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Album Reviews

Steady

Sloan
Steady

Nov 25, 2022 Web Exclusive

On the 30th anniversary of their underrated, classic fuzz-rock debut Smeared, Canadian alt-pop legends Sloan mine a seam of melodious, ’60s-tinted guitar jangle on Steady, their 13th album.

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (2022 Mix)

Dead Kennedys
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (2022 Mix)

Nov 23, 2022 Web Exclusive

First off, if you have never experienced this album, it is an absolute must.

See You in the Stars

Lightning Seeds
See You in the Stars

Nov 23, 2022 Web Exclusive

Although it’s been more than a decade since we’ve heard from Lightning Seeds, little dust has accumulated on Ian Broudie’s production skills or pop songcraft.

Classic Interviews

Back to the Future’s Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly)

Back to the Future’s Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly)
Looking Back (at Back to the Future)

Oct 21, 2015 Back to the Future

Although she starred in more than her fair share of ‘80s classics—including Red Dawn and Some Kind of Wonderful—Lea Thompson is probably best known for her part as Marty McFly’s mother, Lorraine, in Back to the Future.

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.