In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla ventures into the dragon’s lair that is VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors, where “the bizarre, the chaotic, and the sublime all lined up exactly once.”
Rob Trucks tracks down Jimmy Cobb, the last surviving player on the greatest jazz album of all time, Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue.
Ben Detrick goes in on the Streets’ newest, Everything Is Borrowed: “do we like Skinner when he’s happy?”
Larry Blumenfeld puzzles out what jazz is doing for Obama in 2008.
Plus reviews of Calle 13’s Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo, LL Cool J’s Exit 1, the Department of Eagles’ In Ear Park, Jay Reatard’s Matador Singles ’08, and Morgan Geist’s Double Night Time.
In Film, Scott Foundas investigates Ridley Scott’s latest, Body of Lies, and deems it “the post-9/11, tech-savvy terror thriller we deserve.”
J. Hoberman heads back to the movies with Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky and Max Ophuls’s Lola Montes.
Plus reviews of Wong Kar Wai’s Ashes of Time Redux, Nights and Weekends, The Express, and Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla.
In Art, Martha Schwendener surveys the dykes, tutus, and off-ramps of Catherine Opie’s Guggenheim retrospective, and R.C. Baker does ‘Georgio Morandi, 1890-1964’ at the Met in Best in Show.
In Theater, Michael Feingold reviews The Seagull and Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab, while Alexis Soloski takes in Sephen Belber’s Fault Lines.
Plus Deborah Jowitt at something by Bill T. Jones, Lynn Yaeger goes green, Michael Musto lives La Dolce Musto, and more…