(For the week of July 30 to Aug. 5)
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” You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.” — Abraham Lincoln
“Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise.” — Mary Kay Ash
CULTURE/TECH | VIDEO | BOOKS | MUSIC | POLITICS
CULTURE/ TECH Lisa Hoover’s picks of the week.
POLITICS Lisa Iannucci’s picks of the week.
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VIDEO: Eric Berlin’s pick of the week.
Region 1 DVD Releases for 2nd August 2005 by David Thomas, Aug. 1.
After the Duke resigned from writing up annotations and anecdotes related to the weekly DVD release rundown, I depaired. But the despair has turned over to joy, as David Thomas rocks a nimble and nifty take on everything from ancient empires to ancient sitcoms.
John Waters: A look at His Career – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Divine in a Dress) by Gena, Aug. 2.
This bright and shiny look back on John Waters’ career is definitely no drag. Okay, bad joke, but read the review anyway!
BOOKS: Pat Cummings’ picks of the week
WARREN KELLY (Asst. Books Editor filling in for Pat Cummings, who is suffering from a fried computer. Not tasty.)
Abundance: Prayer For Profit by gypsyman, Aug. 2.
Anyone who is attempting to show the Word of Faith/”name it, claim it” heresy for what it is deserves mention. This belief system is a cancer in Christianity, and gypsyman calls it as he (and many others) sees it.
MUSIC: Temple Stark’s pick of the week
Review: Elastica’s Stutter by Pam Avoledo, Aug. 4.
Pam does this pretty nifty thing of reviewing one song at a time. I’ve tended to call them retro-reviews as some of the songs are quite old (er, from the 80s and 90s that is). Luckily, as in this case, what she makes clear is, this is what she gets from the song after listening to it a number of times. And not necessarily the definitive, “what the writer/musicians meant it to be.” That’s cool as all art is interpreted (not just heard) differently.
Interview: Hootie and the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan by Matt Paprocki, Aug. 4
What the hell? Was I sleeping and missed this? Or did my eyes glaze over immediately when I saw “Hootie …” Either way, I like reading interviews just to see what questions come up (often more interesting than the answers). It’s not 100 percent necessary for you to know the subject inside and out before an interview. But a passing knowledge at least helps. Matt had more than that and got some great questions in. And he published it on the DAY OF the interview. That’s some nice work. Worth another look.
Killing Stone, not so much for the lyrics, but the sound is dark and gritty, almost like nothing else you have done. What was the inspiration for this one?
I agree. It’s because we always write in G, it goes good with guitar and Darius’ voice and the relative minor chord in G is E minor and very rarely do we actually start with E minor and that’s what happened with that song. There’s another song of ours on Musical Chairs called Wishing like that. That’s what it sounds like when we start on a minor instead of a major chord.
Reflecting on the Life of Little Milton by Joan Hunt, Aug. 5
People keep on dying. Damn it. A quick snapshot of Little Milton, useful for people new to the man. Call me crazy but I’m going to search out Little Milton Campbell’s cover of Nazareth’s Love Hurts, with Lucinda Williams.
Baaba Maal: New Release from Palm World Voices by gypsyman, Aug. 5
And on the flip side to the above, when you have an artist as different as this Senegalese artist – especially one very few have heard of – an essay form describing the culture backdrop of the man and his music is absolutely necessary. Well-written and fascinating. Baaba Maal’s CD drops tomorrow)
Music Playlist: Song Title = Band Name by Robert “Radish” Burke, Aug. 3
Burke asks a question I have never even thought to ask – what bands have released songs of their band names. Love that. Of course, he also comes up with a hefty bag full of examples. The commentators were also inspired to come up with some o..b..s..c..u..r..e-as-a LoadsaMoney reference references. Or a question on Aaman Lamba’s Blogcritics Quiz Time.
REVIEW: Keep on the Sunny Side: June Carter Cash, Her Life in Music and Press On
by Al Barger, July 31
To not have June Carter Cash’s release here at Blogcritics would have been a crying shame. It would have been like having the Adept book series without Lady Blue (who June Carter Cash reminds me of). I had mentioned this absence in an review of Johnny Cash’s latest The Legend, but if it wasn’t some tight writing, it wouldn’t be here.
Thanks all. Temple
EDITORS on EDITORS
To give the writers here (that’s you) the prominence deserved in any Editors’ Choice, we stop Section Editors picking other Section Editors’ work (or Eric Olsen or Phillip Winn) in the general picks.
Aug. 1 – Lisa Hoover’s Review: Whatever: The ‘90s Pop & Culture Box
Temple’s pick: I think I have to break my “not buying a CD ever again” oath (in favor of digital download) and get this one. Aaargh.
Aug. 4 – Eric Olsen’s 10,000,000 Served – Blogcritics Breaks Barrier
Lisa Hoover pick: The best news to hit Blogcritics since, well…ever.