Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Don't Panic List Time!

dontpanicart_lists_19dec2008.jpg Do you have any year-end lists?

Ahhh, the year-end list.

For news writers, it's a subtle signal to readers that their publication has early holiday deadlines and they had to hurry up and turn something in.

For critics, it's often an exercise in hipper-than-thou opacity.

"Wouldn't it be sweet if an album took the prickly psych damage of Black Dice but made it work in the context of epic rock, so that it had the cathartic build of early Mogwai?"

That's an actual sentence from Pitchfork's "The 50 Best Albums of 2008" list. And for the record, no it wouldn't be sweet.

I've written two year-end lists.

Top Five Best-Named World Leaders of 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dear Christmas party

    Dear pet dressed up in holiday regalia,

Hip Hop Events and Review

Peace & Blessings! The Holiday Season is underway and people are becoming their joyful, festive and scrooge-filled selves.  So, if there ever was a perfect time to say it, now is it: Happy Kwanza, Happy Hannukah, Feliz Navidad and Merry Christmas. Let

Classic Rewind: The Kinks

  The Kinks have been revered as one of the greatest rock n

Do we rock or are we dancers?

The Killers
Day & Age

I was stoked to listen to the new Killers

Best songs of 2008

Some of our top ten song picks include Oasis, Of Montreal and Weezer.

10.  Justice

Novo's New Home

Columbia artist Marcelo Novo sat down with City Paper to talk about his new artist-in-residence designation at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte.

CCP: Why do you think residencies are good for your work?

Marcelo Novo:

Friday, December 12, 2008





danDear Mexican: Many times, as I cross the border into the U.S., I see bald cholos buying images (posters, blankets, baby bibs) of Al Pacino in Scarface. Where does such an obsession for this ugly Cuban come from? Is Tony Montana replacing la Virgencita de Guadalupe in cholos� living rooms across America?

Proud to be an Illegal Alien

Monday, December 8, 2008

I Have An Addiction..


Being a musician is no menial task.  It’s a life that nearly every parent doesn’t want for a child of theirs and the odds are almost always against you.  It’s not something that just anyone can succeed at, and it something that takes years of practice and begging before you really can afford to do it full time.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Live Music Dec 6- 17

Live Music Dates Dec 6-Dec 17th

Back in Business

Back with their 7th album and still representing Brentwood, Long
Island, EPMD are back to ‘Business’.  Debuting in 1988 with their first
album, Strictly Business, and the classic single, ‘You Gots To Chill’,

DaVinci's Weapons

The State Museum’s exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion”
looks inside the artist’s secret notebook and brings his ideas and
designs to life. It’s a well-known fact that Da Vinci did not spend all
his time with painting and that he created machines that were 500 years
ahead of their time. The new exhibition focuses on da Vinci’s talent as
a designer and a weapons engineer and allows viewers to see 40
assembled and fully functioning machines.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas tunes and new releases

In this image released by Wicked Cool Records, a holiday CD for Little Steven's Underground Garage, "Christmas A Go Go," is shown. From AP Photo by AP.    In case you aren't as cynical as our music editor Greg Slattery, here's the upcoming releases and this year’s offerings in the Christmas Music
Department that have something wonderful for any holiday hipster. Following
six volumes in his Coolest Songs in the World CD series, Little Steven
Van Zandt and his Wicked Cool Records imprint collect 20 of his
favorites in Underground Garage Presents: Christmas A Go Go. Featuring
The Ramones, Electric Prunes, Darlene Love and Rufus Thomas, highlights
include Bob Seger’s rare “Sock It To Me Santa,” Soupy Sales’ “Santa
Claus Is Surfin’ To Town,” and yes, funny like clown, Joe Pesci’s “If
It Doesn’t Snow On Christmas.”

Go see live music


If you like growling, pinched harmonics, and blast beats you probably
already know of KillWhitneyDead, but you may not know they are playing
December 14th at New Brookland Tavern.  Salt The Wound and The
Demonstration are support.  Doors are at 6PM.

My hatred for Christmas music

Everclear has a great Christmas song, it’s the hidden track on So Much For The Afterglow entitled “Hating You For Christmas.” If you’re going to listen to Christmas music, try and venture out and find some new tunes.



Thursday, December 4, 2008

Don't Panic!

        Your war questions answered
By Andisheh Nouraee
            Why is piracy thriving in Somalia?

Dear first date

Dear first date at the neighborhood Mexican restaurant,
    It remains to be seen if these large margaritas will dull my worry
over after-dinner flatulence, the threat of cilantro in my teeth, and
the growing concern that the Mexican restaurant smell that inevitably
sticks to my clothes will cancel out the scent of my trendy new body
spray. I may have shot myself in the foot, here. In the meantime, I’ll
impress her with my worldliness by addressing the waiter as “Senor” and
ordering my meal with some of those phrases I remember from Spanish II.
Maybe follow it with an artful comment on that 3-D painting on the wall
and voice my desire to whisk her away to that quaint Mexican village
rendered on raised painted foam. ...Except it looks like the lady in
the painting is beheading a chicken.
    Man, I’m so screwed.
    Columbia City Paper

Who is counting the gringos





My co-worker Maria and I are having a disagreement about the meaning of
the word gringo. Would you be able to tell us the true meaning and
street meaning of gringo?

Veritas vos Liberabit