Columns

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".


Tuesday, January 9 2007

Honey Hush

Popular songs like Da Muzicianz' 'Hush' suggests that it's not only okay, but romantic and positive to assume to know what a woman wants, and to act in her best interests, while she may not say otherwise.


Monday, January 8 2007

Mixed Pickles

A profile of rogue taxidermists, also known as artists who pay tribute to the overlooked detritus of the natural world, of which death is only a part.


Sunday, January 7 2007

The Ugly Duckling has Two Daddies

We are surrounded by a large population that simply flaunts its homosexualness at us -- flagrantly, shamelessly, and completely uncontrollably.


Thursday, January 4 2007

Word Problems: The Snitch’s Dilemma

What if you and your friend were arrested and you were offered leniency in exchange for information about your friend or "the streets"? The hip-hop community believes the very existence of the deal begs us to reconsider our concepts of loyalty and law enforcement.


Wednesday, January 3 2007

If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Our resident wit offers up the excerpts and highlights from the best celebrity roasts in 2006.


It’s a Mall World

The mega mall shopping experience -- the mall as a multi-purpose space, an extension of the living room and social scene -- is relatively new in Manila.


Tuesday, January 2 2007

The Profound Consolation: The Use of Bach’s Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (Part 3)

What Vogler hears in Bach is both the acknowledgement of the eternal sameness of our lives and the spiritual longing for untainted pure being -- Bach attains transcendence only through the transmutation of human despair and eternal sameness.


Monday, January 1 2007

The 2006 Barbershop Notebook Awards

Lest those who have affected the black community in interesting, complex, and largely problematic ways in 2006 go unrecognized . . .


Five Years’ Moldering, Now

As in all the human rights violations going on at Guantánamo Bay, the US has, with Australia's help, betrayed its traditions of upholding civil and international rights to rationalise its (in)actions in David Hick's case.


Thursday, December 21 2006

The Best Metal Albums of 2006

Begrand and Blood and Thunder look back on a metal-icious 2006: its creative resurgences, its tinges of sludge, its Japanese doom-ridden drones, and its ever-reliable Scandinavians.


Wednesday, December 20 2006

How an Unremarkably Wonderful Work Is the Most Successful Jazz Album, Ever

How can it be, in fact, that Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas is perhaps the only universally adored record in jazz history -- the Sgt. Pepper's of improvised music?


Tuesday, December 19 2006

2006, Through Roots-Colored Glasses

It's the same old complaint every year, isn't it? You do what you can, you hear what you can, and you wait to see what takes root in your brain as a keeper.


Monday, December 18 2006

God Made Us #1

The Gipper, the heartland, and the holy spirit: Notre Dame's football highlights stretch out like one long, continuous John Mellencamp video.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"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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