Monthly Archives: August 2007

Oh well

For the Things Don’t Change file: Charles Dickens describing the House of Representatives in American Notes: I saw in them, the wheels that move the meanest perversion of virtuous Political Machinery that the worst tools ever wrought. Despicable trickery at … Continue reading

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Rather pokey in spots, its score obtrusive, tentatively pessimistic ending patting itself on the bank; yet The Lookout is blessed with three of this year’s best performances: by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, and Matthew Goode. Earlier this year I cited … Continue reading

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Rather pokey in spots, its score obtrusive, tentatively pessimistic ending patting itself on the bank; yet The Lookout is blessed with three of this year’s best performances: by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, and Matthew Goode. Earlier this year I cited … Continue reading

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No, the problem with M.I.A.’s Kala is simpler than most of the reasons proffered here: wondrous first half, poor second half, and only two songs sound like sonic and lyrical expansions: the Bollywood neo-disco of “Jimmy” and the somber “Paper … Continue reading

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No, the problem with M.I.A.’s Kala is simpler than most of the reasons proffered here: wondrous first half, poor second half, and only two songs sound like sonic and lyrical expansions: the Bollywood neo-disco of “Jimmy” and the somber “Paper … Continue reading

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A perfect example of an avant-garde band whose most subversive work (to these ears) adapted pop principles is Pere Ubu. Cloudland, my favorite album of theirs, was remastered with bonus tracks a few months ago, after being out of print … Continue reading

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A perfect example of an avant-garde band whose most subversive work (to these ears) adapted pop principles is Pere Ubu. Cloudland, my favorite album of theirs, was remastered with bonus tracks a few months ago, after being out of print … Continue reading

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It depresses me when I agree with Stephen Thomas Erlewine, but he’s right about the underwhelming Garbage compilation. Leading with a minor hit single whose first words are a catchy non sequitur, the collection avoids as much context as possible … Continue reading

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It depresses me when I agree with Stephen Thomas Erlewine, but he’s right about the underwhelming Garbage compilation. Leading with a minor hit single whose first words are a catchy non sequitur, the collection avoids as much context as possible … Continue reading

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"Night Runner"

Entertainment Weekly is allowing visitors to stream the new Duran Duran-Timbo-Justin collaboration “Night Runner.” The first fifteen seconds – with the clicks, woodblock percussion, and synth-chime melody – sound like Rich Harrison producing TKA, while the bridge turns into robo-Gibb … Continue reading

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"Night Runner"

Entertainment Weekly is allowing visitors to stream the new Duran Duran-Timbo-Justin collaboration “Night Runner.” The first fifteen seconds – with the clicks, woodblock percussion, and synth-chime melody – sound like Rich Harrison producing TKA, while the bridge turns into robo-Gibb … Continue reading

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Simon’s mini review of the Anton Corbijn’s Control has got me very excited, although I worry about a Joy Division that’s “grimly verite and gloriously aestheticized.” I suppose indie’s version of the Jim Morrison myth (the myth, I stress, not … Continue reading

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