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Eric Weisbard

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  • 9 years ago

    Capitol released four skimpy Merle Haggard theme compilations back in 2001: Cheatin', Hurtin', Drinkin', and (nice twist) Prison. But after listening through the label's more ambitious current Hag project, five CDs that each contain two of his car...

  • 10 years ago

    July 13, 1999 This time it's personal. High school student Reese Witherspoon leaves teacher Matthew Broderick cursing his so-called life in Election. No shocker; couldn’t be a teen film if the kids didn’t have all the options and the adu...

  • 11 years ago

    Comedian Bert Williams was the biggest African American performer of the ragtime era. He sold hundreds of thousands of records. Yet racism limited his surviving film appearances to one reel, and guilt over racism has kept his music out of print. O...

  • 11 years ago

    If a Tom Waits album isn't performed live at least once, did it ever exist? His only American show of 2004 came in Seattle October 18, dominated by the new Real Gone, and confirmed that his essential milieu is vaudeville, cabaret, piano bars, juke...

  • 15 years ago

    "Irresistible: class with an edge," Matthew Cooke of Amazon.com writes in a Best of 2000 Editor's Pick for St. Germain's Tourist, and if that makes him a yuppie, at least he's honest. Class with an edge: alive and off-center but nary a foul breath...

  • 15 years ago

    The word is traction. Silkworm and the Glands are indie rock to the gut: Both could have sprung out of the fertile crescent in Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted where Stephen Malkmus sings, "lies and betrayals, fruit-covered nails, electricity and ...