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One on One with James McMurtry

Until 2004, singer-songwriter James McMurtry was known mainly as a highly-respected chronicler of hard-bitten heartland characters living hardscrabble lives on the fringes. Then he released the single “We Can’t Make It Here,” a scorching indictment of the Bush administration and the power elite, earning the unassuming Texan

Note to Self – Hello, cruel world

Brian Murphy I am an orphan. I thought long and hard about it, and this seems like the best way to get it out there for everyone. It’s still a fresh wound and very painful to talk about, but my therapist seems to think that confronting it

Chicken and Milk – Feel the burn …

(Click to enlarge.) Jeremiah was raised in the deepest part of the darkest jungle. That’s why he smells like adventure. He currently lives in Elkins, WV with his wife, Becky, and son, Isaiah, who is epic and destined to rule the world one day. You can contact

Murphy’s Law – Geronimo!

Joel Murphy As a child, I spent an absurd amount of time in my bedroom recording my own “radio shows.” I would sit there with a tape recorder and perform bits or introduce songs with my high-pitched, prepubescent voice. Sometimes, I would try to get my brother

Overrated – White America’s racial tolerance

Ned Bitters Disclaimer: The views expressed in this column are solely those of Ned Bitters and do not necessarily reflect the views of HoboTrashcan. This week’s inductee into the “Overrated Hall of Fame” is … white America’s racial tolerance. With Barack Obama on the verge of winning

Outside of the In-Crowd – Guilty pleasures

Courtney Enlow I’ve always been confused by the concept of “The Guilty Pleasure.” It just seems wrong to me that we should feel shame for liking something. (Note: I’m far more confused by the concept of “Ironic Enjoyment,” but it’s a more hateful confusion and I could

Chicken and Milk – Shut up or I’ll bite your ankle, fool!

(Click to enlarge.) Jeremiah was raised in the deepest part of the darkest jungle. That’s why he smells like adventure. He currently lives in Elkins, WV with his wife, Becky, and son, Isaiah, who is epic and destined to rule the world one day. You can contact

Getting to Know … Megan Hilty

It's fitting that Megan Hilty's fairytale rise to stardom would come via Wicked, a Broadway musical based on Gregory Maguire's reimagining of the classic fairytale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Seattle, Washington native always dreamed of one day performing on a Broadway stage. Hilty began singing

Note to Self – And the shaft goes to …

Brian Murphy Last month I wrote a column in hopes of letting North America in on what the rest of the world already knows, that Alexander Ovechkin is the best player in the National Hockey League. My point was that while ESPN and all of Pennsylvania continues