Daniel Cook

Yr Blues: The age of Aziz


It’s still pretty early in 2010 to start making bold assertions about any purported albums of the year, so brace yourself for this one: Aziz Ansari has already released the best comedy album of 2010 with Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening.

Critical Voices: Spoon, Transference


Seven LPs deep and one thing is abundantly clear: Spoon has the paradoxical gift of consistent inconsistency, a sense of “progression” without dilution. Transference, the Austin band’s fifth album in a decade, has the all the trimmings of a Spoon record…

Yr Blues: Yule Tide FM


Start your anticipation engines, folks—November has come and gone. It’s all Christmas, all the time from here until early-to-mid January. Retail, television, and radio are already well-entrenched in the Christmas Crawl (which is more like a Christmas speed-walk to the nearest register), exploiting your holiday soft spot with shameless propaganda. It also means the onset…

High Fidelity: Popular yesterday


There are all sorts of insoluble life mysteries that I wish I could answer: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? How is it that Seth Rogen has more money than I ever will? Would Obama be my friend if he weren’t so busy? Soon, we can…

High Fidelity: Jock jams 2009


Hoyas cycle through “sports songs” like our personal assistants cycle through loads of laundry. Back when I was a freshman, Jim Jones’ “We Fly High” (Ballin’) and Rick Ross’ “Hustlin’” were the uncontested jams of the moment. This year I’m told that Wale’s “Chillin’” will reign supreme as the official pump-up song. In certain respects,…

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