Monthly Archives: August 2009

Frank Kogan posted a blistering response to Ann Powers’ weekend Beatles feature, to which I say, A-fucking-men. His title says it all. What the hell does “poptimism” mean in 2009 – that Pitchfork can review The-Dream without worrying about robbing … Continue reading

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Singles!

This week: Bloc Party goes house, Taio Cruz discovers Auto-Tune, Pitbull and his female companion discover Expose, Chris Brown discovers his no-surprise douchebaggery, Mark Ronson discovers a protege, DJ Quik and Kurupt keep making fresh discoveries,  The Pastels and Tenniscoats … Continue reading

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About “District 9….”

Fun for thirty minutes, until director Neill Blomkamp loses interest in his own faux documentary style and refuses to sort through his incendiary concepts. The hero’s Cheney-esque father-in-law, the Nigerian gang dealing in cybernetic weaponry, and the Soweto-style township in … Continue reading

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Arctic Monkeys – Cornerstone

My single of the week.

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The lion of Camelot, the dean of Chappaquiddick

The announcement of his death hadn’t yet been linked on a million Facebook pages when Our Corporate Masters decreed that all references to the late Edward Kennedy would confine themselves to the tags “Camelot,” “Lion of the Senate,” and “Chappaquiddick.” … Continue reading

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Lost in music

The Last Days of Disco disappointed me in 1998. Writer-director Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan formula of putting hyperaware preps in the same room for just under two hours had worn thin; his low budget crimped the production values; and scene to … Continue reading

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Roxanne’s revenge indeed

An old story, but so heartening that it needs posting. I haven’t heard much Roxanne Shante beyond the obvious singles, but this confirms that she was always the smartest loudmouth in the biz.

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Singles

With organizer Bill Swygart on vacation, we got a handful of assignments: Clipse and Pharrell, slummin‘ and alright for it; and Toby Keith.

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Using her female attraction

One of Tina Turner’s biggest hits (three weeks at #2 in the fall of ’86) is nevertheless one of her least remarked on. Written by Terry Britten, coauthor of  “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” with drums by Phil … Continue reading

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The banality of banality

Too many reviews have concentrated on the utter banality of the Amy Adams section of Julie and Julia, and while they’re right they also overlook one point: the utter banality of Ephron’s conception of “self-fulfillment.” Where it not for the … Continue reading

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The politics of cowardice

It bears repeating: we have not elected a liberal US president since Lyndon Johnson; and Johnson, we should remember, had nothing but contempt for liberals. Eric Alterman correctly notes that the foreign policy elite and conservative ideologues (albeit quietly) thought … Continue reading

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Singles!

This week’s singles: very good singles from Pearl Jam, Yo La Tengo, and former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, a super one by Pills that I grievously underrated (thanks to watching its uproarious video), a rote Beastie Boys comeback, Mos Wanted … Continue reading

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