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L2T's picks for the best in music, comics, and more -- A crash and burn video game, Ramones DVD, and a graphic novel soundtrack are among our choices of what are not to be missed in alternative media

L2T's picks for the best in music, comics, and more

Music

TRACKER, BLANKETS (FILMguerrero) Increase the tissue-rating of Craig Thompson's stunning (both in story and heft) graphic novel Blankets by spinning this companion soundtrack of contemplative post-rock and ambient mood pieces by Portland, Ore.'s Tracker. (Out Oct. 5)

Games

BURNOUT 3: TAKEDOWN (EA; PS2, Xbox; T) How much do we love a racing game that actually rewards players who get into nasty pileups? Or who drive in the wrong lane, crash into intersections, and best of all, bump opponents off the road? The combo of racing and combat is brilliantly addictive. Just don't send us the insurance bill. (Out now)

COMICS | Ex Machina Writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and artist Tony Harris (Starman) want to know: If millionaire playboys and nerdy high schoolers can be superheroes, why not the mayor of New York? Their Mitchell Hundred is a Rocketeer-like wannabe do-gooder who finds success as a more buttoned-down public servant. The twist is how much of the action transpires in political back rooms, making for a comic that's terrifically intriguing, if occasionally talky. (Out now)

BOOKS | Various Authors

Playmate sex stories. Drug overdose near-misses. Not your last Friday night? Try the new autobiographies from three of L.A.'s most decadent rock dudes: Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro, and Anthony Kiedis (left). (All out in October)

MOVIES | DIG! Proving that Metallica isn't the only band in need of group therapy, this Sundance award-winning documentary details the combustible friendship/rivalry between the Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe and the Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor as they navigate the lines between art and commerce, indie and major, honest art and selling out. (In theaters Oct. 1)

DVD

RAMONES RAW If a clip of the Ramones meeting The Munsters' Al ''Grandpa'' Lewis doesn't cause heart palpitations, maybe the priceless prime-era concert footage will entice you to pick up the O.G. punks' first authorized DVD release. (In stores Sept. 28)

Originally posted Sep 17, 2004 Published in issue #784 Sep 17, 2004 Order article reprints
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