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Neko Case - "Man" (Singles Going Steady)

Wherein Neko Case tackles gender politics in her loudest rock song yet, aided by guitarist M. Ward.

Steve Horowitz: There’s something about an electric guitar rockin’ out. It makes Neko not only into a man but The Man. Of course, the rest of the video is youth obsessed, but the song shows that Neko knows better. Hell, she knows everything can be said with three chords, an attitude, and a some drums. This ain’t Alice Cooper’s “Identity Crisis” because she knows just who she is, a man’s man like the one in the moon! [7/10]

Eric Risch: More Twitter celebrity than recording artist these days, Neko Case gives the video treatment to 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You’s testosterone rocker “Man”. Used to promote her retrospective vinyl box set, Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, Case reaffirms her 2014 “DONT PEGGY OLSEN [sic] ME, MOTHERF*CKERS” tweet, appearing as a Lichtenstein-draped guitar hero who, with a local School of Rock class in tow, stages an Occupy Main Street demonstration. Having released only two albums since her 2006 crown jewel, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, the former Kutie model who objects to being labeled a “WOMAN IN MUSIC” empowers the next generation while continuing to run from her own clean-shaven past. [8/10]

Marshall Gu: Wherein Neko Case tackles gender politics in her loudest rock song yet, aided by guitarist M. Ward tossing concussive grenades of guitar crunches, splattering drums and the song’s keyboard-aided conclusion that rivals that of Belle and Sebastian’s “Lazy Line Painter Jane", which, coincidentally, was that band’s loudest rock song, and was one of their most (sexually) politically-informed. [8/10]

Jedd Beaudoin: Neko Case has always been pretty hit and miss for me. That trend continues. [5/10]

SCORE: 7.00

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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