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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: TIE! Out There: From 1993 to 2002, David Duchovny starred in “The X-Files” as the persistent and slightly paranoid F.B.I. special agent Fox Mulder, investigator of and true believer in paranormal activity. Then, from 2007 to 2014, he took on the even scarier role of Hank Moody, … [Read more...]

Ann-Margret, Spoon, and Your Soul

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Can't find any video clips of Ann-Margret's Ray Donovan appearances (Season 2), but she stole every scene--Liev Schreiber just sat back and let her drive. And scanning the new Spoon album, They Want My Soul, you come across "[I] Just Don't Understand," an early Ann-Margret hit which the Beatles … [Read more...]

Pazz, Jop, Flop, Fly


Pazz & Jop went up, with these album results: 1 D'Angelo, Black Messiah RCA Points: 2008 Mentions: 163 2 Run the Jewels, Run the Jewels 2 Mass Appeal Points: 1734 Mentions: 163 3 The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream Secretly Canadian Points: 1244 Mentions: … [Read more...]

2014 Book List

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2014 BOOKS When America Turned: Reckoning With 1968, by David Wyatt (University of Massachusetts Press) Leaving the Pink House, by Ladette Randolph (University of Iowa Press) Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir by George Clinton with Ben … [Read more...]

Sorkin HBO Rape UVA Rolling Stone Snowden #Keywords

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Lots of good ink on The Newsroom's rape episode, but it's not like West Wing didn't already prove this megalomaniac's zeal for self-aggrandizement... Remember when he stopped production to compose his very own post-9/11 special episode, Isaac and Ishamel (Season 3, Ep. 3)? (Reminds me of Dylan … [Read more...]

One-Hit Wonders, Soundtrack Blunders


                MUST READ The Complete List of True One-Hit Wonders, by Tom Nawrocki (Medium's Cuepoint)   SOUNDTRACK OVERKILL Hanz Zimmer's exceedingly literal and pressing soundtrack to Interstellar throws Kubrick's … [Read more...]

Spotify Lightning: Right Spark, Wrong Rod

COVERS Bill Murray, Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm," St. Vincent closing credits SPOTIFY COVERAGE STILL WEAK  In The New Yorker, John Seabrook leaves the reader asking the single most pertinent, obvious yet invisible question coursing through this non-story: why would anybody rely on "record … [Read more...]

BROTHAS… George Clinton book review


National Memo, the new online publication from Joe Conasan, launches its book review: George Clinton, funk’s profane God-uncle, bandleader of both Parliament and Funkadelic, producer of legions more, was born in a lavatory in Kannapolis, North Carolina, so he “came by the funk honestly.” His … [Read more...]

Rand Paul, Plagiarism, and Time magazine

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This really crosses a line, both for objective fact and hard news. It's neither, and it's deceitful by omission. This guy creeps me out, never more than when I agree with him (on drones). Alternate heads: The Most Interesting Plagiarist in the Senate The Senate's Plagiarist Hood … [Read more...]

Reasons to be Cheerful: Sleater-Kinney Reunion


Sleater-Kinney Announce No Cities To Love Reunion Album & World Tour - Stereogum. Related articles Sleater-Kinney release first new song in nine years "Bury Our Friends" - listen Selater-Kinney returns with new album and tour in 2015 Sleater-Kinney Box Set Comes With A New Song Marked … [Read more...]

Chris Smither


Chris Smither's 70th birthday release, minus some missing liner notes that completely misdirected listeners: Never mind that Eric Von Schmidt gave him an early break by inviting him onstage at Passim's in Harvard Square, or that the Boston Music Awards granted him Best Folk Artist status. Chris … [Read more...]