare that a band crosses over, even to the extent of getting signed to a bigger label and having their album reviewed among the more common indie/rock fare out there.  With Choral, Mountains not only crosses that threshold into the wider music fan consciousness, they prove they deserve to be there. After two stellar albums on their own label, their Thrill Jockey debut may be their best yet. Based around heavily manipulated acoustic guitar tones (but including everything from books to ice water as source material), the duo’s blissful drone feels fresh and oddly natural in a genre that at its worst can feel canned and disposable. Choral is by turns euphoric, pastoral, lysergic, and seething as well as a hundred other things, but it’s never for a second less than gorgeous.

by Katharine Wray

17 Dec 2009

GraphJam.com was founded in February 2008 with one mission: to rescue pie charts, Venn diagrams, decision trees, and other graphs from the terminal boredom of the office. Why should accountants and actuaries have all the fun? GraphJam succeeded online, with a whole community of interpreters of pop culture via the graph chart springing up, breathing new life into PowerPoint and Excel. Now you can have the best of the lot to date in hand, between these pages. Using line graphs, pie charts, Venn- diagrams, and pictographs Graph Outloud dissects popular culture in amusing ways you’ve probably never considered, before. They’re a bit of a puzzle, with a laugh at the end. Thankfully, someone charted out how much of Jesus’ love Mrs. Robinson will actually know versus how much love He actually has. It’s all there, very clear, in the chart.

by Zach Schwartz

17 Dec 2009

British electro-indie duo The Big Pink (yep, they’re actually named after The Band album) played to an excited crowd at D.C.‘s the Black Cat in support of their debut album A Brief History Of Love. Their rough, scuzzed out but occasionally poppy sound worked well live, but for a band that’s publicly stated they’re not cool, they could have fooled me—just like they apparently fooled NME into naming them best new act.  If you missed them on this tour relax, they’ll be back in the US starting in March.

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