Monthly Archives: May 2017

Don’t open your eyes you won’t like what you see: the best of Trent Reznor

In 1990 when I discovered Consolidated and Meat Beat Manifesto, Nine Inch Nails didn’t come up. Melodic, entranced by rock star poses, Trent Reznor had no patience for the happiness-in-slavery submission to beats and noise of industrial, which marked him … Continue reading

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Trump: ‘a pustule of ego’

Besides reminding me that Pushkin retold a story I had loved as a child but whose authorship I never knew, Rebecca Solnit accurately diagnoses the Trumpian pathology in an aphoristic manner I’m a sucker for: Equality keeps us honest. Our … Continue reading

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Till your kiss helped me name it: the best of Carole King & Gerry Goffin

As the list shows, I was interested in the best performances of Goffin-King songs, together and apart. Two artists appeared twice for definitive performances of Goffin-King’s material; one artist appeared performing two different songs. Lacking familiarity with King’s later solo … Continue reading

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The satisfaction of aloneness

The immersive blandness of a Target on the Sunday morning of a long weekend – my church. The sheer acreage of the average store is enough to stagger me, although so long as I can find the frozen blueberries and a … Continue reading

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Manuel Noriega: exit to Van Halen

In the early 2000s a colleague at the bookstore sealed a box with duct tape. “For Noriega,” she said. I waited for the punchline. It turns out that the former Panamanian dictator read the New York Times Book Review regularly, … Continue reading

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What else your old heart can take: the best of Rosanne Cash

I’ve been writing about Rosanne Cash a long time. Like Nick Lowe, she continues recording albums that appeal to a fervent base of which I’m no longer a part. I don’t blame her for no longer wanting to rock, but … Continue reading

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Movie Love #3

Alien: Covenant, dir. Ridley Scott (2017). Reviewed here. GRADE: C+ Esteros, dir. Papu Curotto (2016). Two childhood friends reunite and return to the rural Argentina farm where they had flirted with the idea of a sexual relationship. One friend has … Continue reading

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Singles 5/26

In one of 2017’s most competitive weeks, Brooklyn punk-pop band beats longtime punk-pop trio from Tennessee for the top slot while two superb K-pop singles (“Palette,” “Night Rather Than Day”) bask in the knowledge that next week I’ll prefer them. … Continue reading

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Best anti-war songs

“My idea has always been that if we could bring the mothers of the various nations together, then there would be no more war.” — Howards End Mrs. Wilcox was correct, only substitute “awesome bangers” instead of “mothers.” Also, Mrs. … Continue reading

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You’re so nice on drugs: the best of Nick Lowe

A pub rocker whose soul lay in country, Nick Lowe began as a smart ass who lost interest in jokes, hence his smarts. For a while, though, this punk fellow traveler released several of the funniest singles of the new … Continue reading

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Covering the Kushner-Russia story

The New York Times and the Washington Post have outdone themselves uncovering the rot beneath every stone of the Trump administration, but it doesn’t mean the reporting hasn’t had flaws. Having each published stories about Trump son in law Jared … Continue reading

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Queerture feature: ‘Alien: Covenant’

Fans who’ve dreamed of helping Michael Fassbender with a fingering should race to any theater showing Alien: Covenant. Playing the synthetic Walter and his less advanced but more erudite earlier model David, Fassbender has a scene in which the latter … Continue reading

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