Monthly Archives: March 2011

Dig if you will the list: the best of Prince

As y’all know, Prince died last year. Until now I never updated this ILM ballot sent six years ago. As usual I didn’t quite play along: just forty twenty Prince songs I liked without much thought and away it went. … Continue reading

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“Preposterously overstuffed with hooks and sensations”

Jody Rosen, awesome on the new Britney: “The rare dance-pop album that never flags, each track preposterously overstuffed with hooks and sensations.” The comments below are a feast.

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Farley Granger R.I.P.

Star of They Live By Night, Strangers on a Train, Rope, and Visconti’s Senso. Noted bisexual too: he not only counted Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents as lovers, but cowrote a memoir with his partner Robert Calhoun. Although far from … Continue reading

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Naughty girls need love: Britney Spears’ “Femme Fatale”

Half of Femme Fatale lives up to its title: Britney Spears as the polymorphic essence of every disco dolly who’s so post-feminist/post-sexual/post-woman that to wonder whether she’s used or being used by the purported objects of lust she’s dancing/fucking is … Continue reading

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Obama: Marxist and redistributor of wealth

Greenwald: Since Obama was inaugurated, the Dow Jones has increased more than 50% — from 8,000 to more than 12,000; the wealthiest recieved a massive tax cut; the top marginal tax rate was three times less than during the Eisenhower … Continue reading

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Singles Jukebox 3/25

To commemorate Nate Dogg, The Singles Jukebox dedicated the week to him. Edifying to say the least. I hadn’t heard Shade Sheist’s great would-be summer hit, and I’d been meaning to own my own copy of “Regulate” since I lost … Continue reading

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*Sigh*

For the what-else-is-new file: the Obama administration curtails Miranda rights for suspected domestic terror suspects: New rules allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have … Continue reading

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Reflections on a sensuous life: Elizabeth Taylor R.I.P.

I hope no obit calls her “classy” — no one as vulgar as Elizabeth Taylor could survive this slander.  Although the physical deterioration of the last twenty years was painful to behold, I found it apt and in keeping with … Continue reading

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Loleatta Holloway RIP

Surely it’s not blasphemous to claim the late Loleatta Holloway’s greatest contribution to music was as an astounding tremor-sized sample in house (Black Box’s “Ride On Time”) and kiddie house/hip-hop (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations”). I prefer … Continue reading

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On the uses of offense

From an ILM thread, regarding how one responds to hateful subject matter in art: Here’s another experiment: as a gay man most of the situations proffered in songs are alien to me. I have to either attempt to understand them … Continue reading

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Nowhere film: Nowhere Boy

Let’s assume you know nothing about John Lennon’s early years. Kristin Scott-Thomas’ Aunt Mimi, Lennon’s guardian for most of his life, is convincing from her first moment: cold, snappish, beholden to a lower-middle-class ethos to which she is furiously attached. … Continue reading

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