A slow week was suddenly broken wide open as we were hit with an avalanche of new books, promised books, and barely-begun books with one thing in common: Disapproval of David Miscavige's brand of Scientology. After the jump, we'll tell you about the book that legendary cult-busting attorney Paul Mo ... More >>
Annabel MehranJoanna Newsom. This week in the Village Voice, out now: Grayson Currin examines the state of the freak-folk scene, which eight years ago seemed to dominate the American indie landscape; and J. Pablo talks to Jim Jones about chess, TV, and the meaning of the "Vampire Life."
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Barrios and his lyin' eyes.So, our Chilean miner with the mistress -- Yonni Barrios -- whose wife and "lady on the side" found out about one another while he was stuck underground (and whose wife subsequently failed to meet him on the day of his ascent) has been offered a $100,000 endorsement ... More >>
Never too early to begin planning your weekend, so alongside the New Yorker (!), let us draw your attention to Refresh Refresh Refresh, the reoccurring lecture/reading series at Happy Ending on the L.E.S. wherein online dignitaries regale us with "the stories of what happens in the moments be ... More >>
As do Tin Huey, Pistol Whip, and myriad other unjustly forgotten early-indie innovators
Each Thursday, 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. Is George Bush the Antichrist? A guide to Armageddon Author:P. Stephen Hanchett ... More >>
As part of the MTV Woodies madness we chronicled here the other week. Later, the duo would actually win an award for the song's video, which had them streaking naked outside of MTV's Times Square studio (call it the circle of life). Later still, their bike entourage did keg stands. As Mary Louise ... More >>
This, of course, could be really good, or really bad. "An original," in particular, sounds ominous. But it did get us thinking about our dream version of this show. What kind of New York talent is available to do covers of songs from John Hughes soundtracks?
all photos by Rebecca SmeyneJim Jones rides in on a skateboard The undisclosed location of yesterday's Converse Band of Ballers--an afternoon shoe-branded contest that pitted reps from Mad Decent, Fools Gold, Brooklyn via Matt and Kim, and Jim Jones's family against one another in for the humiliati ... More >>
Free Energy, the DFA-signed, mysteriously polarizing (witness the back-to-back-to-back Brooklyn Vegan triptych of "could someone set fire to the brush under these guys feet..PLEASE?"/ "bands like this make me lose all hope for the future of music"/ "if i saw these idiots crossing the street i would ... More >>
Comics come out on Wednesday, and so does Richard Gehr's Pulp Fictions. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Volume One Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka Viz 20th Century Boys Volume 01 Naoki Urasawa Viz Someone is killing the great robots of Europe. In celebrated manga artist Naoki Urasawa's Pluto, manga god ... More >>
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While this Jim Jones remix of MGMT's "Electric Feel" basically makes no sense, keep in mind that both acts are on Columbia and . . . forget it. I have no idea what to even say about something like this, besides that I'll probably never listen to it again. [Via On Smash]
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