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
‘Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes’ Is Supposed to be Hypnotic

The Reflektor Tapes is 66 minutes long but feels like three hours of pretension. The bonus concert film Live at Earl's Court is nearly two hours long but breezes by.

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Graham Central Station: Now Do-U-Wanta Dance / My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me / Star Walk

The ex-Sly & the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham brings the funk on this trio of late '70s albums.

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John Mayall: Talk About That

British blues father returns with further evidence that he is a truly singular figure in the musical world.

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Paul Auster’s ‘4 3 2 1’ Has Flashes of Brilliance But Doesn’t Transcend Its Genre

The four lives of Archie Ferguson do not add up to more than the sum of their parts.

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15 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

Ryan Adams: Prisoner

On his 16th full-length studio release, Ryan Adams puts heartbreak and loss on display with a gorgeous, deep-winter "divorce album".

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The Sadies: Northern Passages

Veteran Canadian rockers return from a multi-year hiatus stronger than ever.

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15 Feb 2017 // 2:15 AM

Vermont: II

There is a very singular sort of trajectory to II, lived-in and about as vital as ambient music ever deigns to be.

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‘Heart of a Dog’: The Sublime Journey of Lolabelle

Laurie Anderson's story of her rat terrier features moments of clever emotional connection.

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Pontificating Drama: The Glory and Absurdity of HBO’s ‘The Young Pope’

HBO's The Young Pope is a fascinating and ambitious filmic endeavor that's remarkably unpredictable, conceited, and foreign to the North American eye.

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Do Our Superheroes Satisfy a Secret Craving for Authoritarianism?

Chris Gavaler's On the Origins of Superheroes raises compelling questions about our fascination with men in tights.

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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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