Articles by Jason P. Woodbury

D’Arcy Carden Will Tickle Your Funny Bone

The actress best-known as a bubbly tour guide in heaven is learning a lot from playing non-human.

A Visit to Wayne Kramer’s America

Fifty years after the MC5 played the Democratic National Convention, hoping to jumpstart a new era, things don’t look much different in the USA. But Wayne Kramer knows that it’s still on us—and him—to change.

In Conversation: Joe Pera Just Wants to Watch the Trains Go By

Set and filmed in the cozy Midwest, “Joe Pera Talks with You” isn’t your typical Adult Swim fare—though it is still on really late (and Joe will understand if you tape it for later). 

Parents, Assimilation, and BET: Jimmy O. Yang Wrote the Book on It

The stand-up comedian and “Silicon Valley” actor discusses his new memoir “How to American” and the life lessons and empathetic tone behind it.

In Conversation: Judah Friedlander Is a Person Talking

The famously behatted standup took on Trump and made a Netflix comedy special his own way.

Gun Outfit, “Out of Range”

It’s in the way the hidden reveals itself that Gun Outfit finds its surest footing.

In Conversation: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith on the Beauty of Hayao Miyazaki

The composer and synthesist dives into the visually rich world of the greatest anime filmmaker of all time.

The Uncanny Empathy of Open Mike Eagle

The rapper, comic, and podcaster on what he learned in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects.

The Magazine of Champions: On the Shabby Brilliance of “Grand Royal” Magazine

In conjunction with the label of the same name, the Beastie Boys launched “Grand Royal” magazine without much of a plan. But with the help of a ramshackle editorial team that included Spike Jonze and Bob Mack, they didn’t need one.

Gary Bartz Ntu Troop, “Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru”

Bartz was interested in broadcasting a particular worldview, one that was stridently African, anti-war, and cosmically enlightened. He wanted to make music that reflected his experience.

Randy Newman, “Dark Matter”

Now that he’s settled into his seventies and is releasing his eleventh studio album, it’s a remarkable comfort to see how unflinching Randy Newman remains.

Popol Vuh, “Agape-Agape Love-Love” and “Spirit of Peace” [reissues]

Popol Vuh Agape-Agape Love-Love (8/10) Spirit of Peace (9/10) ONE WAY STATIC Of all the disparate figures grouped incongruously under the “Krautrock” banner, none sought…

Don’t Miss: S U R V I V E

Abstract horror soundscapes: coming soon to a festival near you.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, “Diaspora”

Scott makes synthesizing a century of jazz seem easy.

Vince Staples, “Big Fish Theory”

Staples remains unconvinced at his own soirée.

Vince Staples at the Margins

What does it all mean? The Long Beach native isn’t telling.

B Boys, “Dada”

Though they play clumsy rubes, there’s no hiding the Brooklyn trio’s combined smarts.

U2, “The Joshua Tree: 30th Anniversary Edition”

“The Joshua Tree” is a record so universal, so full of modern pop hymns, that people probably wouldn’t have minded it showing up automatically on their iPhones.

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