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A Perfect Length

I’m currently in strong like with Earth, Roots and Water’s imminently pleasant Innocent Youths (Light in the Attic). I don’t think I’d like this reggae album from Toronto’s Summer Records […]

What Are Words Worth?

I’ve become perversely fascinated with this season of Big Brother, particularly since half of the house has found the Lord. As they talk, though, it becomes clear that their notion […]

The Fleshtones Sunday night

I’ve seen my share of scary Fleshtones shows. In the 1990s, the garage rock band didn’t seem to deal very well with an audience that was getting real jobs having […]

You Could Be a Winner!

I recently received this email from the Barack Obama campaign: Refusing money from PACs and Washington lobbyists makes this campaign different in one very important respect. We are not beholden […]

An Awkward Spot

Since I raise the age issue with respect to the Jazz Fest lineup each year, it’s hard for me to carp too much about someone young and relatively unknown playing […]


The other day I received Bushspeak Volume 2: Fore More Years (Shout! Factory), and I wish I found it funny. When Jacob Weisberg came out with the book Bushisms in […]

Al Copeland

The world is a sadly more tasteful place since restauranteur (using the term in its most generous sense) Al Copeland died Sunday of cancer. I’ll have to develop a new […]

An Unmade John Hughes Movie

The Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray (Atlantic/Rhino): Boy meets drugs, falls in love, and Molly Ringwald can’t get a bit part in his life.

The Choices are Endless

Yesterday I edited the listings for April through the end of Jazz Fest. If you want to go out and see live music at night during Jazz Fest, there’s jazzy […]

Don’t Mess with New Orleans

SXSW and a few phone conversations we’ve had prompted John Swenson to fire off this email/editorial/rant/state of the union address. Rather than keep it to myself, I’m sharing it with […]