QuickTakes

Antony and the Johnsons

The Crying Light (SECRETLY CANADIAN)

“The Crying Light” aimed to deal with all things natural, but Antony’s stunning voice borders on the supernatural.
-Ani Mamourian

Thievery Corporation

Radio Retaliation (18TH STREET LOUNGE)

The “Garden State” soundtrack’s grooviest contributor beefed up the beats and horns on their latest release, assuring us that the D.C. natives’ brand of electronic-world-lounge has more to offer than a bedtime drone.
-Ben Doak

The Bird and the Bee

Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (BLUE NOTE)

Alternative pop with a girly, yet guiltless, soul. If their last song made it to the “Sex and the City” film soundtrack, you know you want to buy this album. Or not.
-Natalie Kates

John Updike (1932 – 2009)

Rabbit series (BALLANTINE)

Thoughts from an American master:
“Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering where the hell you went.”
-Rabbit at Rest

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