Monthly Archives: July 2018

Worst Songs Ever: Jet’s ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’

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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Do or die: The best third albums

“Three, that’s the magic number,” the artist with today’s #1 album once rapped on their debut. Bet they didn’t think they had “In the Woods,” “Area,” and “Breakadawn” and other astonishments from Buhloone Mindstate in them. The rest of this … Continue reading

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‘Our House and Senate are willing to pass this stuff’

I’m trying to imagine a similar vote effort on the part of abortion activists. But as national attention focuses largely on the Supreme Court confirmation, movement leaders are hoping for political wins as well. In Minnesota, anti-abortion activists are zeroing … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Peter Cetera’s ‘Glory of Love’

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 second albums

In many cases the second album is a band’s legacy item: the consolidation, often boasting songs tested years on the road, further toughened by either failure or anticipation of success. Here is the group I still enjoy. 1. Alexander O’Neal … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Joe Cocker’s ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’

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 Trump-Bannon war on faith in government

Daniel Drezner has a column posted about the Trump administration’s “lowering morale and encouraging trained senior civil service employees to leave the government” – the aim of the since departed Steve Bannon all along.

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Sacralizing the profane: Florence + the Machine and Years & Years

Years & Years – Palo Santo Underwhelming and weedy on first listen, this British trio’s electropop benefits from car play. That’s how I absorbed 2015’s Communion and how “Shine” became my single of the year.

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Worst Songs Ever: Enigma’s ‘Sadeness (Part I)’

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 ‘overblown’ fears of Democrats in Trump states

So polarized is our culture that I give Democrats no credit for Working Across the Aisle, not when doing so eviscerates Social Security/Medicare, turns voting rights into a noble idea in a textbook, and turns the First Amendment into a … Continue reading

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You tried it just for once/Found it all right for kicks: The best debut singles

Thinking about Lana del Rey’s “Video Games” kicked off this list, and even though I adore her now I still have trouble accepting its ethos; she’s done better. The rest of the entries constitute a series of singles that delineated … Continue reading

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‘On the Seventh Day’ plays ball with communitarian values

The Mexican rapists, murderers, and vermin of Donald Trump’s malarial imagination are the delivery guys and cotton candy salesmen in On the Seventh Day. If they work seven days a week without a breather, a manager may reward them with … Continue reading

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