Oct 19, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Originally released in 1993, Saint Etienne’s sophomore album So Tough features refined electo-pop accented with a splash of kitsch. 16 years later, So Tough’s reissue—complete with a bonus disc of unreleased and overlooked B-sides—proves that wine isn’t the only thing that ages well. More

Oct 17, 2009 TV Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

There's nothing you can say about Monty Python in six hours that can't be said in the five minutes it takes to re-watch the "Dead Parrot" sketch, but here's IFC with a brand new documentary featuring new interviews with all surviving Python members, their families and friends, as well as archival photos and video and rarely seen interview footage. More

Paranormal Activity

Studio: Paramount Pictures
Written and directed by Oren Peli; Starring: Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat

Oct 16, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

With so much hype now surrounding Paranormal Activity, there are bound to be viewers who leave the film unimpressed with its home-video look and moderation of action and visual effects; its best parts are like a ghostly take on Andy Warhol’s Sleep. Still, thanks to its sufficient dose of bloodless scares and a crafty marketing strategy by distributor Paramount Pictures, Paranormal Activity has reached event status just in time for Halloween. More

Oct 16, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Fables is the very popular comic book series from DC/Vertigo that reimagines imaginary figures as castaways from their faerie lands, living in the real world among us mundane, or "mundy" types. Most of your favorites, such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming, Blue Beard, the Big Bad Wolf, and many more have appeared in the long-running comic. More

Air

Love 2

Astralwerks

Oct 16, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

Judging from the contentious back-and-forth discourse following the viral release of single "Do the Joy," Air fans most likely fall into two camps: those that want Moon Safariand the group that prefers Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin's more vaporous downtempo jams. More

Lauren Dukoff

Family

Published by Chronicle

Oct 15, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

Photo books of musicians or music scenes are tricky business. Too often, these tomes come across as either lifeless documents of some alien world to which the reader has no relatable context, or they function as vaguely voyeuristic glimpses into the lives of those who are lauded as heroes. The pictures of Lauren Dukoff's Family, however, attempt something greater in scope than simple documentation of moments in time. More

Oct 15, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since The Flaming Lips released their genre-busting masterpiece The Soft Bulletin. That album changed the game for experimental independent musicians and helped pave the way for indie rock to come. These days The Flaming Lips are elder statesman in a much younger person's scene, but they continue to push boundaries with the best of them. More

Pearl Jam

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Monkeywrench

Oct 14, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

As they were for many people my age (40> X > 30; people who were somewhere between emerging teens and graduating from college when Ten was released), Pearl Jam was a touchstone for my youth and my musical independence. But the band, as it did for many people, lost me. They became so concerned with how they were perceived, and in fact, so concerned that people bothered to perceive them at all, that they remade and recast themselves as a machine set to purposeful failure. More

Oct 14, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

While some of the appeal of comic books lies in following the soap opera-like developments in the lives of favorite characters over years, or even decades, it's surely a welcome relief to read stories that aren't tied into a long, complex continuity. More