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18 Sep 2007 // 9:59 PM

All-Time Best Songs 40-21

Here's a tribute to all of those artists and the many others who shaped country music -- a list of the 100 best country songs of all time. Today: 60-41... Check all this week for the rest of the countdown.

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The Search for Food that Never Lies

For his book, Southern Belly, John T. Edge, a native of Georgia, traveled through 12 states, visiting restaurant and cafés throughout his journey and compiling descriptions of over 200 recommended venues.

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17 Sep 2007 // 10:00 PM

Celebrating Bogie

Film historian Richard Schickel fails to pay tribute to Bogie in a recent book. PopMatters' John Carvill takes matters into his own hands.

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17 Sep 2007 // 9:59 PM

All-Time Best Songs 60-41

Here's a tribute to all of those artists and the many others who shaped country music -- a list of the 100 best country songs of all time. Today: 60-41... Check all this week for the rest of the countdown.

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17 Sep 2007 // 9:42 PM

During the Deluge

A crowd of bideshi (foreign kin) stood on the roof and watched Star Kebab burn, and the riot squad shamble in, and the sky fill with black-blue smoke.

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“They Can’t Write You and Me”: An Intimate Chat with Kevin Drew

The Broken Social Scene founder has made his own bed, but just because he's lying in it doesn't mean he can sleep.

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16 Sep 2007 // 9:58 PM

All-Time Best Songs 80-61

Here's a tribute to all of those artists and the many others who shaped country music -- a list of the 100 best country songs of all time. Today: 80-61... Check all this week for the rest of the countdown.

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16 Sep 2007 // 9:42 PM

Mass-Debating: A Better Method

A Presidential Spelling Bee is the perfect forum for a pre-primary debate. Which candidate can overcome a grueling series of 11-letter words and be crowned the champion, and which will insist there are two 'u's in nuclear?

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Beware the Kraken from the Deep

Giant eyes, rows of large teeth, and emitting a nasty stench, amorphous, ugly, enormous, and ravenously hungry, the kraken is the perfect antagonist, and makes many appearances in film and literature.

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13 Sep 2007 // 9:42 PM

China’s Generation Gap

Directors Zhang Yimou and Jia Zhangke's differences aren't just commercial, nor even merely stylistic: as '5th' and '6th' generation filmmakers, respectively, their competing visions are about national representation -- and what can stand up against Hollywood popularity.

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The Brutal Truth at Last: An Interview with Reid Paley

One of America's best -- and most underrated -- songwriters talks about life, liquor, Pittsburgh, and what it's like to write songs with Frank Black.

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Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are - Whether You Want to or Not

The decision to come out is a personal one, except when your words and actions forfeit your right to a closeted life.

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The Practice Makes Perfect—Well, Almost

What do you call four lawyers, a secretary, and a couple of prosecutors? I call it the best thing since Clarence Darrow.

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12 Sep 2007 // 9:41 PM

All-Time Best Songs 100-81

Here's a tribute to all of those artists and the many others who shaped country music -- a list of the 100 best country songs of all time. Today: 100-81... Check back next week for the rest of the countdown.

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MTV Killed the Video Star: The MTV Video Music Awards

The overall effect from watching this year's MTV VMAs was club drug vertigo -- but with none of the fun of the club or the drugs.

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Come fa ridere: The Geography of Italian Humor

No kidding, Italians are notorious for their regional rivalries, even when it comes to humor.

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Reg King: Reg King

One of the great lost '60s pop and soul also-rans, Reg King's only solo album is a murky snapshot of the dissolution of musical promise as an industry rolled on by, but remains a rawly emotional experience.

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10 Sep 2007 // 9:42 PM

Many Happy Returns

A little personal, not to mention disturbingly vivid, is par for the course for Today is the Day's music, but when Steve Austin's music is as strong and eclectic as this stack of five discs is, we’ll take anything he’s willing to toss our way.

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Still Howling: An Interview With Neil Michael Hagerty

From the diesel-fueled abandon of Pussy Galore through the trance inducing blues-rock of Royal Trux to Howling Hex, Neil Michael Hagerty has plumbed the mind-changing properties of psychedelic repetition.

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The Comebacks, The Cut-Ups, and All Cut Too Short: The 2007 VMAs

Isn't it ironic how the 2007 installment of MTV's celebration of music videos was, in fact, a telling death knell for music videos?

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Can Video Game Mechanics Be “Trashy”?

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"Speed is the pornography of video games. Like adding skin to a film, adding speed to a game isn't usually about making the game a more thoughtful experience. It is about exciting its audience's instincts on the most visceral level possible.

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