Worst Songs Ever: OMD’s “If You Leave”

c Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself after airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposedContinue reading “Worst Songs Ever: OMD’s “If You Leave””

‘In an ideal world, the United States would not be systematically soft on white-collar crime’

Watching the 6:30 FOX News segment led by stolid Brett Baier last night was like stepping into a leprosy ward after an afternoon of sunshine, a suspicion shared by several anonymous FOX employees today, as it happens. Hours ago, Robert Mueller brought official DC to a stand still with his office’s announcement that they hadContinue reading “‘In an ideal world, the United States would not be systematically soft on white-collar crime’”

Worst Song Ever: Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” PEAK CHART POSITION: #5 in January 1996. Achieving peak innocuousness takes talent. Convincing an audience that nothing is at stake can at worst get them to tune out or, at very worst, such as what Deep Blue Something achieves with their only hit, tie a plastic bag around theirContinue reading “Worst Song Ever: Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s””

Singles 10/27

After a desultory performance at Pitchfork a couple years ago touring behind the anniversary of Last Splash or something, the Breeder return with the sort of comeback single meant to reassure – they can rock, it’s fun, and so on. Shania Twain did the same with “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed,” one of the few tracksContinue reading “Singles 10/27”

Worst Songs Ever: Katy Perry’s “Ur So Gay”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself after airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposed toContinue reading “Worst Songs Ever: Katy Perry’s “Ur So Gay””

Worst Songs Ever: KISS’ “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself after airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposed toContinue reading “Worst Songs Ever: KISS’ “I Was Made For Lovin’ You””

Worst songs ever: Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians’ “What I Am”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself after airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposed toContinue reading “Worst songs ever: Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians’ “What I Am””

Screenings #29

Here’s the crop from the second half of October. After a third viewing of Out of the Past, I awarded it a rare perfect score. Lucky (Lynch, 2017) 5/10 Faces Places (Varda, 2017) 7/10 4 Days in France (Reybaud, 2017) 6/10 Call Me By Your Name (Guadagnino, 2017) 8/10 The Meyerowitz Stories (Baumbach, 2017) 5/10Continue reading “Screenings #29”

Worst songs ever: Uncle Kracker’s “Follow Me”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposed toContinue reading “Worst songs ever: Uncle Kracker’s “Follow Me””

The GOP’s moral courage

While y’all slept after an afternoon of tweeting about Jeff Flake’s vow to stay in the Senate as long as voters allow until Trumpism is destroyed, the Senate complicated your attempts to file a class action lawsuit against a behemoth transnational corporation: Senate Republicans on Tuesday night leaned on a tie-breaking vote from Vice PresidentContinue reading “The GOP’s moral courage”

Worst songs ever: Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposed toContinue reading “Worst songs ever: Eagles’ “Lyin’ Eyes””

Worst songs ever: “(I Just) Died in Your Arms”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when possible eschew obvious selections. Songs beloved by colleagues and songs to which I’m supposed toContinue reading “Worst songs ever: “(I Just) Died in Your Arms””