Thursday, February 1 2007

Tropicália: Brazil’s Musical Revolution Turns 40

Tropicália would combine the cosmopolitan sensibilities and lyrical precision of rock with the entire geological depth of Brazil's considerable musical tradition.

Fishing for Deep Dot Pearls

In many popular Japanese films, enduring elements of Japanese/US relations, endemic attitudes of superiority and equality among races, and volatile notions of convention and propriety are pitted against emergent, maverick, fun-loving difference.

Wednesday, January 31 2007

Ali in the Family

Vieux Farka Touré continues his late father's musical legacy with a weathered voice, poetic passion, and a new debut album.

Tuesday, January 30 2007

Coachwhips: Morality Tales of Team Leadership

Regardless of the number of veterans a squad may have, or the players' natural, athletic ability to improvise when a coach's plan fails, no matter, even, that a coach never steps foot on the field -- it's clear that fans are not prepared to accept players without the organizing presence of someone in charge.

Monday, January 29 2007

Gadgets Gone Wild

The introduction of Apple’s new iPhone prompts a review of that enduring cultural artifact known as The Gizmo.

Sunday, January 28 2007

Standing in the Shadows of Dreamgirls

Entrepreneurs of color owe an enormous debt to Berry Gordy, whose path from hit-chasing songwriter to world-renown business mogul is, as much as if not more than those beautiful ladies on the movie screen, the stuff of dreams.

Thursday, January 25 2007

Where Are They Now?: Hip-Hop Learns How to Look Back in Anger (Management)

The year 2006 was notable for when so many highly visible artists stepped up to sharply criticize, yet still support, the culture; when's the last time so many of your top five dead or alive had so much to say?

Wednesday, January 24 2007

Burning Ambitions

The Ashes is among the oldest sporting rivalries in the world. It just happens to define two nations.

Tuesday, January 23 2007

Calling William Castle!

What we need today is a man who is willing to subject himself to ridicule, disrespect, and misrepresentation, all in the name of motion picture propaganda – someone like William Castle.

Monday, January 22 2007

The Sounds of Now, Part Three: Anthony Braxton and the Ethics of Improvisation

Jenkins's latest installment in a series of contemporary composer profiles discusses Anthony Braxton, who seems to have looked to music as a means not to erase or ignore cultural dissonance but rather to confront it directly.

Sunday, January 21 2007

Wish or Wishout You

Move over, MySpace,'s 'who you are is what you buy' Wish List is the new hip virtual community.

Thursday, January 18 2007

A Good Return for Our Toil

This is what married people do for one another.

Wednesday, January 17 2007

The Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood

At one time, she was the most powerful woman in Hollywood's paternalistic boy's club. So why is Mary Pickford merely a forgotten cinematic icon today? The answer seems, sadly, to be a matter of personal, not professional drive.

Tuesday, January 16 2007

Tapping the ‘Wire’

The Wire's season-ending musical montage was a culmination, in many ways, of a season filled with musical meaning.

Monday, January 15 2007

Death Watch

Guessing whether a celebrity is dead or alive has become something of a modern-day parlor game.

A New Year’s Career

Mental note: sincerity doesn't count for much in the job-hunting game.

Sunday, January 14 2007

Re-Seizing the Time

For all the gains we’ve made in electoral politics and community leadership, there has yet to be a successor to the Black Panther Party as a nationally organized, politically oriented body speaking out and working on the vanguard in the name of black progress, directly confronting and challenging the powers-that-be.

Thursday, January 11 2007

A World Shares the Stage

Beres inspects the 'major guitar and string theme' at this year's globalFEST event in New York, which will host music from Brazil, Cape Verde, Paris, and beyond.

Wednesday, January 10 2007

Constant Digital Craving

Screw the soup, Mr. – little Oliver wants a PS3.

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Shtick:  The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury

Ian Dury's subversive humor gently ribbed the eccentrics within his own class-culture. His caricatures were vicarious self-parodies, pre-emptive strikes fending off a dominant middle-class inclined to more demeaning and patronizing portraits of its "inferiors".

//Mixed media

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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