Ten (maybe 11) Great Music Books Omitted from Billboard’s 100 Greatest Music Books of All Time

Billboard recently posted a list attempting to name the 100 “greatest ever” music books. Billboard’s list includes High Fidelity, as well as a few other novels. Is High Fidelity  – listed as high as #9 – a better rock novel than Delillo’s Great Jones Street, Harlan Ellison’s Spider Kiss, or Paul Ford’s Gary Benchley, Rock Star? Tom Perrotta’s Wishbones? Maybe not worse than some or […]

30 Years of David + David’s “Boomtown” Is Becoming 30 Years Between Albums

David + David’s album Boomtown turned 30 this summer.  They’re making the follow-up now. I was 15 when I bought Boomtown on vinyl in the weeks following its July 7, 1986 release. My family had just informed me that, by November, we would be moving 50 miles away from the only home I’d known. By that summer, Boomtown had already been […]

Ben Wheatley Films, Ranked

Like most auteurs, director Ben Wheatley can’t be pigeonholed. Calling him a horror director is like saying Werner Herzog makes biopics. Same would go for science fiction, which classifies Wheatley about as easily as it does David Cronenberg. Cronenberg may be Wheatley’s best antecedent; a director talented beyond genre whose work touches genre and reinvents it sometimes (The Fly) yet never […]

Seven Nonfiction Books That’ll Make You Leave the Light On at Night

Truth is only sometimes stranger than fiction, but truth is almost always more horrifying, unless you’re lobotomized, or attend too many raves. One element separating fictional horror and horrifying nonfiction is guiltless entertainment; you can enjoy Stephen King or Jo Nesbo, or even Gone Girl, but you can’t necessarily say you enjoyed Truman Capote‘s In Cold Blood (although don’t underestimate Capote’s […]