Jack Sparks

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Eric Church: Deconstructing a Cribs appearance, and yeast infections

    Church plays the State tonight. What better time to discuss his man cave, pregnancy tests, differentiating yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, and David Allan Coe?

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    Breakfast of Champions 4/30: Embarrassment of riches

    Track Nate Patrin's progress as he plays 24 different video games in 24 straight hours. Read our Web-only feature about St. Thomas law's Planned Parenthood controversy. Revel in o ... More >>

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    April 29, 2008

    The Short Money

    Hillbilly number one previews the Kentucky Derby, lambastes the horse racing crowd and fires several shots across Paul Demko's port bow. Extinction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Minnesota Pride: White Iron Band celebrates 10th birthday

    Five years ago this week I accompanied the White Iron Band on a trip to Duluth. The resulting article, Derby days are here again

    Jack K. Sparks--hillbilly music aficionado, Kansas City Royals fan, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2007

    6/18 Morning Communiqué

    Japan opens the first nursing home for dogs, the populations of 20 American birds have been cut in half, the Marie Antionette a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2006

    12/26 Morning Communiqué

    Canadian police arrest a murder suspect with the help of YouTube, squirrels accurately predict bumper harvests, Sly peddles Rocky sequel to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2006

    11/14 Morning Communiqué

    The world's ocean are becoming more acidic, a giant penis sculpture in a Taiwanese airport causes a ruckus, Norway is deemed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2006

    10/18 Morning Communiqué

    Thirty countries soon may have "the bomb," Arizona scores last on the list of smartest states, Sen. Rick Santorum compares the Iraq ... More >>

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    May 5, 2006
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    May 3, 2006
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    April 24, 2006

    4/24: Morning Communique

    Equality equals better sex, Colombia training rats to sniff out bombs, practicing Islam in space, a graphical look at the state of the planet, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2006

    3/27: Morning Communique

    NY state senator assaults staffer with coffee, LA screenwriter's screenplay doesn't pass muster with Homeland Security, heavy metal Ken dolls, a cat vs. a ninja chipmunk, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2006

    2/7: Morning Communique

    Global internet protocol network from Google, shoving ice cream into Japanese mailboxes, Rex the Homeland Security mountain lion, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2006

    2/3: Morning Communique

    Bush backpedals on oil dependence, the Tories take a cue from "The West Wing," Brokeback to the Future, Hello Kitty guitars, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2006

    2/2: Morning Communique

    EFF files suit against AT&T for collaborating with the NSA, no chimps allowed at Kentucky sportshows, Wonkette's new blog, Charlotte's Vagina for sale, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2006

    2/1: Morning Communique

    Microsoft suffers Office legal setback, Americans are spending everything they're making, water balloons in zero gravity, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2006

    1/31: Morning Communique

    Coretta Scott King RIP, a printer that spits out live cells, drinking pee with the Segway inventor, demonic tots and deeply disturbing cuisine, whittling on the internet, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2006

    1/19: Morning Communique

    Three Ground Zero wrokers die within seven months of each other, experimental biotechnology crops not monitored, dancing animals in love, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2005

    12/23: Morning Communique

    Venezuela gives Exxon an ultimatum, Mattel buckles under right-wing pressure, Reuters pictures of the year, Capt. Jack is back, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2005

    12/15: Morning Communique

    A new anti-depressant drug that works like marijuana, Ford reverses its position on gays, so does Sen. George Allen (R-VA), the William Shatner DVD club, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2005

    12/13: Morning Communique

    South Park gets in trouble with Catholics, AFI's top movies of the year, latte art, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2005

    12/08: Morning Communique

    Wal-Mart UK celebrates domestic partnerships, an anti-war candidate takes on Hillary, the Gawker media empire grows, vote for the Webbies, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2005

    12/01: Morning Communique

    Iranian bloggers promoting dissent, federal agents funding cut, Bill O'Reilly's enemies list, interviewing puppets, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2005

    11/15: Morning Communique

    Googling murder techniques, boycotting Target, simultaneous Star Wars viewing, consumerist guinea pigs, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2005

    10/28: Morning Communique

    The NFL considers moving the Saints to LA, Exxon rakes it in, Canadian folkies try to halt the next Harry Potter movie, sexy messed-up teeth, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...

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    September 1, 2005
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    August 29, 2005

    8/29: Morning Communique

    CITY PAGES BLOGS Steve Monaco has your Monday Movie Quiz at Couch Pundit. Jack Sparks responds to Diablo Cody's State Fair post at the Other Side of Country. THESE DAYS Thailand's leader is trying to ferret out a government minister who allegedly had a penis enlargement, saying news of it is aff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2005

    7/26: Morning Communique

    This week's City Pages cover story, The Scandal That Could Eat Bush's Brain, about the Karl Rove/Valerie Plame affair, has already been posted for your wonky pleasure. CITY PAGES BLOGS Pizzaman has a new Pizza Car guiding him through the Streets of Pizza. Jack Sparks sings the praises of Drag th ... More >>

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    July 8, 2005

    7/8: Morning Communique

    CITY PAGES BLOGS Jack Sparks delivers the 3rd Edition of his Top 100 Country Songs of All Time at The Other Side of Country. THESE DAYS is moving thousands of Christians to South Carolina to reestablish constitutionally limited government founded upon Christian principles. Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2005

    6/23: Morning Communique

    [CITY PAGES BLOGS] Jack Sparks busts on Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham for distracting people from his recent chicanery by bringing up a flag burning amendment The Other Side of Country. Steve Perry turns us on to Kennedy conspiracy theorist turned movie business columnist Edward Jay Epstein at Cult ... More >>

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    June 17, 2005

    6/17: Morning Communique

    [CITY PAGES BLOGS] Jack Sparks adds ten local alt-country favorites to Minnesota's Fifty Greatest Hits at The Other Side of Country. [THESE DAYS] An Wisconsin ice cream truck driver faces drunken driving charges after a woman said she saw him throw a malt liquor can out the window of his ice cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2005

    6/14: Morning Communique

    [CITY PAGES BLOGS] Steve Monaco has last week's answer and winners, and this week's Movie Quiz at Couch Pundit. Happy Birthday to Diablo Cody at Pussy Ranch. We're proud to welcome City Pages contributor Chuck Terhark to Balls, City Pages' new sports blog. Jack Sparks embraces the hillbilly life ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Tell Us What You Really Think...

    Picked to Click Voters spew forth their most vehement opinions about the local music scene

  • News

    November 24, 2004

    Picked to Click

    To those who have recently begun to rock, we salute you

  • Music

    May 29, 2002

    Sparks Plug

    Country radio host Jack K. Sparks gets the boot

  • Music

    April 19, 2000

    Picked to Click X

    Astronaut Wife, decembers architects, and the Foxfire factor: The 2000 City Pages New Music Poll

  • Arts

    March 29, 2000

    Austin Powers

    Reports from South by Southwest, where a Texas town becomes a mecca of indie music and film