Steve King is not the only racist in the GOP caucus

I suppose my heart should swell with the news that the GOP minority in Congress (by the way — what sweet relief to write that phrase!) has moved to strip Rep. Steve King of committee assignments. But if Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wanted an Aegean stables moment, he needs to start immediately from the bottom up. Continue reading

Singles 1/11

Our first set of reviews of the new year, comprised of 2018 odds and ends published during the break and tracks chosen for BBC Music Sound Of 2019 that were not, I trust, auspicatory. Already I regret the high vote for “Really Bad Boy,” grade inflation based on my affection for their catalog, and the low vote for Post Malone’s best radio hit.

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King Princess – Pussy is God (8)
Flohio ft. Cadenza & Clams Casino – Pounce (7)
Grimes ft. HANA – We Appreciate Power (7)
Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – Tints (6)
Meek Mill ft. Drake – Going Bad (6)
Red Velvet – RBB (Really Bad Boy) (6)
Rosalía – Bagdad (5)
Octavian – Move Faster (4)
Thomas Rhett – Sixteen (3)
Dermot Kennedy – Power Over Me (3)
Grace Carter – Why Her Not Me (3)
Post Malone – Wow (3)
Kodak Black – Calling My Spirit (2)
Twice – The Best Thing I Ever Did (2)
Sea Girls – All I Want to Hear You Say (1)

The history of the world: the best Pet Shop Boys B-sides

“We’ve always used the B-side as a way of learning to produce,” Chris Lowe said in the liner notes to the smashing compilation Alternative. “When we started the B-side was where we learned to do things ourselves. So it wasn’t a throwaway, ever. It’s been fundamental to how we progress.” Besides alluding to a future album title, these remarks elucidate how he and Neil Tennant might have created a complementary timeline to Pet Shop Boys’ development: ever dafter English synth pop duo, no doubt, Edith Sitwells on Emulators. The B-sides below are a barmy lot, mixing literary and historical references as a way of clouding indeterminate lusts. I could have easily tripled this list, but let’s stop at sixteen.

1. Paninaro (b/w Suburbia)
2. That’s My Impression (b/w Love Comes Quickly)
3. Decadence (b/w Liberation)
4. A Man Could Get Arrested (7″ remix; West End Girls)
5. The Truck Driver and His Mate (b/w Before)
6. Some Speculation (b/w Yesterday, When I Was Mad)
7. Do I Have To? (b/w Rent)
8. Bet She’s Not Your Girlfriend [b/w Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)]
9. You Know Where You Went Wrong (b/w It’s a Sin)
10. The Ghost of Myself (b/w New York City Boy)
11. Sexy Northerner (b/w Home and Dry)
12. Jack the Lad (b/w Suburbia)
13. The Resurrectionist (b/w I’m With Stupid)
14. I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too) (b/w Heart)
15. The Sound of the Atom Splitting (b/w Left to My Own Devices)
16. In the Night (b/w Opportunities)

On the luridness of gay conservatives

The New York Times‘ Sunday magazine has run a story about the frustrations of gay conservatives. One Ben Holden, a Suffolk University student, explains himself:

Though he said he is liberal on most social issues and wishes the Republican Party would take climate change seriously, Holden aligns himself with conservatives and libertarians in many other ways — he’s anti-abortion, free-market-oriented and skeptical of big government. But perhaps above all else, Holden rejects what he considers a bedrock of contemporary liberalism: that, as he put it, your “immutable characteristics” — race, ethnicity, sexual orientation — “should determine what your position is on every political issue, or what you’re allowed to express an opinion about.” He added that he feels alienated from progressives on his campus and across the country, many of whom he believes are unwilling to debate issues “without resorting to shaming or name-calling.”

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