Countless rappers have boasted of their coke-dealer and
weed-runner reputations. But few MCs have built their careers around thievery,
as is the case with Brownsville crook Thirstin Howl III. Like the Gilligan's Island character of
the same name, this self-described skillionaire likes his gear preppy.
For a while, Beck's "Record Club" project - in which he recruits various musicians like Charlotte Gainsbourg, MGMT, Wilco, Feist, Jamie Liddell, and Devendra Banhart to spend a day in a studio and record a cover version of a full album - was more intriguing in theory than in practice. The first two album choices - Velvet Underground and Nico and Songs of Leonard Cohen - were good, but a little safe, and the third choice, Skip Spence's Oar, was just okay.
Gaga Polaroid unveiling at the MIT Museum. Photo: Scott M. Lacey
One of our staffers is currently working on a conspiracy theory that Lady GaGa isn't actually a lady at all. No, no, this isn't a set-up to a well-placed tuck-back-the-ole-sac joke. The premise is that GaGa is actually a character played by a whole cast of actors (men and women alike) whose identities will never be discovered due to the wacked out parade of millinery constantly obscuring "Lady GaGa's" face.