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  • Raglani/Ghost Ice with the Coughs and Skarekrauradio

    published December 29, 2004

    The blank slate that is 2005 has been barely scratched by the feeble stylus of worldly indiscretion, and yet we already have an opportunity to hit... More >>

  • Remember Nonna?

    published December 29, 2004

    THUR 12/30 As soon as Eleanore Berra Marfisi's book I Remember Nonna arrived in the office, an irresistible baking urge came... More >>

  • Winter White Ball

    published December 29, 2004

    FRI 12/31 "It is not white hair that engenders wisdom," quoth Greek dramatist Menander more than 2,000 New Year's Eves ago. But a... More >>

  • The Munificent Seven

    published December 29, 2004

    WED 12/29 Contrary to common belief, Kwanzaa is not a replacement for Christmas or any other holiday. Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published December 29, 2004

    Wednesday, December 29 Are improv-comedy nights becoming the open-mic nights of the new millennium? Not that we're complaining or... More >>

  • The Belly's the Boss

    published December 22, 2004

    Around the holidays most of us eat more -- you know, to keep warm (or to keep happy, one of the two). Maybe during this time of year your belly... More >>

  • Casanosa

    published December 22, 2004

    MON 12/27 Raja, if you were a human, this would be a tough birthday for you. Twelve years old, not a boy and not yet a man, with... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published December 22, 2004

    Wednesday, December 22 Oh, the poor poinsettia! She is lauded only once a year, when her beauty colorfully matches the red and green of... More >>

  • Forget MILFs

    published December 15, 2004

    We are obsessed with elves. Is it because they are known to be mischievous and a bit eccentric (à la Will Ferrell in Elf)? Perhaps.... More >>

  • Yuletide Beer

    published December 15, 2004

    Beer's kind to us -- constant, accessible, inexpensive. We don't abuse it; it doesn't abuse us. We have a nurturing, reciprocal arrangement. If... More >>

  • American Choppers

    published December 15, 2004

    What do we really know about the origin of the Christmas tree? Is it a vestige of Europe's pagan past? A descendent of the "paradise tree"... More >>

  • Satyricon

    published December 8, 2004

    Berserkers! Berserkers, it is time! From Ultima Thule, across the top of the world and toward St. Louis strides the mighty Satyricon! Oh,... More >>

  • Just Get Out!

    published December 8, 2004

    Since the dawn of song, Hollywood-based voice coach Seth Riggs has worked the pipes of more than 100 Grammy Award-winning singers. Now, just in... More >>

  • Call the Doctor

    published December 8, 2004

    It's more than a little depressing to realize how we as a nation took Doc Severinsen for granted. For 30-odd years, the flamboyantly dressed... More >>

  • Tie One On

    published December 8, 2004

    December is perhaps the most wish-filled month of the year. Children wish for piles of loot, parents wish for patience, the good-hearted wish for... More >>

  • Hermann Holiday

    published December 8, 2004

    Let's be brutally honest: What has your carefully cultivated image as the Rugged Individualist gained you? You fancy yourself the mighty... More >>

  • Fiestas Are Inn Again

    published December 1, 2004

    SUN 12/5 If you're in the mood for Christmas music already but you're looking for something a little different, consider the Webster... More >>

  • Tower of Power

    published December 1, 2004

    MON 12/6 Referring to the post-9/11 New York skyline, Tunde Adebimpe, a native New Yorker and singer for indie-pop group TV on the... More >>

  • Japanese Babies

    published December 1, 2004

    Yoshitomo Nara, the Japanese artist who counts among his celebrity fans Leonard Nimoy and Billy Joe Armstrong, politely declined an interview on... More >>

  • Vaz, with the Conformists and Skarekrau Radio

    published November 24, 2004

    Two-piece bands. Motherfucking two-piece bands. The next two-piece band that stumbles into town is gonna get a naked foot punched up their... More >>

  • Boy Crazy

    published November 24, 2004

    MON 11/29 Austrian contributions to global culture include little sausages, wienerschnitzel, Conan the Governator and the Vienna Boys'... More >>

  • Get a Room

    published November 24, 2004

    Do you usually spend Thanksgiving Friday sitting around on your ass, downing pint glasses of giblet gravy? Such pastimes are admirable and... More >>

  • This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    published November 24, 2004

    Wednesday, November 24 Maybe it's just the way we see things from our golden cubicles, but we seem to be a bit behind on what we like... More >>

  • Battles

    published November 17, 2004

    Somewhere in America, Page Hamilton is wondering what went wrong with the Helmet reunion album. Hopefully he's not wasting too much thought on it,... More >>

  • Abridged over Troubled Waters

    published November 17, 2004

    College students, rejoice: Even though finals loom on your horizon and you've frittered away the past month shtupping hookers (vicariously,... More >>

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