Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Formed a decade ago as a side-project for Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and his childhood friend Jesse Hughes, Eagles of Death Metal, like The Raconteurs, have quickly become a riotously popular and profitable live act whose success threatens to overshadow the band-members’ more established groups. More

The Cure

4:13 Dream

Suretone/Geffen

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The Cure’s thirteenth album, released after yet another four-year wait (since 1992’s Wish, they’ve been following the same schedule as the Summer Olympics—probably not intentionally) begins with a wonderful one-two punch. More

30 Rock: Season 2

Universal/ NBC

Nov 01, 2008 TV Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

30 Rock has taken the place of the sorely missed Arrested Development as the funniest show on television. Tina Fey, currently one of the hardest working people in entertainment, somehow manages to find time to skewer Sarah Palin so brilliantly on Saturday Night Live, do American Express ads with Martin Scorsese, work on her upcoming book, raise her child, and write/produce/star in the comic genius that is 30 Rock. More

Crooked Fingers

Forfeit/Fortune

Red Pig/Constant Artists

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Putting on a pair of headphones and listening to Forfeit/Fortune is like stepping into a weird museum—everything catches the eye and the constant wonder is, “How did someone put all this in one place?” More

What We Do Is Secret DVD

Studio: Peace Arch/ Rhino

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

The story of Darby Crash, lead singer of L.A. punk band The Germs, is held under a microscope in Rodger Grossman’s What We Do Is Secret. Shane West plays lead singer Darby Crash, a drug using, self-abusing, promiscuous rock star; in other words, a cliché that we’ve seen a thousand times. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Dark Developments brings together Athens, Georgia musicians Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power in one of the most intriguing collaborations of the year. More

Irma Vep: Essential Edition DVD

Studio: Zeitgeist Video

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

French auteur Oliver Assayas’ smart and clever sendup of the French film industry, Irma Vep, finally arrives in special edition form on DVD some 10+ years after its release. More

Nov 01, 2008 Music Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Those who recognize Chairlift’s mesmeric single “Bruises” from an iPod Nano commercial will probably be surprised to hear the rest of the trio’s debut long-player. More

Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Nov 01, 2008 DVDs Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Adam Yauch (aka Beastie Boys’ MCA) directs this lively if inconsequential documentary about eight high-school basketball players competing in a national contest to show off their skill set at the legendary Rucker Park in Harlem. More