When asked if she is an expert on Dolly Parton, singer-songwriter Addie Brownlee very decisively says "yes." "I prefer to call it 'Dollypologist,'" she continues. With the way she can rattle off facts about Dolly's music and film career--as well as her insight into some of the iconic country singer' ... More >>
Earlier this month Phonte dropped much knowledge about which rappers correspond to which classic television shows. To wit: Jay is The Wire; Nas is Breaking Bad; Kanye is Lost; East Bound and Down is Action Bronson, etc. etc. It's a fun game, and anyone who thinks too much about hip-hop has definitel ... More >>
Powerhouse singer and lovable bohemian Beth Ditto is coming to xl this Saturday, where she'll blaze across the stage and belt out her best-known songs, including "I Wrote The Book," "Move in the Right Direction," and "Get a Job." In a phoner yesterday, Beth filled me in on what her performance wil ... More >>
Disco was so big in the 1970s--and it will be big again at my upcoming event--that huge names rode the spandex waves by putting out unexpected dance songs, some better than others. Here are the most memorable to my eyes (and my dancing thighs).
It's 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, which they show in seeming constant rotation at the HK gay country bar Flaming Saddles. Here's the cast: Burt Reynolds. Dolly Parton. Dom DeLuise. Jim Nabors. And some Broadway types.
I always push the G word in celebrities' faces and they--or at least their publicists--sometimes respond by using their own G word, Goodbye! For example: *When I interviewed Dolly Parton on the phone once, she was nothing but delightful, as she always is. But when the interview turned to the vari ... More >>
Lifetime is doing a Steel Magnolias of color, and I'm all hopped up about the cast. Get this: In the part of Truvy, the salon owner played by Dolly Parton in the 1989 movie, they've signed the formidable Jill Scott.
You're invited to a faux drag queen wedding
A lesbian couple was trying to enter Splash Country in Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park in Pigeon Fork, Tennessee, when they were stopped. One of them was wearing the pro-gay T-shirt that says "Marriage is so gay" and the employee felt it could be offensive to other patrons.
So the White Stripes officially announced their breakup today. You are understandably depressed. Not shocked or devastated, probably -- they hadn't put out a record in four years, nor toured in about as long, nor generally much resembled an active band. And yet it's now time to regard the sta ... More >>
Our Lady J does our lady Dolly
Were takin our memories out tonight
Is that your card catalog or are you just happy to see me?Hold onto your library cards, peeps. Will Manley has released the results of the librarian sex survey that Wilson Library Bulletin refused to run in 1992 -- the one which he got fired over. The results are... less than scintillating. B ... More >>
Reality star and plastic surgery victim Heidi Montag tells People she's "writing" what appears to be a sci-fi action-adventure movie about her magical 3-D breast implants saving a small beach community from shark attacks. It's unclear just how Montag, who says she will play a lifeguard named Summe ... More >>
Fighting off the recession with priceless gems. Plus, a few Debbie taunts.
So How to Be a Lady, Volume 1, the avidly anticipated debut of The-Dream's quantum-sass girl-group, Electrik Red, is still streaming in full on their MySpace as of 1 a.m. (sleep troubled by Roberto Bolaño dismaying Cavs loss). It's out Tuesday. "We Fuck You" is now "W.F.Y." (Probably for the bes ... More >>
Well, it is a nice shot, but $329,000 is a little over our standard freelance rate. Best of luck, Luis Caldera. Great medical PR headline of the day: "Overeating to blame for U.S. obesity epidemic." The face transplant lady still loves her husband, who shot her face off. Brownsville Recreation C ... More >>
Actually, I never even leave my seat at intermission.
Here we have Maude soundtracking a Stephen Colbert tribute video, and why not. Maude Maggart, who recently opened a five-week run at the Oak Room, has a sweet and pretty voice, but this is at most a secondary attraction. There are plenty of singers in New York clubs who can out-sing her, but none w ... More >>
Parton also reveals her pray-to-play policy. Plus: The revolution doesn't start without me.
On the defiantly trashy and tremendously appealing queen of country-pop cheesecake
The other week, I was photographed for a head shot by a director who wanted to submit me for the Dolly Parton video he was doing in which both regular people and notables lipsynch a rousing Jesus song (which I was assured is not the least bit religious, it's just about belief, blah blah). All was f ... More >>
Lets get country
Back in the saddle, but wilier than you think
Recommendations by R.C. Baker
Lido Bar's stoner-pal familiarity
It's a rich man's game no matter what they call it
Rod Stewart finds a brand-new batch of catchy and literate songs he can put his mark on
Rust-belted Motor City meets mined-out Appalachia in the battleground state between