Hot Buttered Soul
Music

Hot Buttered Soul

To dig Isaac Hayes’ Hot Buttered Soul is to buy it as something other than semi-funky lounge music.  I’m almost there. The record is rock-soul fusion.  But for the beautiful and amazing “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic,” it tests my patience.  Swinging and achieving a hypnotic power, “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic” is the album’s centerpiece.  However, with the possible exception of “One … Continue reading

Jurassic Park
Film

Jurassic Park

Perhaps this is snobby, I don’t know: As much as I love Indiana Jones, George Lucas & Steven Spielberg never gave him a perfect movie.  And perfect movies can be imperfect, and vice versa.  I believe this. People who know me know I prefer The Temple of Doom – not just to Raiders of the Lost … Continue reading

Synchronicity
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Synchronicity

Perhaps this is snide, I don’t know: The Police are a puzzle to me.  The hits I can hum, but I don’t admire them.  With one notable exception (“Every Breath You Take” is a nasty ditty), the songs by Sting are polished, self-important affairs.  The trifles by the other members are cracked but — interesting. … Continue reading

Classic Yes
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Classic Yes

Culling one track from Going For the One (released in 1977, the year that punk said no to Yes, and the year before Rush “copied” Yes and put a man’s buttocks on the cover of their LP), one track from Close to the Edge (1972), four tracks from Fragile (1972), and three tracks from The … Continue reading

The Blob (1988)
Film

The Blob (1988)

The Blob (1958) was “meh.”  What the remake gains in gore it loses in charm.  There are a few obvious but endearing bits that poke fun at a podunk town and a generation gap (Frank Darabont co-wrote the script).  Still, the movie was a tired excuse for Hollywood to tap into the horror market aimed at … Continue reading