• Bulletproof Bitches

    Shelton Hull hails the rise of women in positions of power throughout the world – laying odds that Aung San Suu Kyi and Benazir Bhutto will be the ones to watch in 2008.

  • Monaural Masters

    Charles Mingus stood tall as an oak tree and played an upright bass made of the blackest ebony. Maybe not, but Shelton hull provides proof why the man remains a legend to this day.

  • Django Reinhardt in 1947

    Shelton Hull looks back at the works of Django on electric guitar, along the way wondering why this material hasn’t been collected in a boxed set and what Charlie Parker would have thought of it.

  • Anita ’63: A New O’Day is Risen

    Shelton Hull is smitten with the absolute excellence of a newly-reissued live set of music recorded in Tokyo, circa 1963, from the underrated Jezebel of Jazz.

  • An Open Letter to Virginia

    Shelton Hull attempt to offer some words of comfort to the people of Virginia, in the wake of tragedy.

  • Hinting at Hitler

    Shelton Hull is captivated by Norman Mailer’s latest novel, a study of Hitler’s early life or more succinctly, the evolution of evil within the human soul.

  • Tales of the Immaculate Bump

    Shelton Hull has the final word on recently deceased hardcore wrestler Mike Awesome. And truly, he was.

  • Pink Kangol Mafia?

    Violence against women is on the rise, no one is lifting a finger to stop it. Shelton Hull sees a “pink kangol mafia” in the near future, with women taking care of their own.

  • Max Volume, Max Intensity

    Shelton Hull is awed by Mosaic’s exhaustive new Max Roach box set, and how it lovingly excavates and elevates the drumming titan’s dizzying 1950s output to its proper place amongst the greats.

  • Say Goodbye to the Bad Guy

    As Saddam Hussein swung from the gallows today, Shelton Hull found that it placed a question mark, and not a period, at the end of the dictator’s grim legacy.

  • The Crisis Manager: Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)

    Shelton Hull takes a last look at the legacy of President Gerald Ford and finds much to praise. Sadly, there is nary a pratfall in sight.

  • Black Like Them

    Shelton Hull puts on his media critic hat to review DVD documentaries on Rastafari women and the Black Panther Party, while taking in Kool Keith’s recent TRL performance all in one sitting.

  • Pictures of People, Prone.

    Digital and independent media have made the struggle between Israel and Hezbollah the most graphically detailed conflict of recent years. But, argues Shelton Hull, it is more important than ever that we not be desensitized by the flood of violent images still coming in every day.

  • Digital Jihad

    Shelton Hull assesses the grim future of assymetrical warfare, where the cell phone has become a crucial weapon for would-be terrorists. What does this development hold for the United States?

  • Sunshine Of Her Love

    Sarah Anne Whitlock 1982-2006. Shelton Hull says goodbye.

  • Nuclear Options

    Shelton Hull sees dire consequences resulting from our Administration’s rumblings about war with Iran, both at home and abroad. Here’s the real deal.

  • Austin 3:16 Says…

    Shelton Hull faces off with former Jacksonville mayor Ed Austin, for a look at local politics past, present and future. Unfortunately there will be no beer drinkin’ nor Stone Cold Stunners.

  • Troy Lukkarila

    False teeth, old neckies, Celine Dion stalkers. Shelton Hull finds the method behind the madness of Jacksonville musician Troy Lukkarila.

  • Ear Conditioning

    Shelton Hull falls for the swampy charms of upstart Jacksonville outfit New Southern Gothic. And it sounds like he’s not alone.

  • The Ultimate Nullifier

    Shelton Hull recaps the tragic and uncertain story of kidnapped foreign correspondent Jill Carroll, and hopes he’s not writing her obituary.

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