U.S. home prices fell to new, post-bubble lows in March, according to the latest Case-Shiller home price numbers. And with the wave of foreclosures continuing, it's hard to see an end to the housing bust.
Foreclosures and short sales are a key driver of falling home prices. They contribute to the glut of houses on the market, and tend to sell at discounted prices.
Wilco never makes the same record twice, which makes it doubly remarkable that so many of them are tremendous. As formidable as frontman Jeff Tweedy's catalog is, the sonically inventive rock band really stands out on stage — the place where extreme technical skill meets the chemistry and rousing showmanship of passionate rock veterans. Of course, it helps that the group has the luxury of drawing highlights from seven very different records when it performs.
The Decemberists must have brainstormed many ways to follow the massively ambitious, best-selling 2008 "folk opera" The Hazards of Love: After all, not every Decemberists album can feature a large supporting cast, interlocking narratives and a generous body count. The hyper-literate Portland, Ore., band made a canny move in simplifying its attack on this year's The King Is Dead, which focuses on Colin Meloy's gift for bright, infectious roots-folk songwriting.
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I met Oprah once. Well, actually, to be clear, I met Oprah, but I'm entirely positive that she didn't meet me.
In the fall of 2002, I had a fresh diploma from Columbia in one hand and a fistful of bills in the other. For the past four years, declaring myself an English-literature and creative-writing major seemed extremely old worldy.
"Angered by civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that he will no longer allow NATO airstrikes on houses, issuing his strongest statement yet against strikes that the military alliance says are key to its war on Taliban insurgents," The Associated Press reports.
In the latest incident, AP says, "at least nine civilians were killed" Saturday in Helmand province during a NATO strike.
"Four people have been confirmed dead in an Interstate-95 bus wreck," The Richmond Times-Dispatch writes, and the northbound side of the heavily traveled route is now closed starting at Exit 98 in Virginia's Caroline County.
A video showing a 13-year-old boy's mutilated corpse has shocked many Syrians and is turning the victim, Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, into a martyr. Many of those demanding the end of President Bashar Assad's regime say his death will strengthen their resolve and inspire others to come to their cause.
Officials at the Vatican have shut down a monastery attached to one of Rome's oldest churches. Santa Croce is known these days for more contemporary methods of worship. Like the nun who was once a lap dancer performing a suggestive "Holy Dance."
About 200 people gathered in England Monday for the traditional cheese rolling contest. The idea is to slip and somersault to the bottom of Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester in pursuit of a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese. Police had canceled the event out of concerns over safety and ticket prices, but rebel cheese rollers still turned up.
Can you think of a favorite meal you really enjoyed? What if you could remember these special meals — the food and how it tastes? Chef Bryon Brown has created a theatrical dinner project in Washington, D.C. that uses memory science to help diners remember what they eat.
A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says caffeine is a no-no for children, so energy drinks should be off limits. Sugary sports beverages are also an issue. The doctors recommend that children drink water instead.
World soccer's governing body has been besieged with allegations of corruption. FIFA's president has been cleared of wrongdoing, but others weren't so lucky. Now there are accusations that Qatar bought the rights to host the 2022 World Cup.
Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:52 am
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Twin Shadow is George Lewis, a man whose soulful, crooning vocals tease out the aching sense of longing of his lyrics. He also wrote and performed the entirety of his 2010 debut album, Forget. Produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, the record is filled with lovelorn synth-pop backed by crisp drum machines and sparkling electric guitars.
Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:57 am
The rock world is full of revivalists, from the garage bands who exploded in New York in the early 2000s to the current crop of bedroom producers who draw heavily from '80s New Wave acts. Minneapolis' Gayngs may also owe much to predecessors, but Ryan Olson and his revolving-door collective of 25-odd Midwesterners are hardly riding a nostalgic wave. They play with such aching sincerity and conviction that listening to their debut album Relayted in its entirety can be a draining experience.
As more women postpone motherhood into their 30s, even 40s, they're hitting that age-old constraint: the biological clock. Now, technology is dangling the possibility that women can stop that clock, at least for a while.