Herewith, Dave Barry’s year in review: Shortly thereafter McCain stuns the world, and possibly himself, by selecting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a no-nonsense hockey mom with roughly 114 children named after random nouns such as “Hamper.”” “On the Republican side, John McCain emerges as the front-runner when Mitt Romney drops out of the race, citingContinue reading

Pacific Ocean Poo

Thank you, Matos, for expressing what I thought in July when I heard Dennis Wilson’s rightfully withheld masterpiece. I’ll only add that: (a) nobody in the late seventies sounded this addled and lachrymose unless you were Leif Garrett, and, on certain cuts, that’s the kind of standard Wilson achieves; (b) if you’re going to essayContinue reading “Pacific Ocean Poo”

When I saw the trailer for Doubt, I smacked my lips: it looked like an (un)holy combination of Agnes of God meets Notes From a Scandal, a mix of religio-mystic hokum and melodrama. Sad to say, Doubt was a lot worse. This farrago, adapted by and from John Patrick Shanley’s play, lacks the basic mechanicsContinue reading

Top Singles of 2008

Likely the ballot I’ll submit to Pazz and Jop (the first ten anyway): 1. Hercules and Love Affair – “Blind” (Frankie Knuckles remix)2. The-Dream featuring Rihanna – “Livin’ a Lie”3. Cut Copy – “So Haunted”4. Q-Tip – “Gettin’ Up”5. The Juan MacLean – “Happy House”6. Raphael Saadiq – “The Big Easy”7. Big Boi feat. AndreContinue reading “Top Singles of 2008”

Although I’ve owned it for two years, I don’t use my iPod “properly.” It mostly acts as a musical way station, into which I upload the new albums I’m reviewing or interested in, or older favorites I need to hear at that moment. But I’ve never used all its memory capacity; as of eight-thirty thisContinue reading