Monthly Archives: April 2017

Best singles of 2017 – First Quarter

I counted about fifty singles I could’ve included in what looks like a banner year for Asian pop rankings on my lists. NOTE: These are unranked. 1. Migos – T-Shirt 2. BGA – Who’s It Gonna Be 3. Prince Royce … Continue reading

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Jean-Pierre Léaud dies exquisitely in ‘The Death of Louis XIV’

At fourteen, Jean-Pierre Léaud let his face be ravished in the most haunting last shot in cinema history. In François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, the mischievous Antoine Doinel, played by Léaud, runs and runs from his parents and adolescent bullshit. … Continue reading

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Obamacare’s strange new afterbirth

Sixty-one percent of Americans favor keeping and improving the Affordable Care Act, while only thirty-seven percent favor repealing and replacing it, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll: While Trump voters do overwhelmingly favor repeal-and-replace in the abstract, there … Continue reading

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Hard as hell: the best of Rick Rubin

Present at the creation, Rick Rubin oversaw so many seminal hip hop records that he earned the right to grow his hair as fugly as he wanted. How Slayer, the Chili Peppers, and, uh, Mick Jagger assumed he’d bring anything … Continue reading

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Thinkin’ things through: Angaleena Presley and Kendrick Lamar

Angaleena Presley – Wrangled To denounce the state of country music, Nashville rapper Yelawolf rasps, “Just a crazy load of these country posers/I supposed a couple are real, but they’ll never make it/So Thank God for Sturgill Simpson/cuz Music Row can … Continue reading

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‘He kind of asks for it’

Demonstrating how he has adapted to the times, Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming shares his views on queer rights with high schoolers: For the last question from students, sophomore Bailee Foster asked Sen. Enzi about the LGBTQ community — specifically … Continue reading

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The god’s truth

Unless Congress paid for a border wall, the president warned a few days ago, he’d shut down the government and refuse to pay states the federal subsidies required to keep the Affordable Care Act going. Then he changed his mind. … Continue reading

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For the lover in us: Best of Babyface

Glancing at Babyface’s stats staggers me — you think Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis had a hit streak, remember what Kenneth Edmonds accomplished from 1988 to 2000. Sure he settled for the generic often — what kind of producer with … Continue reading

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Jonathan Demme – RIP

He loved quirks, often more than people, befitting a director who got his start as the delightful Roger Corman aficionado of Caged Heat and Crazy Mama. The cross-eyed lepidopterologist in The Silence of the Lambs, Mary Steenburgen’s squeal of delight … Continue reading

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A man paints a picture: favorite Brian Eno collaborations

A few months I took care of my favorite Brian Eno songs. I devote this list to songs he wrote or (co-)produced with others. By no means complete, this list reflects my own obsessions. 1. U2 – Lemon 2. Talking … Continue reading

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Estimates “off” regarding sea level rise

Remember when scientists thought the coasts were a hundred years from some kind of disaster? Well. Based on new evidence, the Arctic Council — a cooperative effort among eight nations to monitor climate change — concluded that the Arctic warmed … Continue reading

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‘Rumble Fish’ remains a stylized, histrionic curio

Lurid, finding a visual correlative for its absurd if not hysterical take on sibling love and rivalry — no, not The Godfather. Rumble Fish makes Rocco and His Brothers look as spare and uninhabited as a Bresson film. In the … Continue reading

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