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10.13.08 My Top Ten RIGHT NOW

1. ALBUM Hello…X Tristan Prettyman Another excellent female singer/songwriter! I know, shocking for me, and you ask when will it stop, and I say NEVER! Her songs are catchy without being redundant; the sound has a bit of twang without digressing into coffee shop boredom.

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File Under: What? – File 1

– Overheard conversation at a construction site En route to my apartment from the subway, I watched as two attractive women walked past a construction site, the workers customarily pausing in their labor to ogle the ladies. As I neared the construction site myself, the

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10.06.08 My Top Ten RIGHT NOW

1. MOVIE The Earrings of Madame De… (1953) This stunner of a film from director Max Ophuls has always been one of my absolute favorites ever since Andrew Sarris mumbled an incoherent introduction to the classic in a film course of mine. But once the

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9.29.08 My Top Ten RIGHT NOW

ACL EDITION I had the distinct pleasure of attending the Austin City Limits Festival this past weekend, so I wanted to highlight the best of the best (and I must say, the rest of the rest was really good, so it was difficult to narrow

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9.22.08 My Top Ten Right Now

1. ALBUM Johnny Flynn “A Larum” The sound is something like The Decemberists if Josh Ritter were the lead vocalist, with a bit of a country bent. Here’s a sample lyric from “Tickle Me Pink,” one of my favorite tracks: “Pray for the people inside

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9.15.08 My Top Ten Right Now

1. ALBUM Philip Glass “The Book of Longing” I absolutely love Philip Glass. I also find his work can be redundant (rolling chords can only change so much over forty years). This recent collaboration with Leonard Cohen, however, captures some of the original fire. Cohen’s

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9.8.08 My Top Ten Right Now

1. MUSEUM “Polaroids: Mapplethorpe” at the Whitney, NYC Nestled in the mezzanine of the Whitney, there is a single room filled with the most beautiful polaroids by Robert Mapplethorpe. Dating from the 70s, this work demonstrates the very early signs of what would soon become

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9.2.08 My Top Ten Right Now

1. Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago” Every now and then there’s a new sound in music, a sound that makes you sit up and ask what the hell is that, and then you ask do I like even like it. At the core this

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08.25.08 My Top Ten: Right Now

1. “Elegy” This little gem of a film is far from perfect, and yet it totally captured and captivated me. Where the story failed time and again, the performances from Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson carried me through from beginning to end, as