John Seabrook's Pop-Music Treatise The Song Machine Is Half Wrong, Half Boring

Don’t bore us, get to the chorus: John Seabrook’s The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory (Norton) is one of the most frustrating music books in memory. You will learn a lot from this book; unfortunately, a lot of what you’ll learn is inaccurate. And all too often, what’s not inaccurate is vitiated by Seabrook’s wan… »13 minutes ago

ESPN Kills Kevin Johnson Propaganda Movie; Kevin Johnson Throws Himself A Party

The lines snaking out from the Crest Theatre extended halfway down K Street, past clubs and restaurants, amused bystanders, and two light-rail platforms. It was a full hour before the Sacramento premiere of Down In The Valley, a new entry in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, and yet the street was already aswarm with fans and… »29 minutes ago

The Steelers Mysteriously Lost 18 Seconds On Their Final Drive

As a reasonable person who wants sports to be fair and knows they wouldn’t exist otherwise, I’m so glad the Steelers didn’t lose the game because of 18 seconds that mysteriously disappeared from the clock before their game-winning drive. As a fan of drama and controversy, I wish the Steelers had gotten fucked over and… »Today 10:20am

Jags Coach: Bernard Pierce May Have Blocked For The Wrong Team Because He Had A Concussion

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Bernard Pierce made a bit of news after his team’s game on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wherein he blocked for the other team during a second-quarter kickoff. It was a funny, surprising little brain fart that became even funnier after the game when Pierce couldn’t come up… »Today 9:34am

How Growing More Weed Can Help California Fix Its Water Problems

Last Tuesday, the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka, California was swarming with potheads. A pro-cannabis rally had been organized by State Assemblymember Jim Wood, who knows how to grab headlines: In July, Wood walked onto the State Capitol floor carrying a live marijuana plant and asked his colleagues to… »Yesterday 1:40pm