Columns

Sunday, October 14 2007

Bachata: Generations Apart and Together

Bachata grew up in the barrio. Servants would turn trashcans and fences into instruments in their nighttime escapades, and the words would tune hearts to a frequency unheard during daytime hours.


Thursday, October 11 2007

The Bull of Phalaris, or the Ambiguity of Musical Violence

By working directly on the body, music as a whole has access to a form of violence that far outstrips the petty accusations foisted upon certain of its constituent parts, such as hard rock and rap.


Wednesday, October 10 2007

Sun and Air: An Interview with Anneke van Giersbergen and Krystoffer “Garm” Rygg

Van Giersbergen and Rygg's core audiences remain on the metal side, proof that no matter how diverse your music becomes, your old metal fans will still stubbornly cling to you like barnacles to a creaky hull.


Tuesday, October 9 2007

Autobiographigure: The Courageous Quest for a Toy in One’s Own Image

The shelves of our great nation's toy retailers are seldom stocked with action figures of flabby, furry, graying columnists, but that could change . . .


Monday, October 8 2007

Sacred Ornas and Secret Longings

The orna's slim fabric casts a net of symbolism and serves as a democratic garment -- for a certain class of people.


Sunday, October 7 2007

Hanging On in Quiet Desperation is the English Way

Syd Barrett's physical presence/ mental absence would have undermined Pink Floyd’s American tour, but Barrett was a product of his time, and fittingly, the audience in San Francisco was receptive to the vision of a man decomposing on stage.


A Fistful of Quarters

If only I could love Ms. Pacman the way I want to love Ms. Pacman.


Thursday, October 4 2007

The Year of the Wolf

Leave it to the geniuses running the Hollywood studios to offset each other by delivering three legendary lycanthrope movies, 'The Howling', 'An American Werewolf in London' and 'Wolfen' during the same seminal genre year: 1981.


A Chronicle of Higher Education

A felonious alumnus provides words of wisdom to the graduating class and sepia-drenched remembrances on the way things were at Higbert Community College.


Wednesday, October 3 2007

High Moon: The Japanese Western

ReDotPop’s version of the western, the re-emerging samurai genre, serves as moral compass, as spiritual guide at a time when it is needed most.


Tuesday, October 2 2007

Three Strikes You’re Oot!

Billions of us around the world have never had the opportunity to swing at a split-fingered fastball or slide into second on a steal. Maybe that's why anytime we’re in America (or Canada), we dash to the baseball stadium.


Monday, October 1 2007

Season of the Tribe

A Tribe Called Quest's standout recognition among the glitterati at the VH1 Awards could be viewed as a subtle reminder that hip-hop does not adhere to a static definition, nor is it beholden to a single (commercial) goal.


Sunday, September 30 2007

The Affectionate Parodies and Ironic Diss-Positions of Ween

Shock-humor abounds across Ween’s work, and dumb infantilism is worn as a badge of honor.


Can’t You Read the Signs?

Cars, guns, values, the US Constitution... like a yellow traffic light, their meaning and importance, relative to oneself, is open to interpretation.


Thursday, September 27 2007

On Being Savage

In today's world, in which most native people live not in forests or on islands but in cities, savagery has become a state of mind more than anything else. Perhaps a little 'savagery' would be good for modern civilization.


Watch That Whale

If whales were into human-watching, would they watch even while we butchered each other? Do whales have hope for the human species?


Wednesday, September 26 2007

When They Were Fab

The phenomenal success of the British Invasion led to a stampede of record labels trying to promote bands that could cash in on Beatlemania. Pop Gear shows over 15 bands, attempting to lip synch their way to stardom. The result is surprisingly touching and loaded with kitschy, camp fun.


Tuesday, September 25 2007

One Hit Wonder - The Stone Reader

A favored book from one's past. An elusive author who seemingly never wrote anything since. Sounds like the components for a fascinating documentary? You'd be right.


Monday, September 24 2007

Schlock Jock: The Selling of a Quarterback

From the first time I saw him at Tennessee, I had a sinking feeling that this bright star, Peyton Manning, would soon be selling me stuff I had no use for.


Sunday, September 23 2007

Passport to the Future

Once you get past the initial groove that Manu Chao lays, and become accustomed to his fast-paced nature, you recognize a passionate soul as devoted to music as he is to political and social justice.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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