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kulturhack

United States United States. DJ since Dec 6, 2008
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kulturhack Incorporating verses cut from "In Every Dream Home," Ferry melds Citizen Kane & The Shining to evoke the haunted corridors of Hearst's castle-in-aspic

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kulturhack Pop for the aging isn't about hope--it's about the reset button; the do-over. This is a courageous song despite the world-weariness: Try again.

Eurythmics17 Again

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kulturhack Like an inside-out Jim Steinman: The consequences of impetuous passion; the literal tattoo that outlasts the entanglement. "Forever" is the aftermath.
kulturhack Passing a store in 2004 I first heard this--It thrilled me then; it still stops me dead now--improbably, she's the closest we've got to Billie Holiday
kulturhack The Village People repurposed for the Age of AIDs--"go west" also being UK slang for dying. In this context, the optimism becomes devastating & heroic

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kulturhack A confessional masterpiece that reveals a stance rather than a heart of darkness. A meditation on life's cruelty & the imprisoning nature of personas.
kulturhack From Wrong Way Up, an achingly depiction of Van Gough as he paints "Cornfield With Ravens" and contemplates suicide as a spinning away into the stars.
kulturhack This, and not West End Girls, first snagged my attention. It's a quietly radical song--love lumped in with death and taxes. Love as quarantine driver.
kulturhack A pop-song version of prose fiction's Unreliable Narrator--the singer who says he can't recall nevertheless remembers everything in painful detail.
kulturhack Here, the thrill isn't The Decemberists--it's Ms Faithfull; the Helen Mirren of singers; she of the gorgeously waba-sabi voice. Perfect missed notes.
kulturhack This version, scored for piano and quartet, is almost Ur-Cale: Reedian lyrics, Riley-esque repetition, classical underpinnings and that baleful voice.

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kulturhack One enigmatic Englishman salutes another: Artistically, Hitchcock's surrealism and Drake's insularity are both improbably leveraged pop idiosyncrasies
kulturhack Tom Waits' classic study of sad yearning made even more passionate filtered through British reserve. Less a duet than two concurrent inner-dialogues.
kulturhack The beta test for Sylvian's mid-career work; here Lennon's insufferable solo "therapy" songs are reduced to one pop-tune understatement--sorry, John.

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kulturhack Trane's ballad for his first wife; the flip side of the jaw-dropping workout that's "Giant Steps." The hidden gem is the often overlooked piano solo.

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kulturhack Let us now praise Indie Canadians: Owen Pallett, the only member of Final Fantasy, lets this cover morph from a recreation to something idiosyncratic.
kulturhack Julia of the four-octave range and Piaf frame; had Lennox not diva'd all the attention, Fordham would be known as the best vocalist of her generation.
kulturhack The headwaters for Kind of Blue: Miles' improv soundtrack for Louis Malle. Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud is the only choice at 3:00 AM--trust me on this.
kulturhack A Beatle-esque meditation on illusion. There's genius in its long coda--where many songs focus on epiphany; this one suggests a realization sinking-in
kulturhack Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson, Lou Reed--what could go wrong? Nothing, but more somber than the swaggering take Lou contributed to Lost In the Stars.
   
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