Mr. Brown Goes To Washington: How The Bluest State Threw Up The Red Light On Health Care

Politics, like comedy, need not apologize. It just is. The victor has his story and the loser, the excuses. It is the way of The Vote. This has never been more evident than what transpired in Massachusetts over the nine days from mid-January to this past Tuesday in a Special …

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Reality Check: Barack Obama’s America, Year One

Change. It was all the rage in 2008 and it sure came into clear, brutal view in 2009. No one paying attention could imagine it emerging differently, not with the new guy resembling in no way the last forty-three guys, governing in no way like anyone since FDR, and facing a two-front war beneath one of the most damaged global economic meltdowns in history. Forget race, generation and a tinderbox political environment, rousing approval numbers and a mad scramble for a healthy slice of the New Democratic Party Power Pie; the moment Barack Obama raised his hand to swear his oath as leader of the free world, there was change.
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Metal Skull Wishes For 2010

Normal Metal Skull protocol dictates at this point that I engage in some kind of preview coverage of metal albums to be released this year. But I think by now you know as well as I do that shit’s lamer than hell. All the stuff previewed is only up until …

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Metal Skull: Wrapping Up 2009: Albums I Should Have Reviewed Already

It was a busy year, admittedly, and full of twists and turns I didn’t really expect. You know, sometimes you just go along and everything winds up pretty much like you knew it would, and sometimes the exact opposite happens. This was one of those years. But hey, you survive …

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Metal Skull: The Annual Top 10 Justification: More Than A List, Less Than Relevant

I don’t think I need to say it anymore that these lists don’t matter. It’s why I haven’t done a “Top 10 Of The Decade” and why I won’t be doing one anytime soon. But the year-end list, well, I’ve been doing it every year for a while, and as …

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Reality Check: Ayn Rand Is The Ghost Of Free Market Past

The worst of all crimes is the acceptance of the opinions of others.

—Ayn Rand, as quoted in Goddess Of The Market – Ayn Rand And The American Right by Jennifer Burns

Ultimately, it was the controversies surrounding my third book, Trailing Jesus which helped drive its modest sales, but …

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Shooting From The Hip: Interview with Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes

Admirable anti-fascist South American hippie, Sergio Dias, gained international acclaim fronting Os Mutantes, rebellious bossa nova-based folk surrealists whose ceremonial Beatles-influenced Tropicalia clashed against politically-empowered authoritarian traditionalists during Brazil’s turbulent late-‘60s uprising. The Sao Paola-raised Dias, alongside percussionist-brother, Arnaldo Baptista, and female singing counterpart, Rita Lee Jones, helped devise an …

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Reality Check: Health Care Finale

The clock is ticking for Democrats.

The Health Care Reform Bill has now become for all intents and purposes as politically charged and attached to their success or failure going into 2010 as Iraq and the oft-befuddled and always erratic War on Terror was for Republicans. Much like our compromised …

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Metal Skull: Interview with Al Cisneros of Shrinebuilder: The Science Of Anger

On Sunday, Nov. 15, the supergroup Shrinebuilder played their first NYC show ever at Le Poisson Rouge. They are the band of a generation: Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, etc.) and Scott Kelly (Neurosis, Blood And Time) on guitars, Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep) on bass and Dale Crover …

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Shooting From The Hip: Interview with Ari-Up of The Slits: Revived

Trailblazing ‘70s punk combo, the Slits, paid the cost to be the most revolutionary female band in a male-dominated subculture. Having the innate ability to dress up artless guitar debris with minimalist dub-reggae rhythms, the innovative lasses were initially violently attacked and verbally assaulted because their rudimentary approach leaned towards …

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