The Good Old Days of TV Are Happening Right Now

The "Good Old Days" of TV Are Happening Right Now

By A. Bowdoin Van Riper

Why American television is better now than it's ever been -- and the unexpected paths by which it got there. 22 Feb 2017 // 7:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

18 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara

Hirahara's detailed characterization makes these old-timers so real, we can imagine her borrowing from a deaf great-uncle here or a forgetful grandfather there.

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18 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

Shuteye #1-2

It is rare that someone can tell a story that truly creates in the reader a need to keep thinking once the story has ended.

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Cold War Kids: Robber & Cowards

More than just being an impressive debut, Robbers & Cowards may be a harbinger of things to come from these Reagan baby blues rockers.

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Damien Jurado: And Now That Im in Your Shadow

Everybody leaves, gets left, or worse... within the stories told on this stark, sad, gorgeous album.

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18 Oct 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Police: Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out [DVD]

Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out is more effective as a nostalgia trip for people intimately involved in the early days of The Police than as a telling work of cultural history.

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Beaten Awake: Lets Get Simplified

Indie collaboration group mixes it up for mostly good results.

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Monsieur Leroc: Im Not Young But I Need The Money

Monsieur Leroc is the guy who bought the DJ Shadow "Wanna-be-a-producer?" plastic playset -- and managed to do pretty impressive things with it.

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Randy Brecker with Michael Brecker: Some Skunk Funk

A reprise of the best of the Brecker Brothers Band, with the aid of the WDR Big Band

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The Brecker Brothers: Sneakin Up Behind You

The Legacy Signature Series profiles the NY sound of mid-'70s funk-fusion.

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//Mixed media
//Blogs

Learning the Barbarian in 'Conan Exiles'

// Moving Pixels

"There's no one better than a barbarian to teach you how to become civilized.

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