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Prince, Todd, RuPaul, & Me

Prince and I did not get off, so to speak, on the good foot. While he would ultimately influence me – both personally and musically – as much as Bowie or the Beatles (my Trinity), his presence initially challenged the most important friendship of my life. Then, it cemented that friendship, and led to funk n’ roll adventures alongside a superstar-in-exile named RuPaul. Continue reading




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Looking Back at the Abyss: Reflections on Binge-Watching “Hannibal”

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen The Silence of the Lambs, the film that earned Hannibal Lecter his place in pop culture. I saw it in the theater once then at home perhaps a dozen times with … Continue reading




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Man in the High Castle: Better the Tyrant You Know

An essay on The Man in the High Castle and America’s fear of the foreign.




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The Hippie Angel

Robert Burke Warren’s Yuletide of death, porn, and a hippie angel.




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Serving Time In Sonic Youth

You’ve seen Renaissance man and esteemed guest Weekling Richard Edson onscreen in Do the Right Thing, Platoon, Stranger Than Paradise, and dozens of other films, but you probably don’t know he was the original drummer in seminal NYC post-punk noise mavens Sonic Youth. In this fascinating slice of life, he shares his riveting account of being a participant in several crucial music movements at once. The arty, funky, early 80s East Village lives again!




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My Audition for the Ramones

Music editor Robert Burke Warren takes us back to his 1989 audition for The Ramones.




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Animal Smell

This is the story of not knowing but knowing, and of having the best song I wrote be like my own Fleetwood Mac’ing of our good and earnest little band. It did not really inflict endless damage, but it informed me, and so I suppose this is a bit like a confession and an apology and an admission, because good songs come from nothing less. – Jana Martin




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DWTS 21: Projections and Predictions for Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars

Greg Olear’s projections for the new season of Dancing with the Stars.




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John Sebastian and the Younger Generation, 2015

Amanda Nazario takes us along as she gets to see and meet one of her musical idols, the legendary John Sebastian. Despite the show being in a tiny Boston club with a noisy kitchen, iPhone wielders, and an irritating waitress, Nazario’s superfan heart illuminates the under-appreciated genius in his well-deserved glory.




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