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Vaulting off the edge of no escape: the best of Joy Division and solo New Order

Discovering Joy Division at the same time as New Order called for, unbelievably, solomonic choices. If you were serious — young male (always male) music fans during the Poppy Bush Interozone were very serious — you gave New Order some … Continue reading

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These fists, will always protect ya: the best of Miguel

On a Friday afternoon before leaving work, anticipating our strongest cold front in almost two years, I listened to “Told You So” and realized, Holy shit, I’ve never listed Miguel. No performer today conveys the joy of performing as palpably; … Continue reading

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Best novels about adolescence

Although I came up with this dozen easily, I know it reeks of conventionality. I do need recommendations. 1. Louise Fitzhugh – Harriet the Spy 2. Ray Bradbury – Something Wicked This Way Comes 3. Madeline L’Engle – A Wrinkle … Continue reading

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Ask somebody how we flip the script: The best of A Tribe Called Quest

I wasn’t the first youngster for whom Q-Tip’s warm squirrelly burr was my introduction to hip hop. Few musicians give the impression that listening to a record is the aural equivalent of kicking it with a bro you don’t see … Continue reading

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When you’re on your own, it’s a long walk home: the best of Belle and Sebastian

A cultist who writes about adolescent deprivations, a nerd who envied the kids in power and would’ve been Noel Gallagher in another time and place, Stuart Murdoch was a perfect early internet hero. If you were in college or just … Continue reading

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So tired of hearing ’bout your boy problems: Best of Carly Rae Jepsen

To my generation’s most beloved pop icon despite Carly Rae Jepsen’s never penetrating the top forty after “Call Me Maybe.” Each track below is a Good Song, but I won’t insist on it, not when radio won’t allow a female … Continue reading

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The best films of 1933

The erotic currents running through Frank Capra’s most bonkers early film compensate for the eye-opening orientalist fantasy in The Bitter Tea of General Yen, which I haven’t watched since the early nineties. Barbara Stanwyck, star of two films on this … Continue reading

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I’m in a position to talk to these kids and they listen: the best of Eminem

When Eminem goes multi-platinum again soon, as few musicians do in 2017, he can’t point to my hard drive. I treated this list as an exercise on myself: how many of these performances can I stand to listen to, like, … Continue reading

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And soon they’ll carry him away: the best of George Jones

At its most potent an influence is everywhere and nowhere. When he died in 2013, George Jones could have pointed to Randy Travis and Nick Lowe, to Bobby Bare and and Don Williams. His rich vowel-heavy baritone projected a despair … Continue reading

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Don’t damn me/When I speak my mind: the best of Guns N’ Roses

I can think of a few moments when pop music frightened me. With its pummeling clusters of guuitar notes, the impressive solidness of its rhythm section, and demonic interpolations (YOU KNOW WHERE YOU AAAHHH? YOU’RE IN THE JUNGLE BABEE), “Weclome … Continue reading

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Take your hat off, boy: The best of Throwing Muses and Belly

Stepsisters whose aesthetic affinities bespoke a symbiosis too fine for a band to contain, Tanya Donelly and Kristin Hersh wrote songs about feminine archetypes: harridan, mother, witch, angel. In Throwing Muses, Donelly sung the sweet-voiced tunes with the conventional pop … Continue reading

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If they move, kill’em: the best of Sam Peckinpah

The Ballad of Cable Hogue and Junior Bonner I hold up as examples of the gentleness of which Sam Peckinpah was capable. In the 2000s, I suspect, an imaginative producer would have hired him to film a Harry Potter film, … Continue reading

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