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KAPUTT, Destroyer’s (Dan Bejar) seminal record of romantic, loungey/jazz/art-rock jams, turns ten years old today.

I was introduced to Destroyer early last year, ahead of the release of his twelfth record, HAVE WE MET. This quickly snowballed into a new obsession for me, and I, luckily, was able to catch Bejar play one of the last shows I saw in San Francisco pre-pandemic. By default, it was the best show I saw in 2020 - no doubt it would have stood up to future shows had they actually happened - and it was there I heard tracks from KAPUTT for the first time.

I vividly remember hearing the opening notes of KAPUTT’s centerpiece “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker” and immediately thinking - “QUICK! Write some lyrics down so you remember to look this song up when you get home!” - and I’ve been in a love affair ever since. I even have a short clip of the song from that night, which I sent to a few friends asking if they could give me the title. The title track "Kaputt" and "Poor In Love" made me feel similarly awestruck.

KAPUTT’s lyrics drip in this careless irony while Bejar’s almost drab vocal delivery is given with a wink and a nudge, soaring over the easy and bright production - culminating into the kind of soundtrack to a dance party I’ve only dreamt about many times in the last year. It’s romantic and sad, yet bouncy and complex. You can hear exactly how he recorded some vocals while lying down on a couch or while making a sandwich, as he confessed in a 2011 interview with Pitchfork.

KAPUTT also saw the resurgence of the smooth sax in indie music, with the release of the anthemic "Midnight City" by M83 following KAPUTT in 2011, a line that can be traced as far into 2015s spectacular "Run Away With Me" by Carly Rae Jepsen and even in more recent releases.

In the lens of the pandemic, I may be over-romanticizing Destroyer - these songs were some of the last I got to enjoy in a sold out club, with friends, acquaintances, strangers - and the release of HAVE WE MET marked a moment of momentous change in everyones daily lives. I would spend many days in the following months throwing KAPUTT and HAVE WE MET onto my turntable, and leaving it there for weeks on end because it’s all I wanted to listen to. Today alone, I've listened three times in a row.

Happy tenth birthday to KAPUTT, which is available to stream wherever you listen to music. Long live Destroyer!

Stacey Abrams, a black woman who unsuccessfully ran for governor of Georgia in 2018, narrates this journey of voter suppression in the United States, from the creation of our constitution that only allowed white male landowners to vote, right through to her contentious election, where her opponent was the Secretary of State in Georgia, responsible for certifying the election. Crazy right? The Supreme Court decision in 2013 to gut a majority of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, set in motion an avalanche of rules enacted by many states in the United States to simply make it more difficult for our citizens to vote.

The creepy thing is that Donald Trump, in 2020, co-opted huge amounts of the themes of voter fraud illuminated here. But in his case, while dozens of lawsuits were thrown out, there are only the statistics cited here – US citizens not being able to vote for any one of a dozen reasons.

ALL IN – THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY shows us why the United States is at the bottom of the list of world democracies when it comes to access to voting.

It's available on Amazon Prime Video.

CALL ME KAT is a direct steal from the popular British version called MIRANDA staring Miranda Hart. I loved MIRANDA. I watched the entire series several times. The cast and their craziness always made me laugh out loud. Not so for CALL ME KAT.

I have to say I adore Mayim Bialik. She has a smile that could light up any ordinary day, but I feel as though she and the entire cast are pushing and forcing their lines too much. They have not found their footing. MIRANDA was easy to watch and enjoy. It took no effort.

CALL ME KAT is copying every comedic gimmick from breaking the fourth wall to including the same type of characters and plot lines, to even the opening and closing sequences. Yet, it still does not work as MIRANDA did and it is painfully obvious.

I wanted to love this show, but so far all I can say is, I am not.

CALL ME KAT is available to stream or not on Fox.


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