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John Nova Lomax

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    29-95 Releases Another Dive Bar-Free List of Dive Bars

    Three years ago, the Houston Chronicle released a pretty much dive bar-free list of 20 dive bars, and now their scrappy little sibling 29-95 has inflicted a similarly hapless collection of ten of the same. On the 29-95 list: Rudyard's, Boondocks, Warren's, Poison Girl, Catbirds, the Continental Clu ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Rocky Hill: Ballad of a Lone Star Legend

    The late Rocky Hill was a handful. Even his widow, Joy, told the small but attentive Saturday-afternoon crowd celebrating the (very) belated release of Hill's album Lone Star Legend at Cactus Music's Record Ranch that being his bride was "like being married to a tornado." Hill was a man of tremendo ... More >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Comment of the Day: De-Funkification Edition

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

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    October 25, 2011

    Six Of Houston's Creepiest Places, In Honor Of Halloween

    Halloween always brings with it a bunch of temporary "haunted houses" designed to be creepy and scary. That's all well and good, but there's no need to pay good money to be creeped out. Houston offers several locations that can send a chill down your spine, especially on a lonely night. And they're ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Comment of the Day: James Edwin Durham

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Penis Envy

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • News

    November 11, 2010

    Bluefinger: The Bald Truth

    Our Art Attack blogger on the slippery role of editor/actor.

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    October 12, 2010

    Our John Nova Lomax Explains The Wilting Of The Richmond Strip To TV Viewers

     Channel 39 did a recent piece on whatever happened to the Richmond Strip, and turned for expert advice to our own John Nova Lomax. Includes exciting footage of Lomax preparing to type.

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    August 11, 2010

    Diving Into Houston's Best Dive Bars

    ​Although the number of "true" dive bars is shrinking by the day, that didn't stop our own John Nova Lomax from tracking down the best ones left in the city and covering them in last October's feature story, "Dive Bars: A Handcrafted Tour of the Best, Most Obscure Places to Lean on a Stool in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Forchuns Tolled

    Photo by John Nova Lomax​We spotted this beautifully painted sign outside a Flower Alley fortune teller's house. There should probably be an asterisk after that bottom claim. With four of 15 words misspelled, this seer is clearly in no position to offer "advise" on every "aspec" of life.

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    July 24, 2009

    Houston 101: The Smallest Cemetary, Right Next To The Tire Store

     Way out Long Point, at the corner of Pech Road in the heart of greater Spring Branch, there stands one of the most surreal sights in a city full of them: a tiny Old German cemetery tucked in the corner of a Bridgestone mechanic's shop. For over 100 years, 80 of the surrounding acres belong ... More >>

  • News

    June 11, 2009

    Mack Brown vs. Iraq & John Lomax vs. a Metro bus

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

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    June 2, 2009

    The Most Dangerous Game: Man Vs. Metro

    Photo by Mike GiglioLomax, keeping to his strict warm-up regimen for the big raceIt was to be the ultimate contest between man and machine. Hair Balls announced in earnest at this afternoon's staff meeting its plans to sample the new 402 Quickline Bellaire, which was unveiled by Metro on Friday ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    August 19, 2008

    The Waterways of Harris County

    That ours is a city of many gas stations, nail salons, cell phone boutiques, and chain drug stores is well known to even the most casual of Houston explorers, be they afoot or aboard an automobile. Other aspects are revealed only to the most dedicated of adventurers, a category in which, if I may b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    Gone To Join The Choir Invisible

    Read the Houston Chronicle’s death notices long enough, and you’ll realize there are more than 1,000 ways to die. Not physical causes of death, mind you: we’re talking about hundreds and hundreds of manners in which to euphemistically describe the act of dying. While most are said to have sim ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008
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    July 16, 2008

    Banking Disaster -- Texas Style

    The real reason banks are on the verge of collapse: As you might imagine, this little mishap did, of course, occur here in Texas. The East Texas town of Center, to be exact. It's only the second-most redneck scene we've been privy to in this week's trawling of the 'net, first being the photo afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    There’s a New Sheriff in Town

    Today, for the first time since March 2001, the Press has a new Music Editor. Me. John Nova Lomax leaves some mighty big Crocs to fill, but luckily he’s not going far – just the other side of the deadline fence as the Press’ newest staff writer. I should also add that as of right now, I am loo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Listen Up: K-Rino's "Holla at Me"

    Here’s a new video from K-Rino. Great song and video. This guy is on a whole other level, and it’s a shame he didn’t get more shine in the big H-Town rap boom of 2005. Hell, after 20 years of steady, even expanding genius, I think they should put a statue of the man on the corner of M.L.K. and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    New Video for Pale's "Glowing Black"

    Here’s a new video for the song “Glowing Black” from local rockers Pale. The Edge-like chime of the guitars, Stephen Morris-esque high-hat hiss and four-on-the-floor kick-drum beat and cinematography are all very 1985, but that seems to be the hip retro year right now.

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    April 10, 2008
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    April 3, 2008

    Mp3: Nosaprise's "Grown Folks Music"

    Here's the title track of London/Houston underground MC/guitarist Nosaprise's CD, which will be released on Speakerboxx night at the Mink on April 27. You can’t go wrong with “I Was Made to Love Her,” one of the most infectious singles in American history. It provides a good balmy backdrop f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    MP3: Jackie Wilson and Laverne Baker, Like You’ve Never Heard Them Before

    The official version of “Think Twice” barely dented the pop charts in 1966, though it was something more of an R&B hit. This NSFW version, recorded just for fun at the end of a recording session, was never even released. And given that the two of them sing about cocaine, reefer, cunnilingus an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    A New and Improved Houstoned Rocks

    We’re changing the way we do things around here. For one thing, I will be posting at least once a day, maybe more. I will also strive to make this as local as possible. To do so, I would greatly appreciate your help. As always, we welcome your mp3s. Please send them to me at john.lomax@houstonp ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2008
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    March 20, 2008

    Sole of Houston: Hey, Look Over There

    Just a quick note to steer Sole readers over to David Beebe’s belated if totally awesome write-ups of the Broadway / Harrisburg jaunt here and here. – John Nova Lomax

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    February 14, 2008

    Accidents Will Happen? Did Apnea and Drank Really Kill Pimp C?

    If the verdict from Pimp C’s autopsy leaves you with more questions than answers you are not alone. Matt Sonzala still has his doubts. He writes: “Two months later, on Feb. 4, the L.A. County Coroner's Office concluded that Pimp C's death was the result of sleep apnea combined with prescriptio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Poll Positions: Pazz and Jop, and Country Too

    If you are not yet quite sick of critics' polls, two of the biggest and best are out at our sister papers. The venerable Pazz and Jop poll is up at the Village Voice, while the less venerable, more focused country music list is up on the Nashville Scene's site. -- John Nova Lomax

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2007

    O Unholy Strife: The Worst Christmas Carol Ever

    Some songs start off bad and get pretty good. Others start well and fizzle. This apparently unreleased version of “O Holy Night” we found on the Web starts badly, and ascends farther and farther into ever more inglorious strata of crapulosity. Yes, I fell on my knees, but not because I was he ... More >>

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    December 4, 2007

    This Just In: Pimp C Found Dead in a Sunset Strip Hotel

    And the hits keep fucking coming. According to this TMZ report, Pimp C was found dead in his bed in a Sunset Strip hotel room this morning. The rapper, born Chad Butler, had just performed with Too Short at the LA House of Blues last Saturday. Watch this space for details as they come. The jock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007

    The Record Ranch Looks at the Dead, While Cactus Music and Video Comes Back from It

    Looking for something to do with your Day of the Dead evening tomorrow night? Come on out to new art gallery The Record Ranch – 2110 Portsmouth in Shepherd Plaza – and feast your eyes on portraits of dead rock stars by Flamin’ Hellcats drummer Carlos Hernandez. And while you’re there, enjoy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007

    Blind Bird on a Corner, Begging for a Cracker...

    Happy Thursday, everybody! Here is a Brazilian parrot that has learned how to whistle the blues. -- John Nova Lomax

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    October 5, 2007

    Snakes in a Church!

    Alright, children of God, it’s Friiiii-dayyyyy! For some footage of the way we celebrate the end of the week down here at the Press office, click the link. (For those of you who have never met me, I’m the spin-dancin’ dude, rockin’ the vest, ruffled shirt and white patent-leather shoes.) ... More >>

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    September 19, 2007

    The Secrets of Houston Radio Station Call Letters, Revealed

    Did you know that most of the call letters for Houston’s radio stations are acronyms for hidden meanings? I knew a few were, but I sure didn’t know all of them. Luckily, Wikipedia does and here’s a sampling of the better ones, along with a couple of the worst. – John Nova Lomax

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    August 29, 2007

    So That's Where It Was Hiding...

    This Just In: University of Minnesota astronomers have detected Houston commercial radio… ‘Cause I can’t come up with any better way to describe it than “an expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness.” – John Nova Lomax

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    August 23, 2007

    Now Hiring. No Age Requirement.

    Got a degree in music business, record industry experience, excellent penmanship, a familiarity with Texas Department of Criminal Justice mailing regulations, and the desire to work full-time for peanuts? A certain incarcerated local rapper wants you! -- John Nova Lomax

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    August 23, 2007

    Looks Like Big Daddy Kane Was Right

    Think the life of an old-school G from South Park is easy? Think again. After all, if you can’t even sit down and mack down on a plate of tacos con carne at the South Main Ruchi’s without Joey Greco and the Cheaters crew bustin’ in on you, what can you do? – John Nova Lomax

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    The Return of "Trapped in the Closet"

    As most of you perverts and trainwreck-spotters already know, R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” chapters 13-22 dropped today. Some of you, like me, might be in need of a refresher. Allow me to direct your attention to Dr David Thorpe’s Cliff’s Notes version of the preceding chapters. – ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 2, 2007

    Blue October

    Mood rockers are racking up the hits

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    This Just In: We Are Doomed

    So Rascall Flatts has recorded the Beatles “Revolution.” It’s available as an iTunes exclusive – I read that it was supposed to be free, which is much too expensive, but I could only find it for sale there for the normal price of 99 cents.

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    June 7, 2007
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    April 3, 2007

    The Shepherd Stroll

    Although I was more or less familiar with every stretch of Shepherd Drive, I didn't know its headwaters up by I-45 and Veterans Memorial very well at all. I had a vague idea that there were a bunch of junkyards up there — but the farthest north I tend to venture up in that direction is the Sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2007

    Why Must I Cry?

    Why must I cry? Tell me. Why must I cry why must I cry why must I cryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? Find out when you watch the video. You'll also find out what happens when Biz Markie is reborn as Akon and drinks a gallon of transmission fluid before jumping in the shower and starting to weep. -- John N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2006

    The Sole Man Wants You

    Lomax walks the line. Will you? (C'mon, the weather's nice.) In the aftermath of my "Sole of Houston" article, in which yours truly and Geoffrey "Uncle Tick" Mueller walked the entire length of Westheimer, I've received some interesting mail. None more so than this, which was sent to our home add ... More >>

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    April 20, 2006
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    September 15, 2005
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    May 12, 2005
  • Music

    March 29, 2001

    Meet the New Boss

    John Nova Lomax

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