The other Elvis’ National Ransom

October 31, 2010

I’m reviewing Elvis Costello’s new album, National Ransom for next Sunday’s Style section. It’s right in my wheelhouse, it’s out Tuesday, you might like it too.

Viva Elvis

October 31, 2010

I’m not sure we ought to waste much time wondering what Elvis Presley would make of the latest addition to his discography, Viva Elvis: The Album, a recombinant art project assembled by Erich van Tourneau, who uses thousands of samples …

Nothing Left But the Pictures

October 31, 2010

The Moving Finger Writes Reads: BDA Legion of Doom member Paul Bowen reads his story “Nothing Left But the Pictures” as part of the Tales From the South radio program. (Recorded at Starving Artists Cafe in Argenta.) Stick with it, …

Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection

October 31, 2010

Below there’s a couple of clips from this seven-DVD collection (available November 2, suggested retail price $79.98). The set contains over more than 14 hours of concert and TV appearances from the 1950s through the ’80s, including four previously unreleased …

Hamlet at the Rep

October 31, 2010

In today’s Perspective column, I’m writing about Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which I’m beginning to realize is my favorite of Shakspeare’s plays. The production that opened last night at the Arkansas Rep, with Fort Smith native Avery Clark in the lead role, …

My Mickey Mantle story

October 30, 2010

We’re having techinical difficulties that preventing me from uploading any media. I hope to get that corrected soon. But in the meantime, I’m reading Jane Leavy’s new biography of Mickey Mantle, The Last Boy. I’ll probably review it in this …

DJC on Saw 3D

October 29, 2010

Alright, I didn’t see Saw 3D. But Legion of Doom member Danny-Joe Crofford did. He sends this dispatch: ”Okay, for the last seven years, we have always been able to count on a new film opening on Halloween weekend and …

Grouplove: “Colors” (free track)

October 29, 2010

Los Angeles-based band Grouplove, who will release an eponymous debut EP in January, have acquired quite a buzz. NME called the one of the “Top 10 Best New Bands of 2010.” Here’s a download of their first single, Colours And …

Rocky Horror at Market Street (and on DVD)

October 29, 2010

Tonight, Saturday and Sunday, Matt Smith’s Market Street Cinema is holding its 10th Annual Halloween Screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and costume contest. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include a …

“Jeffrey Lee Pierce” by OFF! (Free track)

October 29, 2010

Comprised of former members of 1980s hardcore stalwarts Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Rocket From The Crypt OFF! is an unreconstructed throwback. Here Keith Morris sings an eulogy to The Gun Club frontman who died of a brain hemorrhage in …