If you just want to kick back and watch TV, but can't shake off the FOMO, this weekend features tributes to The X-Files, Lost, and Modern Family. Also: Party like it's 1999, hear poetry like it's 1925, and eat pickles like it's Lower East Side Pickle Day, any year.
Preview the city’s innovative poets.
Music nerds swoon over poet Michael Robbins
The year's big albums, from tUnE-yArDs on down
In this week's Village Voice, Sean Fennessey plumbs the gorgeous nightmares of Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Zach Baron decodes Jay-Z's Decoded, Michael Robbins sorts through a goofy Bruce Springsteen reissue project, and Phillip Mlynar remembers slain Harlem rapper Big L.
Gaslight Anthem: New Jersey nostalgia. Photo by Ashley MaileIn this week's Village Voice, Sean Fennessey weights in on the all-encompassing Drake phenomenon, Michael Robbins compares the Gaslight Anthem to Walt Whitman, Ben Westhoff talks to Styles P about the rapper's debut novel, Stacey And ... More >>
Figured this one deserved an encore.In the week Aimee Mann heard the phrase "Eat a hot bowl of dicks" for the first time, we made suggestions for her inevitable reconciliation with Ice-T, whose acting she at first did not sufficiently respect. Perhaps it'll involve Key Largo, Jon Brion, "Cop ... More >>
Jennifer WildThe Chicago-based poet Michael Robbins is heroin for literary nerds and music nerds alike. Britney Spears, Pink, and Buju Banton have all crashed the gates of Robbins's poetry, which began appearing last year in the New Yorker; his newest piece in that magazine, "Lust For Life" ( ... More >>
Arguing about mellow indie rock, Lady Gaga, and the real grizzly bears
Nice! SOTC poet buddy and undying Lil Wayne fan Michael Robbins stops by the Sound of Young America to read "Alien Vs. Predator." Listen as he leans in on the phrase That elk is such a dick--always how we heard it in our head, for the record. [Fluxtumblr]
After the New Yorker, a real press photo, maybe. The poet Michael Robbins lives in Chicago, quotes both Lil Wayne and Paul Muldoon fluently, and studs his criticism with punchlines like "This sort of thing is why punk rock had to be invented." His January 12 debut in the New Yorker, "Alien Vs. Pred ... More >>
In the week we said "My President is Black" in about fifteen different, ecstatic ways, we also crowned TV on the Radio victorious in the 36th Annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll. Poll editor Rob Harvilla let the world know once more that he wasn't Charles Aaron, then instant-messaged away in the aftergl ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Pazz & Jop! More info here; results here. In Books, Zach Baron talks to "Alien Vs. Predator" poet Michael Robbins and catches up with David Denby about the critic's new book, Snark, in the third edition of his monthly literary column, Lit Seen. In Film, ... More >>
Catch up on a year's worth of musicology with the Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, now in its 36th year of goading the nation's top parsers to struggle over the higher meaning of sonic culture. Review the singles top-1,761 and albums top-1,693, see how your favorite critics voted, and attend the deep thoug ... More >>
Rilke takes some heat; New Yorker film critic thinks, 'Jeez, kids, enough already!'