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Scott Weiland's "Big Empty": An Exercise In Nostalgia

Posted on 30. Oct, 2009 by .

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For years I’ve held to a hard and fast rule. Any rock musician alive past the age of 35 must recede from public life indefinitely. If they don’t, they forever lose my esteem and admiration for who they once were.  Mick Jagger, Billy Corgan and Pete Shelley all have blown it.  Luckily, Joe Strummer died […]

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Of Family & Politics: A Question for Bill de Blasio

Posted on 22. Oct, 2009 by .

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If you paid any attention to New York City politics last month during the primaries and runoffs, then chances are you saw an awful lot of Bill de Blasio’s family. De Blasio, a Councilmember from Park Slope, won the Democratic nomination for public advocate, a citywide office second only to the mayor.  For months his […]

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David Yassky is Dunzo (Thank Christ)

Posted on 10. Oct, 2009 by .

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David Yassky should have studied Robert Moses a bit more carefully. Had he done so, the Brooklyn Councilman’s political career wouldn’t be in its final death throes. While it’s clear he’s borrowed freely from the Book of Moses over the last few years, Yassky just can’t seem to get the equation to amassing power right. […]

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A Day in the Life of a Scrap Metal Scavenger

Posted on 06. Oct, 2009 by .

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I met Steve Denker in Brighton Beach.  It was a Friday near the end of September. It was around 3p.m. I was wandering back from the boardwalk drunk. Steve needed help lifting a discarded stove on to the top of his minivan. He was double-parked in the middle of Brighton 4th Street. So I offered […]

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Heartbroke Audio: River Phoenix, by japanther

Posted on 24. Sep, 2009 by .

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River Phoenix died when I was 11. He’s been dead for almost 16 years. In his short career as an actor he appeared in 15 films. Only a handful of them were memorable. Yet I, and possibly most people of my generation, haven’t forgotten Phoenix. I certainly think about him often. Much more often than, […]

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Stateside: Adam McBride-Smith

Posted on 09. Sep, 2009 by .

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After two years of fulfilling whatever bohemian fantasies he may have harbored while in Paris, country-blues maven, Adam McBride-Smith, cast aside the beret and the Gauloises recently for a brief bit of stateside respite here in Brooklyn. Last Friday night, the Oklahoma native received a warm, boozy welcome from fans and strangers alike when he […]

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