Monthly Archives: January 2018

Entertainment That Got Me Through 2017: #12, Doki Doki Literature Club

The one non-blockbuster game that stuck with me this year is one that I haven’t even played. Continue reading

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The person falling here is me: The best of the Cranberries

Before immolating with self-importance, signaled by the release of “Zombie” in 1994, Dolores O’Riordan led a gifted dream pop whose rhythm section was hard rock tough. It put into her relief her impressive voice, one capable of unexpected and, at … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Paul Anka’s “(You’re) Having My Baby”

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 … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King and white men in power

At one of the memorial services in Central Park after the murder, a radical speaker shouted, “You have killed the last good nigger!” This posturing exclamation was not meant to dishonor King, but to speak of his kind as something … Continue reading

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They disorganized my people, made us all loners: The most powerful civil rights protest anthems

A decade ago, home by midnight and out of my head, I heard on the local NPR affiliate what quite obviously sounded like John Coltrane’s sax. The exquisiteness with which he purports to expire at the end of a crucial … Continue reading

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Singles 1/12

Three weeks’ hiatus and The Singles Jukebox returns, barely catching its breath as it breezed through a trio of Cardi B offerings and a trio of boring UK crooners. A fourth, responsible for 2017’s most streamed song, collaborates with one … Continue reading

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I was a humdrum person: the best of Frank Sinatra

Imagine a Francis Albert Sinatra less confidently masculine. Imagine, say, Francesca Alberta Sinatra, or, better, Frank performing in drag, or, better yet, Frank as Dean Stockwell in Blue Velvet. The voice, described as a clenched fist, now with its fingers … Continue reading

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The peril of cable news misogynists

As we inch toward another presidential campaign in which the odds are even that several Democratic finalists for the nomination will be a woman, a woman of color, or both, Scott Lemieux worries about the presence of media misogyny, despite … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Aerosmith’s “Angel”

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 … Continue reading

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The best of 1931

Until the moment I published, William Wellman’s Night Nurse made the list. 1. M (Fritz Lang) 2. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin) 3. Tabu (F.W. Murnau/Robert Flaherty) 4. La Chienne (Jean Renoir) 5. The Miracle Woman (Frank Capra) 6. Frankenstein (James … Continue reading

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Donald Trump, governing by narrowcasting

A few conclusions drawn from Trump’s Latest Remarks Pt. LVII: 1. Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Mexicans as rapists and murderers. Judge Curriel’s inability to render a fair decision. The good people on both sides of the Charlottesville protests. These are … Continue reading

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The best songs by teenagers

Interested as usual in keeping myself awake, my list includes songs I love recorded by performers in their teenage years. I took “teen pop” literally, not as shorthand for assembly line pop largely written and arranged by adults for teenage … Continue reading

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