Monthly Archives: August 2012

Singles 8/31

To say that a leaked track from Jessie Ware’s marvelous Devotion triumphed is like saying the English did okay against the French in the Battle of Agincourt. The high showing of the frequently insufferable Antony Hegarty was the week’s only … Continue reading

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The archipelago man

Butterflies in the stomach time: Here’s how Romney would go about “liberating” a company: A private equity firm like Bain typically seeks out floundering businesses with good cash flows. It then puts down a relatively small amount of its own … Continue reading

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Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pool (Drank)”

Although the leap from from ruminative growls in the intro verses to the simulation of drunken abandon in the chorus is well done — I hear early Nas in the way in which he projects gravity without being a motormouth … Continue reading

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Social versus economic — the difference is…?

A liberatarian friend wondered why we we waste time arguing about same sex marriage and abortion when we could be discussing “international bond markets and derivatives” or debating what “free market” and “deregulation” mean. The kind of taxonomy that creates … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

As the remains of Tropical Storm Isaac flitter past, let’s remember this ode to chaos.

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We are the dead: Cosmopolis

Sterile. Clinical. Walking dead. The critical line on David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Cosmopolis has used one or more of those words and their synonyms in various combinations, usually in disapproval. But since the eighties Cronenberg films have relied on the … Continue reading

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Singles 8/24

So the Taylor Swift battles continue. Hitting #1 hasn’t changed things a whit: “We Are Never X 2 Ever Getting Back Together” is crap. But it generated superb comments. None worth mentioning, I’m afraid, for the Pussy Riot single. My … Continue reading

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Unfinished sympathy: Jessie Ware

She had me in February with “Running,” biting her lip until the point at which she’s ready to lose it all. Leaked tracks “110%” and “Wildest Moments” further deepened Jessie Ware’s commitment to a certain kind of British performer-based soul … Continue reading

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Smalltown boys: Bernie

Watching Bernie, I couldn’t stop thinking of I Love You, Phillip Morris, the ramshackle but vibrant true crime story about a felon who also fools people whom the screenwriters think deserve fooling. As the title character, Jack Black is cute … Continue reading

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Mt Rushmore – Part Three

I’ll take this one literally: four top Prince songs, as in “four Prince songs you should check out.” 1. “The Morning Papers” (Love Symbol, 1992). A lovely horn section, crunchy solo, and the lyric “IF they pour his heart into … Continue reading

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Mt. Rushmore – Part Two

Four top drinks: 1. Macallan 12. The late Christopher Hitchens was right: a taste for single malt scotch is dangerous because it spoils you for anything else. 2. Hendrick’s martini with a twist. Suitable only before dinner or a nightcap. … Continue reading

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Mt Rushmore – Part One

I thank Eric Harvey for this ideal late afternoon bored-at-work exercise. Four top Jam-Lewis productions 1. The S.O.S. Band – “Just Be Good to Me.” As much for allowing Mary Davis to simmer, caught between lust and masochism. 2. (tie) … Continue reading

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