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What's So Smooth About the New Smooth Jazz?

Recent work from a group of young musicians, beautifully represented by the new Supreme Sonacy from Revive Music, makes it cool again to put out jazz that wants to be popular.

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An Auteur's Touch of Evil

The auteur is dead, long live the auteur: Orson Welles and Touch of Evil, 50 years on.

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The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 1: The Five Nightmares

Fraction's brilliant characterization makes "The Five Nightmares" an engaging character study. He exposes Tony Stark as a character not in pitched battle against his own successor, but one for whom obsolescence, inadequacy and fear of failure are baseline states, and equally powerful motivational drives.

shathley Q
Music

Christian Prommer's Drumlesson: Drumlesson Vol.1

Munich’s finest offer a masterclass in the genealogy of dance music.

Film

Superheroes Versus Comics

There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?

shathley Q
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Sonny Rollins: Road Shows, Vol. 1

Given the dearth of material Sonny Rollins had to choose from and his sharp attention to quality, Road Shows, Vol. 1 represents some of the best music the saxophone colossus has released to date, which should come as no surprise.

Craig Carson
Music

Juaneco y su Combo: Masters of Chicha Vol. 1

To a listener raised on English-language rock music, listening to this is something like listening to filmi versions of mambo tunes or cowboy songs.

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The Mod Squad: The Second Season, Vol. 1

The Squad are hippies who decide that the Man had it right all along, and use their groovy powers to help him uphold the status quo.

Rachel Kipp
Television

The Black List, Vol. 1

As Lou Gossett Jr. recalls his childhood and early career in Greenwich Village for The Black List, Vol. 1, he sits in a depthless space, a gray screen behind him.

Music

Opio: Vulture's Wisdom, Vol. 1

Opio, who began releasing solo records in 2005, is primed to once again dazzle underground fans with his latest.

Music

Eels: Useless Trinkets

Totaling 74 songs (not counting the DVDs), that's a lotta Eels! So it's surprising that these two collections leave you wanting to hear even more.

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Route 66: Season 1, Vol. 1

Today, any character who got into so many brawls would be sentenced to counseling; in 1960, it was part of the he-man's landscape, and the fights were important signifiers in any show about two guys living together in close friendship.

Michael Barrett
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The Fugitive - Season One, Vol. 1

Two essentially good but conflicted men trapped in the ultimate bad situation.

Rachel Kipp
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Voyage to the Bottom of Sea - Season 3, Vol. 1

This landmark TV series was one of the first cultural products that successfully generated a large demand for tie-ins and collectibles such as toys, books, comics, and lunchboxes.

Music

Various Artists: Folksongs of Illinois #1 / Folksongs of Illinois #2: Fiddlers

The combination of great music and insightful notes makes this series as important as it is entertaining.

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By the Power of Softcore

One Man's Daring Look Back at He-Man and the Masters of the Universe… and Porky's

Music

Various Artists: Toolroom Knights, Vol. 1

This two-CD set is broken down into one disc that features Martijn Ten Velden’s mixes, and the other made up of Paul Harris’ work.

Music

Part 1: Beethoven to Phil Ochs (1824-1965)

Psalm 100 instructs, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!". What more joyful sound than the life-affirming song of protest, for that is the sound wrenched from the deepest grief and suffering, from exhausted and diseased lungs, and the voice raised in tuneful protest is among the most beautiful of human sounds. Sing out, indeed!

Music

Los Straitjackets: Rock en Español, Vol. 1

Masked musicians record an entertaining set of classic rock & roll covers in Spanish, proving once again that music is a universal language.

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Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs: Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show, Vols 1 and 2 [DVD]

Throw together some top-shelf bluegrass, some cornball humor, and some cooking tips, and you've got yourself a show!

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Tokko, Vol. 1 (2007)

This film is easily digestible but its meter, governed by repetition, sets it apart from the flimsily constituted anime tripe that is oft-showcased on cable television

Erik Hinton
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The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1 (1947)

Anger can be seen not only as the godfather of queer cinema, but also of indie cinema: his budgets were virtually non-existent, and the production values might have been low; but the finished products were always regarded as works of art.

Matt Mazur
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Detention Lounge: Detention Lounge, Vol. 1 [DVD]

What do you get when you combine hardcore punk with sketch comedy? Trust us, you don't want to know.

Adrien Begrand
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Johan Van der Keuken: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1 (2006)

Throughout this collection Van der Keuken always returns to the instincts of “the lonely, wandering eye” of his youth, documenting the individual in daily drudgery, looking for the subtle revelations of the unguarded moment.

Michael Buening
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Richie Hawtin: Pioneers of Electronic Music, Vol. 1 [DVD]

While its viewers are left out as mere spectators into this exercise in onanism, the incidental details that seep through the film -- such as his robotics engineer dad designing some of the equipment he uses onstage -- warm up the austere minimalist so that techno is finally given a real human face, however fleeting its glimpse.

Lee Wang
Music

HIM: Uneasy Listening Vol. 1

Uneasy Listening is H.I.M.’s best album (that isn't really an album) ever!

Music

Ariesta Birawa Group: Vol. 1, Indonesia

Ariesta Birawa Group sounds moderately-paced, good-humoured, and more conservative than the Beatles.

Deanne Sole
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Noein: To Your Other Self, Vol. 1 (2005)

Noein won't be the savior of its anime counterparts, but it won't tarnish their already ruined reputation, either.

Tiffany White
Music

Evan Stone: Sticks & Stone, Vol. 1

This is the story of a drummer, his sticks, and a tight band.

Music

Various Artists: Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Vol. 1

Excellent and educational compilation of folk songs, featuring members of Wilco, Freakwater, and the Bad Livers, as well as faculty and staff of Chicago's esteemed Old Town School of Folk Music.

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South Park - The Hits, Vol. 1: Matt and Treys Top Ten

For the casual fan or curious neophyte seeking to own only the most talked-about or controversial episodes of the last few years, this might be a good buy, but for everyone else, it's a disappointment.

Sean O'Neal
Music

0The Sound Dimension: Jamaica Soul Shake, Vol. 1

The first collection to feature Studio One's house band will please collectors, but may baffle neophytes.

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They Played the Game, Vol. 1 by Stephen Randall

If They Played the Game only gave a mirror to those who make a living with play this would be an adequate collection, but there are moments of pure wonder and delight that have nothing to do with the field.

James Withers
Music

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs: Under the Covers, Vol. 1

With the warmth of the sun beating down on a Sunday Morning, these power-pop veterans swoon lovingly through a collection of 1960s covers. And these birds can sing.

Whitney Strub
Music

George Michael, Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 (1990)

After "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", maybe this record's title asked too much. Still, this song cycle has the ambition of Stevie Wonder's 1970s work and Michael nearly had the talent to pull it off.

Dennis Cook

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