The New Yorker's "Shouts & Murmurs" column, which is satirical and runs every week in the magazine, is usually pretty funny. The online version? Not so much. Last week saw an entry called "Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words." But it was not written by Rollins, it was written by Onion scribe Django Gol ... More >>
We New Yorkers pride ourselves on pickles, but if you're only trying the cucumber kind then you're missing half the party. Luckily, the city has a lot more to offer than just your standard half sour or dill. Feeling adventurous? The recently announced Good Food Awards finalists are the perfect place ... More >>
Better Than: Elevator music in a sauna. "Welcome to heavy metal Woodstock!" shouted Scorpion Child singer Aryn Jonathan Black, greeting the throng of approximately 30 at hand to see his band at 4:40 on a Tuesday afternoon in 90-degree heat. One of about 17 groups on three stages, Scorpion Child ... More >>
Owsley "Bear" Stanley was the self-taught master chemist who produced much of the acid used to popularize the psychedelic chemical in California in the mid-60s, which was partly chronicled in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968). His LSD made the scene in other acid-fueled events of th ... More >>
Ma-Yi stages Son of God’s youthful meanderings
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Levon Helm. With Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger, and Joe Russo (a/k/a Bustle in Your Hedgerow) and many others. Brooklyn Bowl Monday, June 4 Better than: Nothingness. One of my favorite conversations with th ... More >>
The rustic loaves at Balthazar are cradled in a birch branch. As Pablo Neruda says: "The best poet is the man who delivers our daily bread: the local baker." And indeed he was right. Little gives as much pleasure as a freshly baked loaf, and here are the 10 that please us most. Note that th ... More >>
The late New Yorker pop critic and Voice editor's work still vibrates off the page in Out of the Vinyl Deeps
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 11, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 61 Day of the Angels: Let It Bleed! by Grover Lewis ALTAMONT SPEEDWAY, Alameda County, California -- All across the scalded brown hills looming above this seedy, out-at-the-elbows drag strip located 50 ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 25, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 50 The Undulating Hillside: Going Back to Bethel by Mark Perlgut I went back to Bethel a couple of weeks ago. I said to myself, I'm visiting friends nearby and I might as well go back to the incredibl ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 1, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 29 Obvious Believers by Robert Christgau I think people are missing the point of "Nashville Skyline," which is as it should be, since they were probably supposed to. The beauty of the album is that it is tota ... More >>
Jason CrepsA.C. is the one in the middle Ten years and five albums into their career, the New Pornographers are one of modern rock's more interesting success stories. A.C. Newman, Neko Case, and Dan Bejar of cult-prog act Destroyer dominate the group, all three expert songwriters at this point. Co ... More >>
"Tea Partiers could crash CPAC's party," said UPI this morning (sourcing RedState's Eric Erickson, who demanded "a purging of the movement" -- he's big on purges), but there doesn't seem much at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which kicked off today in D.C., that TP people would ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Super lame songs by charity "supergroups" have been the most expensive form of self-parody ever since Bob Geldof scribbled the word "Do" in "Do They Know It's Christmas." Since its mid-'80s "We Are The World... A ... More >>
Forget about next week's Democratic primaries. The nastiest political race raging these days is the one to replace Joe Mondello as head of the near-moribund New York State Republican Party. On one side are what New York Post political editor Fred Dicker, in a nicely over the top op-ed c ... More >>
Hairy times also with queens, Basterds, and Hamptons royalty.
We're used to conservatives telling us that everything is good for conservatives, even apparent reversals. But Ross Douthat is a contrarian conservative, so in the Sunday Times he explains why the relatively modest opening weekend take for Judd Apatow's Funny People -- that is, it was #1, but ... More >>
Downtown HEADS for the hills!
Threads from the '60s, beyond birthday suits
Pirate of the Guggenheim! How Richard Prince stole his way into the art world's heart.
Sun City Girls tune their static into freaky Asian frequencies, keep changing the channel
Northern Retreats Offer a Little Karmic Healing and a Lot of Yoga
Sad Songs, Rock Legends, and a Naked Meg Ryan Dominate the Toronto Film Festival
A Suspect Benefit Promoter Raises Fear and Loathing
Time's Passage Celebrated, Remembered, and Mourned
Coming to Terms With the Art of Dennis Cooper
In a 24-Hour mountain bike race, life begins at 4 a.m.
NBC gets back to (not at) The '60s