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FOODIE: Zen & The Art Of Grilled Cheese Making

April 28th, 2016

GrilledCheese

 

BY
CHARLIE TAYLOR

  1. First you need the following: bread – preferably the honey wheat sesame from Baker’s Street in Chestnut Hill; cheese – not the Kraft singles junk that most likely would survive a nuclear bomb; butter – not margarine (obvious). Also mix in according to emotional relevance – memories of family, friends, and gooey delectableness.

You first entered my life when I was young. It was most likely during an afternoon with my grandmother and grandfather. You were carried to my smiling face with a glass of cold chocolate milk. Together, with an episode of Scooby Doo, we grew exponentially in friendship. You attained emotional significance that day. Every play date since then you have blessed me with your presence, I’m reminded of Saturdays in the spring, watching Tiger play in the Masters, or the Phillies playing the Yankees.

  1. Place pan in pan on stove, and heat butter in order to keep the sandwich from getting stuck on pan – as I learned on one of my first attempts. Heat butter at a low temperature so the butter serves its purpose and doesn’t burn away – Mom reminds me of this a lot. Once ingredients are set out and butter is in pan, find a good cooking CD. I recommend Tom Waits’ Closing Time or Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book.

Sundays have been your day for as long as I can remember. Sitting in mass, falling asleep during the homily and struggling not to sneeze only makes me want you even more. Car rides home are upbeat, with a whole day ahead of me, one that will be spent with soccer, the lawnmower, the pool, and, inevitably, you. Mom asks, “Can I get you guys something for lunch?” Peter and I smile, already having chosen our lunch hours in advance. “Grilled cheese would be great!”, we respond. Occasionally, ham will be thrown in, but most days, cheese does the trick by itself. Peter always eats two, while I stick with one. Soon enough, Mom’s making Dad and Liv grilled cheese. It’s more than a lunch, it’s a seminal family tradition, like “The Stable” – put up at Christmas every year, a gift from my father’s aunt – or trips down into Chester to watch the Union play – which means two hypercritical boys groan about lineups and tactics, while the rest of the family laughs at them. After all, if John Hackworth and Jim Curtin can coach the Union for four years, then I can deservedly complain for at least another 3 years, or until they make the playoffs. But, back to grilled cheese, a family tradition that’s a toast to consistent excellence.

  1. Place bread on stove. Use two pieces of cheese or maybe three if you are really trying to be spontaneous. Under special circumstances – after two o’clock on either Saturday or Sunday very early mornings – it is socially acceptable to add bacon. Just remember to be active the next day. I recommend racquetball. Place cheese on bread. Try not to get too distracted by the people around you and instead focus on the making of a masterpiece. Cook till slightly brown on bottom and then flip.

This year, you joined me at college. Except finally I was making you. Even though the quality is not that of my grandmother’s or mom’s – definitely owes to the cheese – I’m convinced that Kraft singles will be the currency (along with Spam) in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world (Trying to trade for some wood and kindling? Throw in some Kraft singles!) – very few things are as pleasurable as a late night grilled cheese (other things as pleasurable: sitting down, The Beach Boys, Saturday mornings, Christmas, and waking up on the first day of summer). Now, I can make you whenever – assuming someone has washed the dishes – and I basically treat you like currency, selling you to my roommates for games of FIFA and Coca Cola.
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NPR 4 THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When U Can’t

April 27th, 2016

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Illustration by TORREN THOMAS

FRESH AIR: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the drummer and leader of The Tonight Show’s house band The Roots, says he’s obsessed with the creative process. His new book, somethingtofoodabout, is a collection of his interviews with chefs about how art and creativity apply to their preparation and presentation of food. Speaking with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross in front of an audience in Philadelphia, Questlove likens some of the meals he’s eaten to ephemeral works of art. “Maybe I did have the equivalent of a Mona Lisa when I went to Jiro’s restaurant in Japan,” he says. “But now there is no evidence of that. You only have my story to tell you.” Instead of re-creating the “magic” of a perfect meal, Questlove’s book is an attempt to capture the process that brought the meal into existence. “I always say that I’m more obsessed with the journey of getting there than the destination,” he says. Questlove’s own journey began in Philadelphia, where his father, the late Lee Andrews, headed up the doo-wop group Lee Andrews and the Hearts. In addition to his father, Questlove points to Prince as another big influence. Questlove says that when he first met the rock icon, he was both intimidated by him and surprised that Prince was familiar with his work. “I don’t think I even said words the first time I met him,” he says. “I was just talking backwards … ‘How does he know I’m alive? How does he know I exist?'” MORE

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ARS POETICA: Leopold & Loeb X

April 27th, 2016

Leopold & Loeb Mugshots

 

BY
BLAZE ARCHER

AUTHOR’S NOTE: On May 21, 1924, Nathan Leopold, Jr., and Richard Loeb, two child prodigies poised to inherent their parents’ millions with the full promise of life ahead of them, killed a random fourteen year old boy. His name was Bobby Franks. To cover up the crime, they concocted a complicated ransom plot which failed. Loeb claimed he did this for the thrill of the kill: Leopold rationalized it as a way to become a Nietzschian superman. It was clear from psychiatric examination that Loeb held no regard for human life, either for others or his own, and would today be labeled a psychopath. Psychiatrists, however, noted Leopold had no criminal tendencies, and in fact had not committed any criminal acts until he had become romantically infatuated with Loeb. It was this infatuation which led him to crime: in exchange for sex, he vowed to do anything Loeb told him to do, be it criminal or otherwise. In writing this, I came to Leopold through my own life. We have comparable traumas, comparable sufferings, comparable inner torments. I consider his fate a possible fate of my own. According to Clarence Darrow, Leopold and Loeb’s defense attorney, it was their genetics and upbringing which caused this crime. If this were the case, I would be Leopold instead of the compassionate man that I am. I have no answers, and this 10-part poem — to be published one part per day for the next 10 days — has no explanation.

X

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PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb IV
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb V
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb VI
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb VII
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb VIII
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb IX

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INCOMING: Oliver Stone’s Snowden

April 27th, 2016

This looks promising. Can’t wait to find out how it ends! In theaters September 16th.

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IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN DELCO: Talking Bagpipes And Neck Tattoos With Delco Proper‘s Tim Butterly

April 27th, 2016

Delco Proper

 

BY CHARLIE TAYLOR Delco Proper is a web-based Comedy Central sitcom that satirizes the land down under Philadelphia known as Delaware County, aka Delco. It is a magical place full of angry white under-performing males, bearded and beer-filled, bumping heads in the pursuit of tiny dreams forever thwarted — imagine if the 700 level was a working class inner-ring suburb of Philly instead of the drunken fight club at the the upper reaches of long-gone Veteran’s Stadium. In short, it’s Trump country, which of course makes it ripe for satire.

The show was created and written by Delco residents John McKeever and Tommy Pope, who, along with comedian Tim Butterly [pictured, below right], portray a hapless triumvirate of low-rent suburban fail. McKeever plays John, a stubbly yutz who works at the family lumber yard. Pope plays a sex-obsessed moron named Tommy capable of scoring a triple double in his local softball league (ten hits, ten strikeouts, and ten beers) and Butterly is a deranged bear-like man-child named Izzi whose sole motivation for attending a friend’s funeral is to kick the ass of a nemesis he knows will be there. There will be blood, it’s just a question of when. During the viewing or during the wake? The first episode went live last summer, and three more episodes went live earlier this year.

Phawker was Delco Proper1lucky enough to talk with Tim Butterly about the origins of the show and the promising future of this online hit. In addition, Butterly talked with us about his favorite Philly stereotypes and the true beauty of Delaware County. Tonight at Milkboy, you can catch Butterly as he joins forces with Alex Pearlman, Sidney Gantt, Jon Delcollo and other local comedy luminaries for a night of comedy called Laughs On Philly: Unpasteurized.

PHAWKER: How do you explain Delaware County to people who didn’t grow up or live around Philadelphia or its surrounding counties?

TIM BUTTERLY: It’s a very family oriented place – for better or for worse. I guess the ‘for worse’ clause at the end of that explains it a little bit. It’s a working class place, where you kind of have to watch what you say because people still hold you accountable. I don’t know, I guess I’m alluding to the fact that there is still a threat of violence depending on how you act around people. It informs the way you treat people, whereas the younger types that move into Philadelphia, they are a little passive-aggressive, and Delaware County is just plain aggressive.

PHAWKER: Where exactly are you from in Delco?

TIM BUTTERLY: I am from Philly actually, the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, which is a very Delco area of Philly. We all put our sweat pants on one leg at a time and go buy breakfast at a gas station in the same way. We are still waiting for the gentrifiers to show up. So it is very similar. Tommy from the show, he is as Delco as it gets and the first time we hung out, our humor lined up perfectly because our upbringings were almost identical even though he’s from Delco and I’m from Delco East.

PHAWKER: Can you explain the premise of Delco Proper?delco-proper-600

TIM BUTTERLY: Sure, the premise of Delco Proper is that it’s about the type of fellas that grow up in a place like that. We get to play heightened versions of ourselves. We really want to show what people from our area are like. We write stories for them and we write from a place where these are the people that we actually care about. So as much as it looks like we are making fun of Delaware County, we are actually kind of celebrating Delaware County because this is what our families are like, everyone we have ever cared about – this is what they are like. We have basically written a story about John McKeever. He works at a family owned lumberyard and there’s endless potential for stories there. The main thing is that we just want these guys to live in a world that we know.

PHAWKER: How did you get hooked up with Comedy Central?

TIM BUTTERLY: The Comedy Central connection happened because John and Tommy spent years just making things for free and releasing them on YouTube. We had all been working together so long that the stuff got so good – I should rephrase that – we got so good at doing this that eventually someone was like, ‘Someone should pay these guys to do this.’ So it was only a matter of time before someone heard something. So from there, we got a meeting with Comedy Central and we pitched our lifestyle. Now, it’s on the verge of becoming a television show.

PHAWKER: Speaking of that, what are the upsides and downsides of being a web-only series?

TIM BUTTERLY: That’s a great question. The web-only thing is hard to explain to people. Young people get it and they watch most of the content on the Internet. But that’s not everybody. Our primary demographic is around 18 to 40 year old males, that’s a pretty wide age gap. Anyone over 35, they look at like you just told them that they could only watch it on frying pans. They have no idea what you are talking about.

Comedy Central just announced that they bought a pilot script for it for television. They just announced it two weeks ago so we can talk about it now. That’s our line now, that is was on the web but we always had this understanding that it was good enough for TV and we are getting closer to that opportunity.Milkboy Unpasteurized-01 -websized

PHAWKER: How do you walk the thin line between punching up and punching down, between being a biting social satirist and just making fun of poor uneducated people?

TIM BUTTERLY: I know at least internally I justify it as that is who I am, I’m not making fun of other people, I’m making fun of myself. I leave it up to the people watching it to decide if that is enough of an explanation for them. We aren’t punching down, we are punching ourselves here.

PHAWKER: Best type of humor. My final question: what is your favorite Philly stereotype to mock?

TIM BUTTERLY: I would go with sports radio caller. I think that’s an easy answer for me. They have this philosophy that covers their entire life and it’s almost like wringing out a rag. If you condensed their shit head philosophy, you have all the people calling about the Flyers on WIP.

PHAWKER: Absolutely, or the people that call onto Mike Missanelli’s show every week.

TIM BUTTERLY: “This is what I’ve been talking the whole time yo. They need to restructure the whole team, but not get rid of anybody because I like where these guys are going.”

PHAWKER: What can you tell me about Laughs On Philly: Unpasteurized?

TIM BUTTERLY: It’s just one of those awesome standup shows where I’ve been performing with all of these people for a long time so I don’t have to worry about any wieners being on the show and ruining it. I’m probably the weakest stand up on the entire thing. These are just good comics and I’m just some fat guy laughing at myself.

LAUGHS ON PHILLY UNPASTEURIZED 8 P.M. TONIGHT @ MILKBOY

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ENDORSEMENT: Bernie Sanders For President

April 26th, 2016

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It’s very simple, really. You can be part of the problem or you can be part of the solution. But you cannot be both. Bernie Sanders is the only responsible choice for president of the United States.*

PREVIOUSLY: Everything We’ve Ever Posted About Bernie Sanders

*For a more comprehensive endorsement, scroll through the several hundred Bernie Sanders-related tweets in our Twitter stream.

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THE PLAN: This Is What A Revolution Looks Like

April 26th, 2016

Bernie Plan

 

RELATED: Gerald Friedman, a respected economist (and Clinton supporter by the way) took a look at Sanders’ proposals, ran the revenue and spending numbers through a standard economic model, and suggested that the very high level of spending would provide a “significant stimulus to an economy that continues to underperform, with national income and employment at levels well below capacity.” This stimulus could lead to several positive economic outcomes, including increasing gross domestic product growth to 5.3 percent a year, cutting unemployment to 3.8 percent and increasing wages by 2.5 percent per year. This, combining with the revenue proposals, would bring a budget surplus. Friedman wrote:

Like the New Deal of the 1930s, Senator Sanders’ program is designed to do more than merely increase economic activity: the expenditure, regulatory, and tax programs will increase economic activity and employment and promote a more just prosperity, “broadly-based” with a narrowing of economic inequality.

On balance, the Sanders program will lead to a dramatic acceleration in economic growth and employment. It will raise wages, especially for the lowest-paid Americans, and narrow the gap between rich and poor. With these gains, economic conditions will return to the prosperity of the late-1990s, or even the mid-1960s.

Friedman’s analysis went largely under the radar of the mainstream press. MORE

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ARS POETICA: Leopold & Loeb IX

April 26th, 2016

Leopold & Loeb Mugshots

 

BY
BLAZE ARCHER

AUTHOR’S NOTE: On May 21, 1924, Nathan Leopold, Jr., and Richard Loeb, two child prodigies poised to inherent their parents’ millions with the full promise of life ahead of them, killed a random fourteen year old boy. His name was Bobby Franks. To cover up the crime, they concocted a complicated ransom plot which failed. Loeb claimed he did this for the thrill of the kill: Leopold rationalized it as a way to become a Nietzschian superman. It was clear from psychiatric examination that Loeb held no regard for human life, either for others or his own, and would today be labeled a psychopath. Psychiatrists, however, noted Leopold had no criminal tendencies, and in fact had not committed any criminal acts until he had become romantically infatuated with Loeb. It was this infatuation which led him to crime: in exchange for sex, he vowed to do anything Loeb told him to do, be it criminal or otherwise. In writing this, I came to Leopold through my own life. We have comparable traumas, comparable sufferings, comparable inner torments. I consider his fate a possible fate of my own. According to Clarence Darrow, Leopold and Loeb’s defense attorney, it was their genetics and upbringing which caused this crime. If this were the case, I would be Leopold instead of the compassionate man that I am. I have no answers, and this 10-part poem — to be published one part per day for the next 10 days — has no explanation.

IX

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PREVIOUSLY:
Leopold & Loeb I
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb II
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb III
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb IV
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb V
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb VI
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb VII
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb VIII

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INCOMING: Win Tix To See Bob Mould

April 25th, 2016

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Photo by SHELLY MOSMAN

These are glory days for Bob Mould, valedictorian of the indie rock class of 1984; glowering godfather of alt-rock circa 1992; dark lord of the molten dirge circa 1998; shirtless dancing bear spinning the wheels of steel for the Blow-Off, his hugely successful gay-friendly DJ parties, circa 2002; celebrated warts-n-all memoirist circa 2011; and acknowledged American Master of punk-as-fuck-three-chords-and-the-truth tunesmithery circa now. If it looks like things are finally breaking his way, that was never guaranteed. It could have just as easily gone the other way. In October he turns 56. In rock n’ roll years, that’s 108. At this age you’ve either become a living legend or you’re just old and in the way. You’ve either become a classic or just another neglected wreck rusting in the back yard of the music biz.

Perhaps mid-to-late aughts, when Mould released and toured a string of middling albums, a case could have been made that he was trending towards the latter. But in the wake of a high-profile autobiography, See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody and a like-titled tribute concert, “See a Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould,” curated by Dave Grohl and featuring the likes of Britt Daniel from Spoon, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler from the Hold Steady, and No Age performing his songs at Disney Hall in Los Angeles a couple years back, not to mention a trifecta of instant-classic late-career albums for Merge, including the just-released Patch The Sky, Bob Mould has raised the curtain on third act that may well trump everything that came before.

All of which explains why we are so very proud to announce that we have a pair of tickets to see Bob Mould and Ted Leo at Underground Arts tomorrow night. To qualify, all you have to do is sign up for our mailing list (see right, below the masthead). Trust us, this is something you want to do. In addition to breaking news alerts and Phawker updates, you also get advanced warning about groovy concert ticket giveaways and other free swag opportunities like this one! After signing up, send us an email at PHAWKER66@GMAIL.COM telling us a much, with the words ZEN ARCADIA in the subject line and the correct answer to this Bob Mould trivia question: Husker Du famously covered “Love Is All Around,” which is the theme song to what TV show? Please include your full name and a mobile number for confirmation. The 13th Phawker reader to email wins! Good luck and godspeed!

PREVIOUSLY: Zen Arcadia

BOB MOULD & TED LEO PERFORM @ UNDERGROUND ARTS TUE. APRIL 26TH

 

 

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ARS POETICA: Leopold & Loeb VIII

April 25th, 2016

Leopold & Loeb Mugshots

 

BY
BLAZE ARCHER

AUTHOR’S NOTE: On May 21, 1924, Nathan Leopold, Jr., and Richard Loeb, two child prodigies poised to inherent their parents’ millions with the full promise of life ahead of them, killed a random fourteen year old boy. His name was Bobby Franks. To cover up the crime, they concocted a complicated ransom plot which failed. Loeb claimed he did this for the thrill of the kill: Leopold rationalized it as a way to become a Nietzschian superman. It was clear from psychiatric examination that Loeb held no regard for human life, either for others or his own, and would today be labeled a psychopath. Psychiatrists, however, noted Leopold had no criminal tendencies, and in fact had not committed any criminal acts until he had become romantically infatuated with Loeb. It was this infatuation which led him to crime: in exchange for sex, he vowed to do anything Loeb told him to do, be it criminal or otherwise. In writing this, I came to Leopold through my own life. We have comparable traumas, comparable sufferings, comparable inner torments. I consider his fate a possible fate of my own. According to Clarence Darrow, Leopold and Loeb’s defense attorney, it was their genetics and upbringing which caused this crime. If this were the case, I would be Leopold instead of the compassionate man that I am. I have no answers, and this 10-part poem — to be published one part per day for the next 10 days — has no explanation.

IX

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PREVIOUSLY:
Leopold & Loeb I
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb II
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb III
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb IV
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb V
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb VI
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb VII

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EXCERPT: Zen Arcadia

April 25th, 2016

 

NEW DAY RISING

Bob Mould has survived the rise and fall of Husker Du in the 80s, Sugar going supernova in the 90s, a premature retirement in the late 90s, a detour into DJ culture during the twilight of the alt-rock gods in the early aughts and a wilderness period in the late aughts. And now, at 53, he is simply making the best music of his career. MAGNET goes to Portlandia to find out how that is even possible.

By Jonathan Valania

One day last month, Bob Mould walked into Portland Music Company, a beloved purveyor of amps, axes and snare drums that serves as armory for the Portlandian indie-rock wars. With his balding dome shaved down to stubble and white Gorton’s fisherman beard, his mouth a crooked scribble, Bob sort of looks like Charlie Brown as a middle-aged man. For reasons not immediately clear, Bob disregards the vast array of musical gear on display and peruses the MUSICIAN WANTED ads tacked to the wall. There’s the usual sad, desperate, Sharpie’d pleas of go-nowhere bands trolling for fresh souls to lure into their drain-circling miasma of FAIL.

ADVERTISING LOOKS AND CHOPS A MUST!

NO BIG HAIR!

CAREER! CAREER! CAREER!

Pathetic. Bob’s eyes begin to glaze over but as he turns to walk away, one ad catches his attention.

BAND SEEKS BASSIST INTO HUSKER DU & PETER, PAUL & MARY

That’s weird, he thinks, those are the exact words of the want ad that Kim Deal responded to when she joined The Pixies 1986. Intrigued, he reaches for one of the tear-away tabs with a phone number and the name CHARLES written on it. Suddenly Jason Narducy, who has been Bob’s touring bassist since 2005, and his biggest fan since the day he heard Workbook, appears out of nowhere and angrily rips down the sign, crumbles it up and storms off, like Lucy pulling away the football from Charlie Brown at the last minute. Startled, Bob’s face lights up with alarm and then dims to that defeated, deflated Charlie Brown look that betrays years of subsisting on on a daily diet of disappointment and quiet desperation. You can see it in his eyes: he feels foolish and unsettled and maybe even a little hurt. If I didn’t know that Narducy was married with children, I’d think it was a lover’s spat. It’s an odd, unflattering moment, uncomfortable to watch, and someone as intensely private as Bob must surely regret that it happened in front of a visiting journalist.  Fortunately, it never really happened.

CUT!

The camera stops filming and everyone on the film crew breaks out in laughter. Nailed it. Next.

The film crew is shooting a video for “I Don’t Know You Anymore”, the uber-catchy earworm of a single from Beauty And Ruin, Bob Mould’s 14th post-Husker Du album and easily his most vital and vibrant work since Copper Blue, maybe since Flip Your Wig. The premise of the video takes some explaining but it’s written by Jon Wurster — who’s been Bob’s drummer for the last six years, in between tours with Mountain Goats and the reactivated Superchunk — so it’s worth the trouble. Because if Wurster is not the the greatest drummers of the indie- rock era, and he could well be, he is certainly the funniest. So let’s break it down: Bob Mould runs into The Decembrists’ Colin Meloy at a Portland rehearsal studio. Meloy plays a slightly more Faustian version of himself and, with thinly-veiled ulterior motives, sets about convincing him that 7-inch singles are a relic of the past. Kids don’t line up to buy records these days, he says, they line up to buy smart phones. If you want to sell music these days, you have to convince people that it will make their lives better. From this exchange Bob gets the bright idea to convince ‘the kids’ that a 7-inch is, despite appearances to the contrary, actually some new, amazing and life-altering form of technology (which, if you think about it, is actually true if you take the word ‘new’ out of that description). Bob assembles the rest of the band for a kooky powerpoint presentation on how to pull off this hoax-cum-marketing-scheme. By the next scene the band has morphed into the marketing equivalent of the A-Team, outfitted with ridiculous matching blue shirts, bricked smartphone pendants hanging around their necks and staple guns, which were, once upon a time, the glue that literally held together the original social media: punk rock flyering. Hilarity ensues.

Now we’re in a gay bar called Crush, and a drag queen with huge Ann Margaret eyelashes and Betty Page bangs is rubbing Bob’s bald head like he’s Buddha. Bob blushes and then he fans himself. It’s getting hot in herre.

CUT!

The camera stops filming and everyone on the film crew breaks out in laughter. Nailed it. Next.

These are glory days for Bob Mould, valedictorian of the indie rock class of 1984; glowering godfather of alt-rock circa 1992; dark lord of the molten dirge circa 1998; shirtless dancing bear spinning the wheels of steel for the Blow-Off, his hugely successful gay-friendly DJ parties, circa 2002; celebrated warts-n-all memoirist circa 2011; and acknowledged American Master of punk-as-fuck-three-chords-and-the-truth tunesmithery circa now. If it looks like things are finally breaking his way, that was never guaranteed. It could have just as easily gone the other way. In October he turns 54. In rock n’ roll years, that’s 108. At this age you’ve either become a living legend or you’re just old and in the way. You’ve either become a classic or just another neglected wreck rusting in the back yard of the music biz. Perhaps mid-to-late aughts, when Mould released and toured a string of middling albums, a case could have been made that he was trending towards the latter. But in the wake of a high-profile autobiography, “See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody” and a like-titled tribute concert, “See a Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould,” curated by Dave Grohl and featuring the likes of Britt Daniel from Spoon, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler from the Hold Steady, and No Age performing his songs at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, not to mention a pair of instant-classic late-career albums for Merge, Bob Mould has raised the curtain on third act that may well trump everything that came before.

Now we’re in Crema, a cavernous dispensary of high-octane caffeinated concoctions, teeming with nattily attired hipsterati sucking back double skinny lattes and pecking away at laptops and smart phones. In between takes of a scene — wherein Team Bob works the room, hyping the mysterious, life-changing invention they plan to unveil the following day at this thing called a record store — a steady stream of 20 and 30somethings approach Bob for autographs or selfies or just to tell him how Flip Your Wig or Copper Blue got them through many a dark night of the soul. MORE



BOB MOULD PLAYS UNDERGROUND ARTS TUESDAY APRIL 26TH

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Show Time Announces Complete Twin Peaks Cast

April 25th, 2016

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DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: The new installment [airs in 2017 and] picks up twenty-five years after the events in the original series that kicked off with the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town of Twin Peaks being shocked by the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer, played by Sheryl Lee who is back for the reboot.

Showtime LogoHere is the full list of the returning (marked with an asterisk) and new cast members of the Twin Peaks series, including the only previously confirmed actor, star Kyle MacLachlan, who returns as FBI Agent Dale Cooper. The list includes the beloved “log lady” Catherine Coulson who had been rumored to have filmed a few scenes before her death last fall. Other actors from the original include Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Mädchen Amick, David Duchovny, Michael Horse, Dana Ashbrook, Miguel Ferrer, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Peggy Lipton, Everett McGill and David Lynch.

The list of new additions include Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Laura Dern, Ernie Hudson, Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, Jessica Szohr, Jane Levy, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Knepper, Jim Belushi, Tom Sizemore, Ethan Suplee, Balthazar Getty, Bailey Chase, David Koechner, and Larry Clarke. Check out the complete list HERE

PREVIOUSLY: A Comrephensive Q&A With Catherine “Log Lady” Coulson

In 1981 George Lucas approached David Lynch to direct the final installment of the STAR WARS trilogy. For years fans of Lynch and Lucas have wondered what that surreal vision would look like. Now we finally know.

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ARS POETICA: Leopold & Loeb VII

April 24th, 2016

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BY
BLAZE ARCHER

AUTHOR’S NOTE: On May 21, 1924, Nathan Leopold, Jr., and Richard Loeb, two child prodigies poised to inherent their parents’ millions with the full promise of life ahead of them, killed a random fourteen year old boy. His name was Bobby Franks. To cover up the crime, they concocted a complicated ransom plot which failed. Loeb claimed he did this for the thrill of the kill: Leopold rationalized it as a way to become a Nietzschian superman. It was clear from psychiatric examination that Loeb held no regard for human life, either for others or his own, and would today be labeled a psychopath. Psychiatrists, however, noted Leopold had no criminal tendencies, and in fact had not committed any criminal acts until he had become romantically infatuated with Loeb. It was this infatuation which led him to crime: in exchange for sex, he vowed to do anything Loeb told him to do, be it criminal or otherwise. In writing this, I came to Leopold through my own life. We have comparable traumas, comparable sufferings, comparable inner torments. I consider his fate a possible fate of my own. According to Clarence Darrow, Leopold and Loeb’s defense attorney, it was their genetics and upbringing which caused this crime. If this were the case, I would be Leopold instead of the compassionate man that I am. I have no answers, and this 10-part poem — to be published one part per day for the next 10 days — has no explanation.

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PREVIOUSLY:
Leopold & Loeb I
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb II
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb III
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb IV
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb V
PREVIOUSLY: Leopold & Loeb VI

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