Longwave

Secrets Are Sinister

Original Signal

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

Count Longwave as yet another “New York Band” from early in the decade that failed to live up to the hype (or potential). More

Little Joy

Little Joy

Rough Trade

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

Rodrigo Amarante, Fabrizio Moretti, and Binki Shapiro’s self-titled debut as Little Joy is a short, sweet cup of garage-pop flavored with hints of sunny ’60s California folk, calypso, Brazilian Tropicalia, and even Carolina beach music. More

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

The most noticeable thing about the Kaiser Chiefs’ third long-player, Off With Their Heads, is its producer, Mark Ronson. More

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

PS3/Xbox 360/ LucasArts/Havok

Nov 01, 2008 Video Games Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Star Wars fandom is strong with geeks. So strong that after several subpar prequels and the shitty The Clone Wars animated movie, fans were still feverishly anticipating the release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Sorry fans, you’ve been fooled again! More

Rock Band 2

Xbox 360/PS3/Harmonix/ MTV Games

Nov 01, 2008 Video Games Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

How do you make a game as good as Rock Band better? In Rock Band 2’s case, it means that you stick to the basics—having fun and dorking out—by streamlining the process with an easier interface, better instruments, and a grip of new songs. More

Fable II

Xbox 360/ Lionhead Studios

Nov 01, 2008 Video Games Year End 2008 - Best of 2008

Peter Molyneux’s long-awaited followup to 2004’s Fable is so good that it has turned this RPG-hating critic into a full-fledged addict who’s considering leaving his day job and making Fable II his life. More

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

David Wild doesn’t do a whole lot of worrying, but does a whole ton of loving in this celebration of Neil Diamond’s life and work. More

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

Veteran music critic Dave Thompson’s angry little book is a sometimes mystifying, often hilarious journey through “rock’n’roll…not rock AND roll…or rock & roll” from the late ’60s to the mid-’70s. More

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

For many ’90s music fans, Blind Melon represented much more than just “No Rain” and the Bee Girl that propelled the band to fame. More