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 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Daniel Ash: Come Alive

Ash has not one, not two, not three, but four impressive back-catalogs to draw from on this better-than-expected live document.

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Gamble Brothers Band: Continuator

Memphis may be alive, but so are plants. The Gamble Brothers take a forgettable stroll through the Memphis bar-band tradition.

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22 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Alif Tree: French Cuisine

It is essentially that rarest of artifacts -- a splendid album that aspires to nothing more than creating a sustained mood through the application of superlative musicianship.

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	Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: The Road to God Knows Where/Live at the Paradiso [DVD]

Nick Cave has always seemed misplaced, of another era. An Australian whose '60s-retro skinny suits and 19th century face have lived all over Europe, Cave looks and sings like an old soul.

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	Cream: Royal Albert Hall, London, May 2-3-5-6, 2005 [DVD]

After a long absence, God... err, Eric Clapton has returned, and along with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, has resurrected the deity known as Cream.

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Collecting is an intellectual quest, a school of philosophy dedicated to the advancement not just of the graphic art form, but of the whole human race.

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21 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Arrested Development

Arrested Development went down uncompromised, with guns a-blazing and showing no remorse over its own potential demise.

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The Dark Side of the Moon: The Making of the Pink Floyd Masterpiece by John Harris

Tellingly, you get a better sense of the synthesizer's personality than the band's. Were the Floyd just following 'the English way', or were they dull, arrogant bastards? You decide.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Anniversary Edition) (1961)

I suppose we should just count ourselves fortunate Capote didn't write any Indian characters into Breakfast at Tiffany's, otherwise Blake Edwards might have asked Peter Sellers to break out the boot polish.

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Arab Strap's version of romance might well be scarred and battered, but it's a romance that's real and breathtakingly recognisable.

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The Thoughtful Absurdity of 'Spaceplan'

// Moving Pixels

"Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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