Cheer for the Cyclones on Elvis Night
There's only a few albums in the world that transcend any scene or genre, and build a following in their own, distinct shadows. It's powerful, and it's mostly good, but sometimes the greatest albums of all time can turn good, solid people into an absolutely insufferable demographic. You know what I' ... More >>
El Vez, explains Stephen Starr -- the man whose restaurant group is behind Buddakan, Morimoto, and Caffè Storico -- is not Spanish for "the time." When the owner was opening his first El Vez in Philly, he says, "I was bored of typical Mexican-American restaurant names. I heard about this Mexican El ... More >>
Better Than: Black Snake Moan. The last time I saw Justin Timberlake live, he was still part of *NSYNC and filling stadiums with excited children and annoyed parents for the boy band's final tour. Since then, he's gotten married to someone who is not Britney Spears, pursued a film career, and wit ... More >>
This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or whenever are in the ... More >>
Some of these ladies aren't still plus-sized -- and a bunch of them aren't even alive -- but whatever the case, they have all been through plump periods of the soul. And their apparent lack of vomiting skills always gave them a refreshing heft, big lungs, and an ability to transcend their potential ... More >>
Heather Donahue, who made a big splash in the scarily sensational Blair Witch Project in 1999, saw her life literally going to pot when the movie's glow waned and her career went into underdrive. So Heather followed her boyfriend to Nuggettown, California, where she became part of "the Commu ... More >>
The city, not the Broadway show. According to a survey on TravelandLeisure.com, which rated 35 cities, Memphis came in dead last for both "Attractive People" and "Intelligent People," though it came in first for "BBQ". Gosh, you'd think if the folk are hideous, at least they'd be smart--and ... More >>
Hey, what's going on with the Chilean miners right now? Because you know this is all you're going to be talking about at that cocktail party/dinner at home/after-work drinks sesh with your buds. Be the one with the info that matters!
New Zealand artist Toastman (aka Maurice Bennett) has created portraits out of toast, including Elvis Presley, Mona Lisa, Eminem, and New Zealand prime minister John Key, but his greatest work so far may be his portrait of Barack Obama.
Lear: the man, the legend.May brings all sorts of exciting holidays: It's Masturbation month (obviously), and there's Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day (of course), plus it's American Pacific Heritage month and Asparagus month, among other things. Today, for instance, is Limerick Day.
Weird Christmas records: They're not just for Dylan anymore
Tom Brokaw and his wife Meredith were involved in a three-car collision in the Bronx which left one woman dead on Friday. Suejas Estrada of the Bronx swerved to avoid a coil of cable on the Bruckner and forced a mail truck in the next lane into the path of Brokaw's car. Suejas was thrown from her ca ... More >>
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions? This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
The Rock and Roll Hame of Fame 25th Anniversary events kicked off last night at Madison Square Garden with key Jersey representation, including sets by Paul Simon of Newark and Bruce Springsteen of Long Branch. Here's Simon and former collaborator Art Garfunkel really milking "Sounds of Silence." ... More >>
We'll have what he's having
Sixties icon and boot-wearer Nancy Sinatra is timelessly relevant to me, but she's even more so with this remixed version of her hit "Sugartown," using the clip from her groundbreaking TV special Movin' With Nancy. Have no idea what the fuck I'm talking about? Well, blithe, blonde Nancy had a succ ... More >>
The West Houston branch of Yama Sushi has closed. Apparently, the whole building is for sale. Calls to the other three branches of Yama--49th Street, 17th Street, and Carmine--confirm they are still open. [Eater] David Bouley's reinvention of Danube as Secession earned tepid reviews and has now clo ... More >>
The famed artist/marketer was photographed by Marcus Leatherdale in the '80s for Hidden Identities, Leatherdale's monthly page in the then-downtowny Details magazine, whereby notables from the in crowd gave off their customary star power while covering their faces to make it sort of an interactive g ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. The Beanie Baby Handbook Author: Les & Sue Fox Publisher: Scholastic Date: 1998 Discovered at: Thrift st ... More >>
Local virtuoso writer Caleb Crain reprints a gem of an anecdote (otherwise hidden behind Harpers' subscriber walls) about the now-deceased virtuoso guitar player John Fahey. Fahey, American primitive par excellence, spent most of his life—from the early '70s till his death, in 2001—in the beache ... More >>
Red Square photo by Dmitry Azovtsev Been around the world and I, I, I...I can't stand a lot of the places that are so hyped and buzzed about! Here are the locales that, in all my travels from Bangkok to Bushwick, have really made me want to pack the bags under my eyes and head right home.
Here is the bland soul-karaoke record you did not request
A valuable sampler of talent welcomes autumn
Dependable bruisers triumph by laying back and getting silly
Freaky fun that will have you feeling festive
Ayn Rand's favorite Canuck power-prog trio colonizes Brazil
The very best of the year's best-ofs for your economical holiday-gift-giving convenience
Disney Dreams Up the Best Radio Station in 30 Years