Automatic Writing Machine. Review by Scott Adams.
Peter Laughner (Smog Veil Records). Review by James Mann.
Benjy Stone writes for the brand-new media, television, and meets his childhood hero, the drunken Alan Swan. Can Benjy keep Swan sober long enough to entertain America?
Silver/Lead (Pink Flag). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
Illinois River Valley Blues (Thrill Jockey). Review by Bob Pomeroy.
Carl F Gauze relives the Cinemax late night adult era with this French sci-fi parody that mixes hardcore VHS adult material with an MST3K-flavored mix of bad Euro-scifi.
Agoraphobic Ian lives in filth and disgrace, but is saved by a talking fungus and girl with a tolerance for vomit fetish.
May Terry heads to Prospect Park for a musical speed date with Wild Flag that leaves the taste of six degrees of Riot Grrl in her mouth.
Elvis Costello hosts a hip rock and roll show on Sundance Channel; Carl F Gauze tries on his first pair of Buddy Holly glasses.
Thirty-five years of Soul Train on three DVDs leaves Scott Adams with a serious ’70s jones.
A two-DVD set featuring two documentaries about U2, one focusing on an analysis of the album Achtung Baby and the other on the band’s first two albums of the 2000s.
Sir John Gielgud threatens to clear the room with this eight-hour history of English verse, from Chaucer to Dylan Thomas. Carl F Gauze convinces you to stay.
Words From The Front (Collectors’ Choice). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Dreamtime (Collector’s Choice). Review by Carl F Gauze.
Even if you’re not a child of the ’70s, sweep the comic books off your coffee table – Matthew Moyer thinks you should make room for New York Dolls: The Photographs of Bob Gruen.
For Emma, Forever Ago (JagJaguar). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Matthew Moyer is glad that Holly George-Warren and the other compilers of this coffeetable-riffic collection of punk photos fetishize image as much as he does.
Trampin’ (Columbia Records). Review by Al Pergande.
No Questions Asked (Atavistic). Review by Terry Eagan.
Travels in the South (Yep Roc). Review by Sean Slone.
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