Monthly Archives: February 2017

Troubadours and soothsayers: Jens Lekman and David Bowie

Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now A decade ago, this Swede released Night Falls Over Kortedala, an album of singer-songwriter would-be pop whose romantic fables began and ended with jokes, usually at the expense of the Pagliacci singing … Continue reading

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Best movies of 1946

1. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock) 2. Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau) 3. My Darling Clementine (John Ford) 4. Cluny Brown (Ernst Lubitsch) 5. A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger) 6. The Best Years of Our Lives (William … Continue reading

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‘We’re going to create one big death panel in this country’

It’s getting hot! But most of the people in the crowd wanted to be heard, loud and clear, on a litany of issues. One woman said she could not understand how Mr. Ross could oppose the presence of undocumented immigrants, … Continue reading

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Not Just POLL Deep: The Best P-Funk and George Clinton tracks

Late to the party, I overcompensated. During a two-month period in 2006, I scarfed down every Funkadelic album reissued. This lover of freestyle and Miamian didn’t need to dance his way out of his constrictions: he had just grown up … Continue reading

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Celebrating a dull day

Charles Pierce doesn’t get the point of President’s Day either. If anything, we should be off Constitution Day: I do not feel compelled to respect a president any more or less than I respect somebody I hire to fix my … Continue reading

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It always ends up sentimental drivel: The best of Radiohead

I’ve spent years of my professional life debating the merits of this Oxfordshire quintet. Adept synthesists who introduced fans to Talk Talk, Eno, Magazine, Coltrane, mid ’70s Miles Davis, and Neu!, Radiohead understand dialectics too: their strength is also their … Continue reading

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‘They were making me want to support him more with how irrational they were being’

The voters whom the Democratic Party has to court, according to the New York Times, fresh from the meth lab junglelands or something: Mrs. O’Connell is a registered Democrat. She voted for Bill Clinton twice. But she has drifted away … Continue reading

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Learning to match the beat of the Old World man: The best of Rush

At the dawn of the eighties, Rush discovered synths and tighter tempos, hence putting the Police in a spot. 1. Time Stand Still 2. New World Man 3. Limelight 4. YYZ 5. Subdivisions 6. The Body Electric 7. Distant Early … Continue reading

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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ offers more Mel Gibson death porn

Only a man who loathes homosexuals can get such a hard-on for beautiful young men in extremis. Add long hair soaked in blood, mouths open in a combination of pain and ecstasy that Teresa of Avila can understand, and skeptics … Continue reading

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A careless man’s careful daughter: The best of Taylor Swift

ILM posters have picked on me for loving “Starlight,” a glistening reenactment of — I can’t believe I’m writing this — Robert Kennedy meeting Ethel in the 1940s. It could be about Donald Trump meeting Melania. When the kick drum … Continue reading

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The singular charm of Donald Trump’s senior adviser

A real charmer: Univision Noticias spoke with several classmates who said Miller had few friends, none of them non-white. They said he used to make fun of the children of Latino and Asian immigrants who did not speak English well. … Continue reading

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Singles 2/17

Unaware of a Dave Longstreth interview at Stereogum that infuriated many of my friends, I listened to Dirty Projectors’ “Up the Hudsdon” cold, aware that this band has sounded fussy and mannered since catching their live performance at Pitchfork Musical … Continue reading

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