Patrick Lyons

Does It Suck?

Does 'Juno' Actually Suck?

For once, the answer may (not) surprise you.
Patrick Lyons
12.5.17
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'Across the Universe' Is Still a Useless, Nostalgic Mess

Julie Taymor's Beatles-centric jukebox musical movie was considered a creative flop—and it still is.
Patrick Lyons
9.26.17
Does It Suck?

Does ‘Predator’ Actually Suck?

On its 30th anniversary, we look back on 'Predator' to figure out why it was so despised by critics.
Patrick Lyons
6.12.17
Books

The Crappiest Comic Book Villains of All Time, Together at Last

We chat with author Jon Morris about his new book, oddball criminals, and the supervillain made of Nazi bees.
Patrick Lyons
3.28.17
Music

Kneebody Ventures into Politics with Their Latest Song, 'For The Fallen'

We hopped on the phone with the entire band to talk about the challenge of making message-driven instrumental music and how has jazz lost its political ties.
Patrick Lyons
2.20.17
Music

How Bad Brains Created the Best Funk Metal Album 30 Years Ago

'I Against I' calcified a combination of hard rock and funk into something sexy, heavy, and thoroughly modern.
Patrick Lyons
12.10.16
Stuff

The Photographer Who Inspired "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"

A repress of Tom Wolfe's seminal book features rare manuscripts, photos, and more. We talked to Lawrence Schiller, whose photographs of the counterculture movement inspired Wolfe, about how the new text offers the "full picture of set and setting."
Patrick Lyons
12.3.16
Music

What Sun Ra's Poetry Can Teach Us About Afrofuturism

"What I would like to see is a scholarly edition of his poems," says the author of a new book on Sun Ra. "I think they're worthy of that treatment..."
Patrick Lyons
11.6.16
Music

The Moment I Knew I Wanted to Work in the Music Business

I reached out to people who have spent the their adult lives recording, overseeing, organizing, or critiquing popular music to find out how they got into the industry.
Patrick Lyons
10.1.16
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Want to Make More Money? Get Better at Memorizing Basic Facts

According to a new book, there's a correlation between how knowledgeable you are and your income and happiness.
Patrick Lyons
8.13.16
Music

What UGK’s ‘Ridin Dirty’ Means to Houston's Souped-Up Car Culture

Souped-up cars are so central to 'Ridin Dirty' that Bun and Pimp actually appear in a whip on the cover. In celebration of the record's 20th anniversary, we hopped on the phone with some of Houston's most influential slab artists to talk about the...
Patrick Lyons
7.30.16
Stuff

How Nitrous Oxide Inspired Early Psychedelic Literature

A conversation with author Mike Jay on nitrous oxide's remarkable history.
Patrick Lyons
7.23.16
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