Still Rubbernecking after all those years.
Some albums don't grow old gracefully, because they were never graceful to begin with. The Toadies' Rubberneck is rude, blasphemous, unstable, cathartic and possibly murderous, but graceful it is not. One of the angriest rock albums to be released by a Texas artist in the '90s, it is also (arguably) ... More >>
This is a story about the sometimes roundabout ways we encounter new music. It's also about expectations: why we make them and how we adapt, often for the better, when they aren't fully realized. I'll start there. TMI alert: I like to read in the restroom. I planned to spend a few minutes "reading" ... More >>
Last week, the major political story was Bridgegate, shorthand for the revelation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top political aides, along with his high school buddy at the Port Authority, intentionally created traffic interruptions for commuters from Fort Lee, New Jersey because their m ... More >>
The news media has been rapt lately with stories of an alleged game by young men called the "Knockout Game," in which participants choose an unwitting victim on the street and attempt to knock him out with a single punch. Jon Stewart summed up the media frenzy with his usual deft touch on the Daily ... More >>
As I have noted in the past, Rick Perry is on a mission, a mission to steal, er, lure, er, convince companies to move to Texas where we have the alleged best business climate in America. Perry has visited six states -- California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri and New York -- which all h ... More >>
The Daily Show has tackled the tackling of an apparently growing problem -- kids don't like cafeteria food. As TDS points out, in terms of complaints this isn't exactly new -- kids have been turning up their noses at cafeteria food for as long as there have been noses to turn up and cafeteria food ... More >>
From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.
Rick Perry is right: America can learn from Texas. He's just wrong about what the lesson is.
mysanantonio.comGig 'em!Once again, Texas is front and center on the national political stage, our spokesman an almost cartoon-like embodiment of every Lone Star stereotype: Fast-talkin', gun-lovin', bible-thumpin', boot-wearin', oil-worshipping, death penalty happy, larger-than-life right-wi ... More >>
"I got dirt on you, doggy!" Pac and Biggie... Nas and Jigga... Bill O'Reilly and every rapper who has had some commercial success. You can't exclude O'Reilly from battle rap, he is a heavy-hitting contender in the hip-hop arena. Remember when he insisted that people boycott Pepsi products be ... More >>
Five linked sketches look at life's "losing season."
Ladies and gentlemen, your Dancing With the Stars 11th runner-up.I guess someone got tired of playing third fiddle to Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly: While setting up a segment on President Obama's recent telephone call to Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles (wherein the pres ... More >>
Jingle bells, jingle bells, Obama is HitlerFriday night at Rice Village, as shoppers strolled the area of shops and restaurants, they were greeted by a group of people assembling at the corner of University and Kelvin for what most onlookers thought would be the usual holiday offerings of "O ... More >>
Leo Berman: Probably not a big Jon Stewart fanTexas, we have our birther bill!! Thanks to Rep. Leo Berman of the Panhandle Tyler, the Texas legislature will take up a bill saying no one can be on the ballot in Texas for president (or vice-president! All bases covered!!) unless they present t ... More >>
Stweart, Perry: Adios, mofoIn the wake of his big victory, Governor Rick Perry immediately focused like a laser beam on the state's massive budget gap. Or maybe he went on a book tour.In a series of interviews in which the cloying coyness about 2012 will be palpable, Perry is headed to the East C ... More >>
OTOH, maybe the fix isn't inAs hard as it might be to believe, every Super Bowl since 1996 has been fixed. No, not fixed by gamblers or players trying to throw the game. But instead fixed by the NFL. Sure it sounds a bit far-fetched, but that's the allegation made by Brian Tuohy in his book, The ... More >>
Not one of oursLook, Houston has enough troubles with this oil-spill thing: BP has its American office here, everyone automatically defaults to thinking of us as pollution-happy, regulation-ignoring money-grubbers, and, you know, we are home to a whole lot of energy companies who probably just as ... More >>
Marco Torres Houston, you don't get a spectacle like this but maybe once a year. Last October we had U2 with the Claw inside Reliant Stadium, putting on a show that literally had the building shaking with spirit and goodwill. Sunday night at Eleanor Tinsley Park, the Flaming Lips closed the secon ... More >>
Something about the idea of Sarah Vowell, that This American Life star, regular NPR contributor, droll historian, frequent Jon Stewart foil, voice of Violet of The Incredibles and all around Person Who White People Like coming to Beaumont was utterly irresistible.It seemed like the exact inverse ... More >>
Fare thee well, Conando.About two weeks before I graduated from college, my best friend got out of the poisonous relationship he'd been in for five years. He was ecstatic at the possibilities before him, and those final moments of school held for him a wonder and freedom he didn't even know h ... More >>
Photo by Barry Gray “This isn’t an Eagles concert,” my dad, no spring chicken himself, told me when I met him in front of Toyota Center Tuesday evening. “It’s an AARP convention.” As Gomer Pyle used to say, suh-prise, suh-prise, suh-prise. It’s not like I expected anything different, ... More >>
John Flansburgh discusses the duo's career
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Nancy Ford: a journalist and comedian committed to gay causes
Michelle Ellsworth's ED will save your id
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Silver City plants a shrub where it wants to dig up a Bush
The left, turning right, was plain wrong to attack pop culture
But just think, no one hates TV more than Trent Lott
A decade after Vanilla Ice melted down, he's back with the man who made him
A venomous troll and a poofy rhino fight for children's affection in Death to Smoochy
Jay and Silent Bob feeds the addictions of Kevin Smith junkies
American Pie 2 is sweet trash that turns out to be surprisingly filling
Ohmigod! Five seasons in, South Park's the funniest show on TV.
TV managed to suck and blow in 2000, but still, we watched...and watched
July 16 - 22, 1998
Like, wow: Half Baked proves to be half-witted