They say artists shouldn't date other artists, and actors shouldn't date other actors. This is also the case when it comes to music writers. For starters, music writers are a miserable lot who are mostly paid in concert tickets, ego-stroking and swag, rather than actual money. Plus, they're opiniona ... More >>
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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 >>
This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or whenever are in the ... More >>
Beach Boys YouTube wormholes can take many paths, from sunshine-draped reveries to sudden decisive turns towards the seriously depressing. But no clickbait-enhanced listicle of questionable Mike Love sartorial/dance/aesthetic moves, horrifying Brian Wilson zombie moments, made-for-TV movies, or John ... More >>
Who says you can’t go back in time?
Though the gala was weeks ago, CBS just got around to airing the annual Kennedy Center Honors award show. Among the honorees? Bill T. Jones, Jerry Herman, Merle Haggard, Oprah Winrey, and Paul McCartney, to whom Steven Tyler can be seen paying awkward, shrill tribute to above. Which makes us wond ... More >>
Weekend trips to cultured places
Lots of great stuff in this week's Village Voice, though it all kinda pales in comparison to the incomparable Ward Sutton, who imagines R. Crumb doing an illustrated history of Genesis -- that's Phil Collins' Genesis, not God's. Elsewhere in music, Harvilla checks out the tremendously profane ... More >>
Getting blissed out and too damn canny on I Am What I Am
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions? This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
Unless you watch Sunday morning talkshows, you may have forgotten Pat Buchanan, the lovable scamp who at the 1992 Republican Convention called for patriots to take back their culture as the cops did during the L.A. riots -- with semi-automatic weapons, and block by block. Today he's back on the inte ... More >>
He may be the greatest artist of the '00s. Don't tell the Dixie Chicks.
The career-launching music of another kind of '60s counterculturalist
A kickass performer and expert mudder puts us on
Rust-belted Motor City meets mined-out Appalachia in the battleground state between
Volunteer Now in Civilization's Battle Against George the Boy King
Juke Joints and Alpine Lodges
Bringing Life Back to the Living
Cowboy and Indian, Sinner and Believer, Patriot and Protester, the Man in Black Walks his Final Line
The Wau Wau Sisters Ruffle Some Panties