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Friday, October 25 2013

The Trouble with Fandom and ‘The Elizabethans’

A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.


Wednesday, April 16 2014

‘30 for 30 Soccer Stories: Hillsborough’

Hillsborough recalls the horror of that day, the FA Cup Semi-Final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.


Bruce Springsteen’s Artful Criticism of American Culture

This is an ambitious undertaking, weaving American history, popular culture, and Bruce Springsteen’s music into a cohesive narrative.


Boundaries Are All Fictions in Godard’s “Breathless”

Even now, after countless reviews and essays, it's easy to be captivated by the way Godard obfuscates our expectations for cinematic art.


The String Arcade

This isn't an exercise in nostalgia or recognition, but a journey into new territory.


Cayenne Pepper Enemas and Other Developments in Early Medicine

From applying leeches to mapping the shape of the human skull, Erik Janik describes a drama of medical history in Marketplace of the Marvelous.


Women with Rare Intellectual Authority Form ‘The Bletchley Circle’

The resourcefulness and fearlessness of these women is a highlight in a series so well-written and well-acted.


Woods: With Light and With Love

With Light and With Love is Woods' most cleanly produced record to date, and the brittle edges of their sound now melt around bright, bittersweet songs.


My Chemical Romance: May Death Never Stop You: The Greatest Hits (2001-2013)

May Death Never Stop You proves to be a tricky overview of MCR's output, trying to please both casual fans and completists at the exact same time.


The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia: Live At The Wonder

The Dandy Warhols didn't invent the wheel, they just drive really well.


Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers feat. Edie Brickell: Live

Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Edie Brickell join each other on CD and DVD Live to provide music and comedy lovers with a fantastic live experience.


Hospitality: Trouble

Indie pop for indie pop scholars.


Tatvamasi: Parts of the Entirety

Polish guitarist Grzegorz Lesiak does a musical about-face, pointing to grand things down the road.


Tuesday, April 15 2014

It’s Going to Be Hard for ‘Fargo’ to Seem Like Anything More than Coen Brothers Fan-Fiction

While the TV version goes down its own solitary snow-swept roads, its sprawling cast of characters featuring proxies for the film’s iconic figures.


Super Anger Management: “Action Comics #30”

Undermining someone's principles is everyone's kryptonite.


Stuffed, Wired, and Eager to Please: ‘Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy’

Walter Potter crafted hundreds of animals, amphibians, and birds into intricately assembled Victorian dioramas for the delight of his fellow Britons.


‘The Making of a Lady’ Is a Fine Portrait of Mystery and Misdirection

There is only one place to find the social acuity of Jane Austen and the inquisitive intrigue of Alfred Hitchcock, and that is in a Frances Hodgson Burnett story.


The Both: The Both

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are a perfect pairing on their new band's immensely likeable debut.


Carlene Carter: Carter Girl

Carter Girl, plus family and friends, delivers a rousing tribute to personal and family history.


Lilacs and Champagne: Midnight Features Vol. 1: Shower Scene

With Midnight Features Vol. 1: Shower Scene, the sample-heavy duo of Lilacs and Champagne prove that their one-of-a-kind sonic can function beyond the realms of the recording studio.


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