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1988 Countdown #47: Robert Plant, “Tall Cool One”

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) Forget “He’s hot, he’s sexy, he’s dead”–my favorite rock ’n’ roll coverline of all time came from the perpetually underrated Musician magazine, circa 1988. To the best of my memory, Robert Plant appeared on the cover wrapped in what appeared to be an exotic blanket. In very small […]

posted 24 November 2010 in 1988. 13 comments

Friday Foto: Lady Gaga II

In concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, this past August. If you prefer, you can see her rendered in chalk. I just finished up a big work project, so the 1988 countdown should resume next week. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the comments on “Faith,” you’re missing a lot of excellent […]

posted 19 November 2010 in Photos. no comments yet


With Prince William announcing his engagement and people simulating interest in the British royal family, it seemed like a good time to roll out another of my “Rolling Stone Hall of Fame” entries, this one a four-star review for the Kinks’ Arthur (not to be confused with Christopher Cross’s tribute to getting caught between the […]

posted 16 November 2010 in Reviews. 4 comments

Friday Foto: Aladdin Sane

Discovered in a hallway during a school tour in Los Angeles; I assume it’s the work of a high-school student.

posted 12 November 2010 in Photos. no comments yet

I Know What We’re Going to Do Today

As mentioned previously, I wrote a feature article for Wired on the cartoon series Phineas and Ferb; you can now read it online. “I had never seen anybody draw anybody that looked like a triangle.”

posted 8 November 2010 in Articles, Outside. no comments yet

Friday Foto: California Sky

posted 5 November 2010 in Photos. no comments yet

1988 Countdown #48: George Michael, “Faith”

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) Adam Curry: “In at number forty-eight, we find George Michael. He’s had a great year, of course. His Faith tour that everybody went out to see; in fact, MTV covered it, we broadcast two songs live from his show in, what is it, Massachusetts, I believe. And his […]

posted 3 November 2010 in 1988. 14 comments

Nashville Skyline

For your consideration, another five-star review from the “Rolling Stone Hall of Fame.” This time around, an often-ignored Dylan classic: Bob Dylan, Nashville Skyline (1969) When Nashville Skyline, the last of Dylan’s brilliant ’60s albums, was released, fans examined every one of its twenty-seven minutes for portents of musical revolution like fortune-tellers poring over the […]

posted 1 November 2010 in Reviews. 1 comment