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THIS WEEK

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Josef Krebs Posted: Oct 31, 2013 0 comments
Deadwood: The Complete Series, La Notte, Monster Cars: Monsters University 3D & Cars 3D, and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 9.
Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 29, 2013 0 comments
Also: Humble Pie expanded, Jethro Tull remixed in 5.1, and much more. Plus: the return of Dorothy Wiggin. (She used to be a Shagg.)

Josef Krebs Posted: Oct 23, 2013 0 comments
Three super collections on Blu-ray—John Cassavetes: Five Films, The Vincent Price Collection, Bruce Lee: The Legacy Collection
Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 22, 2013 0 comments
Also: Van Morrison’s Moondance in 5.1 on Blu-ray, Santana’s third album on audiophile vinyl, and ’80s tunes revamped by The Big Bright. Plus, let’s see…oh, yeah, Katy Perry.

Josef Krebs Posted: Oct 16, 2013 0 comments
Reviewed on Blu-ray: Pacific Rim, The Haunting, High Plains Drifter, Eyes Without a Face, Notting Hill & Love Actually, The Stranger.
Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 15, 2013 1 comments
Also reviewed: Pearl Jam. And in revue: many more new releases, as well as classic XTC in 5.1.

Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 08, 2013 0 comments
Whatever you think of Miley Cyrus these days, she does have you thinking. In other words, she got your attention. Which, in the current era of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and elder shockwoman Britney Spears, is the first order of business, and I do mean “business.”

The thing is, what if she’d gotten our attention another way?

Ken Richardson Posted: Oct 01, 2013 0 comments
Also reviewed: Joan Jett, Haim, Quasi, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Plus: the scoop on boxes from Rush and Vladimir Horowitz. And much more.

Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 24, 2013 0 comments
Also reviewed: Kings of Leon, Sting, and Icona Pop. Plus: a thematic list of all the other prominent new releases and reissues, including The Complete Waitresses and a big box of Nirvana’s In Utero.

Josef Krebs Posted: Sep 24, 2013 0 comments
Iron Man 3, The Big Combo, Foyle’s War: Set 7, 3 Films By Roberto Rossellini Starring Ingrid Bergman, Fear Eats the Soul 2 — The Nightmare Continues: Prince of Darkness, Halloween, Psycho II, Psycho III, V/H/S/2, Hannibal: Season 1.
Josef Krebs Posted: Sep 17, 2013 0 comments
World War Z, Fear Eats the Soul— The Horror Continues: Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, Bates Motel: Season 1, Autumn Sonata, Behind the Candelabra, and more.
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Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 16, 2013 1 comments
Also reviewed: Richard X. Heyman, Potty Mouth. Plus: boxes of the Band and the Grateful Dead.
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Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 10, 2013 Published: Sep 17, 2013 0 comments
This Week in Music, September 10, 2013: The country side of Sheryl Crow
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Ken Richardson Posted: Sep 03, 2013 0 comments

Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks

New release (Columbia; tour dates)
Photo of Trent Reznor by Baldur Bragson

Trent Reznor already came back haunted in March with the release of Welcome oblivion by How to destroy angels. That side project with Atticus Ross and (Reznor’s wife) Mariqueen Maandig took post-industrial/ambient music and made it sound fresh. By contrast, Hesitation Marks, Reznor’s first album in five years under the Nine Inch Nails moniker, seems beset by run-of-the-mill electronica. Ross and another veteran collaborator, Alan Moulder, return as co-producers with Reznor, but together they’re often just busy little techno-bees buzzing around Reznor’s generally average material.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 27, 2013 0 comments

The Great Gatsby

As with Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, with this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel set during the Roaring Twenties, the writer-producer-director creates a series of set pieces of bravura filmmaking with careering camerawork of huge zoom-ins and acrobatic fly-arounds all tied together with rapid montages.

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