Spitz Take: Pretty Songs Make Graves

By |2019-05-10T12:21:32-07:00July 5th, 2011|Spitz Take|

Under normal circumstances, an afternoon spent listening to an advance copy of Obscurities, Stephin Merritt’s new collection of rarities and outtakes (available from Merge Records this August), would be my idea of happiness. But these are not normal circumstances. I’m almost 98% certain that I’m going to die today. […]

Spitz Take: Embracing the Lameness of Billy Joel

By |2019-05-10T12:21:32-07:00May 3rd, 2011|Spitz Take|

Not so long ago, I was interviewing Craig Finn, the lead singer and songwriter of Brooklyn hipster band The Hold Steady, and I brought up his alleged Billy Joel fandom, which I’d read about in some deep, dark part of the webiverse. Finn was surprised at first, and then acted a little nervous and sheepish, [...]

Spitz Take: Billy Idol Remembrances

By |2019-05-10T12:21:39-07:00September 4th, 2009|Spitz Take|

If you own a computer or television and live in the United States, you probably spent much of this past weekend being reminded to remember that scary day ten years ago when some confused, angry people flew airplanes into large buildings and killed a bunch of people. I watched the footage again, which I hadn’t [...]

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