Columbia, South Carolina, is the birthplace of the Advanced Theory. Apparently Bob Dylan knows this because he made his pilgrimage there a couple of weeks ago. Actually, he went there to shoot this commercial for his new record, but I'll bet he was spiritually refreshed after talking to Steve Spurrier and having a Rush's milkshake.
Meanwhile, Jody Rose at Slate says that Modern Times is "a better album than Time Out of Mind and even than the majestic Love and Theft, which by my lights makes it Dylan's finest since Blood on the Tracks." Take that, you Advanced Theory nonbelievers!