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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the gabbers weigh in on Vinyl, the new HBO limited series about the New York City music scene in the 1970s. Is the imbalanced ratio of authenticity to flash preposterous or pleasurable? Next up, continuing the runup to the Oscars, the gabbers discuss Brooklyn. Does this movie belong in the big leagues of the Best Picture race? Finally, Slate’s resident Kanyeologist Carl Wilson joins to discuss Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo. Can we enjoy this album and still have complicated feelings about Kanye’s public persona?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Willa Paskin’s review of Vinyl on Slate
- The Sopranos
- Richard Hell’s negative review of Vinyl on Stereogum
- Matt Zoller Seitz’s glowing review of Vinyl in New York magazine
- Colm Tóibín’s novel, Brooklyn
- Atonement, one of Saoirse Ronan’s earlier films
- The Place Beyond the Pines, which also featured Emory Cohen from Brooklyn
- A link to stream The Life of Pablo on Tidal
- Carl Wilson’s review of The Life of Pablo on Slate
- Kanye’s performance of the song “Ultralight Beam” on SNL
- Kanye West’s albums Yeezus and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- Tidal, Jay Z’s music-streaming service
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Dana: The website The Garden of Earthly Delights by Jheronimus Bosch, an online interactive adventure
Steve: The band The Horse’s Ha and “How the Coens Tricked You Into Thinking ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Is About Nothing” by Anne Helen Petersen
Outro: “Stranded in the Jungle” by the New York Dolls
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