I somehow got in the habit of picking up historical biographies. I have never been one for the “Great Man” theory of history (if anything, I am a dialectic stan), but my favorite local bookstore and Costco always have a …Read more
Power, seduction, and lies. All are on painful display in Mrs. America.
Dahvi Waller, a producer and writer on Mad Men, created and runs this astounding show. The show is set during the second wave of the Women’s …Read more
Fear presides over these memories, a perpetual fear.
-- Philip from Philip Roth's The Plot Against America
This is a tough one. Philip Roth's book The Plot Against America was published in 2004, it is a re-imagining of history where …Read more
I recently reviewed American Valhalla (tinyurl.com/zubvalhalla), the amazing film about the making of Iggy’s landmark comeback record Post Pop Depression. The band is led by Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and features QOTSA members …Read more
This was one of my early pandemic television series binges. There’s no doubt that writers/actors Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle are on a hot run. These two came up as writers on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and currently have …Read more
Our “brief” at Zub Alert is to write about all things “zub”: cool, masterly, paradigmatic works, no matter the field or subject. The common thread is that we like them and want to make sure you know about them too. …Read more
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift - Live From Home Sweet Quarantine Beatles By Request Part 6
I’ve been following Robyn and Em’s streaming shows from the beginning, using the StageIt platform (www.stageit.com). This one had to be one …Read more
Part of the flattening of the globe is our access to programming from everywhere, uploaded by fans and only sporadically monitored on YouTube. Staples of national television, ubiquitous in country, now have new international viewers who come wide-eyed and appreciative …Read more
The Beatles still manage to remain vital and relevant fifty years after they broke up. On April 25, they pulled a surprise: a YouTube viewing of their 1968 animated film, Yellow Submarine, adding sing-along captioning in the style of …Read more
What makes a scene? How does it happen? More specifically, how did the sleepy Southern college town of Athens, GA become a powerful and influential beacon for indie culture and music?
It’s all here in Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia,
Without warning, they just did it: here’s Alphabetland. Los Angeles’ original punk rockers X just released their first record in 35 years with their original lineup. Dropped via Bandcamp and Fat Possum Records with no advance warning, Alphabetland is …Read more
Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift Live Online for Nashville Tornado Relief Part 2
We love to blog about the shows, films, music, tv, books and even the occasional art exhibit we see. In the days of social distancing precautions, artists …Read more
Kind and weird.
Those are the two words that come to mind when I think of Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair’s remarkable HBO series High Maintenance. Blichfeld is an Emmy award winning casting director known for her work on 30 …Read more
I’ve seen Arrow Beach, a Triangle based NC band, twice (tinyurl.com/zubbeach). I’ve seen the lineup change and become friends with them, and I have to say they are without a doubt one of my favorite bands. The band …Read more
Drugs have always been a thing in rock and roll. The bands that I grew up with, from The Beatles to The Stones to The Velvets, Iggy, Bowie, etc. all were well versed in drugs. It’s funny for me, someone …Read more
My first pandemic series binge. I’d like to say a little bit about the 9-episode series of Watchmen on HBO. First of all, I know this is a very beloved comic from the DC comics world. I personally am not …Read more
For over a month, Steve Nieve (best known in Zub circles as Elvis Costello’s longtime keyboardist) has been streaming cozy piano-based salon shows from his home in Normandy, France. The “Daily Improvisation” shows, recently dubbed The Immobile Tour, are …Read more
This 2017 movie is about the creation, production, and touring of Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression record. Co-directed by Joshua Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) and photographer Andreas Newman, this is one amazing, astounding music film. The people at …Read more
If you are a Zubland regular, you know I am a huge fan of Peter Holsapple and his (now disbanded) combo. We did an extensive Podcast about the dB’s a while back at tinyurl.com/zubamplifier. Peter’s solo career went on…
Game Theory, the San Francisco based band led by Scott Miller, was one of the most influential pop bands of the 1980’s. They are one of those ‘greatest bands you never heard of’ types. They existed in several line-ups led …Read more
For someone who is such a fan of his father, the late Ian Dury (tinyurl.com/zubreasons), I know very little about Baxter Dury’s career. I knew he had released a record or two but The Night Chancers is actually …Read more
When my family moved from a series of college towns in the midwest to the foothills of North Carolina, I experienced a bit of a culture shock. The 1974 talent show of my country K-8 featured an uncool Elvis tribute, …Read more
We love to blog about the shows, films, music, tv, books and even the occasional art exhibit we see. In the days of social distancing precautions, artists are moving their works to streaming platforms and Zub is going there with…