With a monstrously flowing godlike beard, multi-instrumental guru Jamie Saft resembles a Hasidic mountain man who should be jamming on meaty blues licks with his beloved ZZ Top instead of the downtown avant-gardist and John Zorn ensemble vet for which he's known. The catch is, dude actually makes hi ... More >>
The real-life work of Rust Bowl original gets his due
Trip City founder teaches comics
Honoring this year's fallen, with a few we failed to note last year
Jay Reatard, gone but not forgotten.It is depressing but accurate to note how inexorably the internet bends toward death, and how much of the work of professional critics these days is announcing it, verifying it, and making sense of it (often in that order, unfortunately). Michael Jackson, a ... More >>
Not again! Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week we mostly spent anticipating tomorrow's Siren Festival, we talked at length with headliner Ted Leo, celebrated at a pre-party with Monotonix, and looked back at nine years worth of past triumphs. See you there, hopefully?
Update: We've just heard via ABC that George Steinbrenner has died: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died in Tampa after suffering a heart attack, three sources tell ABC Action News. The Steinbrenner family has now released a statement, per MLB.com:
Let's just say that the Perpetual Misery of Cleveland has been in the news again lately, and acknowledge that no one was better at a) articulating it and b) rising above it than Harvey Pekar.
via Cleveland Plain DealerHarvey Pekar has died at the age of 70. As Rob Harvilla writes on Sound of the City, Comic book icon, brief Hollywood star (via 2003's American Splendor, coming soon to thousands of Netflix queues near you), thoughtful jazz critic (here he is on free-jazz deity and f ... More >>
Orpheus, Dick, and a little reefer: our annual round-up of the year's best
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Life as a young, hot, white, educated nanny in the city sure is a drag
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Reagan-era callousness sparked an indie film renaissance. Will Bush II inspire another?
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New Stances Sharpen Traditional Disciplines
Self-Promoting, Anti-Careerist Comix Hero Harvey Pekar Gets the Biopic He Deserves
Harvey Pekar's City of Industry
Hope Davis's Ordinary Magic
Harvey Pekar's American Splendor Is Coming to a Movie Theater Near You. Why Can't the Pioneer of Autobiographical Comics Talk About It?
Dentists in Domestic Prison, Nuns Behind Bars, Jewel Thieves on Holiday
Evaluating a Movie Lover's Chances of Survival at a Topsy-Turvy Sundance
Risky Business at Sundance 2003