Category Archives: Music

Sugarman’s Estonian Friend

Recently, I watched the documentary Searching For Sugarman about Sixto Rodriguez, an obscure psychedelic rock figure from the 1970s whose music was immensely popular in South Africa.  It’s shocking, I know, but a film that was universally acclaimed and seemed to … Continue reading

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Round-Up August 19 2013 Edition

The Sunday Herald of Glasgow has a list of the Top 50 Graphic Novels of all time. Tom Spurgeon thinks it’s not bad. If your first 50 encounters with the art form were these 50 choices, you’d likely be vastly entertained … Continue reading

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Round-Up August 18 2013 Edition

Indiewire has a lot of premature coverage of the 2014 Academy Awards as well as potential nominees. They’re pretty bullish on Martin Scorcese and Leonardo Dicaprio’s Wolf of Wall Street. This downloadable playlist of old songs about drugs and prostitution is fantastic. … Continue reading

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August 7 2013 Round-Up

This may be how Americans view the other kind of Football. George Clooney may have been right in his observation that anyone in the film industry shouldn’t refer to Waterworld as a historic flop. It’s always odd when a term becomes a metaphor, … Continue reading

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July 30 2013 Round-Up

Someone has compiled 15 film poster cliches. Spike Lee releases his list of essential films, the syllabus for his NYU Graduate class. Noah Millman considers whether the zombie movie has become the new western. Which is what worries me about … Continue reading

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July 19 2013 Politics Round-Up

The rise of reggae and the fall of mambo may have been due to the free market of Jamaica and communism’s choking of creativity in Cuba. Incumbent Republican Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming is polling pretty well against primary challenger … Continue reading

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First Weekend of Summer Round-Up

James Gandolfini’s appearance on Sesame Street has got some play after his untimely death. Tom Carson of the Prospect contrasts James Gandolfini with other celebrity deaths.  There’s a distinction to be made between dying too young and dying too soon. … Continue reading

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