Author Archives: josephchilders

Our Band, Your Life

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the publication of Michael Azerrad’s seminal history, Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981- 1991.  The book traces the beginning of what we now call indie rock by profiling thirteen … Continue reading

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The Year in Music 2010

There’s no getting around it.  2010 was a parade of disasters, natural and otherwise.  Oil spills, earthquakes, and Republicans all conspired to up the suck  quotient on the new decade.  But musically, the year was an embarrassment of riches and … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Films of 2010

10 | Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World directed by || Edgar Wright I should have hated this. I’m bored with 8-bit nostalgia. I’m over ADD editing. I wanted to strangle the too-twee-for-its-own-good comic. If I never see a fourth wall … Continue reading

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Why every good movie is a miracle, part two

WHAT TV IS DOING THAT THE MOVIES AREN’T In the last post, I talked about the inherent difficulties in creating original art in a medium as collaborative and expensive as film. Yet television, long considered a ‘wasteland’, is enjoying a … Continue reading

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Why every good movie is a miracle, part one

“Ninety percent of everything is crap.” – Theodore Sturgeon The successful sci-fi author delivered that gem to Venture magazine, after being bombarded with the umpteenth question about why so much sci-fi sucks so hard so often. And so was born … Continue reading

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The first spouses of cinema

I can’t say I’m surprised that French First Lady Carla Bruni is teaming up with Woody Allen for his next film. The professional homewrecker sophisticated chanteuse and the pseudo-incestuous pedophile prestigious auteur have no shortage of things in common to … Continue reading

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After Last Season: The avant-garde of incompetence

Right Guard shill/Redman BFF Method Man once quipped that his late Wu-Tang partner, Russell Jones, went by the alter-ego Ol’ Dirty Bastard because “There ain’t no father to his style”.   Despite obvious differences in talent and temperament, the same … Continue reading

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