Monthly Archives: July 2012

At last

Good news. However, note John Cornyn’s qualification at the end of this excerpt: “We’re not mere supplicants to the executive branch, we are a coequal branch of government,” Cornyn said during discussion of his amendment in the Senate committee hearing … Continue reading

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At a Ginuwine show: Steven Soderbergh’s Channing Tatum vehicle Magic Mike is a thrilling if somewhat dialogue-light film set in a male strip club in Florida, chock-full of bared male body parts and shots of women reacting to their being … Continue reading

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My favorite things

Expanded editions of Sugar’s two albums and one EP get the reevaluations they deserve. Siding with Bob Christgau, Dan Weiss posits File Under: Easy Listening as their masterwork, and certainly Bob Mould made no stronger case for his pop mastery … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

New music!

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“Pink flamingos and Tide boxes”

Before triumphing as the Beltway’s favorite bad girl (Poppy Bush, ever the gentleman, said he used to laugh out loud at how devastatingly she skewered him), Maureen Dowd was a reporter. The Awl remembers her pioneering AIDS coverage. It also … Continue reading

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Ignoble savages: Beasts of the Southern Wild

The title could refer to either the extinct aurochs — boar-like creatures that six-year-old Hush Puppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) imagines will trample the earth once the ice caps melt — or the bedraggled dwellers of the Louisiana bayou who ignore warnings … Continue reading

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Singles 7/27

It must have been dandy to be sixteen in 1996 when No Doubt, exploiting the infallible Rumours marketing strategy, unleashed airplay hit after hit from Tragic Kingdom, most notably “Don’t Speak,” the “Dreams” of my sister’s generation. Pop radio in … Continue reading

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If you build a house, then call me POLL

At the time I’d collected these songs I’d just become acquainted with the Bob Welsh-Danny Kirwan-Jeremy Spencer interregnum and Mystery to Me. I still need to check out those Peter Green records and the other funny-looking ones I’d spot in … Continue reading

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These are the hands we’re given

I heard “Throwing It All Away” this morning. Even if you accept the argument that Genesis and Phil Collins had become indistinguishable with the release of the best-selling Invisible Touch, this ballad sounds different fron most Collins material. The nagging … Continue reading

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Not MY eighties

Now that there’s word of a remake covering, let’s take a second look at the first version. When a coke-addled Michael J. Fox dreams that a coma baby he saw on the cover of The New York Post talks to … Continue reading

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Coffee’s fer closers

The AV Club gives the Alec Baldwin scene from the film version of Glengarry Glen Ross a closer look: All hail young, skinny Alec Baldwin. His character—inexplicably called Blake in the credits, rather than Fuck You—doesn’t exist in the play, … Continue reading

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More figurative than musical

The best part of David Remnick’s New Yorker profile of Bruce Springsteen: Patti Scialfa showed up after a while, trailed by two big, shambly German shepherds. A tall, slender woman in her late fifties with a startling shock of red … Continue reading

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