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The Must List: Week of July 6, 2008

”Mad Men” on DVD, Liz Phair reissue, and ”Wipeout” — all among the 10 pop-culture gems we love this week

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Mad Men
Carin Baer

DVD
1 MAD MEN, SEASON ONE on DVD
Glory in the hazy hedonism of advertising’s golden age, and keep us from putting the words ”Mad Men” and ”best show you’re not watching” in the same sentence ever again. (Review >)

MUSIC
2. EXILE IN GUYVILLE, Liz Phair
It’s the 15th anniversary of ”Divorce Song.” So what do you get the reissue that has everything? Listeners. (Concert Review >)

RADIO
3. ROADSIDE REVIEWS on NPR
Who better to critique audiobooks than truckers? They have time, don’t mince words, and know what they like. It’s just lucky for us that the ultimate captive audience is also captivating.

MUSIC
4. THA CARTER III, Lil Wayne
Go ahead, debate the virtues of the hypnotic flow of ”Lollipop” or the Jay-Z-assisted ”Mr. Carter,” if you must. But turning an album platinum in a single week brooks no argument. (Review >)

TV
5. GRANDMOTHER on ‘Living Lohan’
All hail Nana! Like a lost Golden Girl, she takes no guff, keeps Dina in check, and gives Lohan a reason to live. (Review >)

TV
6. WIPEOUT on ABC
We dug this loony obstacle course when it was a Japanese show called MXC. But it’s even more fun to hear players lose it in English.

TV
7. ‘RESCUE ME’ Minisodes on FX
Just one five-minute clip of Tommy and Co. is a fun-size bite, but all 10 of them will certainly make a meal. So snack up, Rescue fans — that’s all you’re getting till next spring. (Review >)

TV
8. GREEN PORNO on the Sundance Channel
Porno couldn’t be any more random if it were a Mad Lib: Isabella Rossellini writes, directs, and stars in eight film shorts about insect sex (insex?). The secret lives of bees, indeed.

BOOK
9. VANITY PL8 PUZZLES, by Michelle Mazzulo
It’s YZR to enjoy PL8S in this book than when you’re NYR4RNR and have to pay UHXSHUN.

READER’S CHOICE
10. ”SPOTLIGHT,” Jennifer Hudson
No overproduced studio tricks here. J. Hud’s woman-done-wrong R&B throwback track is as pure as it is powerful and — hoo hoo — may be our summer jam.
Submitted by Sean

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