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Author Archives: Kirby Cuthbert

A Eulogy for Leonard Cohen

I want to touch people like a magician, to change them or hurt them, leave my brand, make them beautiful. – Leonard Cohen, A Favorite Game WHILE WORKING ON his final album, You Want it Darker, Cohen told an interviewer, “I don’t dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don’t dare do that. I’ve got some work to do. ... Read More »

Obama’s musical legacy

I THINK IT IS OVER. The most recent typhoon of Buzzfeed articles, obnoxious blog posts, and other means of starry-eyed ill-educated virtual professions of admiration seem to have passed in the wake of Obama’s recently released workout playlist. Is everyone OK? It was a tough couple days for me as well. And to be frank I’m not entirely sure I ... Read More »

Leave Danny Brown Alone

Asylums with doors open wide, Where people had paid to see inside, For entertainment they watch his body twist, Behind his eyes he says, ‘I still exist.’ – Joy Division, “Atrocity Exhibition” DANNY BROWN’S new album “Atrocity Exhibition” – name borrowed from a Joy Division song on the album Closer and J.G. Ballards surreal story collection – is perhaps the ... Read More »

Travis Scott finally releases album

Travis Scott’s sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McNight, follows in the same aesthetic path cut by his previous album and mixtapes while making a significant advance. Here, Scott displays the phantasmagoric and kaleidoscopic sound for which he is known, but with a degree of concision far beyond his previous works. The project is explicitly a composite of Scott’s ... Read More »