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Album Reviews

More Cover Songs

Guards
More Cover Songs

Dec 01, 2022 Web Exclusive

Ten years after Guards released its first (brief) set of cover songs—aptly titled Cover Songs—Richie Follin and company are back with another creatively titled release, More Cover Songs.

The Number of the Beast (40th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue)

Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast (40th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue)

Nov 30, 2022 Web Exclusive

Iron Maiden are the most enduring metal band of our times and undoubtedly one of the most endearing.

Lavender

Gemma Laurence
Lavender

Nov 29, 2022 Web Exclusive

In the waning days of fall, as the weather gets colder and the last of the leaves drift from the trees, there’s a bittersweet nostalgic beauty to be found in the ending of the year and the beginning of a new one. It is easy to turn inward when wistful memories of days gone past and uncertain imaginings of those to come cloud the air. Lavender, the sophomore album from singer/songwriter Gemma Laurence unfolds in this place.

Classic Interviews

Filmmaker Joe Swanberg on “Win It All”

Filmmaker Joe Swanberg on “Win It All”
"Win It All" stars Jake Johnson and is now streaming on Netflix

Apr 07, 2017 Joe Swanberg

Even though filmmaker Joe Swanberg was directing scenes with Jake Johnson and Keegan Michael-Key — two comedic actors renowned for being quick on their feet — his latest film was the least improvisational of the director’s career. Titled Win It All, the movie has the most fleshed out plot of any Swanberg movie, featuring a story written by him and Johnson about a fiendish gambler plays away an entire duffel bag full of cash belonging to a dangerous convict. The result: more positive reviews than any film Swanberg has garnered in his career of niche, off-the-cuff style flicks.

Comic Book Reviews

Keeping Two

Keeping Two
Fantagraphics

May 26, 2022 Web Exclusive

All the best things in life take time, and yet it’s natural to fear that same passing. In Keeping Two, the latest graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Jordan Crane, and an endeavour which has appropriately been in the offing for 20 years, time is less a linear pathway than a kaleidoscope of interconnected anxieties, hopes, and dreams.

Book Reviews

After All is Said and Done: Taping the Grateful Dead 1965-1995

Mark A. Rodriguez
After All is Said and Done: Taping the Grateful Dead 1965-1995

Sep 21, 2022 Web Exclusive

The fervor and obsession that drove Grateful Dead’s tape-trading community throughout the band’s lifetime gets a fascinatingly detailed focus in Mark A. Rodriguez’s After All is Said and Done: Taping the Grateful Dead 1965-1995.

Interviews

Michael Rother of NEU! on Their 50th Anniversary Box Set

Michael Rother of NEU! on Their 50th Anniversary Box Set

Nov 23, 2022

Fifty years from the release of their debut album, the music of the German duo NEU! sounds as fresh, intriguing, and arresting as it must have for those early adventurous and curious listeners. NEU! 50! collects their recordings of in a 5-CD box set that presents all four original albums and a tribute disc featuring interpretations and remixes from The National, Mogwai, IDLES, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, and more. A 5-LP vinyl version includes the first three original albums and the tribute.

Eric Appel on Directing and Casting “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”

Eric Appel on Directing and Casting “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”

Nov 04, 2022 Web Exclusive

How weird would it be to play “Weird Al” Yankovic? The “Eat It” and “White and Nerdy” singer is so renowned for hilariously reinterpreting hit songs, how could an actor possibly reinterpret this singular satirist in a big-screen satire?

Lists

Star Trek TV Series Ranked from Best to Worst

Aug 07, 2022

A definitive ranking of every Star Trek series is an impossible task. Some segments of the fandom will always disagree with the ranking. To be clear, this is mySteve King’s definitive ranking. I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek more times than I can count. I’ve written one or two things about it, and although sci-fi fantasy fans are a persnickety bunch, I tend to take the Bradley Nowell (of Sublime) approach: “I feel like I’m stoned. I feel like watching Star Trek and eating Chinese food or something.” In other words, lighten up, nerds.

This list will fluctuate as new shows debut and others falter. But this is still Star Trek we’re talking about. It’s all excellent. It just varies in degrees. Future seasons may render some of these rankings irrelevant. But for now, it’s the way I see things and I’m kind of an expert on the subject. Prepare to be enraged or to agree with a very stable genius. By Steve King

Blog

Lana Del Rey – Reflecting on the 10th Anniversary of “Paradise”

Lana Del Rey – Reflecting on the 10th Anniversary of “Paradise”

Nov 11, 2022 By Austin Saalman

“Elvis is my daddy, Marilyn’s my mother, Jesus is my bestest friend,” sings indie pop phenomenon Lana Del Rey on her beguiling, if overlooked Paradise EP, identifying herself yet again as a neon lovechild of popular culture, and further mythologizing herself as a musical force to be reckoned with.