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The Trump Plague: Viral Politics in the Age of Fuckery

May 04, 2020 By Steve King Web Exclusive

Well, it only took him three years, but Trump finally beat George W. Bush for the title of worst president ever. It’s not as though the president created the virus. It’s not his fault. But he did make it much easier for the coronavirus to ravage the country. More

Pavement – Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of “Wowee Zowee”

Apr 17, 2020 By Mark Moody Web Exclusive

I volunteered to write a 25th anniversary piece on Pavement’s middle album, Wowee Zowee. For some reason I had noted the album’s release date as April 21, 1995, but it was actually released on April 11, 1995. Turns out the American landscape changed forever in those 10 days (more on that later). More

20 Years of “American Psycho” in Trump’s America

Apr 10, 2020 By Steve King Web Exclusive

Mary Harron’s 2000 adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho was released 20 years ago this month. It’s also my favorite movie of all time. I still remember the feeling I had walking out of seeing it for the first time in the theater. It’s scary, moody, funny, and gets the point across without going into all of Ellis’ more gruesome details.  More

Genealogy: Bob Allan of Lanterns on the Lake on His Ancestors

Apr 06, 2020 By Bob Allan Web Exclusive

For our recurring Genealogy series we ask a musician to tell us about their family history. What do they know about their ancestors, their grandparents, great grandparents, and earlier? The people who had to survive and thrive in order for them to be alive today.  More

R.I.P. Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger (1967-2020)

Apr 03, 2020 By Matthew Berlyant Web Exclusive

Think back, if you can, to the mid-’90s. MTV was still playing music and alternative music was as popular as it ever would be, although there were signs of its declining commercial fortunes already present.  More

PLAYlist 52: Disney Villainous + Expansions

Apr 03, 2020 By Brad Walton

It feels so good to be so bad. More

Election 2020: Joe Biden Needs a Cool VP

Mar 18, 2020 By Steve King Web Exclusive

So, here we are, in the spring of an election year, with a collapsing stock market, imminent recession, and a pandemic superflu threatening to bring down all of civil society. The primaries aren’t over, but Democrats have their likely nominee.  More

Election 2020: End of the Fucking Road, pretty much

Mar 12, 2020 By Steve King

There’s only one feeling in politics that’s better than being right: It’s being surprised. More than a dozen primaries in, Joe Biden’s numbers are nothing to sneeze at, or cough at, or look at. He beat Bernie Sanders’ brains out on Super Tuesday and then kept doing it across the Midwest. Gray matter all over the plains. March is the month that decides primaries, and this one is over. It’s Biden. More

Reissued and Revisited: Bobby Patterson

Mar 06, 2020 By Frank Valish

Reissued on beautiful dark purple vinyl from Real Gone Music, Bobby Patterson’s It’s Just a Matter of Time remains a soul classic to this day. More