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2006 Stories by Rob Harvilla

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  • Harlem Globetrotters

    published December 26, 2006

    "I just love Harlem," gushes David Schommer, holding court in the gorgeous, hookah-laden fifth-floor apartment- and home studio he now uses to... More >>

  • Music

    published November 28, 2006

    Alarming mail Receiving a package with nine copies of the new Primitive Radio Gods record. Aw, man, musta gotten trashed... More >>

  • Sketches of Pain

    published November 21, 2006

    Listen. The greatest feeling I ever had in my life—with my clothes on—was when I first heard Diz & Bird together in St. Louis,... More >>

  • Music

    published November 7, 2006

    Unfortunate Monikers Trying to decide which is worse: Sarah Assbring's real name or her artistic alias, El Perro Del Mar. "You... More >>

  • Pulling Dylan Out by the Roots

    published November 7, 2006

    We'd been sleepwalking through the big-shot Bob Dylan tribute hoedown for roughly an hour and a half, clapping politely-to-semi-enthusiastically... More >>

  • Just Like a Woman

    published October 31, 2006

    You should go to more shows in the apartments of total strangers. Swap out pissy bouncers and will-call debacles and $18 beers for friendly,... More >>

  • Music

    published October 31, 2006

    FRIED COKE Fried Coke? Dude. CRITICAL BOONDOGGLE The gleefully savage reviews doled out to... More >>

  • Stuff You Need to Know About to Avoid Ostracism

    published October 24, 2006

    ERRANT BODY LANGUAGE John Cougar Mellencamp's habit of lifting his acoustic guitar over his head mid-strum to indicate enthusiasm... More >>

  • Is This It?

    published October 17, 2006

    Let us in the goddamn club, Mr. Boorish Doorman, or we will administer velvet-rope burn so severe you will consume your Thanksgiving dinner via... More >>

  • Music

    published October 17, 2006

    ABRUPT ALT-ROCK RESURGENCE The frightening realization that the best powerpop record of 2006 is the Gin Blossoms' Major Lodge... More >>

  • Stuff You Need to Know This Week in Order to Avoid Ostracism

    published October 10, 2006

    Economic Indicator The ignoble demise of Tower Records. Funeral bouquets of plastic flowers will be manufactured for a... More >>

  • Walk Unafraid

    published October 3, 2006

    As we ascend the PATH station escalator leading to a strange and unfamiliar land, a friendly stranger stands waiting at the summit, a sort of... More >>

  • Stuff You Need to Know This Week to Avoid Ostracism

    published October 3, 2006

    Critical Boondoggle The Hold Steady write a new album called Monkey Pissing in Its Own Mouth While Listening to Jet Down in... More >>

  • They Got Next

    published September 26, 2006

    We rock critics are a trendwhorish lot, our enthusiasms fickle and fleeting. We regard hot new genres as merely so many entries in an Aural... More >>

  • Music

    published September 26, 2006

    ( Emerging Artistic Icon) The triumphant return of "Weird Al" Yankovic. A comeback more spiritually and culturally vital than... More >>

  • Out of Step, Out of Time

    published September 19, 2006

    "Do you think the Dos Equis sponsorship is a coincidence?" my wise and wiseass colleague asks, warily regarding his complimentary bottle of... More >>

  • Spankmaster and Servant

    published September 12, 2006

    And now, some dating advice from Kool Keith. "The girls in New York gotta go back to the '80s, and socialism," advises Kool Keith, wearing a... More >>

  • Dancing With Themselves

    published September 5, 2006

    Let's start with the terrified little kid, maybe six or seven, with the snappy periwinkle shirt, slick dark hair, and coal-black eyes that... More >>

  • Start Making Sense

    published August 22, 2006

    When confronted with Apple's new "PC vs. Mac" ads—the bumbling, hapless, stiff-suited chump playing the problematic PC and a calm, casual,... More >>

  • Get Busy Living

    published August 15, 2006

    "The elderly have so much to offer, sir. They're our link with history." "I don't want to be your goddamn link, damn you. I want to feel... More >>

  • Raw Shit and Rubber Duckies

    published August 1, 2006

    I got this idea for a TV sports craze: Bad Golf. Stand-up comedians rag on the stultifying dullness of your average British Open partly... More >>

  • Sweet Naive Emotion

    published July 18, 2006

    My favorite song on Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend, the 15-year-old powerpop classic lovingly reissued last month, is the album's worst.... More >>

  • Avoid Yr. Idols

    published July 11, 2006

    I'm 85 to 90 percent certain Jason Lytle did not angrily hang up on me in mid-sentence during our hilariously awkward phone... More >>

  • Jesus Is My Hype Man

    published July 4, 2006

    Reverend Timothy Holder, honorable 51-year-old white pastor of the South Bronx's Trinity Episcopal Church of Morrisania, would like it... More >>

  • Crazy for You, but Not That Crazy

    published June 27, 2006

    We should worship Madonna for her perpetual willingness to look, sound, and act ridiculous. For if we do, she will never disappoint us. So here we... More >>

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