Category Archives: Music

Prince, Todd, RuPaul, & Me

Prince and I did not get off, so to speak, on the good foot. While he would ultimately influence me – both personally and musically – as much as Bowie or the Beatles (my Trinity), his presence initially challenged the most important friendship of my life. Then, it cemented that friendship, and led to funk n’ roll adventures alongside a superstar-in-exile named RuPaul. Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Lover: Imagined

What happens when Bob Dylan starts talking to you about the woman he loves? Darren Anderson channels it here. Continue reading

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How I Became Pretentious

Why should you and I should be more pretentious? In his soon-to-be released book-length essay, PRETENTIOUSNESS: WHY IT MATTERS (see raves here in the Economist, the Guardian, the Spectator and even Vice), Dan Fox defends it beautifully. “Pretension is permission … Continue reading

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Younger Americans: Bowie Through Our Eyes

The Weeklings editors each pick a favorite David Bowie song for a short recollection spanning his voluminous career. Continue reading

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Beyond Let’s Dance: Four Great Bowie Songs

Davis Schneiderman digs into the crates for a quartet of under-appreciated David Bowie songs. Continue reading

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O’Connor and Coltrane: Saints of American Art

Flannery O’Connor wanted to jolt you with the violent shock of recognition, in the service of artistic if not spiritual consecration; Coltrane wanted to transcend the insanity altogether, altering consciousness through a profoundly moving colloquy. Continue reading

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Serving Time In Sonic Youth

You’ve seen Renaissance man and esteemed guest Weekling Richard Edson onscreen in Do the Right Thing, Platoon, Stranger Than Paradise, and dozens of other films, but you probably don’t know he was the original drummer in seminal NYC post-punk noise mavens Sonic Youth. In this fascinating slice of life, he shares his riveting account of being a participant in several crucial music movements at once. The arty, funky, early 80s East Village lives again! Continue reading

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