Bob was born and raised in the Northeastern US. He graduated from SUNY Geneseo with degrees in English and Philosophy and completed his MA in English at Boston University. Since escaping graduate school, he's resided in Ithaca, operating No Radio Records, an independent record store and performance space, as well as DJing under the name AutoMatic Buffalo. His first book, The Gilded Palace of Sin, on the slight rise and quick fall of the Flying Burrito Brothers, is due out later this year from Continuum Press.
Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer): One More Time with the King of Western Swing | 19 Mar 2009 // 5:00 PM
Today, many performers play a revivalist form of Western Swing, but even more may be tipping a hat to Bob Wills without even knowing it. Chomping down on his cigar, Wills and his legacy strut around the stage of musical history, rarely taking the lead but now and then giving a holler of approval.
Keeping Some Dirt Under the Grass: John Hartford and the Roots of Newgrass | 1 Nov 2009 // 3:00 PM
At a time when country music was shining like a new dime, John Hartford and his collaborators were digging into old time music to find something new.
Kris Kristofferson: Leonard Cohen-esque | 30 Sep 2009 // 5:00 PM
Kristofferson at times evokes Leonard Cohen, with a voice that pulls the listener into the depths of darkened barrooms, whether to share a sob story or a bit of tongue-in-cheek sagacity. His 20th album is out soon.
Secret Identity Crisis by Matthew J. Costello | 28 Jul 2009 // 4:59 PM
In a move fairly common to comics scholarship, Costello at times overstates the case for superhero comics as a product of their times rather than a product of a particular individual’s creative choices.
Frankly, My Dear by Molly Haskell | 22 Jul 2009 // 4:59 PM
Alas, this does little to ease a skeptic’s misgivings about a film whose scope and beauty at times feel like a Technicolor gloss on one of the darkest periods in American history.