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Mark Desrosiers


Thursday, September 22 2005

Almost Heaven (Once)

A thing from the past, like the Rockies, but not as grand.

Sunday, December 21 2003

Best Music of 2003 | Mark Desrosiers

Monday, March 17 2003

Material Breach: Against an Absurd War

The idea of a war against Iraq is an absurdity, a blatant and even slightly comical repudiation of the very idea of the 'just war'.

Sunday, March 2 2003


I remember as a toddler being damn near being reduced to tears of relief and exhilaration when Mr. Rogers looked me in the eye and recognized my own inner dramas. Through the course of an episode he gently untied all the psychic knots that get twisted in the mind of a troubled childhood.

Sunday, December 15 2002

Best Music of 2002: Mark Desrosiers


Tuesday, March 18 2003

Bigmouth Strikes Again: Eight Mistakes that Music Critics Make

We rock critics should have leathery skins and sore throbbing eardrums and calloused typing fingers, and we should accept little in return but the possibility of more great new tunes coming our way.

Tuesday, January 14 2003

On Fire Like Old Dry Garbage

He was an over-saturated, pungent, weed-choked swamp of words.

Tuesday, November 5 2002

Can You Dig It? Yes I Can!

This was a band that thrived despite being jeered and pissed on by critics, hipsters, jazzbos, even its own ex-members.

Tuesday, September 17 2002

Hello Cruel World: Blogs and Tunes One Year Later

. . . (S)houldn't we be celebrating our collective vain, ironical stupidity just to bug that humorless sobersides Osama bin Laden and his fellow fanatics?

Tuesday, August 6 2002

A Random Walk Down Pirate Street

Indeed, American book pirates of yesteryear are pretty much the same as Asian tape pirates today. The captains of industry hate 'em, but why else do you think damn near every citizen of Jakarta knows the lyrics to Don McLean's 'American Pie'?


Wednesday, June 4 2008

Danielia Cotton: Rare Child

My hope is that Cotton will become a reverse Rod Stewart -- starting out bland and commercial and then getting looser, more intuitive, and riskier as her career goes on.

Monday, January 28 2008

The Lady Tigra: Please Mr. Boombox

Call it Pinkberry music, or call it electroclash: either way, it's great stuff.

Sunday, January 27 2008

ASG: Win Us Over

Simply put: another decent snowboarding soundtrack.

Thursday, January 24 2008

Hammer No More the Fingers: Hammer No More the Fingers

These songs seem like simple alchemy at first, but they do stick with you, kinda like how the Go-Betweens or the Plastic Constellations worked their magic.

Tuesday, January 8 2008

Gnotes: Rhymes and Beats

A decent, humane, almost ego-free hip-hop record.

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