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01 Oct 13:25

Swearin' Reunite On 'Fall Into The Sun'

by John Vettese

A rejuvenated Swearin' packs its first record in five years full of indie-rock rippers from an older and wiser vantage point.

(Image credit: Ali Donohue/Courtesy of the artist)

13 Sep 13:21

Metric's 'Art Of Doubt' Charges Into The Joys That Remain

by Stephen Thompson

On its seventh album, the Canadian band returns to the spiky, effusive pleasures of guitar-driven rock and roll.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

13 Aug 15:02

Two Decades Later, Death Cab For Cutie Wants To 'Thank You For Today'

by Stephen Thompson
Death Cab for Cutie

On the band's ninth album, Ben Gibbard addresses an array of life's aftermaths, set against propulsive arrangements that know just when to sparkle and sway.

(Image credit: Eliot Lee Hazel/Courtesy of the artist)

29 Dec 17:28

Yeah Right Best of 2017 Picks

by Allison

Album of the Year: So, so many great albums this year. How great? LCD Soundsystem put out a stellar album this year. It doesn’t even crack my top 10. I could say the same about a lot of other great bands. For me the top spot comes down to two albums – The Secret Sisters’ You Don’t Own Me Anymore and Brand New’s Science Fiction. While Science Fiction is a perfect swan song for a band that I’ve loved and seen evolve quite a bit since college (it is easily their best album) The Secret Sisters finally captured the joy of their stellar live show on an album. This is their moment to shine. It’s a genre that won’t make them superstars, but it is the year’s best album nonetheless. FWIW the rest of my top 10 (in no particular order) is: The Orwells – Terrible Human Beings, Lorde – Melodrama, Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song, Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm, Downtown Boys – Cost of Living, Queens of the Stone Age – Villains, Bully – Losing, and Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice.

Music Video of the Year: I loved Wavves’ clip for “Million Enemies”:

 2017 Playlist:

The Secret Sisters – “Little Again

Queens of the Stone Age – “Head Like a Haunted House

St. Vincent – “Young Lover

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – “Over Everything

Downtown Boys – “A Wall

Dan Auerbach – “King of a One Horse Town

Lorde – “Green Light

Bleached – “Can You Deal?

Arcade Fire – “Creature Comfort

Priests – “JJ

Cover of the Year: As if this JT song couldn’t be sexier, the XX elevate it:

Song That Got Played To Death But I Still Love: I loved the return of Kesha. Her album as a whole was overrated, but “Praying” is her best song yet.

Concert of the Year: Finally seeing LCD Soundsystem live was a dream come true. I have to give them the top spot. But the rest of my top five put up quite a fight: 2) Queens of the Stone Age at the Anthem, 3) Foo Fighters at the Anthem, 4) New Pornographers at 9:30 Club, 5) Roger Waters at Capitol One Arena.

Festival of the Year: I finally made it to SXSW this year. It was exhilarating, exhausting, and (most importantly) full of amazing artists.

Book of the Year: I finally read Dreamland and it was amazing, but that came out a few years ago. In typical fashion, Chuck Klosterman put out a book (X) and it was my favorite of the year. Honorable mention to John Pfaff’s Locked In.

Meme of the Year: It probably started last year, but I didn’t notice it until 2017. Trump Draws was my favorite thing on Twitter this year.

Sports Moment of the Year: Chelsea won the league again, but nothing compared to the joy of seeing Roger Federer win two majors in 2017. Especially satisfying was his stint at Wimbledon, which was dominating in the fashion that you have expected ten years ago, not today.

Celebrity Moment of the Year: I love a good Halloween costume, and it’s pretty hard to beat Gwyneth Paltrow’s costume this year.

Best TV of the Year: The Fatwa sex episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm was the single best episode of TV this year (and probably the best episode of anything since the last season of Curb). But the mini-series Big Little Lies was enthralling (I hadn’t read the book). Easily Reese Witherspoon’s best role to date and the rest of the cast was amazing as well. I’m annoyed that they are trying to do a season two (let good things be!) but we’ll always have the original.

Movie of the Year: I could not have enjoyed The Disaster Artist more. What a fitting tribute to the best worst movie ever made, The Room. James Franco probably won’t get an Oscar, but he deserves one.

2018 Pop Culture Moments That I’m Most Looking Forward To: I’d say the World Cup, but the USMNT screwed the pooch on that one. So sports wise I’m placing all of my hopes on an entertaining Winter Olympics, music wise I’m stoked for Lucy Dacus’ new album due out in March, and TV wise get ready for season two of Westworld!

25 Oct 13:47

New MRU Course: Understanding Data

by Alex Tabarrok

Tyler and I are thrilled to announce the next great course at MRUniversity, Understanding Data. Understanding Data is taught by our well-known and accomplished colleague Thomas Stratmann and is our most ambitious course to date.

In addition to lectures, Understanding Data features a fantastic interactive data tool, a built-in version of DataSplash, which was designed by Thomas Stratmann and Lorens Helmchen specifically to run small regressions and to teach econometrics. Students can pause the video, run regressions, make predictions, compute correlations look at summary statistics and more–all on the same page! Furthermore, as the video progresses students are asked to answer questions and they receive immediate feedback on their answers.

A lot of work went into producing this course. Not only from Thomas and Lorens but also from our superb team at MRU led by Roman Hardgrave. This is a quantum leap for MRU and what you are seeing is version 1. If you notice some bugs or things that can be improved do email Thanks.

The first lecture featuring the interactive data tool is Interpreting the Regression Line.

The post New MRU Course: Understanding Data appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

05 Oct 13:05

Review: Robert Plant, 'Carry Fire'

by Tom Moon

The Led Zeppelin frontman's 11th solo effort is a finely woven blend of folk, Celtic, blues and world music.

04 Oct 19:55

Green with envy...

You know I love eating healthy, Elaine, but can’t we just buy bagged salad like everyone else?

07 Sep 13:45

Review: Emily Haines, 'Choir Of The Mind'

by Stephen Thompson
Emily Haines

The Metric singer returns with her first solo album in a decade — and another set of reflections too raw for the band that made her famous.

(Image credit: Justin Broadbent)

05 Sep 13:12

First Listen: Hüsker Dü, 'Savage Young Dü'

by Michaelangelo Matos
Hüsker Dü. From left: Greg Norton, Grant Hart and Bob Mould.

Through the '80s, Minneapolis three-piece Hüsker Dü helped broaden the ambitions and parameters of punk rock. Now, after years of work, its early recordings have been rebuilt from the ground up.

(Image credit: Steve Hengstler/Courtesy of Numero Group)

08 Aug 13:02

McDonald's Best Friend Sounds Solid

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02 Aug 18:29

"Pssss Kid Come Sit on My Lap"

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11 Jul 20:04

Man Checks Can of Beer as His Only Luggage

by Gary Leff
10 Jul 18:20

Review: Waxahatchee, 'Out In The Storm'

by Stephen Thompson

Katie Crutchfield has polished Waxahatchee's sound to maximize its glimmering-but-spiky forcefulness, but her words remain as bracing and unsparing as ever.

(Image credit: Jesse Riggins/Courtesy of the artist)

19 Jun 13:08


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04 May 19:36

William Baumol has passed away

by Tyler Cowen

He was one of the greatest of living economists, with contributions in numerous areas, including productivity, economics of the arts, contestable markets, environmental economics, and entrepreneurship theory.  Here are previous MR entries on Baumol and his ideas.

The post William Baumol has passed away appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

25 Mar 17:08

Review: Aimee Mann, 'Mental Illness'

by Stephen Thompson
Aimee Mann

For her ninth solo album, Mann says she set out to write the saddest, slowest record she could. But Mental Illness still sparkles in buoyantly catchy ways.

(Image credit: Sheryl Nields/Courtesy of the artist)

25 Mar 17:07

2017 NFL Playing Rules Proposals

A list of the proposed rules changes that the NFL will consider for the upcoming season.
27 Feb 17:54

The Departed

17 Feb 22:08

NEW TRACKS: Arcade Fire ft. Mavis Staples - “I Give You...

NEW TRACKS: Arcade Fire ft. Mavis Staples - “I Give You Power”

Even before listening, this new track by the somehow always-relevant Arcade Fire stands out. Why? Because it features contributing vocals by the legendary Mavis Staples, a musical force whose civil rights and anti-Vietnam War messages in the style of gospel and R&B created a soundtrack for a generation of protests.

These elements are clear throughout the track; Arcade Fire have deferred to Staples’ iconic, repetitive R&B beats and synths, mirrored by the song’s empowering message. The song begins with Arcade Fire’s familiar feedback reverb, a sound that is evident throughout their previous records. Suddenly, distorted bass drops and the band departs from their usual sound. Whereas much of their previous work exists somewhere in the ether, “I Give You Power” is very gritty and terrestrial, unearthing the song’s message.

The song’s refrain, “I give you power / over me / I give you power / but now I gotta be free / I give you power / but now I say / I give you power / I can take it away,” implies a reference to today’s politically-charged climate. Staples’ intermittent, guttural, “Watch me” throughout the song threatens decisive action.

This sonically unlikely collaboration makes for a thought-provoking commentary that blends genres and proves Mavis Staples is still a force to be reckoned with, perhaps now more than ever.

-Morgan McKee

09 Feb 14:01

Why magic is overrated

by Tyler Cowen

A few days ago you all were speculating about which fictional objects you might wish to own.  I was struck by how the more extravagant answers seemed to fail, and partly because of what my early teacher Ludwig Lachmann called “the complementarity of capital.”

Say you had a time machine to visit the past.  Sounds like fun, right?  But consider the violence in earlier eras, trying to understand their languages, or avoiding nasty germs and infections.  How can you return to the current day without a risk of bringing back a plague that will kill many people?  Markets have not provided the complementary goods to make these trips work.

How about a pen that creates any object you might try to draw with it?  Expect a knock on the door from McLean, or if you are less lucky some polonium in your Product 19.  I wonder for how long you could keep such a device secret, and do you always know when there is CCTV?  I wonder for how long you could stay alive.

A transporter might kill you through the act of copying you, but that aside how would you know you are not putting yourself into moving traffic or a lake?  What kind of monitoring stations do you hope to make use of?  How many cultures would attack the arriving visitor for witchcraft?  Maybe there is a way to plop down in open fields only, but at that point you might wish to consider a business class ticket along with checked bag.

Even owning something as simple as the Mona Lisa would be problematic.  You would have to protect it and install climate control — who is going to pay for that?  How might they rezone your house?  Or would you never ever tell anyone, and thus keep all your friends at a distance?  For what gain, ultimately?

Having one extra thing is devilishly hard to make extremely valuable, even if you are allowed to invent something that doesn’t exist or violate the physical laws of our universe.  The real gains in this world are from cooperation and networks of support, and having something unique doesn’t much plug you into those.  In other words, trying to bypass market evolution isn’t nearly as powerful as you might think.

The post Why magic is overrated appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

30 Jan 20:37

Monday, Explained:

25 Jan 19:38

Rules for a Happy and Successful Life: Don't Smoke, Learn to Park

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24 Jan 21:07

File Under: Things You Don't Need a Test For

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09 Jan 22:10

Twitter Says Bye Bye to the Terribly Titled Horror Movie “The Bye-Bye Man” With The Roast of the Season


The laughter after this trailer at the last movie I saw (Passengers) was theatre-wide and amazing.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but definitely judge a horror movie by it’s title, especially when that title is something as stupid as The Bye Bye Man.

You might not have heard of The Bye Bye Man because you’re busy, you know, living an important life. But lurking in the peripherals of your life is a horror movie with a really, really dumb title. That title: The Bye Bye Man.

What does the Bye Bye Man do? Presumably he makes people go “Bye Bye” and talks like a baby for some reason.

Anyway, people haven’t even seen The Bye Bye Man yet Twitter is having a field day with the title. Check out the roast of the season as people say "bye bye, man" to The Bye Bye Man.

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30 Dec 15:13

Yeah Right Best of 2016 Picks

by Allison

Album of the Year: My favorite band (Weezer) released a very, very good album this year (The White Album) and it isn’t my favorite of 2016. That’s how competitive the top spot was. Other close contenders were the new albums from Bleached and Margaret Glaspy. The next tier down would be the very solid albums from Lady Gaga, Tegan and Sara, Twin Peaks, Sunflower Bean, and Lucius. So, what beat that group of impressive musicians out? Puberty 2 from Mitski. It is outstanding on every margin – excellent songwriting, crunching guitars, emotional depth, good vocals. Her live show might have been a disappointment, but that album is f-ing perfect.

Music Video of the Year: I’m tempted to pick this re-make of a Weezer classic, but…laser cats:

Cover Song of the Year: This one is easy. Glen Hansard delivered an epic cover of David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” during All Songs Considered’s 16th Birthday Party at the 9:30 Club. NPR video of his set here.

2016 Playlist:

Mitski – “Happy

Bleached – “Wednesday Night Melody

Margaret Glaspy – “You and I

Weezer – “King of the World

Tegan and Sara – “Stop Desire

Lucius – “Dusty Trails

Caveman – “Never Going Back

Lady Gaga – “Million Reasons

La Sera – “High Notes

Mo – “Final Song

Song That Got Played to Death But I Still Loved:Cheap Thrills” by Sia. All. Day. Long.

Concert of the Year: The weirdest show I saw this year was clearly Mac Sabbath. I crossed a lot of bands off my bucket list and they were all pretty good (Dolly Parton, Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, The Stone Roses, The Cure, Dresden Dolls, Kathleen Hanna, Buzzcocks). I saw a farewell show (Those Darlins) and album release show (Weezer) from two of my favorite bands. But the BEST of the year? That comes down to two contenders. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins’ Rabbit Fur Coat Anniversary Tour was epic. Even better, I got to see the show at the Mother Church (aka the Ryman Auditorium) from the front row. But I’ll give the slight edge to a band that I’ve been obsessed with since high school and thought I would never see live: At the Drive-In. Thank God that I went to the first night of their two-night stand at the 9:30 Club, as they canceled the tour the next day.

Book of the Year: Abby Wambach’s book is the best sports memoir since Andre Agassi’s. But Chuck Klosterman’s book, But What If We’re Wrong?, was my favorite on the year. It’s humorous, smart, and provocative – like all of Klosterman’s books are. If you never learned how to read, check out Klosterman’s appearance on my favorite podcast here.

Festival of the Year: I only made it to one festival this year (Boston Calling), so good thing I liked it (Robyn’s set aside). Best festival set (probably best any set, really) was from Sia (it’s hard to beat the combination of her voice with the dancing from the crazy good kid dancer). Best festival set from a band that I was previously unfamiliar with was Christine and the Queens.

Internet Meme of the Year: Harambe, obviously. R.I.P.

Sports Moment of the Year: The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl. That is my best ANYTHING moment of the year. Cue Von Miller sack dance. Best Olympic moment was Katie Ledecky’s win in the 800 free. I’m a big swimming fan and I’ve never seen an ass kicking like that. That was the swimming equivalent of the Broncos winning the Super Bowl 200 to 7. But I still pick the Broncos. Sorry not sorry, Katie.

Celebrity Moment of the Year: There was so much to enjoy in the ridiculousness that was the Hillary email leaks. My favorite part is that Tom DeLonge from Blink-182 emailed John Podesta about UFOs.

Person I’m Most Sad That Died in 2016: We lost so many legends this year. Sharon Jones hits home the most for me. She was the most joyous performer that I’ve ever seen. By a very, very wide margin.

Movie of the Year: My travel schedule the past few months has been brutal, so I’m woefully behind on seeing movies during Good Movie season. My favorite movie from Vapid Movie season was Deadpool. The most interesting film I saw was The Lobster. The best movie I saw on a plan during said outrageous travel schedule was Sing Street. And the best documentary I saw was Weiner.

TV Show of the Year: Several of my favorite shows had very good seasons in 2016, including Silicon Valley, Girls, Ballers, Game of Thrones, and Veep. But new shows hooked me in like nothing has in several years. So, as a winner I’ll pick Westworld with honorable mention to the outstanding mini-series O.J.: Made in America and the outstanding tele-play The Night Of.

2017 Pop Culture Moment That I’m Most Looking Forward to: Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming back in 2017. CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM IS COMING BACK IN 2017!!!

01 Dec 17:47

Pablo the Puppy Tried to Clean up His Own Mess and Honestly We're Impressed

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16 Nov 01:16

Obvious Plant Comes up With a Bunch of Hilarious Fake Events for the Dallas Zoo

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11 Nov 17:32

You should see the coffee table...

After seeing their new wallpaper and bookshelf, Gary and Elaine agreed that next time they would hire a less literal designer.

28 Oct 13:20

She Would Have Been Happy With a 66.6%


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27 Oct 14:19

Review: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, 'Until The Hunter'

by Stephen Thompson

Nearly 30 years into her career, Mazzy Star's singer still takes her time in the pursuit of beauty. Here, she works with My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig, as well as guests like Kurt Vile.