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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Melancholy and Happiness Are Rarely Separate in ‘Orlando’

Edgy and chaotic, much like Virginia Woolf’s ground-breaking modernist oeuvre, Orlando blurs the boundaries of time, emotion, and self.

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Simian Mobile Disco: Is Fixed

A relentlessly engaging assault on the dancefloor, this mix CD promotes Simian Mobile Disco's current gig doing NYC's Fixed parties. This just in: Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry is still cooler than you'll ever be.

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24 Oct 2010 // 9:00 PM

Marc Ribot: Silent Movies

Two years ago, Marc Ribot's "rock" band gave us one of the best albums of the year. Now he can claim 2010 with his (almost) solo disc of film music.

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‘Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums’: The Album Rush was Meant to Make (Both of Them)

Rush finally found their sound on 2112 at the same time disco, punk and new wave were ascendant; to the band's considerable credit, they were not only aware of these new developments, but eager to incorporate them into their ever-evolving repertoire.

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Tim Kasher: The Game of Monogamy

Longtime Cursive frontman ventures out on his own for the first time, delivering mostly stereotypical Saddle Creek fare in the process.

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24 Oct 2010 // 9:00 PM

Dead Space: Ignition

Dead Space: Ignition is an interesting experiment. As part motion comic and part mini-game collection, it’s a prequel to Dead Space 2 that revolves around one couple, an engineer and a cop, as they try to survive the necromorph invasion on The Sprawl.

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24 Oct 2010 // 9:00 PM

SMOD: SMOD

Manu Chao produces third album from young Malian rappers.

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Waylon Jennings: Folk Country / Waylon Sings Ol’ Harlan

Already, Jennings has a way making vitriol seem triumphant and scary, a pure anger that you don’t dare touch.

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22 Oct 2010 // 1:05 PM

‘Sherlock’ Series One

In Sherlock, the times have changed, but the symbiotic relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson remains the same.

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‘Paranormal Activity 2’: Not a Ghost

PA2 actually isn't that frightening, but it complicates the questions of documentation, memory, and history in ways that make any possible answers at least a little unnerving.

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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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