Monthly Archives: October 2011

Happy Halloween

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The politics of welfare

Dean Baker’s post is thorough but rife with redundancies and typographical errors. Paul Krugman does yeoman’s work in breaking down the lies issued by a particularly gross Washington Post article published today. Gross because an American who knows nothing about … Continue reading

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Money’s too tight: Margin Call

Margin Call is a movie about lizards that ends with a chimp burying a dog in his backyard. The metaphorical chimp is Sam Rogers (Kevin Spacey), the mid-level apparatchik of an unnamed Wall Street investment firm whose humanity is defined … Continue reading

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Singles 10/28

The Jukebox debate over the politics (and semiotics) of the word “geronimo” overlooked how an act as divisive recorded an album’s worth of erratically rhythmic war chants. I mean of course Justin Bieber. Kidding. Look at my single of the … Continue reading

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Flame on, burn, desire

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Heave-ho: Tom Waits’ Bad As Me

A musician whose first album purchased remains the prohibitive favorite, Waits hooked me with 1992’s Bone Machine, a clanking, clattering, nightmare that mitigates its Southern gothic cornpone and oleaginous melodic sense with consistently fresh percussion. Hooked me, but didn’t keep … Continue reading

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Fourth quarter update

How the year looks so far: Pistol Annies – s/t DJ Quik – The Book of David Destroyer – Kaputt Britney Spears – Femme Fatale Serengeti – Family and Friends Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights and Early Mornings Frank Ocean … Continue reading

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The limits of fandom: “indie adult contemporary”

Welcome to indie adult contemporary: But if there is a consensus about what counts as respectable, adult music in 2011, [Wilco, Neko Case, Bon Iver, and Feist] are surely a part of it: While more people consider pop music inherently … Continue reading

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A Sunday prayer.

I must try harder to like John Foxx-era Ultravox.

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Happy Saturday

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Singles 10/21

Miss B takes this by default: nothing on this week’s list matches her panache, avidity, and talent for excellent gif captures. Beyoncé – Countdown (9) Emile Sandé ft Naughty Boy – Daddy (7) T.I. ft. Big K.R.I.T. – Flexin’ (6) … Continue reading

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C’est plus chic

A double dose of Chic mystique: today’s NYT story in advance of guitarist-songwriter-producer Nile Rodgers’ memoir and a recent entry in The Guardian‘s “My Favorite Album” feature praising the elegance of 1979’s Risqué. Forgetting for a moment that Nile Rodgers … Continue reading

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