Monthly Archives: November 2009

Signs and signals

I can’t quite accept Fred Kaplan’s otherwise well-calibrated writhing over President Obama’s decision to commit more ground troops to Afghanistan because he makes the following claim: Another problem with withdrawing is that it would signal, correctly or not, a huge … Continue reading

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Singles 11-29-09

The last new batch of the year before we roll out best-ofs. Most of these personally disappointed me. Swift was due for a fall, fine, but I shouldn’t have been so surprised that Adam Lambert would reveal so quickly his … Continue reading

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Swagga like fox

  I never understood why so many women thought  George Clooney was this awesome fuckpuppy. He coiffed and arranged himself so that you missed his inclination towards pudginess and the blandness of his face. As Mr. Fox in the Wes … Continue reading

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Punch-drunk fun

I liked Leslie Mann the instant I heard her gingery voice snap at Paul Rudd in Knocked Up. Her chin and eyes are proof positive that some blessed people come equipped with bullshit detectors. Those eyes and that chin are … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

I can’t think of a Thanksgiving songs, so here’s Al Green’s “Jesus is Waiting,” which features my favorite “thank yous” in recorded music.

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“The landscape for the consumer in America has fundamentally changed”

For a detailed, depressing examination of how credit card companies get away with what Martin Luther would have called usury, watch this Frontline episode, which aired last night. Listening to Timothy Geithner and Christopher Dodd – the latter of whom … Continue reading

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Stop the presses: old geezer shouts at cloud

  The Tom Petty I like recorded his best music between 1988 and 1992 in the so-called Wilburys Period, during which he released signature song “Free Fallin’” ( incredibly, his second American top ten if you discount the Stevie Nicks … Continue reading

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Nota bene

The anecdotal love song — aphoristic and mushy in equal measures — as recorded by the likes of Luna needs an overhaul. Someone show me the new Romantica and Penthouse.

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Singles!

As we approach the end of the year, we review fewer singles. The last batch, I presume:   Lady Gaga – Dancer in the Dark (8) DJ  Khaled ft. Usher, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Drake - Fed Up (4) Roisin Murphy … Continue reading

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“It’s not a lifestyle choice, Bella”

Roger Ebert on The Twilight Saga: New Moon: In his absence she’s befriended by Jake (Taylor Lautner), that nice American Indian boy. “You’ve gotten all buff!” she tells him. Yeah, real buff, and soon he’s never wearing a shirt and … Continue reading

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Natalie Imbruglia: Still Torn

I still stand by what I wrote a couple of months ago about Natalie Imbruglia’s “Want,” except now I love it love it love it. It really does remind me a lot of a track like “The Beginning,” a dance … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin: Anything for cheap applause

In the most recent Newsweek, Christopher Hitchens returns to what he does: penning lucid, vicious denunciations. If you think Sarah Palin inspires too many easy titters, please remember that “her” memoir Going Rogue currently sits atop Amazon’s bestseller list and … Continue reading

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