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It is official — iconic PVD noisemongers Arab on Radar are back on the grid and about to end their eight-year hiatus with a nationwide reunion tour beginning this weekend in Easthampton, Massachusetts, followed by a stop at AS220 on July 3.
Arab on Radar are back on the attack
| July 02, 2010
Ruste Juxx & Marco Polo | The Exxecution
I feel sorry for the mothers whose fake thug sons were shot and stabbed in the making of this album.
Duck Down (2010)
| April 02, 2010
Red Queens and White Knights
Four new DVD releases that capitalize on the latest Alice in Wonderland rush.
We’re not through with the Looking Glass, here, people
| March 12, 2010
Video: 2010 horror movie previews
Will 2010 be a festive romp of eye-gouging, throat-slitting, and disemboweling?
Hollywood Splat Pics and Horrific Indies
| January 29, 2010
Big Star | Keep and Eye on the Sky
Like most Big Star fans, author Robert Gordon overheats a little in the biographical essay that accompanies this handsome four-disc box set.
| December 11, 2009
Revisiting the greatest Harvard-Yale game
It takes some doing to make Harvard look like an underdog in anything. But Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29 — Kevin Rafferty's 2008 movie (out now on DVD) and new book (released this past month) about the famous football rivalry — does just that.
Crimson Bowl Over Dept.
| November 20, 2009
There was a moment between the late ’80s and the early ’90s when hip-hop was cheerier than diaper commercials.
Remember Onyx? They’re still pissed.
| August 14, 2009
Feel the music
I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
| December 08, 2008
No longer the undercover DEA agent of the game, Max oversees NYPD “cold case” files. They don’t come much colder than this one.
Bloodless, PG-13-rated action noir
| October 21, 2008
“You can actually make something out of nothing because we had shit, then we somehow whipped up this fucking fury — Arab On Radar,” says Jeff Schneider.
Arab On Radar revisited, via DVD, with Sunshine for Shady People
| September 25, 2008
Not by George
A long time ago, on a bricks-and-mortar soundstage far, far away, the last great Star Wars movie was made.
Robot Chicken: Star Wars
| August 11, 2008
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price
With a collective age of 225, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price live up to this concert DVD’s title, which it shares with an equally superb studio album released last year.
Last of the Breed | A+E
| January 28, 2008
Scene and heard
Entertainment companies are pumping out music DVD titles by the hundreds, and 2008 will see a deluge of releases across all genres.
The year ahead in DVDs
| December 31, 2007
Repackaging music in box-set format and in newer, more-deluxe versions is a marketing ploy that’s been around at least since the dawn of the CD age.
The ongoing survival of the box set
| December 11, 2007
Sex, Iraq, and pop culture
How many times a day do you think about sex? How many times a day do you think about the war in Iraq?
The war for our attention
| January 11, 2007
Every year the box sets reshuffle jazz history.
Box sets and jazz history
| December 12, 2006
Sure, we all know Get Smart! is out on DVD in time for the holidays, and the Superman films (all of them, going back to 1948), and Mission Impossible: The Ultimate Missions Collection , sure, sure, as if you could miss the bleating sirens of studio pu
Film-smart gifts for people who think they’ve seen everything
| December 07, 2006
Forward into the past!
Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
| September 14, 2006
Watching the third and final season of Arrested Development , out now on DVD, it becomes clear why the show didn’t find a larger audience.
The final season of Arrested Development on DVD
| September 07, 2006
Feel-good movie of the summer
With the upcoming November elections poised to determine the future of Congress, what better gift could Republicans ask for than a popular Hollywood movie that conjures the image that for five years has granted them power and impunity? Watch the trai
Oliver Stone: from the Hollywood crackpot of JFK to the Republican sellout of World Trade Center
| August 10, 2006
Parsons’s influence is pervasive, from the Stones to Elvis Costello, Uncle Tupelo, and Wilco.
The country-rock gospel of Gram Parsons
| August 03, 2006
In the early ’80s I often went to the Ding Ho, that ratty Inman Square excuse for a Chinese restaurant/comedy club, where I caught fabulous Boston comedians on the way up.
Ding Ho nights, Mongolian Ping Pong , Be with Me
| June 24, 2006
Da Vinci Code
You’d have expected this trio to arrive as a boxed set, but for reasons even Dan Brown might be hard-pressed to explain, the Da Vinci Code soundtrack is on Decca instead of Sony.
Three movie tie-in discs
| May 23, 2006
As much as I lament the continuing decline of attendance at the cineplex, it’s also easy to understand.
The 25 Greatest DVD Special Features of All Time
| April 25, 2006
It's easy to see how Wedding Crashers , the latest offering from the New Comedy Mafia, became the sixth-highest grossing film of 2005 (out-grossing The 40-Year Old Virgin by a cool hundred million dollars).
Wedding Crashers comes uncorked on DVD
| January 31, 2006
Heat of the moment
There's a reason comedies are rarely over 110 minutes, and Virgin is a good example.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin plays with itself too much
| January 19, 2006
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