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Our Favorite Books of 2012

Our Favorite Books of 2012

Spectrum Culture Staff December 16, 2012 0

*Our best books list includes any book we read in 2012, regardless of release date* The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Vintage International/2011) Memory is a tricky thing and in The Sense

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Best of 2011: Honorable Mentions

Best of 2011: Honorable Mentions

Spectrum Culture Staff January 2, 2012 0

These excellent records fell just short of our Top 20 of 2011 list. The Antlers- Burst Apart [Frenchkiss] I suspect I’m not the only one who slowly scrolled through this very site’s Top 20

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The Top 20 Albums of 2011

The Top 20 Albums of 2011

Spectrum Culture Staff December 15, 2011 0

20. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life [Matador] The most ambitious band to vaguely fit under the description of “hardcore punk” since Refused dissolved, Toronto sextet Fucked Up have outdone themselves with this

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Best Books of the Year

Best Books of the Year

Spectrum Culture Staff December 15, 2011 0

*Our best books list includes books debuting in both hardcover and softcover in 2011* Griftopia: Bubbles Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America by Matt Taibbi (Spiegel & Grau) In

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Best Films of 2011

Best Films of 2011

Spectrum Culture Staff December 14, 2011 0

13 Assassins (Dir: Takeshi Miike, Toho Company/Magnet Releasing) Way out west, Takashi Miike is a symbol of Japanese perversion: that crazy director who made a movie about a girl with piano wire who keeps

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Top 25 Songs of 2011

Top 25 Songs of 2011

Spectrum Culture Staff December 14, 2011 1

25. St. Vincent – “Surgeon” [4AD] To know Annie Clark is to love her. The versatile songstress and musician has been making indie hearts melt since her time with the Polyphonic Spree, and her

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Best Performances of 2011

Best Performances of 2011

Spectrum Culture Staff December 12, 2011 0

Brad Pitt in Tree of Life and Moneyball Brad Pitt has done plenty to chip away at his pretty boy image in the past, but the actor truly shines in two career-defining roles this

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List Inconsequential: Our Defining Cultural Moments of 2011

List Inconsequential: Our Defining Cultural Moments of 2011

Spectrum Culture Staff December 11, 2011 0

Arcade Fire Wins Best Album Grammy Even as a confessed awards show geek, I know better than to put any stock into the value of the Grammys. The preeminent trophy of the recording industry

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Best Albums of 2011 (So Far): You Ain’t Livin’ Until You Hear These

Best Albums of 2011 (So Far): You Ain’t Livin’ Until You Hear These

Spectrum Culture Staff July 31, 2011 0

The year is more than half over with the big push of fall releases to come. But before we get mired down in year-end lists, have you heard all the vital 2011 releases? Some

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