[Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning scribe and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] Last week, I broke down why One Direction's "This Is My Story" sucks. Usually, whenever one of these pieces goes up (and they go up often), I get a handful of tweets or emai ... More >>
This weekend, we published a two-part story about the rather amazing 32-year Scientology career of John Brousseau, whose adventures included driving for L. Ron Hubbard, spending time in the Sea Org's prison program the RPF, and working in the Cruise household with Tom and Katie Holmes. What seemed ... More >>
Anna Chapman, the failed/sexy Russian spy, almost seduced a member of Barack Obama's cabinet! So says the Post, the Daily News, Huffpo, and almost every other media outlet covering the recent news. But breaking developments suggest that this might not be true.
An obesity campaign started by a hospital in Georgia called Strong4Life and featuring giant billboards with pictures of unsmiling overweight people has been deemed too harsh by several groups of activists, reported the BBC.
The UN Population Division estimates the world's 7 billionth person will be born tomorrow. How do they know this? The UN says the number is "derived from the annual series of world population estimates obtained by interpolating the results of the 2010 Revision of World Population Prospects by ... More >>
This morning Radiohead premiered "Staircase," a moody, somewhat noodly track with a bouncing bassline and drones buzzing past each other. The performance of "Staircase" was recorded during the filming of Radiohead's forthcoming From The Basement episode, which premieres July 1 on the BBC; Ra ... More >>
John Barclay Thirty-three years ago Harvey Bassett had his punk band's song played by legendary DJ John Peel on his BBC radio show. He was 13 years old. He has been on musical walkabout ever since, becoming a world-class DJ, bringing back the Jamaican soundsystem and single-handedly reviving ... More >>
A $1900/month rowhouse in Washington Heights
And what's one thing Mexicans are good for?
Pierre Le Guennec, a 71-year-old retired French electrician who installed burglar alarm systems in Pablo Picasso's various houses, has revealed that he has 271 previously unknown works from the artist, including "lithographs, cubist paintings, notebooks, and a watercolour" reports the BBC. Th ... More >>
A guide to winter movie releases
The Public Theater presents director Nicholas Kent's production of The Great Game
Real tiger cubEarlier this week we informed you that 1 out of 4 grown, adult men travel with their favorite widdle stuffed bear or doggie on business trips. We don't think, however, that this was what was intended by that study. A Thai woman at Bangkok airport headed for Iran was just busted ... More >>
A rip from the premiere on BBC's Radio 1 earlier today, when the DJ called it "the hottest record in the world right now." Hints of Justice, Z100, the mediation of social interactions by technology, clubs in Atlantic City. This the first official single off the still untitled N.E.E.T./Interscope L ... More >>
Why do Chinese adults keep attacking Chinese schoolchildren? Most recently: A man broke into a school in the Shandong Province on Friday and beat five preschoolers before setting himself on fire. This has been the fourth assault on Chinese students in just over a month, and the third in thr ... More >>
With the Lights Out, you'll recall, is the luxe box set they put out in 2004, but never mind that now. Here's four discs' worth (plus a set of BBC sessions) of Nirvana rarities/live tracks/demos/etc. that are a) apparently better quality and b) free. The pitch:
--Animal Collective's Fall Be Kind EP turns out to be very real: AC's Avey Tare confirms and previews the record over at Pitchfork, where he specifies a tracklist and explains: "The vibe is a little bit darker, I'd say-- not in terms of the sound, maybe. Well, the melodies are definitely dark ... More >>
Rap's most awesome teenage millionaire, Soulja Boy, included an actual phone number on his last single, "Kiss Me Thru the Phone," which just came out last month in the UK, and now thousands of English people are calling it--to the hilarious dismay of a very kind seeming Oldham couple who own the n ... More >>
Direct hits on Abu Ghraib, some close shaves, and frank talk about that Foster parent
Sleaze, decadence, and suicide, Brecht-style
Fred Anderson takes free jazz to Chicago's South Side, Odean Pope takes Philly to heaven
China and Japan's latest beef; talk of fuel rationing gets serious
Arab Muslims Are Viciously Killing and Raping Black Muslims. So Where Is the World?
Me and Apathy Down by the Schoolyard
A New Book Covers Dance on Film From Every Angle
The Media-Military Complex Presents a New Genre: Hyper-Reality TV