This is the blog of Alfred Soto, freelance music critic, film writer, political commentator, and generalist. I’ve written for SPIN, Slate, The Miami Herald, The Village Voice, The Quietus, and Red Bull Music Academy, among others.

Twitter: @SotoAlfred

Email: soto.alfred AT gmail DOT com

19 thoughts on “About

  1. Khris Hoven

    You are an absolutely brilliant man. I love all of your prose; it is well-crafted, thoughtful, and sagacious. I was planning to Netflix and chill this evening, but I could not stop reading your thoughts.

  2. Mary Coffindaffer

    Gen Xer here. Just stumbled on your blog and….this is GREAT! Many thanks for this island of observations and commentary. Sonny Came Home-blech indeed. And I am groovin’ on this Chic page wrap.

  3. marengo

    Amazing and useful blog. I would observe that your wide use of language incurs a lower proportion of mouth breathing readers, but like Umberto Eco… that maybe your goal. I’ve enjoyed the dive.

  4. Eddie

    Has there ever been anything more boring or predictable than whiny gay liberals who tow the line? Yawn

    1. humanizingthevacuum Post author

      Is there anything more inevitable than a rude fascist asshole with nothing to say?

  5. Ryan

    Idk if I’m late to the party, but I can’t stop reading this stuff. Especially the music articles from the 90’s. I was just a kid, but I can remember it now. Your take on most of it is dead-on, and often very funny. Adding this site to my favorites, which I didn’t expect to be doing at 3a.m., but I suppose that’s how the Rabbit hole works!

    1. humanizingthevacuum Post author

      Good to Great

      Products of the imagination from which I derive consistent pleasure.

      Sound, Solid

      Products of the imagination from which I derive occasional pleasure. On further review I can promote or demote them.


      Product of the imagination inspiring a shrug but graced with a couple worthwhile moments.

      The Hague

      Human rights violations subject to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

      1. hurricane gloria

        I like those categories. And within each, are the items ranked? i.e. best of the bunch is first in the list or last in the list?

      2. humanizingthevacuum Post author

        For the most part. The ranking gets less arduous as we descend.

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