10. Kurt Braunohler, How Do I Land? After relocating and taking his weekly Hot Tub show to LA, Kurt Braunohler signed a deal with legendary indie label Kill Rock Stars to release his first stand-up album. How Do I Land? combines his famous knack for unsettling performance art with more traditional ... More >>
Food Is the New Rock has a new podcast, and a recent episode features L.A.'s Jonathan Gold. There's a lot of fun food- and music-related chit chat, but the highlight has got to be when Gold mentions that his favorite blog in the world is The Hairpin.
Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine may still have a while before it hits the shelves, but Alice Waters has already offered her own informal review.
It's High Times uptown these days, as five Columbia University students/fratboys were busted this week for selling all kinds of crazy drugs at school. Ivy League? More like High-vy League. Luckily, via Columbia's BWOG, understanding the numbers of the busts also gives us a chance to understand ho ... More >>
From Glenn Beck to Breitbart, Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh, from sea to shining sea, from their mere followers to their Kool-Aid drinkers, the rage, motives, and manners all lend themselves to a certain composite picture developing quite neatly in this country, that's really, more than anythi ... More >>
Marnie Stern is not impressed. Photo by David Torch.In this week's Village Voice, Mike Powell profiles the awesome Marnie Stern, Dan Weiss hails No Age's graduation to Their Own Sound, and Tom Hull strings together another edition of his Jazz Consumer Guide.
Today the New York Times Freakonomics blog points out that dropping the f-bomb, among other choice delicacies, has an upside: It's good for you! There's a new study out from Bellevue that finds that "swearing can also be used as a psychological tool in the service of helping." In fact, it may ... More >>
The New Depression is much easier to take in hypothetical form, as in this week's New York Times Freakonomics Quorum, in which heavy thinkers were asked what they'd do if they suddenly lost everything. We especially liked the plan of libertarian Will Wilkinson (pictured), who figured, "I'm a Midwest ... More >>
This week, my column profiles the New York wholesale farmers' market. Most people, including chefs who are interested in such things, don't know it exists. It does, but it's a shadow of its former self. Back before farmers' markets were cool, around the 1950's, there were hundreds of farmers who sol ... More >>
The mirror crack'd: Last year, a drug and its discontents seeped into books and hip-hop
Amy Grant leads Christian rock into promised land, but it settles for bake sale normalcy