A decade that began with George Clooney regnant, nominated for the fourth time in an odd-numbered year and this time earning praise from A.O. Scott for wearing convincing sockless boat shoes ended with the sixth win for an actor playing a biographical entry in Wikipedia.
Among contemporaries no other band released so many non-album songs that conjured a world within a world: exploding boys, feet thrown, upstaris rooms, exploding boys. Perhaps Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe came closest. Until 2004’s Join the Dots compilation, I depended on the Standing on the Beach cassette and the assorted cassingles and CD singlesContinue reading “You talked until your tongue fell out: The Cure B-sides”
At last the seams start to show. As much shit as 1985 gets for reified pop hits, it was better for R&B than 1984, often considered a peak pop year. Compare below the solid/sound and good/great list.
Not a great decade, and it’s not over yet. Thus far young Saoirse Ronan has given two of its most indelible performances while Meryl Streep, a star instead of an actress at last, gave three of her most insufferable star turns, and I don’t include the worst performance and least deserving (not often the sameContinue reading “Ranking Best Actress nominees, 2010s edition”
This list boasted a couple unfamiliar tracks: Gladys Knight and the Pips’ ebullient thick-bottomed “Save the Overtime (For Me),” their biggest hit since the Ford years; and Deniece Williams’ Marvelettes cover, an effort I’d expect from a hard-working student for whom inspiration comes in fits.
Kehlani – While We Wait After collaborating with Cardi B and appearing on Hayley Kiyoko’s major label debut, Kehlani releases an album that’s not a follow-up to 2017’s excellent SweetSexySavage. But this mix tape has the shape and clarity of a major release anyway.
In which Marlon Brando, with help from Montgomery Clift, Paul Newman, and James Dean, began the decade revolutionizing screen acting, only to watch Charleton Heston win his only competitive Oscar in the kind of historical role for which the Academy has always been a sucker (Brando tried it to uneven results in Julius Caesar).
It’s impossible to overstate what a relief the R&B chart was in the early Reagan era, and I can reshuffle the solid entertainments and good/great ones for days: this afternoon I hesitate about categorizing the SOS Band’s biggest pop crossover (it’s missing something; prefer their Jam and Lewis period) and “Double Dutch Bus” (a splendidContinue reading “Ranking R&B singles of 1980-1981”
Regular readers of HTV know that last night a ceremony occurred where racism was finally eliminated. Fear of homosexuality too.
11:14 p.m. Green Book won. Racism solved. 11:09 p.m. I know Guillermo del Toro won last year, but watching him present the award to his bro Cuaron is too much of a setup. 10:59 p.m. Here we are for Best Actress. Melissa McCarthy. That’s all. BUT HOLY SHIT. Olivia Colman wins for The Favourite, beatingContinue reading “Liveblogging the Oscars”
From what I’ve read by colleagues in the last two weeks I’m the only enthusiast for the meme-ready “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” Ariana Grande’s valentine to a fuck-worthy boy toy and to strategically placed commas.
I mean, really — this is the best list I’ve ever seen. On a more forgiving evening I may move “Still” to Meh, and the Isley Brothers track up