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John’s Pick: Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever


John staff picks photoMen’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever
was Yorkshire garage-pop trio The Cribs’ major-label debut. For once a shot at a wider audience made for the perfection of the sound (in this case, anthemic hooks married to witty lyrics and fluid, twitchy guitar), rather than its watering down—proving there’s life still left in the Strokes/Maximo Park school.

By MPPL on February 22, 2011 Categories: Music, Picks by John, Staff Picks

John’s Pick: Paranoia Agent


John staff picks photoParanoia Agent
was the late anime master Satoshi Kon’s sole foray into television; this enigmatic, visually arresting and borderline Lynchian series follows a disparate group of Tokyo residents whose lives are impacted by a string of mysterious assaults.

By MPPL on December 21, 2010 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by John, Staff Picks

John’s Pick: Field Music (Measure)

John staff picks photoWith their third album, Field Music (Measure), UK indie-rock outfit Field Music have definitively mutated beyond their conspicuous XTC influences, taking apart their compelling guitar-pop melodies and reassembling them into a magnetically complex double-disc, kaleidoscopic epic.

By MPPL on October 18, 2010 Categories: Music, Picks by John, Staff Picks

John’s Pick: Phase IV


John staff picks photoPhase IV
was the celebrated graphic designer Saul Bass’ lone film as a director, a cerebral and visually assured science fiction exercise depicting an ordinary ant colony unnervingly transformed into a genuinely alien intelligence.

By MPPL on August 9, 2010 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by John, Staff Picks

John’s Pick: Make Way for Tomorrow

John staff picks photoConfirmed cynic Orson Welles reportedly said of Make Way for Tomorrow, “It could make a stone cry”—and this bittersweet, sharply observed, utterly heartbreaking 1937 picture will almost certainly move you as well.

By MPPL on May 31, 2010 Categories: Movies and TV, Picks by John, Staff Picks

John’s Pick: Asterios Polyp


John staff picks photoDavid Mazzucchelli‘s outstanding graphic novel Asterios Polyp isn’t notable just for its satisfying story – about an arrogant architect who learns to see the world in a new way – but for the way that story is told:  elegant visual devices abound in this thematically rich work.

By MPPL on March 22, 2010 Categories: Books, Picks by John, Staff Picks

Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked book coverJohn of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby:

Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby’s latest novel, is a return to the elements that made his debut novel High Fidelity a hit: music, romance and arrested development.  It tells the tale of a reclusive singer-songwriter who hasn’t recorded in years, the unexpected release of an acoustic version of his most popular album, and a trans-Atlantic correspondence with the increasingly disgruntled girlfriend of his biggest fan…which leads to something more.  As always, Hornby’s witty characterization runs side-by-side with his sharp observations of how the way we consume popular culture shapes our lives.

By MPPL on January 4, 2010 Categories: Books, Picks by John, Staff Picks

John’s Pick: A Matter of Life and Death

John staff picks photoFeatured in the Films of Michael Powell collection, A Matter of Life and Death stars David Niven as an aviator placed on trial for his life in Heaven after accidentally surviving a parachute-less jump. Graceful storytelling and visual sumptuousness are on display in this charming 1946 film.

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John M.’s Pick: Sacred Songs

John staff picks photoWhat happens when blue-eyed soul collides with progressive rock?  The result is Sacred Songs, Daryl Hall’s underappreciated avant-pop collaboration with ex-King Crimson leader Robert Fripp, in which Hall’s catchy pop hooks are punctuated by Fripp’s fascinating sonic experiments.

By MPPL on October 19, 2009 Categories: Music, Picks by John, Staff Picks

John’s Pick: Retrospective, Rarities & Instrumentals

John staff picks photoThe career-highlights disc Retrospective, Rarities & Instrumentals is the perfect introduction to the High Llamas‘ complex melodies and beautiful pop production, channeling post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys by way of Stereolab.

By MPPL on August 10, 2009 Categories: Music, Picks by John, Staff Picks