Homecoming King

Esteemed and jaded writer Daniel Mantovani (played by Oscar Martinez, who gives a pitch-perfect performance of a world-weary man who has the gift of a comedic eye for reality) decides to accept an invitation to fly back to his old hometown Salas in Argentina.Pretty quickly, he discovers this idea to have a downside.At first, he …

Shortly After Takeoff

My favorite album of the first half of this weird year is the very strange and wonderful ‘Shortly After Takeoff’ by BC Camplight, the stage name of multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio from Philadelphia.Christinizio relocated to Manchester, England, a few years ago, and has created an album full of references to things like Oldham chip shops and …

Taxi

Ryan Weideman came to New York in 1980 and soon began working as a taxi driver. From the front of his cab he began taking pictures of his clients, which led to a quite singular portfolio of a new York that no longer exists.

Sheltering in Place

One of the few delights of being holed up in your tiny apartment for weeks at a time is a chance to revisit some favorite books. With not much else to do, you can also enjoy the added benefit of truly concentrate on what you’re reading.Paul Bowles was an American expatriate who had been taught …

Quickies

Stephen Merritt is not a man for the 5-minute guitar solo. Some of his songs are less than a minute long, and many albums have 40 tracks or more.He’s taken this to a natural conclusion on his new album ‘Quickies.’ The theme of his songs is love but love Brooklyn style. Full of wit and, …

Night Moves

A simple spoken word sound as if he was so laidback, he couldn’t be bothered to sing, Baxter Dury has one of the most distinctive and literate styles in modern pop music.The characters that populate his songs are seedy, often semi-criminal, lounge lizards who are strangely unaware of themselves. They speak to us in a …