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  • 14 years ago

    Japan's is a culture of cute. Everywhere you turn, there is some infantilized icon being force-fed to a society that seems to gorge on silly banality like artificially sweetened mother's milk. The most visible symbol of cute gone wild is of course...

  • 14 years ago

    Galt MacDermot lives in a restored schoolhouse in Staten Island with his wife, Marlene. He has the financial resources to live anywhere he wants, but he chooses this drowsy borough for the very reason many New Yorkers scoff at it: There's not much...

  • 15 years ago

    At the beginning of every Alan Jackson concert, a video trots out a visual roll call of all the great country artists that Jackson wants everyone to know he reveres. Cash, Hank, Patsy, Waylon—a grand parade of rebel reprobates who constitute ...

  • 15 years ago

    The primal, gurgling wellspring of all American music, the blues has become a theme-park ride, a cozy comfort zone for white rock fans to experience the weltschmerz of the black underclass from the safe remove of a red Naugahyde sports-bar booth. ...

  • 16 years ago

    When I first heard Papas Fritas' self-titled debut, I imagined the trio were playing their cute little pop songs on tiny toy instruments. The album had an appealing, sugarcoated residue of unsullied innocence, with lyrics that either rang out like...

  • 16 years ago

    R.E.M. 'The Great Beyond' Warner Bros. Soundtrack commissions have a way of stiffening the resolve of otherwise hit-resistant rock stars. Perhaps because they're cognizant of the high visibility and even higher stakes associated with big-time Holl...

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