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vol 8 - issue 09 (may 2006) :: entertainmental
RE: VIEWS (LOOK)
Compiled by the staff of TLC
Above image by Kathrine Berger

Here's what we're reading, watching, loving, and hating. Click on the title to buy it on Amazon. Then buy some beer and invite us over to watch it.


 
 
Look! What's that?!? It's an aesthetically beautiful art book with an accompanying soundtrack! No, wait! It's actually a full-length CD from modern pop gods Blackcat Revival with a really well thought out and wonderfully executed lyric book! No, wait! It's all of those things and more! Yes, the kids at Omnibucket (who just two months ago released their first-ever book, Brainchild: A Collection Of Artifacts) have managed to do it again. Like an audible stew, Blackcat Revival mixes together the ingredients of almost every genre of music, leaving you artistically and creatively full. It's hard to tell if the book ends up serving as a backdrop for the CD, or if the music serves more as a background for the book, but that should be proof enough that it's a great whole package. Your eyes get the pretty paintings, photos, collages, and words, and your ears get the music. Put those two together, and your mouth gets the smile.
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Wayne Chinsang

 
 
The common mistake made with concert DVDs is that they don't show us anything exciting that happens outside of the performance. While it's cool to be able to relive the live performances with a concert DVD, if I'm gonna pay $20 for a disc I'd like a bit more than what I've already experienced. Something like Coachella: The Film. It's the perfect example of what a live concert DVD should be. Having never been able to attend the actual festival, this set makes up for it. Collected here are not only performances from over twenty acts (performances that span six of the festivals, I might add)-- including The Pixies, The Chemical Brothers, and The White Stripes-- but it also documents the crowd, land, weather, and every little detail that one would take notice of if they were actually there. The second disc features some great interview segments with people not featured on the first disc, as well as poster art and a few other goodies. Of course, this doesn't compare to taking in the festival in real life, but it's a damn nice alternative.
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Wayne Chinsang

 
 
A great night of comedy caught on DVD. The always-hilarious Dave Attell acts as MC, wrangling up great sets from Greg Giraldo and Dane Cook. While Sean Rouse was a little hit-or-miss for me, the rest of the performance had me gasping for air between laughing fits.
 
THE GRADE: A+
 
- Night Watchman

 
 
Finally, the great live performance of Faith No More at Brixton! What could make the DVD even better? Add their other long-out-of-print video collection to the package. Relive why Faith No More is, and always will be, a great and innovative band.
 
THE GRADE: A+
 
- Night Watchman

 
JASON ANFINSEN - STAB AT SLEEP (Jerk Alert Productions)
 
So, my first letter from Jason Anfinsen starts with this: "We the people of Seattle America find the defendant, Jason Anfinsen, guilty on all counts of being one hilarious motherfucker." And based on every email I got thereafter, I believe itís true. But this book of his, Stab At Sleep, isnít all motherfucking hilarity. Some of it seems really serious at times. Not in a pretentious, turn-the-page-until-we-get-to-something-good kind of way. In a, "Wow... yeah! Thatís exactly what itís like being human" kind of way. Not to make his ego any bigger than it already is, but Mr. Anfinsen put together a great collection of prose, poetry, and short stories here. At times, it reads like the brain thinks. Every word on the page is exactly what would be running through your head if you were experiencing what he experienced, too. And thatís a pretty noteworthy accomplishment.
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Vinnie Baggadonuts

 
LINCOLN (A&E Home Video)
 
Who doesnít like Abraham Lincoln? Really, have you ever met anyone who doesnít? Lincoln, presented by The History Channel, gives you an in-depth peek at a man whom we only learned about in passing in history class. The 140-minute (plus extras) presentation not only takes you through a timeline of his life, but also explores his motivations; or, moreover, his personal conflicts. A very, very interesting exhibit on a man who most people recognize but know very little about.
 
THE GRADE: A+
 
- Fphatty Lamar

 
MERCHANTS OF DEATH (Troma Films)
 
Ummm... yikes.
 
THE GRADE: D
 
- Bethany Shady

 
 
It's been awhile since Moby made an album that I really enjoyed, but seeing this collected live performance from his 2005 tour reminds me why I liked him in the first place. The performance itself isn't anything spectacular, but the show it captures features some of the great music Moby has been responsible for over the years, and the energy and electricity of his live act. You get nearly thirty songs, plus a handful of videos and short films. Also added to the set is a thirteen-song remix CD, which features the remixing talents of Mylo, Booka Shade, and a few others. The CD is alright, but it's apparent that it was just kind of thrown in to sweeten the deal.
 
THE GRADE: B+
 
- Wayne Chinsang

 
 
This infomercial-style "best of" has some great behind-the-scenes interviews and comments, along with great clips of Cleese at his finest. It's a DVD that will leave you clamoring to own the Monty Python box set. A tease, really.
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Night Watchman

 
 
Believe it or not, I had never seen Patton Oswalt do standup until this DVD. I'd only seen him in movies and on television. But now that I know how great he is, I'm going to stalk him.
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Night Watchman

 
QUEEN: UNDER REVIEW 1973-1980 (Music Video Distributors)
 
I ask you, who doesn't like Queen? That's right, no one! Queen: Under Review gives a raw analysis of the band's music by several critics and friends of the band, as well as fantastic early footage of all of the band's hits.
 
THE GRADE: B+
 
- Bethany Shady

 
THAT GIRL - SEASON ONE (Shout! Factory)
 
That Girl? You betcha, I said That Girl. Season One (Thirty episodes!) is out now in a five-DVD box set, and it's packed full of extras: a "making of", commentaries, show promos, and more. It's more Marlo Thomas than you could ever have dreamed! This groundbreaking show, featuring a girl who was both appealing and independent, still holds up forty years after its debut.
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Fphatty Lamar

 
 
Now you can see M2's most favorite pancake-loving man-child, Andy Milonakis, every time you crave fun-with-food skits, harassment of the elderly and unsuspecting delivery people, and horrible freestyle rapping. See all kinds of special guest appearances, including Snoop Dogg, Black Eyed Peas, and Lil' Jon. See all the bizarreness and insanity that happens when you let a strange boy have his own show. Special features include deleted skits, featurettes, and Ralphie outtakes. And don't forget to watch "Jesus Kitty vs. Satan Kitty"!
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Sal Swayzo

 
 
In January of 1982, punk and new wave met late-night TV, right after Johnny Carson. Tom Snyder, who takes a slightly naive approach about the emerging music scene, holds some amazing conversations with Patti Smith, Joan Jett, The Ramones, Elvis Costello, and many more. Some of the more bizarre interviews include the complete bastard John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), Wendy O. Williams, and Iggy Pop. Performances are also plentiful by all of the aforementioned artists, as well as The Jam and The Plasmatics.
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Sal Swayzo

 
 
A pretty damn straight-forward DVD: all of Tori's music videos, from Little Earthquakes to The Beekeeper. (And yes, it has both versions of "Cornflake Girl".) Extra goodies include Tori's commentary on every single video, and a behind-the-scenes special on the video for "A Sorta Fairytale".
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Goldfish

 
 
When M2 restructured its programming schedule last year, it made room for both new turds and new gems. Wonder Showzen was not only a gem, but also the best show of their then-new lineup. Created from two of the warped writers of South Park and Late Night with Conan O'BrienWonder Showzen is totally fucked and absolutely brilliant, hilarious and disturbing, and brutal and childlike all in the same breath. This two-disc set collects the eight episodes of Season 1, along with deleted scenes, outtakes, a hilarious "Storytime With Flava Flav" featurette, and more. Of course, the 170 minutes on the set makes it more than worth the asking price. But even more important is the fact that rarely does funny and original shit like this stick around (look at Arrested Development), so pick it up while you can.
 
THE GRADE: A
 
- Wayne Chinsang


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