Monthly Archives: December 2012

Last Sunday of the new year

Perhaps the last post of 2012. Appropriate.

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I found a cure for this

Jordan questions the dearth of accessible criticism on Maxwell, a problem he lays on the artist’s fallow recording cycle and the fact that Maxwell released three of his four albums before 2001. More significantly, Jordan observes that Maxwell “leans adult … Continue reading

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Gods and monsters: Django Unchained

Fitfully entertaining for most of its length, dawdling only when Quentino Tarantino insists on a lame joke about nascent Ku Kluxers and their masks so that Jonah Hill can get a line; and when Christoph Waltz overacts through an explanation. … Continue reading

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Of cliffs and slopes

Naturally no paper will carry this story: On Jan. 1, 2000, the world awoke to find that little had changed since the night before. After years of hype around what was then called Y2K — the fear that computer systems … Continue reading

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Merry Xmas

My favorite Christmas song of the moment.

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“You ever heard of guns?”

As we prepare to endure the bleatings of conservative relatives, let us rejoice in Joe Hagan’s reporting from this November’s National Review cruise. Among the edifying moments: Cal Thomas and Rich LOLwry looked restrained and practical next to their fellow … Continue reading

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In Another Country

A master at playing characters whose self-control hangs on a thread, Isabelle Huppert is well cast in writer-director Hong Sang-Soo’s In Another Country playing three of those characters. The film’s premise: a young screenwriter puzzles through these variations, all of … Continue reading

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“I was always aware of these things existed”

From Rene Rodriguez’s interview with Quentin Tarantino: Q: The movie is akin to Inglourious Basterds in that it’s a kind of historical fantasy, only rooted in more reality. The graphic depiction of slavery is astonishing, like the scene in which … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2012: #1-3

1. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream Reminding Chuck Eddy of “mid/late ’80s starting-to-go-downhill Prince, only not as good,” Kaleidoscope Dream is a better record than Around The World in a Day: Miguel Pimentel’s rhythms can handle the psychedelic drag (although on … Continue reading

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Singles 12/21 – Christmas Edition!

I like to think Jeremih has a bit of Donald Fagen in him. Anyway, last Singles Jukebox reviews of the year, Amnesty edition. Click on links for full reviews. Jeremih – 773 Love (7) Donald Fagen – I’m Not The … Continue reading

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Best Songs – 2012

Bogged down by other writing and occupational nonsense, I will simply post twenty of my favorite songs of 2012. I tend to avoid including singles whose albums also charted in my top ten, but I also tend to make exceptions: … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2012 #4-6

4. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music The “politics” for which this album has gotten praise boil down to “Reagan and Obama both suck,” which is correct, but Mike gets no points for false equivalence. Likewise the “That’s why I’m giving … Continue reading

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