A few minutes with the suddenly ubiquitous Ray McKinnon

October 25, 2011

Ray’s a neighbor. And a beloved one. By Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Fla. — You can’t take a seat in a movie theater this fall without getting a load of that tall, gangly, drawling Georgian Ray McKinnon. …

The latest SoLost: Hubba Bubba, King of Memphis Donk

October 25, 2011

From our friends at the Oxford American: Donk? What’s a donk? Where have you been, my friend? Where have you been? Clearly, not on the lot of Mr. Hubba Bubba’s House of Dubbs, where anyone who’s anyone in Memphis goes …

The lowdown on Tom Waits: Similes, conspiracies, the creative process and Bad as Me

October 25, 2011

Tom Waits – Bad As Me by antirecords By Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times PETALUMA, Calif. — Over the course of three hours of conversation at a roadside diner here called Pete’s Henny Penny, Tom Waits, the singer, …

Patrick Goldstein’s The Big Picture: Exhibitors clash with movie studios: Is this a war nobody can win?

October 24, 2011

By Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — After talking with a host of exhibitors and studio executives in the wake of Universal Pictures’ abortive attempt to make Tower Heist available via video on demand three weeks …

Beavis and Butt-head return to MTV

October 24, 2011

By Jen Chaney of the Washington Post When Beavis and Butt-head first arrived on MTV in 1993, the show’s adolescent humor and mockery of music videos felt fresh, admittedly puerile and even a little subversive. Making fun of pop culture, …

New York film critics reset awards clock

October 24, 2011

O.K., let me just say that in a perfect world we wouldn’t vote on the best movies of the year, we wouldn’t assign them grades and we wouldn’t offer thumbs up/thumbs down verdicts. Yet I can’t pretend I’m not interested …

Pete Seeger at the far end of life

October 24, 2011

By Chris Talbott of the Associated Press Tao Rodriguez-Seeger was halfway through Friday night’s march down Broadway to support the Occupy Wall Street movement, a guitar strapped over his shoulder and his grandfather Pete Seeger at his side. Suddenly a …

Don McLean, “American Pie” Redux

October 24, 2011

See my October 30, 2011 Critical Mass column for more. Don McLean interviewed by Gary Bryan on KRTH 101.1 FM (Los Angeles) by Philip Martin American Pie Podcast by Philip Martin

Monday Moby

October 24, 2011

By Hillary Kaylor Back to the soul-soaked, slide guitar, cowboy techno-pop drawing board. Wait, what? That’s not a thing! At least, it wasn’t, until Moby decided to invent it with “The Poison Tree,” an evolved take on his seminal emotive …

The trouble with the Cloud: If we can have everything, does it mean anything?

October 23, 2011

By Christopher Borrelli of the Chicago Tribune CHICAGO — Why did they call it “The Cloud”? Couldn’t they have chosen a better metaphor? Clouds burst. Clouds darken. Clouds disappear. But then, I have problem with The Cloud — with that …