“The Beastie Boys’ ‘An Open Letter to NYC’: A Song Admirable Simply for the Obvious Extent to Which it Could Have Been Cheesy”

The Beastie Boys’ 1998 album Hello Nasty was a sprawling heap of beautiful, genre-shifting nonsense that garnered the group two Grammy awards. Then, the world, both in music and at large, went into a mania-inducing string of tizzies, from the Columbine shooting, to the emergence of Eminem, to the propagation of file sharing, to Woodstock […]

“Acknowledging Frank Zappa’s Birthday and Hypothesizing on the Winter Solstice Implications as Pertain to His Muse, Just for Fun”

* “Do I contradict myself? Very well, I contradict myself. I am vast. I contain multitudes.” – Walt Whitman .. Frank Zappa was a wicked blues-rock guitarist. Frank Zappa, too, was a relentless, sometimes deranged, satirist of pop culture and of humanity. And Frank Zappa was a man, a musician, living in what seemed like […]