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Let’s meet up in the year 1995: The best of Britpop

Should I finish my collection of short stories, bound for Pulitzerland, and die before fifty, then the scholar bees may find certain reviews in my college paper blasting Pearl Jam for not having a sense of humor and holding up … Continue reading

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I’m not really jealous, don’t like lookin’ like a clown: The best of Joan Jett

For someone whose values enshrine simplicity at the bread and butter level, Joan Jett and her takes on “Everyday People,” Tommy James and many Gary Glitter anthems remain fresh, terse, and eloquent. Below you’ll see “Crimson and Clover” topping my … Continue reading

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Universal freak delight: The best of The Time

Learning the extent of Prince’s involvement in the writing, recording, playing, and producing of his greatest threat bothered me too on reading Alex Hahn’s Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince in 2005. But writing and producing are overrated talents … Continue reading

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I pushed the other guys too far: The best of the Beach Boys

No one who interacts with me will confuse me for a fan, but I’ve a playlist to which I return when I’m in the infrequent mood. I suppose the Beach Boys and I should have more ideological affinities — their … Continue reading

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That’s what our love is: The best of Ashford & Simpson

The most elegant of Motown’s stable of songwriters, and among the best chroniclers of domesticity in pop history, Nick Ashford and Ashley Simpson subsumed funk, R&B, disco, and electro for their own ends. What gave them an edge was the … Continue reading

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The best films of 2017, part three

12. The Death of Louis XIV, dir. Albert Serra. From my review: Playing the Sun King in The Death of Louis XIV, the seventy-six-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud surrenders any relation to the rest of his body. In one of film’s longest goodbyes, … Continue reading

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The best films of 2017, part #1

Excellent queer films get released every year, but 2017 was exceptional for seeing several of those excellent films garnering widespread praise and a semblance of an American release. This year I noticed my picks align with consensus more than usual. … Continue reading

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I need a drink, you need one too: The best of Raphael Saadiq

A songwriter-producer of exceptional fluidity, Raphael Saadiq is one of music’s most fecund talents. From his work with seminal R&B act Tony Toni Tone to his collaborations with D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Solange, and his own solo albums and the … Continue reading

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Sinatra had his shit figured out, I presume: The best of Jens Lekman

Betraying roots in Jonathan Richman’s brand of hangdog self-parodic miserabilism (“I Know What Love Isn’t”) and fascination for the topical (“I Saw Her in the Anti War Demonstration”), Jens Lekman has emerged as one of my favorite singer-songwriters of the … Continue reading

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The sixty best directors

A couple weeks ago, ILX ran a list of our picks for fifty best directors in film history. Below is my alphabetized list, expanded to sixty; how the hell would you argue that Béla Tarr is “better” than Preston Sturges? … Continue reading

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Sup up your beer and collect your fags: The best of the Jam and Style Council

The English musical establishment — from Steve Winwood and Robert Wyatt to Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon — adores Paul Weller. So does enough of the island to give him a commercial floor that’s startling to an American whose exposure … Continue reading

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You’re not the big fish in the pond no more: The best of Paramore

Assigned to review a Dashboard Confessional show in the early 2000s, I did what I could to wiggle out of the responsibility. So the ugly ear studs and power chords of Paramore in the late Bush era did little for … Continue reading

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