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Unlisted.

I’m not much of a list guy. Because it’s universally agreed we’ve just closed out a year, and somewhat more controversially posited that we have in fact, cut the lights and bolted the door on an an entire decade, critics both pro and semi- have been gunking up the interwebs with their lists of the year and decade’s best movies, albums, songs, whatever.

I get it. People read these. Moreover, unless one takes the list-making enterprise to an absurd extreme, lists are the easiest things in the world to write. The biggest problem of writing — structure — is already solved for you.

I tend to react more strongly, to movies, plays, albums, and concerts than most people I know. (Yes, I read, but I seldom get around to books in the year they’re published). But to the list-making, I am resistant. Maybe if I’d made a few more lists I’d have got myself somewhere in life by now. But that’s all spilled milk under the bridge. Continue reading

Media Mix XXII: Akon is All Wet Edition

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Understand me, Panic at the Disco: Liking you better than Akon is not the same thing as liking you liking you. Okay?

Media Mix XVII: Jenny Lewis with everybody, Thievery Corporation

Jenny Lewis’s sophomore effort is a disappointment, given the talent involved (Elvis & the Imposters, both halves of She and Him), and how good Rabbit Fur Coat was. I probably spun this one six or seven times on my long road trip up to Quebec and back a couple weeks back. Good driving album, but still a letdown.

Thievery Corporation: Yes!

NEXT: Oasis and Rachel Yamagata.

Media Mix XV: Hurts So Badde

Move along, folks, move along. Nothing to hear here.

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Photo by Rocky Schenck.

My Weekend section debut is a review of Emmylou Harris’s fine new album, All I Intended to Be. I’m also covering her Wolf Trap show on Sunday; lucky me. And I actually interviewed her last week for a short profile, also out today.

Nice lady, she. Can sing a little, too.