Monthly Archives: April 2013

Double dose of Buñuel

First, El Bruto (1953), one of his Mexican potboilers. A mean old slum lord hires a slaughterhouse employee to threaten the ringleaders of a group of squatters who resist eviction. The Brute, who looks like Ernest Borgnine, finds that his … Continue reading

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We need more!

News: As promised, the Pet Shop Boys today announced full details of their forthcoming album Electric — the second release from Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant in less than a year — and revealed the itinerary for a month-long, 19-date … Continue reading

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Fantasia: Codependent no more

“Lose to Win” sets the tone, its sample of the Commodores’ “Nightshift” interpolated as seamlessly as if its synth gauze and bass were performed in 2013. On Side Effects of You, Fantasia’s rasp signifies the lengths she’s traveled since winning … Continue reading

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Expanding executive power — mellifluously

Noam Chomsky: Q: On Obama’s 2012 election campaign web site, it clearly states that Obama has prosecuted six whistleblowers under the Espionage Act. Does he think he’s appealing to some constituency with that affirmation? A: I don’t know what base … Continue reading

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Last man standing

“Any one of us could have said ‘We have to get serious about this. The Republicans are out to win. They are treating this like war. We have to get our shit together.’” This Democratic aide’s lament was published not … Continue reading

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Fantasia – Lose to Win

I can’t believe I overlooked this marvelous track a few months ago. Look for a review of its parent album soon.

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Annals in the once powerless

I don’t celebrate Pride — it’s a redundancy. To imagine Alfred Soto on a parade line is to imagine Aaron Burr as a popular two-term president whose visage was carved beside Washington and Jefferson’s on Mount Rushmore. If I went, … Continue reading

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Singles 4/26

The highlights of a crowded week: a Jonas Bros stomper that like all good pop synthesizes unexpected, discrete influences; Brad Paisley, not debuting at the top of the Billboard album chart for the nth time, redeems himself with A Brad … Continue reading

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George Jones – RIP

I hope I don’t sound ghoulish when I admit that in his best performances he, like Roy Orbison, already sounded beyond the grave: a specter tormented by guilt and lust. Cup of Loneliness is a compilation you can spend your … Continue reading

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Knives out for politics

Many of us are guilty of thinking politics is a substance you inject like a steroid into music when every song by its nature is political. It’s difficult for a gay man to view even a boy-girl relationship as non-political. … Continue reading

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“The poor are poor”

My eyes popped like Roger Rabbit’s yesterday upon reading Matthew Yglesias’ Slate column. David Atkins responds: Which leads to the other great failure of rational actor theory in libertarian economics: the artificial separation of government and the governed in a … Continue reading

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Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky”

Even on Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid” Pharrell sounded thin. How and why he became a signifier of soul in the early 2000s mystifies me; he manufactures a feeling, and I doubt he’s ever said “phoenix” aloud in his life. But … Continue reading

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