Friday, February 23, 2024

loss of life

While not matching the blissful highs of their first albums, Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations, MGMT are more appropriately disillusioned on their latest effort of baroque alt-pop that oscilates between sprightly, optimistic 80s electro and minor-key introspection.

An earlier single, "Mother Nature," sounds much better in the context of the album.

The record is available now to stream and buy.

Friday, February 16, 2024

musow danse

The all-female West African collective Les Amazones d'Afrique has come to play with this blazing, sensuous, terrific, and exciting album, Musow Danse.

Its joyful, electropop-infused elements are courtesy in part from producer / remixer Jacknife Lee.


Available for purchase here from Real World Records.



Perhaps it's the mid-life crisis in me, but Vampire Weekend's "Capricorn" is hitting hard now. + that piano riff.

Their new record, Only God Was Above Us, drops April 5th.

Thursday, February 15, 2024


Yann Muller mixes up a cover of one of the most melancholic dance tunes of all time, Desireless's "Voyage, Voyage."

Tuesday, February 13, 2024


My review of the Kimi Takesue's film Onlookers is up here at Film-Forward.

An intriguing, observational-based doc (no voiceovers) of Laos and its people and its tourists.

what now


Vibing on the vibrant new Brittany Howard record, What Now

The awesome "Power to Undo" is so unabashedly Prince, but also her own.

Monday, February 12, 2024

texas hold 'em & 16 carriages

Beyoncé drops 2 surprise country-fried singles Sunday from her forthcoming Renaissance project (Act II).

We'll take 'em.

"Texas Hold 'Em" is a bouncy, old-fashioned "dive bar" dig. And "16 Carriages" is a blazing, much more complex tune with autobiographical (and historical) elements.

Friday, February 9, 2024

the monk and the gun

I enjoyed The Monk and the Gun: a buoyant parable about democracy arriving in Bhutan in the mid-aughts from filmmaker Pawo Choyning Dorji. 

My Film-Forward review here.

drop 7

Little Simz is back with a little EP that packs a mighty lyrical & sonic punch.

I've been having mood swings mood swings mood swings...

Thursday, February 8, 2024

deeper well


Yay! A new track + video, "Deeper Well," has arrived from the wonderful Kacey Musgraves. The title tune from her new album out March 15h.

Check the lovely "cardinal" vinyl edition.

Monday, February 5, 2024


Loved Miley (with a poofy, mullet-esque hairdo and vintage Bob Mackie frock) at the Grammys. 

"Flowers," which had withered away a bit throughout the year from overplay, felt fresh again!

Source: The Makeup Brush

the 2024 dorian awards film nominations!

This was my first year as a GALECA member, and I was so thrilled to be able to vote for the Dorian Awards! 

The nominees are out, and they are great, with many outside the bubble of the usual awards fodder.

Film of the Year

All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

Barbie (Warner Bros.)

May December (Netflix) 

Past Lives (A24) 

Poor Things (Searchlight)

LGBTQ Film of the Year

All of Us Strangers (Searchlight) 

Bottoms (MGM)

Passages (Mubi, SBS)

Rustin (Netflix)

Saltburn (Amazon MGM) 

Director of the Year

Greta Gerwig, Barbie (Warner Bros.)

Andrew Haigh, All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

Todd Haynes, May December (Netflix)

Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer (Universal)

Celine Song, Past Lives (A24)

Screenplay of the Year (Original or Adapted)

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, Barbie (Warner Bros.)

Samy Burch, May December (Netflix)

Andrew Haigh, All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

Arthur Harari, Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall (Neon)

Celine Song, Past Lives (A24) 

LGBTQ Screenplay of the Year

Andrew Haigh, All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

Arthur Harari, Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall (Neon)

Dustin Lance Black, Julian Breece, Rustin (Netflix)

Arlette Langmann, Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias, Passages (Mubi)

Emma Seligman, Rachel Sennott, Bottoms (MGM)

Non-English Language Film of the Year

Anatomy of a Fall (Neon) 

The Boy and the Heron (Gkids, Toho)

Godzilla Minus One (Toho)

Past Lives (A24)

The Zone of Interest (A24)

LGBTQ Non-English Language Film of the Year

Afire (Janus Films, Sideshow)

Anatomy of a Fall (Neon)

Cassandro (Amazon MGM)

Monster (Well Go USA, Gaga, Toho)

Rotting in the Sun (Mubi)

Unsung Film of the Year

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (Lionsgate)

Monica (IFC)

Origin (Neon)

Theater Camp (Searchlight)

A Thousand and One (Focus Features)

Film Performance of the Year

Colman Domingo, Rustin (Netflix)

Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers (Focus Features)

Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon (Apple, Paramount)

Sandra Hüller, Anatomy of a Fall (Neon)

Greta Lee, Past Lives (A24)

Trace Lysette, Monica (IFC)

Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer (Universal)

Natalie Portman, May December (Netflix)

Andrew Scott, All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

Emma Stone, Poor Things (Searchlight)

Supporting Film Performance of the Year

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple (Warner Bros.)

Robert Downey Jr., Oppenheimer (Universal)

Jodie Foster, Nyad (Netflix)

Claire Foy, All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

Ryan Gosling, Barbie (Warner Bros.) 

Rachel McAdams, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (Lionsgate)

Charles Melton, May December (Netflix)

Paul Mescal, All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

Rosamund Pike, Saltburn (Amazon MGM)

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers (Focus Features)

Documentary of the Year

American Symphony (Netflix)

Beyond Utopia (Roadside Attractions, Fathom Events)

Kokomo City (Magnolia)

Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

20 Days in Mariupol (PBS Distribution)

LGBTQ Documentary of the Year

Every Body (Focus Features) 

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project (HBO, Confluential Films)

Kokomo City (Magnolia)

Little Richard: I Am Everything (Magnolia)

Orlando, My Political Biography (Janus Film, Sideshow)

Animated Film of the Year

The Boy and the Heron (Gkids)

Elemental (Disney)

Nimona (Netflix, Annapurna)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Sony)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (Paramount)

Genre Film of the Year (Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror)

All of Us Strangers (Searchlight)

Godzilla Minus One (Toho)

M3GAN (Universal)

Poor Things (Searchlight)

Talk To Me (A24)

Film Music of the Year

Barbie — Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt, et al. (Warner Bros.)

The Boy and the Heron — Joe Hisaishi (Gkids, Toho)

The Color Purple — Stephen Bray, Allee Willis, Brenda Russell, Kris Bowers, et al. (Warner Bros.)

Oppenheimer — Ludwig Göransson (Universal) 

The Zone of Interest — Mica Levi (A24)

Visually Striking Film of the Year

Asteroid City (Focus Features)

Barbie (Warner Bros.)

Oppenheimer (Universal)

Poor Things (Searchlight)

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Sony)

Campiest Flick 

Barbie (Warner Bros.)

Bottoms (MGM)

Dicks: The Musical (A24)

M3GAN (Universal) 

Saltburn (Amazon MGM)

“We’re Wilde About You!” Rising Star Award

Ayo Edebiri

Lily Gladstone

Jacob Elordi

Charles Melton

Dominic Sessa

Wilde Artist Award

Quinta Brunson

Ayo Edebiri

Greta Gerwig

Lily Gladstone

Todd Haynes

GALECA LGBTQIA+ Film Trailblazer Award 

Colman Domingo

Jodie Foster

Andrew Haigh

Todd Haynes

Andrew Scott

Winners will be announced February 26th.


the tortured poets department

Taylor Swift announced her next album in the speech for her Pop Album win at the Grammy Awards.

The Tortured Poets Department is due 4/19. 

The album images look gorgeous!

Photography by Beth Garrabrant.