Monthly Archives: June 2012

Andrew Sarris R.I.P.

Sarris: It was this ineradicable feeling of emotional insecurity which enhanced his great dramatic moments on screen, as much as it probably accounted for his reportedly less-Cary-Grantish behavior off-screen. Without this darker side, the true greatness of Grant as an … Continue reading

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“Would an increase of thoughtfulness fundamentally change anything?”

David Moore, responding to the kerfuffle between David Lowery and the NPR intern: I mean, it’s nice to pay artists for the work they do, and it’s often actively shitty not to pay artists for the work they do. “Hey … Continue reading

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Twenty-six years spent under the bridge

I contributed to The Village Voice‘s First Listen series: I discuss how awful Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark’s “If You Leave” is. Why do you need it when “So in Love” exists?

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Beltway myths

David Atkins on the chimera of lamenting the dissolution of bipartisan cocktail parties: But by far the biggest is that the bipartisanship of the mid-20th century was a special artifact of the uneasy alliance between traditional urban liberal tribes and … Continue reading

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That was your first mistake?

“If you’re going to be eccentric, for goodness sake don’t be pretentious about it,” growled Robert Christgau in 1971. He’s right about “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” my vote for worst song ever released by a Beatle, beating impressive competition from a … Continue reading

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Funk versus dink: In Our Heads

Hot Chip got it right once: on 2006’s The Warning. Brittle, dense, gnomic, The Warning‘s beats didn’t take their cue from the vocals, which spoke to a private conversation to which the listeners weren’t privy. They reached listeners as though … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day

One of the warmest songs about father-son love.

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Happy Bloomsday

STATELY, PLUMP BUCK MULLIGAN CAME FROM THE STAIRHEAD, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressing gown, ungirdled, was sustained gently-behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl … Continue reading

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Singles 6/15

Thanks to “The Keepers,” Santigold has the dubious honor of issuing two of the year’s best songs from one of the year’s shallowest records. All songs on a ten-point scale. Click on links for full reviews. Santigold – The Keepers … Continue reading

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Posting flippy floppy

James Verini: For younger listeners, and for older ones who never shared [Jonathan] Lethem’s infatuation, Talking Heads live on principally in one track: the sad, sweet “love song” titled “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody).” When was the last … Continue reading

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Pumped up!

Far from embarrassing.

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Credo quia absurdum: The Milky Way

An eighteenth-century Jansenist and Jesuit duel over the efficacy of free will. A maître d’ patiently explains the singularity of Jesus Christ. Schoolgirls at a summer show announce “This is anathema” in response to Roman Catholic heresies; with each exclamation … Continue reading

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