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 >>
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. Pre ... 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.
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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 thou ... More >>