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Film, "Ain’t Them Bodies Saints": Lovely People on a Crime Spree

"Ain’t Them Bodies Saints": Lovely People on a Crime Spree

A leading contender for overrated indie of the year, writer-director David Lowery's preciously '70s-set crime romance is a beautiful bore. The pretentious title should be your tip-off; for all its pseudo-poetic twang, Ain't Them Bodies Saints doesn't really mean much.…
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Music, Hear This Camper Van Beethoven: Show Preview

Camper Van Beethoven: Show Preview

Long before David Lowery made himself famous for that searing takedown of a certain NPR intern (who'd blithely asserted that she had never paid for any music ever), he fronted a celebrated indie rock band called Camper Van Beethoven. The…
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Music, All Shook Down Camper Van Beethoven Would Like All the "Northern California Girls" to Come Home

Camper Van Beethoven Would Like All the "Northern California Girls" to Come Home

Camper Van Beethoven has a message for all you wayward Northern Californians: Come the hell home! The band's upcoming album, La Costa Perdida (out Jan. 22), is named after the wild stretch of coast along Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Having…
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Music, All Shook Down Top 8 Reasons to Pay for Music, Even If You're Young, Broke, Lazy, and Indifferent

Top 8 Reasons to Pay for Music, Even If You're Young, Broke, Lazy, and Indifferent

Over the weekend, NPR intern Emily White raised a stink -- and a very forceful retort from musician David Lowery -- by saying she'd purchased almost no music in her life, even though she considered herself a huge music…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Camper Van Beethoven at 25: from warm beer to funny ideas

Camper Van Beethoven at 25: from warm beer to funny ideas

A lot has changed since Camper Van Beethoven first launched in Santa Cruz during the fall of 1983. Selling homemade EPs on the road barely pays for a tank of gas in a tour van. Attention-crazed fans have swapped stage…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

More often than not, 21st birthdays are graceless disasters. Nine out of 10 of us suffer the final passage into adulthood with ghastly alcoholic binging, just to wake the next morning with a cotton-mouth hangover and the hazy recollection of…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Brooklyn's Mink Lungs could bring out the beleaguered parent in anyone, even those too young to remember the late-"80s golden age of slacker rock. You want to sit the band"s members down and command them to get a career going…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Mac Attack

Can the Dead Milkmen's version of Running on Empty be far behind? Loads of bands record covers, but few groups are crazy enough to cover a whole album -- let alone a double album. And it takes a special kind…
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Culture, Stuff Stalker Fiction

Stalker Fiction

For a moment or two, David Lowery -- front man for the band Cracker, and before that, beloved college-radio revolutionary sweethearts Camper Van Beethoven -- found himself enjoying the book. He laughed in the right places, winced in the appropriate…
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Music, Happier Campers

Happier Campers

"The band, by all appearances, at least from what people tell me, is vastly influential, but I have no paycheck to show for it," says former Camper Van Beethoven bassist Victor Krummenacher. "Not one." Welcome to the world of cult…
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