Happy 28th Anniversary, Surfer Rosa!

Pixies’ Surfer Rosa lives on [...]

Cli-Fi Is Real

Cli-fi is the cultural prism through which we monitor and experience ourselves as we bleed our planet dry while trying to become [...]

Brace Yourself: The War On Terra Has Begun

Here’s another easy entry for my War On Terra manuscript. Just as 9/11 sparked a so-called international war on terror, the Halliburton-Transocean-BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico will open the floodgates to the international war on terra. And if we don’t wage them correctly, both resource wars could consume us all. I quickly lit [...]

In a Parallel Universe, These Songs Win Oscars

From righteous rockers like Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Tenacious D’s “Kickapoo” to riotous tracks like Monty Python’s “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” to, yes, South Park‘s “Uncle Fucker,” these songs scored Academy Awards in another universe. I collected them all for Metromix recently, and it was fucking good.

My Favorite Album Covers? Check With Filter

Hey pals, I’ve been reviewing muzak for Filter Magazine for awhile now. As usual, they ask me what my favorite this and that is for each issue. This time? Album covers. Check out my choices for best album covers ever at Filter’s site, and make sure to pick up a copy of the issue, out [...]

Yellow Light Means Crash and Burn, Suckers

Sure, it’s a hyperbolic title, but the sentiment is real enough. As I reported for AlterNet today, cities across not just America but the world are shortening yellow lights in order to create more ticket revenue from suckered drivers running gamed red lights.

The simple civic problem is that those cities are creating more lethal [...]

John Oliver: Enjoy the Abyss, America!

[Scott Thill, Morphizm]
After losing the visionary Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show has been leaning heavily on scathing comedians like Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, John Hodgman and this UK import, who just landed his own stand-up show to add to his recent blind deal with Paramount Pictures. It couldn’t have happened to a better brainiac. I [...]

<cite>New York Times</cite> Bites My Walkaway Rhyme

[Scott Thill, Morphizm]
Look, New York Times: You can pay me for my cultural and political insights. People already do. Seriously. Like when you posted that article today advising underwater homeowners to walk away from their worthless mortgages? Dude, I wrote that a year ago. And then this year. It’s common knowledge now, which is not [...]

Alan Moore: Are You Ready For Post-Civ?

I ended 2009 with a literary bang, not a whimper. But after interviewing a brainiac like Alan Moore, I’m not sure I want to enter 2010. According to the legendary mind behind Watchmen, V For Vendetta and much more, this year is going to be the start of something truly weird: A journey into the [...]

Metromixed! Built to Spill, Rakim, Dinosaur Jr., Gift of Gab, The Bravery

I finally wrangled some more of my musical content from 2009. Here are four of my Metromix reviews involving the smoothest rappers alive, a guitar army, and a dark dance-pop upstart. Some knocked it out of the park. Who fouled out?

Can Aspartame Kill You Dead? Uh, Maybe?

Well, let’s start wrapping up the stragglers from my year’s worth of content, shall we? Starting with this investigation of the sugar substitute aspartame, which can either kill you outright or help you lose weight, depending on who you ask. So I asked, for AlterNet, and the truth was sweetly ambiguous. What else is new? [...]