Monthly Archives: November 2012

Singles 11/30

I must cool my lust for tracks like “Benediction.” Minor chord keyboard riffing, high end synth notes, subliminal electrobass – seriously. Hot Natured ft. Ali Love – Benediction (7) Whitehorse – Devil’s Got a Gun (6) Das Racist – Girl … Continue reading

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Hate is on trial

Reading Ian Cohen’s oral history of the recording of Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights and the rise of the early 2000’s New York City scene was like stepping out of an plane and breathing the air of a foreign … Continue reading

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Nobody is watching: Day Night Day Night

I missed Day Night Day Night in 2007, so after watching The Loneliest Planet a few days ago I gave it a shot. Using a a handheld camera, writer-director Julia Loktev forces the audience to ask why a foursome of … Continue reading

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More grand bargains and fiscal cliffs

I suppose this is encouraging: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who has almost become the liaison to the left for cuts to federal health care programs in the grand bargain, gave a speech today at the Center for American Progress that … Continue reading

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Three is the loneliest number: The Loneliest Planet

Alex and Nica have an enviable relationship: they’re engaged, and Hani Furstenberg looks like a young Jessica Chastain and Alex is played by Gael Garcia Bernal. In The Loneliest Planet they backpack through the former Soviet republic of Georgia, pausing … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

A pleasure to hear it on adult R&B radio yesterday.

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“An exercise in which actors can blow off steam”

The Democrats were supposed to lose the Senate and David Denby is always wrong, so imagine my shock when I read his dismissal of Silver Linings Playbook (locked behind The New Yorker‘s formidable paywall) and thought it a pithier reaction … Continue reading

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It’s not your fault…it’s not your fault: Silver Linings Playbook

From the title to Bradley Cooper ordering raisin bran in a diner, Silver Linings Playbook is as inexplicable as a credit default swap. Although it’s based on a novel, what writer-director David O. Russell puts on screen comes from any … Continue reading

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Singles 11/23

As we approach the time of year when retrospection involves considered study of grades and waist lines, how fitting that this week’s best track looks backwards but doesn’t lose its footing. Tensnake ft. Syron – Mainline (7) Edward Sharpe and … Continue reading

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Who do they think they are?

Robert Christgau’s rediscovery of Saint Etienne was one of the year’s best surprises, thanks to the smashing Words and Music by Saint Etienne, one of the year’s best. A search for trinkets as gorgeous as “Heart Failed (In the Back … Continue reading

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It’s November 2012

Barring sudden inclusions, this looks my top twenty. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream Jessie Ware – Devotion Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t Kellie Pickler – 100 Proof Fiona … Continue reading

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How much will you get for your soul?

Ed Kilgore on the fissures in the so-called Obama Coalition. I hadn’t thought about how the depth of minority support for the president will buoy him for years and hence make it worse for a progressive candidate in 2016: At … Continue reading

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