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God Helped The Girl

I guess it’s impossible to write about God Help the Girl, the new musical film written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian, without weighing in on the larger aesthetic it embodies, what some have even called a movement: Twee. But I’m going to try, as we’ve tread that ground a number of […]

Another Week Ends: Overrated Successes, Disappointing Babies, Nostalgia for Human Error, Impossible Repayment and Technocrat Baseball

1. William Deresiewicz’s clickbaity “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League” draws in high-achievers and their parents to, well, pull the rug out from under them. Apologies for the lengthy quotes, but it’s very good, ht MB: These enviable youngsters appear to be the winners in the race we have made of childhood. But the […]

If You Find Yourself Caught In Glasgow

It really snuck up on us, this new Belle and Sebastian record. Here we were, waiting patiently for news about the release of the God Help the Girl film (if you want a quick thrill, take a close look at that project’s list of backers–under “M”), and the band quietly decides to put out a […]

Another Year Ends: Xmas Wars, Twitter Blues, Reznor’s Recovery, Hume’s Legacy, Bad Seeds, Scrooge Syndrome, and Mbird Subscriptions

1. You can’t blame Matt Zencey for trying to put the “war on Christmas” in perspective over at The Huffington Post, recalling the 18th century Puritan campaign against the holiday. While contextually more than a little glib – apples and oranges and all that (our cultural conflict has two equally doctrinaire opponents, theirs had one, […]

Belle and Sebastian Go to Church

The party line with Belle & Sebastian is that they peaked early with If You’re Feeling Sinister (“Go off and see a minister”). That record may be tad monotonous but it’s still utterly charming and very much deserving of its stature as a modern classic. Yet I feel that their true masterpiece is 2006’s The […]