As a Way of Being in the World, to Be Cool Is to Be a Fascinating Asshole

As a Way of Being in the World, to Be Cool Is to Be a Fascinating Asshole

By Megan Volpert

Cool seems to be a phenomenon located mainly between the end of Hitler’s war and the beginning of Kurt Cobain’s band. 23 Jun 2017 // 10:30 AM

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22 Oct 2006 // 8:00 PM

Yo La Tengo

Spinning rims, 22-ouncers, and a lesson on listening.

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Myra Melford: The Image of Your Body

If you like a little hard-hitting adventure in your jazz, this album is artful and intelligent. And, oh yes, it definitely swings.

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20 Oct 2006 // 6:00 AM

Devastations: Coal

Devastations, a band of Australians living in Berlin, attempt the depth of the Dirty Three and Liars on their sophomore album, Coal—and end up

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20 Oct 2006 // 4:27 AM

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

War, the film argues, depends on lies, on myths and beliefs that could never be sustained were the experience represented or remembered explicitly.

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20 Oct 2006 // 4:00 AM

Branches: Grown In You

As the name implies, this band's tree has many roots and varied shoots.

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20 Oct 2006 // 3:54 AM

The Prestige (2006)

This trick -- The Transported Man -- is at the center of the film's thematic concerns with replication, movement, and deception.

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20 Oct 2006 // 2:00 AM

Theo Angell: Dearly Beloved

Hall of Fame founder Theo Angell mines deep lodes of folk, blues and spiritual music in this eccentrically powerful solo album.

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20 Oct 2006 // 1:00 AM

Marie Antoinette (2006)

A girl made queen by the peculiar forces of 18th-century statecraft, Marie is by turns amused, alarmed, and pissed off, mercurial and imperious as only a teenager can be.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela: Rodrigo y Gabriela

The album is a slap in the face for every rock star who has ever decided to arrange acoustic versions of their songs and forgotten that "acoustic" doesn't necessarily mean "slow and boring".

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Bright Eyes: Noise Floor (Rarities: 1998 – 2005)

Rewarding hodge-podge of treasure and trash continues the journey of Bright Eyes.

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