Neil Young doesn't break picket lines and endorsed Obama way back in 2006. Neil, this note's for you.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Everybody and their mother does presidential endorsements, but The Economist's pick was the one I was most anticipating. (To review, in the last four elections, they've endorsed Kerry, Bush, Dole and Clinton.) This year?
[T]his cannot be another election where the choice is based merely on fear. In terms of painting a brighter future for America and the world, Mr Obama has produced the more compelling and detailed portrait. He has campaigned with more style, intelligence and discipline than his opponent. Whether he can fulfil his immense potential remains to be seen. But Mr Obama deserves the presidency.I couldn't agree more. The whole piece is here.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Other End of the Line stars Desperate Housewives hunk Jesse Metcalfe as a New York City ad executive who falls in love with the Indian woman (Shriya Saran) who's his credit-card customer service rep. She's delightful, he's insufferable, and the movie is just marginal.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
If your favorite R.E.M. album is Automatic for the People, then your favorite song off Accelerate is probably "Until the Day Is Done." For a "comeback" album that was hyped as their rock-out record, it's funny that Accelerate's best moment might indeed be this one.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Noah & the Whale are an English group whose debut album, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, is full of twee indie rock that's several notches above many other up-and-coming twee indie rockers' recent efforts. I explain why in Detroit's Metro Times.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
In Geoff Boucher's great profile of Mark Oliver Everett (aka E of Eels) in today's Los Angeles Times came this upsetting tidbit:
"Those are for the stalkers," Everett said, nodding toward a bank of security-camera screens in the kitchen of his home. "It's nice when something you have written or recorded means so much to people, especially since you never thought about that happening when you're working on it. But I prefer letters to unannounced visitors."He's the sort of distinctive, candid songwriter who clearly connects with his audience in a meaningful way. But nobody should have to deal with that type of fan craziness.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Madonna's directorial debut, Filth and Wisdom, is very Madonna-y: overbearing, pretentious but also kinda loopy in a really endearing way. It'll mostly appeal to fans of Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz, who really is something else as the film's star.
Plants and Animals are a Montreal trio whose debut full-length album, Parc Avenue, came out earlier this year. As they tour the United States, I try to figure out how you describe their hard-to-pin-down sound for the Phoenix New Times.
Political Advertisement VII is the latest edition of an anthology of presidential commercials put together by artists Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese that covers more than 50 years of TV spots. It plays at REDCAT on Monday and is illuminating no matter what your party affiliation. I explain why at L.A. Weekly.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The great baseball writer Ross Newhan says it's time to stop blaming Joe Torre for the Dodgers' problems against the Phillies. Instead, he offers a counter-theory for why the Phillies are ahead:
Has anyone stopped to think that the Dodgers are trailing, 3-1, in the series because Philadelphia is a better and more complete team?I agree -- of course, I picked the Phillies to make it to the World Series ... and lose to the Angels. (Hey, this predicting stuff is an inexact science.)
Does anyone realize that Manager Joe Torre isn't operating with a full complement of postseason-caliber players?
Can anyone recall that only two months ago the Dodgers were a sub-.500 team trailing Arizona in a National League West that didn't exactly resemble Appaloosa and the only difference between that Dodgers team and this one is Manny Ramirez?
I mean, Ramirez is having one of the greatest stretches of big-time hitting any of us has been fortunate to see or will be fortunate to see again, but by now his back must be bending from the load.
How far and for how long can one man carry a team?
The new Disney sports-competition documentary Morning Light asks the question: What's scarier -- the ongoing popularity of reality shows or the Walt Disney Company's ability to find the planet's most squeaky-clean individuals? My answer is at The Village Voice.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I interviewed Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor for Revolver. We discussed their upcoming record, whether it's a concept album, and how Bruce Springsteen's Magic inspired its making. The interview is not available on the magazine's website, but the issue should be on newsstands now.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
The Express will be comfort food for lots of guys who love sports movies, no matter how generic. Elsewhere in Consumables, I review Blindness, Rachel Getting Married, Water Lilies and Bob Dylan's Tell Tale Signs.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's is an Indianapolis indie rock group that has just released two new albums, Not Animal (which was approved by the band's label) and Animal! (the band's preferred track list). I review them both for Blender.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
My review of Blindness will be up on Monday in Consumables, but in the meantime let me just say Michael Wilmington is one of the few people who agrees with me:
I was gripped by this all the way through, and it’s certainly an example, like Alfonso Cuaron’s fine movie of Children of Men, of the kind of intellectually and emotionally challenging material, that moviemakers with resources should tackle more often. At it’s worst, it’s a super-Twilight Zone episode. At it’s best, it’s a grand dystopian epic of social degeneration.
Friday, October 03, 2008
I've been doing a lot of thinking about Oasis this week, as you might have noticed, so here's their saddest, best song, "Don't Look Back in Anger." I love that since Liam doesn't sing on this track, he just, y'know, hangs out in the video.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Poor Diane Keaton. For those of us who still love her, Smother is a truly poignant viewing experience. She's not bad in it, but, honestly, isn't there anything else more stimulating she could be doing with her time? My review is up at L.A. Weekly.