Monthly Archives: May 2012

Licky as trips: Galore

Amazing what a greatest hits album will do. Stuck in the mephitic ooze that is host album Disintegration, “Fascination Street,” “Pictures of You,” and “Lullaby” barely emit a glow. Played end to end on Galore, the comp released by The … Continue reading

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The rage of the luxury yacht crowd

Digby tries to figure out what pisses off corporations so much about Obama: But the fury of the super rich conservatives is a little more baffling. After all, the stock market is doing well. Corporations are making record profits. Income … Continue reading

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Blood makes noise: Coriolanus

Playing Voldemort has done wonders for Ralph Fiennes’ acting. No longer burdened with projecting warmth, for which he has neither talent nor forbearance, he can concentrate on the lethal hatred he can squeeze out of his impenetrable blue eyes. Making … Continue reading

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“Who should be the next to die”

Let the games begin: the NYT’s comprehensive account of how Obama decides who dies. Thanks to a “legalistic” mind that can both shade and obscure nuance, Obama’s managed to fulfill a few public pledges while still killing more terrorists, keeping … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

…and long weekend

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Single reviews 5/25

What a concentration of 5′s! The Offspring – Days Go By (6) Alanis Morissette – Guardian (6) Kitty Pryde – Okay Cupid (6) Grimes ft. Majical Cloudz – Nightmusic (5) The Gaslight Anthem – 45 (5) Pitbull – Back in … Continue reading

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Acoustic whimsy: Ram

I tend to prefer Paul McCartney writing daft songs abetted by million-dollar production. When left on his own to make homespun sugar his whimsy is insufferable because inescapable (that’s when you miss John and Geore, never mind Ringo). So I’ve … Continue reading

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Female trouble: Pariah

Although like most coming-out movies the imaginative conceptions are hardly compensatory once the autobiographical material is consumed, Pariah is worth watching for the milieu and the wide-awake performance of young Adepero Oduye (the title is its most histrionic element).  A … Continue reading

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“I think of incarceration as pretty harsh”

I’m with Ta-Nehisi Coates on the sentencing of Dharun Ravi: Jail is pretty awful. A ten year bid would have almost certainly subjected to the constant threat of violence. I can’t really see what good that would do. The criminal … Continue reading

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You better treat her right: Donna Summer in 1983

After her disco career crested, Donna Summer recorded an amalgam of New Wave and Teutonic dance-trance called The Wanderer, on which she sounded confident and in control. It’s not in print, a situation that might change with Summer’s death and … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

In honor of the quiet storm programming to which I’ve paid special attention this week.

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Professional regret

On Dr. Robert L. Spitzer: Dr. Spitzer was then a junior member of on an American Psychiatric Association committee helping to rewrite the field’s diagnostic manual, and he promptly organized a symposium to discuss the place of homosexuality. That kicked … Continue reading

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