The US Postal Service, desperate to stop 15 years of bleeding caused by email and private competitors, announced that it will soon feature living people on stamps (the post office has long had a policy of placing only the dead on postage).
Of interest to this column, the USPS will consider featuring musicians on postage and even allow the public to vote on who gets to appear.
We fully expect established acts like Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder to make the final cut. We think that's a shame. Today we suggest ten performers that are way more fitting to occupy the upper-right corner of all the collection notices and 2-for-1 car wash coupons we get just about every day.More »
Rock bios have been increasing in number lately, but few are as
enjoyable as McKagan's. While Duff is candid about his addictions and the collapse of the classic Guns n' Roses lineup, he eschews an easy tabloid approach and aims instead for the big picture, giving as much
attention to his early life in Seattle and more recent events like his
1999 marriage, his enrollment at the University of Seattle's business school, and his training in martial arts.
Coupled with his thrilling rise in the 80s and gory drug-related fall in the 90s, the details of Duff's eventual physical and spiritual rebound make for an intense and satisfying read (check out an excerpt here). It's So Easy also
reveals McKagan to be a grateful and personable guy whom you've
seemingly known your entire life.
There's a reason that "Something is always going on" is the mantra of cops and not entertainment writers. There are days where no matter the locale, little of interest is happening. Those are the days when we dig into the stack of press releases that we ordinarily use as emergency Kleenex or chew on when the communal peanut dish is empty.
Case in point: On October 15, the Honda Center hosts The Lord of the Rings: In Concert. What's a LOTR concert all about? Basically, they're going to project The Fellowship of The Ring onto a humongous screen while an orchestra of 200 performs the movie's score (visit the tour website for details).
Our first response was a slight gagging sound, a jerking-off hand motion, and a flurry of put-downs, since this is the kind of event we delight in eviscerating, this marriage of kitsch and geek.
UPDATE, Sept. 7, 9:44 a.m.: And what do you know, there's a 20th anniversary edition of Pocket Full of Kryptonite that features the album "as you remember it."
Original post, Sept. 6, 10:36 a.m.: Nostalgia for the 1990s has been surging lately, spurred, as nostalgia often is, by a yearning by simple people for simpler times.
Last week, Rolling Stone blew the trend to noxious proportions with a story on the 20th anniversary of Pocket Full of Kryptonite, the debut album by the Spin Doctors.More »
Buzzell returns this month with Lost in America: A Dead End Journey, an account of his cross-country voyage in a problematic 1965 Mercury Comet. Although the book began as an effort to retrace Jack Kerouac's trip from On the Road, Buzzell flipped the assignment on its head by driving from the West Coast into America's midsection.More »
You know the rules. An insult has been hurled, feelings have been bruised, and now a challenge has been issued - a fistfight will be going down after school on the playground, between the jungle gym and the swings.More »
Cover songs tend to fall into one of two categories: Respectful treatments of canonical works (think Dave Grohl's recent performance of "Maybe I'm Amazed") or punk versions of Top 40 hits that are done less to honor an original than to poke it in the eye. Weaned on this tradition, we were taken aback recently by the songwriter Jeremy Lee Given's (above) sincere cover of Sugar Ray's "Someday."
As just about anyone can tell you, "Someday" is a 1999 ballad that haunts the playlists of chain restaurants and grandpa-friendly radio stations, making it ripe for a sneering, mocking, high-speed punk rock or metal cover.More »
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