Archive for the ‘This Hear’ Category

Y’know, there’s a lot of fun to be had, mocking performance artists, especially the overearnest ones whose acts are superpretentious and hobbled by the fact that the artiste is… noticeably undertalented. None of which can be said of Laurie Anderson, whose blend of pop- and art-rock sensibilities layered familiar signifiers into a potent, subliminal and […]

Yes, you can buy better headphones and, yes, you can certainly buy trendier-looking headphones and, yes, you can buy little earbuds which will fall out of your ears if they’re built like mine and your cardio sessions at the gym get pretty aggressive and, yes, you can buy cheaper headphones and, yes, you will be […]

“All That I Wanted” (Belfegore, 1984): A German, a Canadian and an American make deliriously danceable crypto-metal-goth-prog mayhem with lower Manhattan as backdrop. In the ’80s, a muscular alternative until Depeche Mode stopped plinking on toy pianos and synths and picked up guitars.

Sometimes marketers get it right: As far as I’m concerned, it’s the most beautiful piece of music ever created, and its inclusion in both films and advertising doesn’t seem to diminish its exhillarating stillness. I want it played at my funeral if for no other reason than its unwavering capacity to simultaneously give me both […]

Why do I watch CTV National News before going to bed? I’m serious: why? After a delightful evening with my English pal King Jack — who revealed with great dismay that BBC News led their broadcasts last week with (what else?) the Madonna adoption “story” — I caught this week’s (awesome!) Heroes and, as usual, […]

For reasons which the events in America over the next month (or so) must surely make obvious… People Have the Power (Patti Smith, from Dream of Life) I was dreaming in my dreaming of an aspect bright and fair and my sleeping it was broken but my dream it lingered near in the form of […]

1) Where’s the Party? In Chicago In Miami New York City! Puerto Rico (Source: “Where’s the Party” Remix, from You Can Dance) 2) What is Life? “Life is a mystery” (Source: “Like a Prayer”, from Like a Prayer) “Life is a paradox” (Source: “Like It or Not”, from Confessions on a Dancefloor)