Category: New Discoveries

RT News

The acronym stands for “Russia Today,” but the coverage is anything but Soviet-centric. RT News is a progressive, muckraking, dogged media outlet, a model of what corporate-controlled American news organizations could be if they weren’t pre-occupied with business-as-usual. “RT Live,” which streams on the Net 24/7, is essential viewing for anyone curious what’s really going on...

Winner-Take-All Politics

The grave necessity of Paul Pierson and Jacob Hacker’s book, Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer–and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, was never clearer than the 2012 elections, in which citizens were presented with a “choice” between two competitie sub-brands of The Money Party monopoly. If you’re pro-war, pro-assassination, pro-bribery and...

Risk of Ruin

Arnold Snyder’s new novel Risk of Ruin is set in the biker, blackjack, and body-ink subcultures and features as one of the main characters God Almighty — in the form of a 15-year-old runaway Vegas stripper. In other words, our kind of book! The beauty of RoR is how elegantly the author entwines some sensationally subversive...

Rocky Anderson

So much for stereotypes! Apparently one can be an elected official in Utah without being a reactionary Mormon. Meet Carl Ross Rocky Anderson, former mayor of Salt Lake City and candidate for President of the United States, running on the newly formed Justice Party ticket. His views align consistently with the editorial board here at MK.com —...

American Tune

We were youngsters in 1973 when Paul Simon recorded his song “American Tune,” too immature to understand the profoundity of his words, too busy listening to disposable records to grasp the greatness of his creation. The song has been covered many times subsequently, but now that Kurt Elling sings it on his new album “1619...

Myq & Micah

Micah’s the tall one. Myq’s the short one (who plays guitar). They both sing. They’re both funny. With the release of their new album “Please Be Seated,” Myq Kaplan & Micah Sherman create musical comedy that’s simultaneously musical and comedic. (Imagine that!) Their work is sly, smart, and gently subversive, making larger points about music and...

The Bitter Buddha

There are a million funny comedians telling jokes and getting laughs. There is only one Eddie Pepitone. The ranting, raging performance artist and comic — think Sam Kinison, but smarter and with a social conscience — has long been treasured and revered by cognoscenti in the comedy community. Now, with the release of “The Bitter...

Flood Plain Produce

These days “organic” may not mean organic. But when you can actually see your food being grown and harvested on a charming three-acre plot surrounded by groves of ancient Redwoods, you fully understand what “organic” is supposed to mean: natural, sun-infused, unprocessed. And delicious. At Flood Plain Produce, in the tiny village of Pepperwood, along the Avenue of the Giants...

Set List

How does the comic mind work? Where does the funny come from? These and many other vital questions get answered every time Set List comes to town. It works like this: Some of the best comics on the scene are supplied with their “set list” — the topics they’ll cover — when they arrive on stage. Since these lists...

Harana Kings

In the old Philippines, before text messaging and Facebook, a gentleman courted a lady by serenading her at night beneath her window, a tradition called harana. Like Cuba’s “Buena Vista Social Club,” the new Harana Kings album joins seasoned veterans with young interpreters, creating music that’s simultaneously a cultrural remembrance and a fresh discovery. Guitars, light...