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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Scott H. Biram: The Bad Testament

Scott H. Biram is a filthy-ass peacock in full bloom on this record, kicking arse and not even bothering to take names.

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No Country for Broken Men in Joseph Scapellato’s ‘Big Lonesome’

Even at their most impenetrable and monotonous, the stories here are still rich with refined poeticism and imagination.

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Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D

These 1968 live recordings offer a glimpse into Detroit’s storied music history courtesy of three of its finest session players.

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The Wood Brothers: Live at the Barn

In the world of new live records, you could do far worse than Live at the Barn, but it would be quite the task for you to find far better.

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‘This Is Us’ Slows Down to Question the Meaning of the Word Home

Home becomes a place to both run to and run away from in "The Right Thing to Do".

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‘Land of Mine’ Explores the Intolerable Costs of Nationalistic Vengeance

Land of Mine is perhaps the most powerful denunciation of nationalism's destructive force as we'll see on movie screens in 2017.

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‘The Black Notebook’ Shows Modiano’s Undiminished Capacity to Conjure the Magic of Paris

Someday, perhaps, a virtual reality headset will achieve something like what Patrick Modiano has done here.

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21 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

Xiu Xiu: Forget

On their latest effort, Xiu Xiu express their grave existential concerns in a structured, disciplined pop format, managing to sound palatable and even fun without diminishing any of their gravity or darkness.

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Hayes McMullan: Everyday Seem Like Murder Here

A window into an earlier time. Plain and simple: any serious fan of the Delta blues will want this record.

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Bloody ‘Logan’ Is a Worthy Sendoff for Hugh Jackman

Director James Mangold imagines a world in which superheroes must face their own mortality.

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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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