Los Campesinos!

Romance is Boring

Wichita/Arts & Crafts

Jan 28, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

If Los Campesinos!' first album, Hold on Now, Youngster, was the sound of worked-up adolescents pining for easy sex, and its rush-released follow up, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, the sound of crushed young adults learning there's no such thing, the group's latest, Romance is Boring, is the inevitable realization that even stable relationships don't make sex any less elusive. More

Jan 27, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

The Decemberists' 2009 album The Hazards of Love now has an animated album-length video companion, one that brings to mind those '60s and '70s rock 'n' roll films that were often watched with chemical enhancement. More

Charlotte Gainsbourg

IRM

Elektra/Because

Jan 27, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

As an actress, Charlotte Gainsbourg has made a career by placing herself in the hands of collaborators. In 2006, she took that theory into the studio for the first time in 20 years, working with Air, Jarvis Cocker, and Neil Hannon to create dreamy sophomore album 5:55. Now, four years later, Gainsbourg is back with a little help from a friendthis time, Beck. More

Joe the Barbarian (Issue 1)

DC/Vertigo

Written by Grant Morrison; Art by Sean Murphy

Jan 26, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

In the debut issue of Joe the Barbarian we meet Joe Manson. His mother constantly berates him to get his head out of the fantasy world of his sketchbook, and like many geeky adolescent boys he gets bullied at school. More

Jan 25, 2010 Music Issue #29 - Year End 2009 - Best of the Decade

What an incredible year for Animal Collective! First they release their monumental Merriweather Post Pavilion to near universal critical acclaim. It charts in the Billboard Top 20, a feat nearly unimaginable 10 years ago when the band began releasing albums. More

Fight Club Blu-ray

Studio: Fox

Jan 23, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

The first rule of Fight Club on Blu-ray is: You don't talk about Fight Club on Blu-ray.

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One Model Nation

Image

C. Allbritton Taylor, art by Jim Rugg

Jan 22, 2010 Comic Books Web Exclusive

One Model Nation, an original graphic novel from Image, has a lot of cooks in the kitchen, and even the "who's who" is a little muddied. "C. Allbritton Taylor" is also known as Courtney Taylor-Taylor, lead singer of The Dandy Warhols. Credited as "historian" is Donovan Leitch, of Nancy Boy, Camp Freddy, and some movie acting roles. The two are co-credited as coming up with the original concept as well. More

Jan 22, 2010 Live Web Exclusive

You are in between albums. You are bored. You are fooling around in the studio. A side project is born. This is the story behind The Hotrats, comprised of Supergrass' persona, Gaz Coombes (vocalist/guitarist) and powerhouse, Danny Coffey (drummer). More

Jan 22, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

While the glam rock era of the early 1970s could arguably be one of the most scrutinized, mimicked, analyzed and ultimately eviscerated scenes in books, media, and copycat bands in recent years, Dave Thompson manages to put a new spin on his examination of glam by primarily focusing on that essential period from 1970-1973 when the lives of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reedarguably the triptych of vitality in glam rockneatly dovetailed to create a monumental shift in the face of rock music. More