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Oct 23, 2009 Live Choir of Young Believers

As any music snob will readily admit, one of the greatest joys in life is catching a little known band before they break big. Pardon me for braggingas I presumptuously swirl my drink and haughtily raise my nose skywardbut when Choir of Young Believers claw their way out of obscurity and into larger venues, you’re in for quite a treat.

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Nick Hornby

Juliet, Naked

Published by Riverhead

Oct 23, 2009 Books Web Exclusive

A decade and a half after making a name for himself with High Fidelity, Nick Hornby has at last written a novel that, while not topping his debut, comes closer to the mark than any of his more recent output. Julet, Naked centers once again on the nature of male musical obsession.

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Madden 10 Wii

EA Sports

Oct 23, 2009 Video Games Web Exclusive

You can almost hear the graphics designers sighing as you begin Madden 10. They really seem to have put next to no effort into the look of the Wii version. The players look vaguely like bubbles, or the variations on hockey players seen in Nintendo’s Ice Hockey: tall and skinny, fat, and regular. Without the thrill of awesome graphics, a lot of pressure falls on the game play.

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Oct 23, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

The two main characters on the USA Network’s latest hour-long dramedy, White Collar, fit the channel’s “characters welcome” bill to a T. Chuck‘s ridiculously good-looking Matt Bomer plays con artist-turned-FBI-collaborator, Neal Caffrey. Starting out on the run, a captured Caffrey is approached by FBI agent Peter Burke (Tell Me You Love Me‘s Tim Dekay) to help nab white-collar criminals in exchange for a conditional, limited amount of freedom monitored by an ankle bracelet.

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Black Dynamite

Studio: Apparition
Directed by Scott Sanders; Starring: Michael Jai White

Oct 23, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Cancel the Oscars, Black Dynamite is the best film of 2009assuming, that is, that your definition of fine cinema includes kung fu, adulterated malt liquor, fightin’ The Man, drug-addled orphans, pimps, exploding cars going over cliffs, soul music, helicopter explosions, Vietnam vets, dudes getting thrown through walls, nunchuck fights, and former first lady Pat Nixon being pimp-slapped.

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Oct 23, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Fidel Castro’s communism had incredible, if often polarizing, effects on the music industry of Cuba. The island employed state-subsidized musicians who earned steady paychecks, and these artists had relatively little concern about their commercial success, giving them free reign to experiment and play from the heart. On the other hand, there was very limited access to recording equipment and the raw materials necessary to record and create albums.

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Where the Wild Things Are

Studio: Warner Bros.
Directed by Spike Jonze; Starring: Max Records and Catherine Keener

Oct 22, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Something about Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s picture book Where the Wild Things Are inspired director Spike Jonze and his co-screenwriter Dave Eggers to infuse the long-awaited feature film adaptation with a dispiriting sense of fear and sadness.

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Boredoms

Super Roots 10 EP

Thrill Jockey

Oct 22, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Super Roots 10 was released by Boredoms in early 2009, quickly selling out despite being completely unexpected and arriving without warning. For those who weren’t quick enough to purchase one of the original run or who haven’t snatched the record off a file sharing site in the last nine months, a U.S. version has now been released by Thrill Jockey.

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Oct 22, 2009 Live CMJ 2009 Day One

A review of day one of CMJ, Tuesday, October 20th, 2009. The write-up includes reports on sets by Javelin, The Love Language, Think About Life, The Walter Schreifels Band, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel, Laura Marling, and The Antlers.

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