'Tis the season to be cranky, so let me spit out my eggnog and tell you what I hate about this enforced annual nightmare:
*The fact that it starts earlier and earlier each year. This year, the hype started in October! Next year it'll probably be July.
*The relentless barrage of fake good cheer a ... More >>
Gloriously wretched, hoarse-throated bloody rasp bawls and fractured clusterfucked guitar squalor careen head on with drums and synth-triggering pedal demolition in XADDAX, a Bushwickian noise-rock monster whose membersax grinder Nick Sakes and traps basher Chrissy Rossettiehappen to b ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
In her foreword to Little Girl Blue--Randy L. Schmidt's new book about that '70s purveyor of vocal sunshine Karen Carpenter--another musical icon, Dionne Warwick, tells a bittersweet story.
She remembers running into Carpenter in New York and asking her to her hotel suite for lunch, "not kno ... More >>
Papabubble's hulking candy cane menaces its CVS competitor.
Aside from their red stripes, candy canes have changed remarkably little since the 17th century, when, as various sources have it, a German choirmaster took straight white sticks of candy and bent them into hooks to hand out to child ... More >>