According to a 100 of the state's finest musicians, critics, DJs and scholars.
Vol 37 • No 3
Johnny Cash comes out on top.
LPs from Johnny Cash, Al Green and American Princes land in the top ten.
Ho-Hum, American Princes, Trusty, Soophie Nun Squad, Kevin Kerby/Mulehead, Velvet Kente, 607, Chino Horde, Rwake.
Revolution just announced, via Twitter, that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club backed out of Friday's show.
The Club for Growth, a wealthy group of rich anti-taxers (see: Jackson T. Stephens Jr.) has endorsed Tim Griffin.
Bill Clinton regrets the don't-ask-don't-tell policy on gay service in the military, but said he was boxed in by congressional action and that the policy didn't work as Gen. Colin Powell had said it would.Asked if he regretted it, Clinton — who helped get the policy through Congress in 1993 — said, "Oh yeah, but keep in mind, I didn't choose this policy."
The whole fight about auto and other expenses is turning into a noise machine that washes off just a bit on anybody who serves in public office, but perhaps not on any one person disproportonately.
The Arkansas Music Poll is here.
The headline overstates a bit, perhaps, but I think that's a reasonable facsimile of the theme Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden of Conway is attempting to establish in a news release about his Republican opponent, Cody Hiland.
A good report from Arkansas Business' George Waldon in the continuing federal trial of Aaron Jones, the wheeler dealer accused of torching his Chenal Valley mansion to score some insurance money to shuffle around to other obligations, including another million-dollar home in Florida and mortgages and advances from friends and relatives galore.
And you're in the batter's box. Tonight's open line.
So the Arkansas Music Poll doesn't stop here. Rock Candy is going to host a wave of web-only lists, a lot of inevitable debate and—dig this—a chance to win a 7-CD set of the newly rereleased Al Green albums from the 70s.
Ranting about 'Undercover Boss.'
The multi-faceted music of Rural War Room.
Can a restaurant that serves grilled cheese sandwiches be gourmet? Yes it can, if it's Hammontree's.
It was a good week for: Ryan Mallet, flipflops. It was a bad week for: Mike Huckabee, Janet Huckabee, the Pulaski County School District, Pulaski County School Board Member Charlie Wood, Saline County Kids, the Game and Fish Commission.
The Tuf-Nut Shops, on the corner of River Market Avenue and Third Street, is getting two new tenants on November 1.
The man behind The Hold Steady on fame, Ben Nichols and Little Rock at large.
Parker Westbrook writes: 'What is the plural of the modern word "condominium?" '
DHS, family struggle over the sisters of murdered Hannah Dowdie.
Still under review.
An U.S. attorney ousted by the Bush administration said Griffin's behavior should be examined.
But no completion date for Walton's museum.
Few Republicans are trashing pre-existing condition health coverage. Huckabee is, however.
Chef Lewis Curtis' appearance on 'Hell's Kitchen' bound to be a bump.
If you distilled the congressional elections in Arkansas down to their essence, it would be this: Republicans own the sound bites and Democrats own the issues.
A near-moderate at one time, Huckabee has grown more and more spooky since he's been able to devote his full time to Republican politics.
We're just a page or two into "Carry the Rock" when we realize we're in the hands of a discerning and expert storyteller.
Michael Eric Dyson at Philander; Arkansas State Fiddle Championship in Mountain View; AIDS Wolf, Heart Takers, Shoplift, DJs Kichen, Sleek, Cameron Holifield, Risky Biz, Dangerous Idiots, Androids of Ex-Lovers and more in the clubs.
Susan Hickey has in recent days still been undergoing background checks for potential nomination as federal district judge, we're told.
Anticipatory notes on the upcoming county fair.
The assertion the Lesbian Rap Group had become disillusioned with the politics of the Women's Center is a total fabrication.
Ben Affleck scores with Boston heist flick 'The Town.'
There was something odd about the woman smoking on the hiking trail.
The Hogs finally played a meaningful opponent last Saturday, and it near killed me.
Robert Earl Keen, Invisible Children benefit concert, The Moving Front, Leann Rimes, Arkansas Queen dance party, Times New Viking, The Three Phantoms.
No one's going to accuse The Hold Steady of eclecticism. Over the course of five albums, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minneapolis band of 30-somethings has stuck to the traditional rock rituals that hold a guitar solo around every corner and a drum fill between each verse.
Judge-elect Wendell Griffen is up early this morning. He rises here to defend Judge Karen Baker's acceptance of a $250 contribution from a Republican Party committee in her race for state Supreme Court against Judge Tim Fox.
Gail Collins writes today about the dysfunctional Senate and the rank hypocrisy of Republicans who blocked the defense spending bill (imagine if Democrats had done that under Bush) because they don't want to end discrimination against gay people in the military and don't want to help immigrant children.
Meet Gwendolyn Strong. Thanks to health care reform, this three-year-old won't be cut off life-giving ventilators when her parents' insurance policy hits an arbitrary cap.
Free Mexican food? You betcha. Find out how to acquire your tickets to the customer reception at the Mexican Restaurant Association's national convention being held in North Little Rock next month.
A five-foot flower and four other sculptures will be unveiled tonight at the Bernice Garden.
Terry Rowlett will give a talk about his paintings on exhibit at the Fine Arts Center Gallery at the University of Arkansas tonight at 5 p.m.
It's beginning to appear certain that Democrats will roll over on taxes — no vote before the election on extending the Bush tax cuts except those for the wealthy.
Sesame Street unveils 'True Blood' parody, 'True Mud.'
(Bad) Character-laded Tim Griffin is just all over the map on taxes. He was for the "Fair" Tax.
Social commentator, champion of hip-hop, Georgetown professor and a rare example of a modern-day public intellectual, Michael Eric Dyson opens up Philander Smith's "Bless the Mic" series in the M.L. Harris Auditorium, 7 p.m.
This week's Art Notes column is about Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Roving bands of Paul Mitchell cosmetology school students from North Little Rock are wandering the streets of downtown today, giving out free hugs.
It is truly hopeless. Now almost four dozen House Democrats have signed onto the idea of not only extending the 2001 Bush income tax cuts for the wealthy, they want to ALSO extend the tax cut on dividends and capital gains (yes, they apply to all taxpayers but the cuts are overwhelmingly of benefit to the wealthy).
Delilah Montoya will talk tonight at UALR about her work in connection with the exhibit "El Grito (Cry for Independence).
-Roseanne Cash speaks about her father's anti-war streak and his devastation about the Iraq invasion at The Progressive.
V.L. Cox gives Annie Abrams a painting Cox says inspired her.
Sen. Blanche Lincoln announced today she'd joined other senators to introduce legislation to pay the more than $1 billion settlement to black farmers for discrimination by the Agriculture Department.
Arkansas's senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln were again the ONLY Democrats to join a unified Republican voting bloc, this time in opposing majority rule votes in union elections for airline and railway workers.
President Obama pushed his big small business legislation, with billions in credit and tax breaks, through the House today.
I'm out. You're on.
Check this sculpture out.
Helena native Mary Lambert, Blanche Lincoln's sister, is directing the made-for-TV Syfy flick, "Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid."
Something called the Arkansas Tea Party (do they represent 10, 10, 1000 people?) claims to have endorsed Beth Anne Rankin, the deer-in-the-headlights Republican candidate for 4th District Congress.
OK. I bagged out. I cooked dinner.
FRIDAY 9/24 The Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View kicks off two days of catgut and rosin with the Arkansas State Fiddle Championship, $10.
INVISIBLE CHILDREN/CARTI KIDS BENEFITS7:30 p.m., Juanita's. Donations.
THE MOVING FRONT9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Former President Bill Clinton says in a CNN interview that he's gone to a near vegan diet.
The New York Times reports today on stealth political spending in unprecedented sums, mostly for Republicans, by big groups that are able to mask their sources of money. The group targeted in the article has been active in Arkansas.
Paul Krugman nails it: On Thursday, House Republicans released their “Pledge to America,” supposedly outlining their policy agenda.
The state's in a tizzy over tomorrow's Razorback football game at Fayetteville against Alabama. Go Hogs.
As ever, Jon Stewart has the best analysis of the Republican Party's so-called Pledge to America.
The Cathedral School at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, currently a a PreK-5 school, will add a sixth grade next year and also is also considering adding grades 7 and 8.
ROBERT EARL KEEN8:30 p.m., The Village. $25 For the better part of 25 years, Robert Earl Keen has been the very definition of troubadour, a Lone Star musician with his dial permanently set to "tour."
'I'M ON A BOAT'5 p.m., Arkansas Queen. $15 general, $25 VIP.
LEANN RIMES4 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $40-$50.
"Don't Break the Needle," "Full Growing Man" and "Brave Man's Death" got the NPR treatment yesterday when the four-headed, fuzzy-faced J. Roddy Walston and The Business beast went into the "World Cafe" studios.
Benefit auction tonight above Bill St.
Merle Haggard to play Fayetteville Nov. 10.
Almost as pervasive as the ubiquitous burger and more popular than fried chicken, the Reuben sandwich inexplicably graces a high percentage of menus at Arkansas restaurants. Why is that?
This just in from KABZ (The Buzz) Tommy Smith, host of The Show With No Name on KABZ 103.7 The Buzz, had a medical emergency live on the air this morning around 9:30 a.m. 911 was called and he was transported to the nearest hospital.
Kris Allen can't get Ark.-Ala. tickets; Johnny Cash and Taylor Swift cover same territory and Beth Ditto gets run through the British tabloid ringer.
Download a new track from The Moving Front in advance of the band's CD release concert on Saturday at White Water.
MSNBC devotes quite a bit of acreage to essentially pose the question why organized labor is wasting a lot of money and organizing labor on Joyce Elliott's race for 2nd District Congress.
Speaking of Tim Griffin, Sen. Blanche Lincoln uses his conversion on the "fair" tax in her latest ad attacking John Boozman for supporting the 30 percent national sales tax.
It's Friday, which means it's time for Rock Candy's latest pointless time waster: This Week in Arktube.
As hinted in an article earlier by Doug Smith, a lawsuit has been filed challenging proposed constitutional Amendment 2 on the November ballot.
The Arkansas Supreme Court has sent out guidelines for attendance at oral arguments next week, Sept. 3, on Damien Echols' attempt to overturn his conviction and death sentence in the West Memphis Three murder cases.
The Lincoln campaign sends word that there has been no progress made in setting up town hall-style debates with Rep. John Boozman.
There they go again.The Texas State Board of Education today passed a resolution warning textbook publishers to scrub their books of "gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian" bias.
Witnesses say a Marianna animal control officer beat a dog to death. The police say the dog was already dead when picked up.
Dr. William F. Harrison, the Fayetteville obstetrician and gynecologist, died this morning, friends report. He'd become a central figure in the debate over abortion rights.
A federal judge has ordered the Air Force to reinstate Maj. Margaret Witt, a skilled flight nurse thrown out of the service because it was learned she was a lesbian.
And the line is open. PARTING NEWS NOTE: Hawker Beechcraft is laying off 350 companywide.
A Pulaski circuit court jury returned a $20 million damage award after less than two hours of deliberation in the lawsuit over the wrong side brain surgery at Children's Hospital.
Interesting story in this week's Petit Jean Country Headlight. You all undoubtedly remember Charles Ormond, the former Arkansas legislator who pushed repeatedly for a casino gambling amendment that would make him state gambling czar.
A little game day special on the life and times of Arkansas legislators. The subject is the Capitol Hill Building, an apartment building across Fourth Street from the Capitol in which the state has invested millions to provide cut-rate housing for 48 lucky legislators, chosen by the House and Senate.
That's what John Brummett says of John Boozman and his disingenuous advertising with the professional actor/fishermen.
Would the federal courts have provided the necessary backup to end legal discrimination in the U.S. if they had been elected, rather than serving life appointments during the civil rights struggles?
David Koon's Arktube — his roundup of Arkansas-related bits of interest on YouTube — is now viewable in its weekly home on Rock Candy.
Football and family call. I'll check back tomorrow.
John Brummett offers Sen. Blanche Lincoln another chance to explain why she (and Mark Pryor) alone joined a Republican filibuster that kiled amendments to the defense spending bill she favored — related to open gay military service and a path to citizenship for aliens who came to the U.S. as children.
The New York Times today has a feature obituary on Dr. William F. Harrison, the abortion rights defender, who died Friday in Fayetteville.
The Times today details Karl Rove's leadership of a a movement of Bush-era strategists and zillionaires to create a "durable" political structure, fueled by stealth money outside the Republican Party apparatus for GOP ascendancy.
This one's for Times publisher Alan Leveritt: Ezra Klein in the Washington Post. It begins: I have a plan that will raise wages, lower prices, increase the nation's stock of scientists and engineers, and maybe even create the next Google.
Too good to be true? New Facebook and Twitter accounts claim Browning's Mexican Restaurant is returning to The Heights.
Another slacker Sunday for me. I did encounter some good carnitas in a Mexican restaurant n Benton, however.
John Brummett deconstructs an e-mail smear of President Obama attempted to depict as cooking up a scheme to pay reparations of a sort to black people.
A group of mayors led by New York's Michael Bloomberg hasn't given up the fight on pushing for tougher gun laws aimed at curbing the trafficking of weapons that wind up in the hands of criminals.
You have to figure there will be some expanded flight opportunities and more price competition that will benefit Little Rock air travelers from Southwest Air's purchase of Air Trans.
Wait until G. Smith jr (CSA, Hon.) hears about this: Bob McDonnell, the Republican governor of Virginia, announced Friday morning that he will not declare next April "Confederate History Month."
Radio show callers this morning had a few gripes — in between moans about the Hogs' loss to Alabama — about the intense State Police patrols along the interstate between Alma and Fayetteville Saturday as hordes streamed north to be part of the record crowd at Razorback Stadium.
Tonya McNair, Kyle Boswell and Eric Freeman at Boswell-Mourot.
It's one cancellation after another this month, isn't it? Leann Rimes, who was scheduled to play a special acoustic session at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall yesterday, backed out, last minute, due to illness.
Age: 37Height: 6'0"Race: African-AmericanAliases: Clayton Bigsby; Tron; Chuck Taylor; Leonard Washington; Silky Johnson, Player Hater of the Year, 2000; Sir Smoke-a-Lot
Politico has suddenly noticed that Fox News employs four people, including Floridian Mike Huckabee, who are potential candidates for president in 2012.
Political Animals that is. Sen. Blanche Lincoln will address the group at a lunch on Tuesday, October 12.
Inspired by a question raised here last week, KUAR's Ron Breeding updated the statud of the Hoga, the Navy tug that North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays has wanted to add to his maritime museum for several years.
I urged Texas secession last week on the news that the Texas Board of Education had endorsed a resolution finding a "pro-Islamic/anti-Christian bias in textbooks."
The latest from one half of Suga City, Conduit's own Arkansas Bo, is called "Cup Inside a Cup" and the hook, looped throughout the track, samples a chopped and screwed bar from a Drake song
Men Are Sorry, Chapter Umpteen: More polling with confirmation of a broad pro-Republican male gender gap, made worse by greater enthusiasm (read anger) among men.
What's Jerry Barakat up to, selling retail space in West Little Rock?
Though I don't cotton to the idea of glory through suffering, elite athletes can often get a little boost from humility.
You think by now I'd be very tired of breakfast. But I'm up for more, after a morning soujourn at Lulav. Very much so.
A boost from humility could be in store for the Hogs after Saturday's devastating loss to Alabama, argues A Boy Named Sooie.
The state of Arkansas has received about $7.7 million in federal money to improve broadband connectivity.
The night is yours. I'll probably keep humming "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" for two or three more days.
At last! Now we can get to fantasy casting "Dog of the South."
Several hundred people turn out to enjoy the hospitality of Mexican restauranteurs at Dickey-Stephens Park as part of the Mexican Restaurant Association's convention, in town this week.
Census data shows the gap between the income of rich and poor is wider than it has ever been.
A Pew survey on basic religious questions found a deep ignorance about religion, including questions about a respondent's own faith.
Small schools are better, right?Meet the 4,100-student Brockton, Mass., high school and learn about its academic turnaround.
'THE THREE PHANTOMS'7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $30-$40 Who needs a full Broadway show?
TIMES NEW VIKING10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5 suggested donation.
Funny. When the fall senatorial campaign got underway, Rep. John Boozman said just because he sponsored the 30 percent national sales tax known as the "Fair" Tax didn't mean he supported it.
An environmental group pushing for the best possible pollution control rules for the Lake Maumelle watershed reminds that Thursday, Sept. 30 is the deadline for comments on land use proposals.
Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, the father of the Arkansas lottery, naturally finds much to like at the conclusion of the first year of the lottery, particularly a tripling of students receiving state scholarship assistance.
A panel of the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission has recommended the removal of Phillips County Circuit Judge L.T. Simes from the bench, this time for his actions in trying to get a fired police chief reinstated.
From the Los Angeles Times: As a teacher in an impoverished, gang-ridden area of South Los Angeles, Rigoberto Ruelas always reached out to the toughest kids.
State officials today said major steps had been taken toward the comprehensive trauma system envisioned in 2009 legislation with designation of trauma centers in Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Memphis.
El Dorado-based Murphy Oil will pay $1.25 million in penalties as a result of Clean Air Act violations at two of the company's petroleum refineries (one in Wisconsin, the other in Louisiana).
And it's a good one, highlghted by Talking Points Memo from President Obama's interview with Rolling Stone: It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election.
The First Annual World Championship Cheese Dip Competition October 9th at Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock could be just the thing to cement our state's position on the culinary map.
They seem a little out there for Walton. Thoughts?
Jim DeMint announces plans to bring the already glacial Senate to a halt. And voters are supposedly prepared to blame Democrats for congress' failures to get things done for the American people.
Here's the police report on that apartment intrusion mass robbery on Kavanaugh Boulevard last night.
Arkansas Busiiness is covering the final day of the trial of lawyer/developer Aaron Jones, accused of setting his Chenal Valley mansion afire to collect the insurance and help himself out of a tight financial spot.
Republican congressional candidate Rick Crawford has a new TV out saying he won't cut Social Security.
The artist is showing two new series of works at his Goshen studio.
Hendrix College, Central Arkansas' best music venue, is opening up their doors to the public this time around for an October 7 show featuring folk-rock/blue eyed soul outfit Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Politics have truly gone down the rabbit hole. Within the space of five minutes I've received: 1) A news release from Republican Tim Griffin, the nightmarish successor to Vic Snyder, demanding that Congress stay in session until it completes action on extending tax cuts to all, particularly the wealthy.
I'm headed for the barn.
Republicans talk a good game — tax cuts (very specifically detailed) and spending cuts (not so specific.)
Thursday's arguments before the Arkansas Supreme Court on Damien Echols' challenge of his conviction and death sentence in the West Memphis Three murders commands attention in the New York Times today.The article, by former Democrat-Gazette reporter Joe Stumpe, focuses on new DNA evidence and potential juror misconduct in the trial and notes the attention celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines and Eddie Vedder have brought to the case.
Nate Silver's fivethirtyeight blog still puts Gov. Mike Beebe at a 98 percent re-election probability with a 15-point (56-41) lead over Republican Jim Keet.
As promised, the Arkansas Republican Party has filed its lawsuit over free cars provided various state officials.
Times New Viking. They killed it.
The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville says 4,173 students enrolled there this fall are receiving lottery scholarships, the most at any one college campus.