Monthly Archives: February 2018

Beltway white men know best

From the way Willie Geist and “Morning” Joe Scarborough said “identity politics” yesterday morning you’d think they’d recited a passage from Mein Kampf. Identity politics, they aver, prevent the Democratic Party from coalescing around “a single issue” or “one candidate”; instead, … Continue reading

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Entertainment That Got Me Through 2017: #4, competitive fighting games (part 2 of 3: Street Fighter V)

“Fighting game…is something so great.” Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Rupert Holmes’ ‘Him’

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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She’s got herself a universe – ‘Ray of Light’ at twenty

Happy birthday to Ray of Light, Madonna’s shrewd attempt to position herself as an older woman whose newborn conferred Wisdom and Experience. The other day I remarked that the production – mostly by William Orbit but Marius de Vries and … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Kenny Loggins’ ‘Danger Zone’

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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‘Black Panther’ a valentine to Afrofuturism

(WARNING: Spoilers included. Also, I’m unfamiliar with the comic). Although it hews closely to the expectations of the average Marvel property—secret identities, tortured villains, the scrappy sidekick, a final confrontation between the purported hero and the purported villain—Black Panther is … Continue reading

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Stronger than the universe: A Bee Gees miscellany

Treating myself to a Bee Gees weekend I pretended it was spring 1979 and the party’s still going. 1. Dionne Warwick – Heartbreaker 2. Al Green – How Can You Mend a Broken Heart 3. Barbra Streisand – Woman in … Continue reading

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Singles 2/3

A strong week — lots of 7s and 8s, one given to a British duo whose single sounds like Fever Ray re-imagined by giddy adolescents. Certainly I was more disposed to like Adam and the Levines’ attempt at restraint and … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Lukas Graham’s ‘7 Years’

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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Entertainment That Got Me Through 2017: #4, competitive fighting games (part 1 of 3: Smash 4)

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I keep straining my ears to hear a sound: The best of the Bee Gees

If you were too young to own Saturday Night Fever and its attendant singles, then Mickey Mouse Disco compensated. My fifth birthday present was the first album I owned, and I can still hum “Macho Duck” and “Welcome to Rio” … Continue reading

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In it for life: Superchunk and Migos

Superchunk – What a Time to Be Alive Kicking off with a title track whose ironies zoom past on first listen because euphoria and irony make for strange bedfellows, the Chapel Hill quartet’s eleventh album dedicates its euphoric zoom to … Continue reading

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