This Week’s Voice: Hamell on Trial, T-Pain, Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, Quantum of Solace, and More


In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on the pleasant dilemma of the post-Obama protest singer Hamell on Trial: “For the seething, cynical, sarcastic, permanently embittered, militantly radicalized leftist folk singers, comedians, and folk-singer/comedians out there, these are jubilant but deeply confusing times.”

Ben Detrick goes back to the strip club with T-Pain’s Thr33 Ringz.

Edd Hurt salutes women, guitarists, and puns with Brad Paisley.

Larry Blumenfeld celebrates a historic election night with a gang of once-cynical jazz heavyweights.

In Books, Zach Baron reviews Robert Bolaño’s 2666.

In Film, J. Hoberman gets into the holiday spirit with Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale.

Scott Foundas holds on as Bollywood meets Hollywood in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.

Robert Wilonsky gives Marc Forster the license to confuse and bore in Quantum of Solace.

Nick Pinkerton heads to Anthology to take a tour of Bonnie and Clyde director Arthur Penn’s America.

Plus reviews of the Wild Style reprint, Eden, and How About You.

In Theater, Eric Grode takes in AIDS drama Mouth to Mouth, while James Hannaham hangs in with the thugs and hugs of Made in Poland, and Tom Sellar profiles the Builders Association and their new Continuous City at BAM.

Plus La Dolce Musto interviews Paris Hilton, Lynn Yaeger on getting rid of that left-out feeling, and more…