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Friday Foto: No Advertising

This picture was taken a few days ago, while walking the dog around the block.

posted 30 January 2009 in Photos. no comments yet

1988 Countdown #73: Tracy Chapman, “Fast Car”

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) I’m not a big fan of austerity in pop music: if I’m turning on a top-40 station, I want it to be shiny and glittery and loud. So I never cared much for Tracy Chapman back in 1988, when her debut album topped the charts (in the week […]

posted 29 January 2009 in 1988. 4 comments

Attack of the Flying Tomato

Over the weekend, Shaun White won the slopestyle and superpipe events at the Winter X Games, so this seems like an appropriate moment to add this Rolling Stone cover story to the archives, written immediately after White won a gold medal at the 2006 Olympics. I am pleased that it’s one of two articles I […]

posted 26 January 2009 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Flipwalk #37

Time for another flipwalk! (I think I might actually finish this project by the end of the year.) That’s a blown-up thumbnail; for the full picture and details of walk #37, click here.

posted 23 January 2009 in Photos. no comments yet

Looking out for Love

The third season of HBO’s Big Love debuted the other night, which reminded me of this interview I did a few years ago with Chloe Sevigny (or ChloĆ« Sevigny, if you’re a fan of diacritical marks). I must have interviewed hundreds of people over the years; only a few have ever said “no comment.” This […]

posted 21 January 2009 in Archives, Articles. 2 comments

1988 Countdown #74: Steve Winwood, “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?”

Kevin Seal introduces Steve Winwood’s “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?”: the second single from the Roll With It album, or as Seal puts it, “the song that my downstairs neighbor plays continuously.” (I wonder what part of town Kevin Seal was able to afford the rent in. I suspect that the salary […]

posted 14 January 2009 in 1988. 1 comment

Top Five Repetitive Band Names

1. Duran Duran 2. Liquid Liquid 3. Talk Talk 4. The The 5. Mr. Mister

posted 12 January 2009 in Tasty Bits. 3 comments

Friday Foto: Broadway Clock

In lower Manhattan, on the corner of Broadway and John Street, there was for many years a large public clock. I thought of it as the city’s worst timekeeping device. It wasn’t merely broken: that would be far too mundane. Twice a year, when most clocks changed to reflect the shift from daylight savings time, […]

posted 9 January 2009 in Photos. no comments yet

1988 Countdown: Commercial Break #11

Onward through the 1988 MTV countdown! (If you’re just joining us and want to get up to speed, click here.) The commercial break, as usual, starts with a spot for an MTV program: in this case, “The Year in Rock 88.” “Sixty minutes that took twelve months to make,” says Voiceover Guy. We see Kurt […]

posted 7 January 2009 in 1988. 3 comments

Top 2008 Albums

I haven’t voted in Pazz & Jop since the Voice‘s shoddy expulsion of Robert Christgau, but I still enjoy compiling my top ten albums at the end of the year. 1. Girl Talk, Feed the Animals 2. School of Seven Bells, Alpinisms 3. Santogold 4. Lil Wayne, Sandwiches & Cats 5. R.E.M., Accelerate 6. The […]

posted 5 January 2009 in Tasty Bits. 4 comments