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Dec 16, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Neil Young's first solo album after the breakup of Buffalo Springfield is pretty stunning to listen to 40 years after its release, especially in such pristine remastered form. More

The Hangover: Unrated Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Warner Bros.

Dec 15, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Director Todd Phillips was on the outs from some movie fans after the terrible back-to-back crappiness of Starsky & Hutch and School for Scoundrels (not to mention having his involvement virtually erased from Borat), but 2009 was as perfect a year as any for a comeback. The Hangover provided a much-needed hilarious escape from the many overbloated disappointments (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Terminator Salvation, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) of the sequel-laden summer and became one of the most successful R-rated comedies of all time.  More

Dec 15, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Four years after their eponymous debut, British quartet Engineers are back with a sophomore effort that methodically shifts their sound from pleasantalbeit sleepydream pop, to actively engaging shoegaze. However, while Three Fact Fader's highpoints often recall a more accessible Lush or Slowdive, Engineers are careful to treat their predecessors as reference points rather than crib notes. More

Dec 13, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

The 30 songs on The Singles Collection effectively compile Creedence Clearwater Revival's first 15 singles in chronological order. All the most recognizable material is here, and, as such, this collection is nearly identical in content to the band's Chronicle Vol. 1 greatest hits album, excepting the addition of a few more tracks. More

Dec 11, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

You know it was bound to happen. Bristol noisniks Fuck Buttons, aka Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power, have hooked up with a big name boardsman-in this case DJ, remixer, and producer Andrew Weatherall-and toned down their aural apocalypse. More

Tormented

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by John Wright; Starring: Alex Pettyfer, April Pearson, Dimitri Leonidas, Calvin Dean, Tuppence Middleton and Georgia King

Dec 10, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

The cruelty of high school is one of horror movies' most familiar motifs, but few high schools are more purely miserable than the parochial school in Tormented, where even the teachers join the popular kids in humiliating the outcasts. More

Sufjan Stevens

The BQE CD/DVD

Asthmatic Kitty

Dec 10, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

For those who are hoping The BQE represents the long-awaited next installment in Sufjan Stevens' slow trek across the U. S. of A, look elsewhere. For those who are hoping to get some of Stevens' trademark Americana lyrics and witty storytelling, you, too, are barking up the wrong tree. More

Dec 09, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

It's interesting how the music that was "alternative" during the '90s has become the classic rock of today. This phenomenon is most apparent with Pearl Jam, their songs now seeming almost as much a staple of classic rock radio as, say, Led Zeppelin. However, in terms of sound and sentiment, one of the bands whose true ethos seems closest to that of classic rock fare is Foo Fighters. More

The Fir-Tree

It Books

Hans Christian Andersen, Adapted by Lilli Carré

Dec 08, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

The Fir-Tree is Lilli Carré's sometimes enchanting graphic interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic Christmas tale. (Read the original here.) The meteroic graphic novel artist/author also penned Nine Ways to Disappear, The Lagoon, and Tales of Woodsman Pete, and she contributes to This American Life. More