Licky as trips: Galore

Amazing what a greatest hits album will do. Stuck in the mephitic ooze that is host album Disintegration, “Fascination Street,” “Pictures of You,” and “Lullaby” barely emit a glow. Played end to end on Galore, the comp released by The Cure in 1997, they’re expert histrionic pop, flipsides to the euphoria of “Catch” and “Why… More Licky as trips: Galore

Single reviews 5/25

What a concentration of 5’s! The Offspring – Days Go By (6) Alanis Morissette – Guardian (6) Kitty Pryde – Okay Cupid (6) Grimes ft. Majical Cloudz – Nightmusic (5) The Gaslight Anthem – 45 (5) Pitbull – Back in Time (5) Girls’ Generation TTS – Twinkle (5) Die Toten Hosen – Tage Wie Diesen… More Single reviews 5/25

Acoustic whimsy: Ram

I tend to prefer Paul McCartney writing daft songs abetted by million-dollar production. When left on his own to make homespun sugar his whimsy is insufferable because inescapable (that’s when you miss John and Geore, never mind Ringo). So I’ve ignored Ram for years — I could afford to, thanks to the efforts of my… More Acoustic whimsy: Ram

Female trouble: Pariah

Although like most coming-out movies the imaginative conceptions are hardly compensatory once the autobiographical material is consumed, Pariah is worth watching for the milieu and the wide-awake performance of young Adepero Oduye (the title is its most histrionic element).  A straight A high school senior who dabbles in poetry, Alike (Oduye) has been comfortable with… More Female trouble: Pariah

“I think of incarceration as pretty harsh”

I’m with Ta-Nehisi Coates on the sentencing of Dharun Ravi: Jail is pretty awful. A ten year bid would have almost certainly subjected to the constant threat of violence. I can’t really see what good that would do. The criminal justice system can’t really make people “good.” It can’t exact vengeance upon slime-balls. And it… More “I think of incarceration as pretty harsh”

You better treat her right: Donna Summer in 1983

After her disco career crested, Donna Summer recorded an amalgam of New Wave and Teutonic dance-trance called The Wanderer, on which she sounded confident and in control. It’s not in print, a situation that might change with Summer’s death and the dissemination of Dave Marsh’s ecstatic 1980 Rolling Stone review. 1982’s eponymous album, completed after… More You better treat her right: Donna Summer in 1983

Professional regret

On Dr. Robert L. Spitzer: Dr. Spitzer was then a junior member of on an American Psychiatric Association committee helping to rewrite the field’s diagnostic manual, and he promptly organized a symposium to discuss the place of homosexuality. That kicked off a series of bitter debates, pitting Dr. Spitzer against a pair of influential senior… More Professional regret