Columns

Monday, May 21 2007

Playing Pop in the Jazz/Soul Shadow

Layman shares Thai food with the band, and discusses the wonderfully uncategorizable music of The Jen Chapin Trio.


Sunday, May 20 2007

Dreams, Nightmares, and Sonata Arctica

'We are not too old yet to renew ourselves; we can use our imaginations.' Begrand talks with Sonata Arctica's Tony Kakko about eclecticism, dreams, Queen, wolves, and his band's ambitious new album, Unia.


Thursday, May 17 2007

Disposable Personality

We've grown accustomed to the planned obsolescence of our products; we assuage the continual threat of obsolescence of our personalities by continually changing, refreshing ourselves like an email inbox.


Wednesday, May 16 2007

The Scorecard

There isn't a scorecard of social injustice that makes one group more worthy of equality than others.


Tuesday, May 15 2007

The Unseen Masters of Horror

Fright fans love to praise the visionary efforts of their favorite horror directors. But behind every great terror auteur is usually an unsung macabre master.


Monday, May 14 2007

A Moral Pornographer?

Can pornographic literature impart a lesson in morality? Author Tamara Faith Berger believes it can.


Sunday, May 13 2007

Navigating America with the Help of Don Imus

OpStar: part talk radio / part OnStar vehicle guidance system for those who are easily confused by the squiggly red and blue lines on paper maps.


Thursday, May 10 2007

Rap’s Righteous Rhyme-Fighter

If Raymond 'Boots' Riley -- frontman for Oakland, California's the Coup -- is rap's most political practitioner, he may well also be one of its most expressive humorists.


Abandoning the Fort

It seems that teleportation, spontaneous human combustion, poltergeists, UFO sightings, alien abductions, and other such phenomena has fallen out of fashion, these days.


Wednesday, May 9 2007

First They Came for the Latinos

Heard rumors of civilians rounded up, locked up, and searched for papers, lately? Don't worry. That only happens in another America.


Tuesday, May 8 2007

P.M. Mixtape, Vol. Two: Love and Trouble

Since relationships are tough, we need all the help we can get. Sometimes the best advice comes from listening to the right song.


Monday, May 7 2007

High-Minded Bullshit

Philosophy itself is often regarded as part and parcel with the bullshit of popular culture. But it is philosophers who been trying to determine exactly what bullshit is and how it works its magic.


Sunday, May 6 2007

Lose Your Delusion: An Open Letter to William ‘Axl’ Rose of Guns N’ Roses

A disillusioned fan calls for the resurrection of Guns N' Roses, already. Please. Now would be good.


Thursday, May 3 2007

Collective Impulses

The wife disposing of her ex-husband's collection. The estate sale. The stash of records sold for pennies on the dollar because the water bill was overdue. Collecting music often depends on someone else's misfortune.


Wednesday, May 2 2007

The Resilient Works of Roberto Bolaño: Raccoon-Resistant, Water Resistant, Immortal

Roberto Bolaño's Los Detectives Salvajes, like so many good works, traverses time, language, cultures, and survives a bit battered, but little worse for the wear.


Tuesday, May 1 2007

Celebrity Deathmatch

Every decision already consists of two wrong choices -- it's only a matter of which is the path of least regret.


Monday, April 30 2007

An Ugly Trend in Filmmakers

Strapped for cash, aching to free their creative impulse from the grind of the same old story, over and over and over, our best modern film directors turn their talents toward the vastly untapped world of TV commercial-making.


Sunday, April 29 2007

Emerging Ideas in Global Distribution: An Interview With Six Degrees’ Bob Duskis

"If you don't embrace your buying base, you're going to go out of business." Beres talks with the electronica label's co-founder about digital distribution and independent music.


They are the Champions

St. Louis Cardinals fans' enthusiasm for the 2006 World Series can be understood, even if the rest of the world refused to share it.


Thursday, April 26 2007

Classical Radio Communities: Thoughts on Mediation

Classical music radio gives rise to a prophylactic form of community: we are somehow participating with other listeners without having to engage directly with those others. The music becomes a pretense for communal participation.


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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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