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Rolling in the Deep, 3/18/14

I just returned from SXSW, which grows more excessive every year, but still has the cool vibes that come from indie music and BBQ. While in Austin, Texas, I interviewed Neil Young, went to the Lady Gaga show, and contributed to the Rolling Stone roundup of the festival’s best moments. I also had the sobering […]

posted 18 March 2014 in Outside. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Phoenix

Phoenix lead singer Thomas Mars made his way into the audience on December 8th, 2013, during his band’s excellent set at the KROQ Acoustic Christmas. He cruised through row 16 (where I was sitting) and then returned to the stage by walking on the tops of the seats–but first, he stopped to give a fan […]

posted 14 March 2014 in Photos. no comments yet

1988 Countdown: Commercial Break #26

(New to the countdown? Catch up here.) MTV goes to commercials and plays a promo for Michael Jackson. “He’s been bad!” says MTV Voiceover Guy, as we watch Jackson dancing in black leather and buckles. “He’s been smooth!”–a quick cut of him from “Smooth Criminal,” white fedora rakishly tilted over one eye. “Now he takes […]

posted 4 March 2014 in 1988. 3 comments


Last night’s Oscars were almost exactly the baseline of what one can expect from the show: a few surprises (but not too many), a middle-of-the-road hosting job by Ellen (neither exceptionally bad or good, which was a pleasant change after some recent hosting debacles), a reminder to catch up on some of last year’s movies […]

posted 3 March 2014 in Links, Outside. no comments yet