It's not particularly surprising or original any more to talk about how terrible Black Friday is; it's materialistic, dysfunctional, and every year someone dies or is gruesomely injured; you can pretty much count on a video of a horrible stampede somewhere by about 9 a.m. Not even the Wall Street Jo ... More >>
Le1f makes Santos his underground tree house
During Cory Booker's first year as Newark's mayor, in 2006, there were 107 murders in his city. By 2009, that number was down to 68. That 36 percent drop in homicides helped establish the reputation that has propelled Booker to national prominence. In 2010, however, 167 Newark police officers were ... More >>
Reading from the same playbook as Texas Governor Rick Perry, Mayor Bloomberg toured the Bay Area this weekend trying to lure tech investors and young grads back east with promises of good times and pretty girls. As if San Francisco was just one extended sequence of Revenge of the Nerds.
It's been a long time coming. After three years, New York City Council has finally passed veto-proof legislation guaranteeing paid sick days in businesses with more than 20 employees. Now (hopefully), restaurant workers afraid of losing their jobs won't come to work hacking up pathogens into soup. B ... More >>
In the second day of the historic stop and frisk trial in federal court in Manhattan yesterday, there was the start of testimony from Adyhl Polanco, an eight-year veteran of the NYPD who has made the highly unusual and courageous choice to testify against the city's campaign. Meanwhile, as you can r ... More >>
You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>
In a recent interview with The Fader, Michael Gira of Swans claimed that he took acid 300 times before he turned 14. That's a lot of acid for a young buck. That's a lot of acid for any buck. A whole lot. I took acid about 78 times before I turned 18 (and I haven't used it since). That's not nearly a ... More >>
OK. This is getting ridiculous. First came Pizza Hut's cheeseburger-stuffed pizza in the Middle East, mashed-potato vending machines by 7-Eleven in Singapore, fine dining at Pizza Huts in China, and more recently, lobster and caviar burgers in Japan by Wendy's. What is it this time? A "Serious Lam ... More >>
"There are things in my life that no one can understand except Aaron," Mickey Melchiondo noted of his bandmate Aaron Freeman in 2007, when theyas Dean and Gene Weenput out their last album, La Cucaracha. "We kind of have a parallel life. We went through everything together: junior high ... More >>
Over the past few months, Le1fa rapper and producer who wrote his undergraduate thesis on "Subversion in Post-WWII Performance"has been an increasingly unavoidable presence in and around the city, playing alongside everyone from Greedhead labelmate Big Baby Gandhi to London trap-rave p ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Food Babe investigates why she became so addicted to Chick-fil-A. One of her reasons: "If I turn in the toy from the kid's meal I can get an ice cream cone that my kid loves and I don't have to deal with all these annoying toys everywhere in my house." Gilt Taste explo ... More >>
See what we've been up to this week at Fork in the Road: Robert Sietsema lists his five favorite NYC margaritas, and tries (and hates) the spicy chicken sandwich at McDonald's. He also examines Pizza Hut's new British creation, "The Bone," a pie with a hot-dog-stuffed crust, and suggests a hot-d ... More >>
Big Baby Gandhi hits Glasslands
Maybe we're living in the wrong country: the British rendition of Pizza Hut seems much more adventuresome in their pizza tinkerings. In this case, they've invented a pie with a hot dog, or maybe hot dogs, baked into the circumferential edge of the crust, known to cognoscenti as "The Bone."
Every day this month, Sound of the City has been publishing pieces about Philip Glass turning 75 years old, in conjunction with the Voice's cover story on the composer. Naturally, of course, this has led to an interview with Dapwell (Ashok Kondabolu) of Das Racist, who's performing Monday night at t ... More >>
"Y'all know about the seven spiders of hip-hop?" Yep, we're in weirdo rap territory with Lakutis's debut mixtape I'm In The Forest. That query comes from the title track, a song full of somewhat naturalistic images and pop culture references bookended by the droning chant, "I'm in the forest/ I'm in ... More >>
Here's a newsflash: fast-food chains like Pizza Hut, Subway, and Taco Bell are slashing their prices and offering amazing deals not because they want to but because the economy sucks. [USA Today] Seamless, the online and mobile app that allows you to order food for delivery, has just bought ... More >>
In the two years since stumbling across viral MP3 stardom with "Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell," Brooklyn's Das Racist have evolved from insular meta-rap blogger obsession to some of our city's most electric assonance merchants. Their first official, hold-it-in-yr-paws physical release, Re ... More >>
At last year's Brooklyn Book Festival, Joshua Clover and Ta-Nehisi Coates argued the relative merits of Roxette's "Listen to Your Heart" and Public Enemy's "Fight the Power." The year before, Ian MacKaye (on a panel with Thurston Moore and Lupe Fiasco) decried the overuse of the phrase "Goog ... More >>
Health advocates are worried about fast-food chains trying to get in on the food stamp program. Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut are all lobbying to get involved. [USA Today] More on the effects of Tropical Storm Irene on farms in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Vermont: Greenmarkets are abou ... More >>
McDonald's IsraelShalom, y'all. The latest instance of our country's attempts to make the rest of the planet too fat for its theater seats comes from the combined forces of Chipotle and McDonald's.
The Butcher's Guild, a new trade organization for butchers, is opening its membership to regular folk June 1. [Diner's Journal] Remember all those "my meal at El Bulli" articles? Well, get ready for the onslaught of "my meal at Noma" articles starting with Bruce Palling's. [Wall Street Journ ... More >>
Pizza, stuffed to the gills.First, the shocker: Pizza Hut is celebrating the 16th anniversary of stuffed-crust pizza. Seems like only yesterday the fast-food chain amazed us all by finding a way to imbue its pies with even more cheese than before. Now, the company is poised to amaze again: wi ... More >>
It's not that we're bitter, it's just that, do engaged people have to appropriate everything for their marital purposes? It seems they're always out trying to get a better deal, trying to save a little cash while also having the truly original, special (and cheap!) weddings they've dreamed of ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's year-in-review rock-critic roundtable, an amiable ongoing conversation between five prominent Voice critics: Rob Harvilla, Zach Baron, Sean Fennessey, Maura Johnston, and Rich Juzwiak. We'll be here all week! Happier times for us allMy friends, It's the confl ... More >>
Where the magic happens Das Racist's new mixtape, Sit Down, Man, is out next week; among its many delights is "Free Jazzmatazz," a self-explanatory collaboration with wildly feted jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. It seemed like a good idea to a) ask Iyer if we could chat about how this unlikely (?) union ... More >>
In an effort to turnaround lagging sales, Jamba Juice says it's considering expanding its new hot coffee service, as well as breakfast, and may add drive-thru locations. [Nation's Restaurant News] Mets slugger Carlos Beltran has had so many meals at Sofrito that he is now a partner in the re ... More >>
Farmers and animal rights activists in Ohio have reached an agreement to restrict the confinement of hens raised for eggs and meat, which could lead those in other states to follow suit. [NY Times] Russia, one of the world's biggest exporters of wheat, is experiencing its worst drought in 13 ... More >>
KFC takes China.Maybe the best way to regain world dominance is for America to spread one of the phenomena that helped bring us down in the first place. Let's make the world fat and addicted to fast food, just like we are. Did you know that a new KFC opens somewhere in mainland China almost ... More >>
Has society finally fallen into decadence, like the late Roman Empire? If this new "trend" is to be believed, then yes, indeed it has. Instead of the traditional church/City Hall route, people are now getting married in our new temples: retail stores and shitty chain restaurants.
We've been here before. So yesterday former Talking Heads frontman and current omni-artistic silver fox David Byrne dropped a $1 million dollar lawsuit on Florida Governor and embattled Senatorial candidate Charlie Crist, who'd used the Heads' 1985 romp "Road to Nowhere" in a campaign ad without a ... More >>
A new study shows that women with college degrees are almost twice as likely to drink daily, and are also more likely to admit to having a drinking problem. [Telegraph] Paul Sevigny in his latest restaurateur role talks about Kenmare and the Beatrice Inn: "I don't know what they're going on ... More >>
The surest signs of spring are upon us: flowers blooming, scantily clad NYU students smoking in the park, and most importantly, coworkers who have never showed any semblance of sports fandom live-streaming basketball for the next two weeks and yelling at their computers things like "Cinderella!" "B ... More >>
A new generation of MCs grapple with how funny they're allowed to be
His first #1 song is his first Pazz & Jop chart-topper as well. Go Yankees.
Last year's Stupid Party in Crown Heights. All photos by Rebecca Smeyne.We're closing up shop early today, and getting a head start on the New Year by doing snow angels outside for a while. Last minute guidance on your own New Year's Eve plans can be found here and here. In the meantime, plea ... More >>
Gaitskill, Auster, Gessen—and Lupe Fiasco.
How a Connecticut liberal arts school became the epicenter of surrealist Brooklyn pop
It’s high noon for the Bush Administration’s program of wireless wiretapping. The administration is currently in secret negotiations with the House of Representatives over the issue of legal immunity for telecom companies that cooperated with legally dubious wiretaps. A new book by New York Tim ... More >>
The elephant in Guantanamo's living room gets 4,200 calories a day and a Koran
City Hall Has a New Boss. Wish It Were You?
Terence Stamp Returns in a Custom-Made Star Vehicle