Reviewed herein: Merle Haggard:The Running Kind by David Cantwell Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville by Michael Streissguth Surprisingly, since it stands as the finest and most thorough work of Hag-gazing any critic has yet mustered, David Cantwell's Merle Haggard:The R ... More >>
Warning: This discussion is thick with spoilers.
Quinn's gargantuan beef rib is like something an Inuit might have once wrested from the flank of a whale. Fork in the Road has reported admiriingly on the city's latest barbecue, an East Village joint called Mighty Quinn's. The place does brisket, Texas-style, and has a secondary specialty in Caro ... More >>
Hey: Albums! In case people still care about these things, here's a batch of potentially interesting releases arriving in the coming weeks and months:
North Korea (and audiences) go home unhappy
It's been a busy year for Bruce Springsteen. In March, he released Wrecking Ball, his seventeenth studio album and tenth release to top the Billboard 200, and after packing in arenas across America throughout the spring, he took the E Street Band to Europe. His name is also in a top-40 entry on the ... More >>
Today Amnesty International releases Chimes Of Freedom, a really, really huge compilation of bob Dylan covers by artists both canonized and obscure. Trying to analyze such a huge undertaking can only be done in one way: Mathematically. Amount of music in this collection: 73 songs on four CD ... More >>
Who says you can’t go back in time?
It's the return of the most talked-about Grammy Awards live blog--a collection of quips, blips, and arguably insightful observations that dares to match the actual Grammy telecast in terms of pure spectacle and Justin Bieber mentions. Please join our hosts Tom Breihan and Ryan Dombal below, and keep ... More >>
Cherry Vanilla is the ex-groupie/Bowie-publicist/rock performer with a new book out about the great times she had popping her Cherry. At a reading I went to the other day, Cherry sat on a gigantic, red high heel--though in the past, she's sat on other things--and told the crowd how much fun ... More >>
Getting blissed out and too damn canny on I Am What I Am
A few weeks ago, the music writer Dave Tompkins took a podium in one of NYU's many windowless annexes to promote his upcoming book, How To Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II To Hip-Hop. Behind him was a still from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms frozen on the projector screen. In ... More >>
This latest from the cottage industry of Cohen-in-concert memorabilia
On a country giant's favorite chords, songs, and Bob Dylan lines
Pete Seeger only turns 90 once, so why not have a big party? True to the folk singer's activist legacy, this packed Madison Square Garden celebration was a fundraiser for the Clearwater sloop and sailboat-centered foundation that Seeger built in 1969 to raise awareness about a then-near-dead Hudso ... More >>
Hal Hartley and Luke Wilson offer similarly (and predictably) self-reflexive films. What else might they have in common?
The story of Wild Bill, who isnt wild, and Quebec Bill, who isnt from Quebec
Searching for unmisery with Brooklyn's closet romantic
Two movies, one point: That bacon burger you ate for lunch? Big mistake.
Baby let's have a ficus leaf and a cranberry Snapple before Bush do something crazy
Unpopulist songwriters in heaven and here orbit a bygone Nashville through the sterile static
19761985: Punk to Pomo, Basquiat to Breakdancing
The man-child candidate: John Sayles's no-boil detective trails a dim-witted Bush proxy
Yee-Haw Meets Yoruba at the Southern White Boy Blues-Rap and Soul-Country Crossroads
John Prine Gets Well on an Apple Pie Diet