Category Archives: Quick Hits

50-worders: Keeping up with the fogeys

This is way late, originally intended for December 2016, but life intervened, mostly in a good way. Considering that I recently turned 40 years old, and I’ve spent a year co-writing a book of musical criticism about a single record, … Continue reading

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50-worder: Aphex Twin

aphex twin – syro – 9.5 Selected Ambient Works lacked drums. Drukqs lacked sense. I Care Because You Do lacked good voices. Syro fills in the gaps, remaining danceable while being dense and squiggly enough to require killer headphones to … Continue reading

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50-worders: Big stars

Been a while since I featured 50-word music reviews (see here for a primer), partly because I’ve mostly missed 2014’s new music. Turns out, though, that it’s the old white guys that I’ve kept pace with this time, which is, um, … Continue reading

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50-worders: Kanye West and Lady

I’ve reviving the melophobe 50-word music review (see here for details). kanye west – yeezus — 8.0 Kanye intentionally turns his monomaniacal persona into a caricature, critiquing both himself and his media construction. Schizophrenic, offensive, and hilarious, Yeezus works a denser, more abrasive sonic … Continue reading

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Movies I’ve Seen: The Day He Arrives

More on films by Hong Sang-soo. More to come. In a revealing interview from a director who doesn’t typically reveal much, Hong Sang-soo mentioned that he’s actually shot The Day He Arrives in color but transferred it to black-and-white because … Continue reading

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50-worders: Daft Punk & Vampire Weekend

I’ve reviving the melophobe 50-word music review (see here for details), with quick hits on two high-profile new records. Since Daft Punk’s a duo, and we haven’t heard from it in a long while, I cheated—its new album gets exactly … Continue reading

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Movies I’ve Seen: Two by Hong Sang-soo

I’ve been on a Hong Sang-soo kick for the past few weeks, really longer than that. The South Korean filmmaker gets at the ambiguities and anxieties of love, relationships, and friendships in ways that cut me to the quick. I’m … Continue reading

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