Monthly Archives: June 2009

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The best Michael Jackson obits I’ve read: Marcello Carlin (he hears Martin Fry and Trevor Horn in “Beat It”; about Off The Wall: “a pop-up encylopedia containing everything everyone should reasonably or unreasonably need to know about pop and how … Continue reading

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Singles Jukebox reviews

New bits on Kanye West ft. Mr. Hudson (people really do love 808 & Heartbreak), Calle 13 ft. Ruben Blades, the inexplicable Phoenix, and Wale ft. Lady Gaga (Wale and Drake are neck in neck for Most Egregious Squandering of … Continue reading

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Bravo, Frank Rich: No president possesses that magic wand, but Obama’s inaction on gay civil rights is striking. So is his utterly uncharacteristic inarticulateness. The Justice Department brief defending DOMA has spoken louder for this president than any of his … Continue reading

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As the President and the House crow about a cap and trade bill so diluted that business leaders get to smack their lips over its “sweeteners” (by the way, isn’t there something…weird about the notion of trading “energy credits”?), the … Continue reading

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You are not alone, so leave me alone

The Michael Jackson Phenomenon was such that I could tolerate him on my parents’ turntable and sheer radio ubiquity between 1983 and 1984 (and again in 1987-1988) without being much of a fan. He was something pleasant you didn’t think … Continue reading

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As if the Academy of Motion Picture Farts and Biases needed another reason to promote a longer show: it expands the number of Best Picture nominees from five to ten. Academy President Sid Ganis cites 1939 as the annus mirabilis; … Continue reading

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I’ve said it many times: the Richard Nixon White House tapes are the gift that keeps on giving. Charlie Savage’s story offers more goodies: “There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black … Continue reading

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More singles: Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Drake.

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Peggy Noonan is a fool, but as a draftsman and apologizer for power she understands how to create Special Moments. What’s happening in Iran now, she insists, is not one of them. For an American president to tempt another international … Continue reading

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Get up, get out, into something new: The Rolling Stones’ Mall Rat Years

“The Mall-Rat Years” is Rob Sheffield’s apt description of Ye Olde Rolling Stones between 1978’s Some Girls and 1983’s Undercover — the period when the death of disco as a commercial force signaled a return to AOR verities (I would … Continue reading

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Since I loved Sonic Nurse and Rather Ripped more than the rest of their catalogue going back to Daydream Nation, I was ready to embrace The Eternal (in anticipation I relistened to Murray Street for the first time in four … Continue reading

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Last week’s singles: The-Dream featuring Kanye West‘s “Walkin’ on the Moon” (ehhh); single of the year contender Yeah Yeah Yeahs; and Ciara‘s “Tell Me What Your Name Is.”

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