Archive for October, 2007

Ted Rall: Not Mean, Just Dumb

Controversy through confusion.

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Toya

Outside of Brooke Valentine , the most underrated R&B performer of the last 10 years is almost certainly Toya (not to be confused with LeToya. A St. Louis native, Toya released one self-titled album in 2001, had a minor hit with the single “I Do!!” and then completely disappeared. That one album, though, is something […]

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Black Hole

I just finished Charles Burns’ Black Hole. From glancing at bits of it in the past, I had thought it might violate my “art comics are trying to be literary fiction” paradigm…but on closer inspection, it really doesn’t. Again, we have a bunch of standard pulp tropes (essentially the horror/super-hero-romance hybrid perfected by Lee/Kirby) slowed […]

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The Gangsta in the Closet

So how gay is gangsta rap? I just got Chamillionaire’s The Sound of Revenge and the answer seems to be, pretty darn gay. First of all there’s his name (pronounced Camille, like a girl or, even worse, a Frenchman.) And then there’s the subject matter. In “Picture Perfect” Chamillionaire primps and preens, boasting about his […]

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Brooke Valentine

This appeared in the Chicago Reader a month or two back. Just out of curiosity; is there anybody (except me) who would like to see me post more about music and perhaps slightly less about comics? Leave me a note in the comments if so…. It Might Go Pop, But It Won’t Blow Up Rihanna’s […]

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Good News and Bad Marketing

A version of this article appeared in the Chicago Reader a couple of years back. Good News and Bad Marketing In the wake of Ken Burns, Martin Scorcese, and the Coen Brothers it’s hard to believe that there’s any roots music left unfetishized. And yet, despite the attention lavished on jazz, blues, and country, classic […]

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Return of Son of Media Empire

I have a review of Merle Haggard’s new album in this weeks’ Reader. Also, I have a couple of pieces in the most recent Comics Journal: a review of Antique Bakery and a review of Dirk Tiede’s Paradigm Shift.

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