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Monday, August 21 2006

Top Ten Tight-Arse Tricks: Saving Money on Tour by The Grates

For frequent flyers, especially musicians, the expense of travel can often be a real strain. To help their fellows, the Grates offer these ten favorite tips for saving cash on the road without risking jail time.


Friday, August 18 2006

CBS Radio Mystery Theater

Spinning the dial and turning back the clock, Bill Gibron travels back in time to nights bathed in darkness and pierced by the crackle of static. Emerging from the speakers, voices beckon our traveler to reflect back on ghostly images of time gone by, revived and resuscitated like the radio drama format itself, and inexorably tied to the long moment-out-of-time that was .


Tuesday, August 15 2006

More Than a Mouthful

The proliferation of food pornography threatens to overwhelm one of our most fundamental pleasures.


Wednesday, July 26 2006

Defacing Wikipedia

As a free fount of altruistically supplied information, the ever-growing online encyclopedia is a researcher's boon and a model for aggregating the collective knowledge of the human species. So how come all I want to do is vandalize it?


Defacing Wikipedia

As a free fount of altruistically supplied information, the ever-growing online encyclopedia is a researcher's boon and a model for aggregating the collective knowledge of the human species. So how come all I want to do is vandalize it?


Friday, July 21 2006

Sid Meir’s Pirates!

In contrast to the the infamy surrounding its more contemporaneous descendents, G. Christopher Williams explores the past of the free-roaming criminal video game in its more swashbuckling origins, noting that Pirates! not only made history, but that history made the game less unsettling without losing the fun. Avast, maties!


Everything I Needed to Know About Journalism, I Learned from Jayson Blair

Budding journalist Matt L. Perrone recounts his real-life run-ins with Jayson Blair and Wolf Blitzer in an exploration of the cruel realities of his craft.


Thursday, July 6 2006

We Can Rebuild Him: Bionic Commando

Open-ended gameplay, environmental interactivity, bionic arms, and exploding Nazis... on the Nintendo Entertainment System? Mike Schiller explains why the old-school classic Bionic Commando had it all.


Wednesday, June 14 2006

Madison Park Is Into Farm Animals

Madison Park's DeAnna Cool takes her spot on the soapbox to defend herself for her perfectly natural love of farm animals.


Wednesday, June 7 2006

Marykate O’Neil’s Personal List

Singer-songwriter Marykate O'Neil lists in no particular order the things that enrich her life, from the sick day strolls through New York City to the whimsy of '50s TV to the Flowbee. It's all far out, daddy-o.


Wednesday, May 31 2006

Talking Heads’ Remain in Light A-side

Lotus - Jesse Miller of the band Lotus explains how just three songs from the past, namely the A-side to the seminal Talking Heads album Remain in Light, could survive years of genre-shifting tastes and still reveal answers to current questions about the marriage of rock and dance music.


Thursday, May 18 2006

Bros Before Hos

Is Duke's lacrosse team an anomaly? The sordid fraternity house parties on the Internet porn site College Fuck Fest may be fake, but the masculine triumphalism on display seems all too real.


Monday, May 8 2006

The Necks’ Sex

In an hour-long marathon session, Adams revels in the intricacies and slowly building intensities of Sex.


Monday, March 20 2006

Music Day 4: Country Legends and Fisticuffs

Sovvie comes ashore and the whole damn thing finally ends.


Film Days 6 and 7: Dreams for Insomniacs

We bid a fond farewell to the cultured madness of SXSW Film 2006, as the barbarian hordes of the music festival descend to have their way with Austin.


Music Day 4: Goodbye, Inescapable Crowdedness

Musings on men in stockings, acoustic tribulations, and ecclesiastic showcases punctuate the last day of the festival.


Sunday, March 19 2006

Music Day 3: Hangovers and Hip-Hop, They Don’t Stop

West Coast rappers bring the noise and Japan brings out the devil-horned rawk.


Music Day 3: It Ain’t Easy Being Green

Further adventures in Austin's bustling nightlife yields run-ins with Dap Kings, Zutons, and singing dogs.


Saturday, March 18 2006

Music Day 2: Apologies and Local Diversions

When the overwhelming hype of the festival begins turning up underwhelming leads, it's important to get a little perspective from some of the city's fringe events.


Music Day 2: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

The second day of music madness is marked by mushrooming crowds, humidity, and an eclectic array of performers big and small.


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