Monthly Archives: July 2016

Add and subtract and as a matter of fact: Best of 1982

ABC – The Lexicon of Love Michael Jackson – Thriller Kid Creole and the Coconuts – Wise Guys Duran Duran – Rio Roxy Music – Avalon New Order – 1981-1982 George Clinton – Computer Games The English Beat – Special … Continue reading

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Singles 7/29

Notes: – Boy, have I missed Danny Brown. – Boy, have I missed Britney Spears. Ignore G-Eazy, as I am wont to do these days with vestigial rapping (see: Tinashe ft. Schoolboy Q’s “All Hands on Deck”). – I suspected … Continue reading

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To doubt me is absurd: Best albums of 1981

Psychedelic Furs – Talk Talk Talk Marvin Gaye – In Our Lifetime The Human League – Dare! The Go-Go’s – Beauty and the Beat Prince – Controversy Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Trust Luther Vandross – Never Too Much … Continue reading

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Check, please! ‘Cafe Society’ needs more time in the oven

As he demonstrated in 2012’s To Rome with Love, Jesse Eisenberg is the best cast of Woody Allen alter egos. Garrulous and conceding nothing to audience sympathy, he has Allen’s verbal facility and none of the writer-director’s weaknesses as an … Continue reading

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Where’s my sandy beach? Best albums of 1980

Pretenders – Pretenders Prince – Dirty Mind Change – The Glow of Love Captain Beefheart – Doc at the Radar Station Steely Dan – Gaucho XTC – Black Sea Public Image Ltd. – Second Edition Talking Heads – Remain in … Continue reading

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The bat shit furor of ‘The Fury’

If nothing else, The Fury satisfied a craving that had been gnawing at audiences since the early sixties: what was the best way to kill John Cassavetes? Revealing the manner of his death would count as a spoiler, but I’ll … Continue reading

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DNC, Day 4: Love trumps (!) hate?

11:34. A lawyer in spirit if not heart, Clinton isn’t a natural nor should she be — she’s married to the Black Hole of Empathy; her boss was the best presidential orator of his generation. Again, I can say nothing … Continue reading

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I’ll tell you about her for you oughta know : Best of 1963

A trio of songs about erotic devastation, followed by the euphoric release. Roy Orbison – In Dreams The Ronettes – Be My Baby George Jones – You Comb Her Hair The Crystals – Then He Kissed Me Jan and Dean … Continue reading

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Barack Obama, master synthesist

Drone wars. The killing of a “radicalized” American-born cleric without due process of law. The deportation of illegal immigrants. Daring to think he could treat with John Boehner. The hilarity of hiring former Wall Street people to run the economic … Continue reading

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Roisin Murphy and Nice as Fuck

Roisin Murphy – Take Her Up to Monto Seven years separated Overworked and last year’s Hookless Tunes – uh, Hairless Toys. Now that the Irish singer’s on the assembly line it’s time to face facts. To her credit, she has … Continue reading

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Somebody’s watching me

Through the haze of a news cycle in which Democratic supporters used the word “treason” to describe Donald Trump’s encouragement of Russian eavesdropping, this story first reported by Buzzfeed a few weeks ago looks more interesting: At Mar-a-Lago, the Palm … Continue reading

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DNC, Day 3: No more war edition

11:59. Good night! 11:45. As tactics, a masterful speech, moving into the center that the GOP thinks it has occupied. As rhetoric, it meshed his gift for the demotic with the phrasemaking, the latter not often among his strongest suits. … Continue reading

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