Billie Joe

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    September 11, 2013

    I Was in an All-Girl Blink-182 Cover Band Called Dumpweed

    It was 1999, a particularly hot summer in San Antonio, Texas. I remember walking into a Wal-Mart, away from my mom to wander the vast CD racks for something new and exciting. It was a big time for pop music. The cover of Millennium, by the then inauthentic-feeling boy band, the Backstreet Boys, show ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Different Tongues: 10 Foreign Language Songs That Rule the World

    A couple of caveats to this list: first, it actually includes more than 10 songs. Since one is sung primarily in English and another isn't technically a "foreign" language, they're considered halfsies, making up one whole. Also, no songs sung in Spanish are on this list. I'm not saying Spanish isn ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Green Day - Barclays Center - 4/7/13

    Better Than: This by 2,000 light years. "Life is not fucking pretty right now. Believe me, I can testify to that shit." This was Billie Joe Armstrong's call to arms. Shouted in the middle of performing "Letterbomb," he wanted the audience to let go with him for just a couple of Sunday evening hours ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    100 & Single: Answering Questions On Adam Lambert's Historic Chart-Topping Album

    I've never been happier to be wrong about something. Two weeks ago, the last line of my column read: "Probably won't happen. But wouldn't it be fun if it did?" The event I didn't think could happen was Adam Lambert scoring a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart with his second disc, Trespas ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Butch Vig On Nevermind, Siamese Dream, Garbage, And His History Of Shaping Alternative Rock As We Know It

    If you don't think Butch Vig's almost singlehandedly invented two decades of alternative rock as we know it, just look at his resumé: Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, AFI. That's without mentioning his membership in the still-cool Garbage or the fact he prod ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Live: Green Day Get A Little Less Serious At The Studio At Webster Hall

    by Joshua Kurp Nadia Chaudhury​Green Day The Studio at Webster Hall Thursday, October 27 Better Than: Hearing blink-182 play "Hybrid Moments" three times. "We're gonna do an older song," Billie Joe Armstrong, dressed as Jack Skellington, told the packed-tight audience at the Studio at Webst ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Blue Note Records' Ten Best Sample Sources

    Blue Note's cover art: Also an inspiration. (Original on the left, homage on the right.)​Hip-hop artists have never been shy about sampling songs from the vaults of the Blue Note jazz label, and few have pilfered with as much creativity and gusto as A Tribe Called Quest's one-time de facto lea ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    The 10 Best Guesses To The Suddenly Pressing Question, "Who Are The Modern Weepers?"

    ​Yesterday Brooklyn Vegan posted a query about about British act playing Mercury Lounge on May 27; the act goes by the name the Modern Weepers, and the Merc site claims that the Mancunian act is "well travelled and well known in their native England" and "thrill[s] audiences and critics alike ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    What's Your Favorite Old "Story Song"?

    ​I used to love those kitschy story songs that filled my youthful eardrums. You know, the elaborate ditties with cheesy, involved narratives--basically shlock short stories set to irresistibly catchy pop music. Among the classics of the genre are: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" s ... More >>

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    September 13, 2009

    The Ecstasy, the Agony: Live Blogging the MTV VMAs

    In honor of 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, we've invited SOTC buddies and pop savants Sean Fennessey and Ryan Dombal to lend a certain wisdom and perspective to these sure-to-be completely dignified proceedings. Gentleman? John Shearer​ 9:00pm Sean: We're coming to you live from one or two or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    YouTube Treasure: Ode To Bobbie Gentry

    Country cultists will remember that Bobbie Gentry is the sultry Mississippi-born singer of story songs like "Ode To Billie Joe" and "Fancy," a woman of great curves and fabulous notes, even when emitting glorified nonsense syllables. Well, here she is on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour performing ... More >>

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    October 24, 2006

    Ebony & Ivory, Lowdown & Nasty

    Revisiting a dirty bluesman's polk salad days

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    April 12, 2005
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    January 25, 2005

    Harmonies and Abysses

    Across the sky sheet the impossible birds in a steady illiterate movement homewards

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    December 2, 2003
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    October 17, 2000
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    October 3, 2000
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    June 6, 2000
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    March 14, 2000

    All Ears

    Disney Dreams Up the Best Radio Station in 30 Years

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    February 1, 2000

    So Much Difference

    The Adorableness of Asian Alphabet Pop

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    March 30, 1999