TV on DVD: “The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Top Gear Trucks”

The word “wholesome” gets thrown around a lot with regards to children’s/family programming, and it’s usually sarcastic shorthand for “boring” or “uncool.” To me, it is an all-important indication that as a parent, I can turn it on and not have to ...

Before We Was Fab: Jesse Belvin, “Guess Who”

When singer/songwriter Jesse Belvin died in a car accident on February 6, 1960, he became the first artist of the rock ‘n’ roll era to join the as-yet-unnamed 27 Club. And while some members of that most gruesome assembly are ...

New Music: School of Language, “Between the Suburbs”

When when of my favorite new bands, Field Music, went on their first hiatus in mid-2008, David and Peter Brewis made it clear that they were far from done making music. They emphatically proved that point in 2008, when each of the ...

Top 12 Christmas Albums of All-Time

Christmas music, as we currently think of it, didn’t really get going until about the 1930s, when a number of Yuletide numbers became jazz standards. And to listen to most radio stations when they switch over to their all-Christmas music format around ...

Book Review: The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion

On one end of the music fan spectrum, you’ve got people who only know an artist’s hit songs and could name maybe one or two members. On the other hand you have the obsessive — they know the personal history of every ...

DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000 — 25th Anniversary Edition

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It hardly seems possible, but it’s been 25 years since a quirky comedian named Joel Hodgson unleashed Mystery Science Theater 3000 on an unsuspecting Minnesota public. To commemorate the show’s 25th anniversary, Shout! Factory has issued the latest ...

Product Review: Onkyo LS-B50/LS-T10 Envision Cinema Speakers

To date, there have been two things holding me back from owning a superior home entertainment system — limited space and limited funds. Actually, if I’m to be honest that second one could be more accurately termed as “cheapness,” but that’s neither ...

11 Great Songs in Honor of Veterans Day

Today, in case you have not bothered to check your calendar, is November 11. Specifically, it’s Veterans Day. It’s one day out of the year — but hopefully not the only one — where we can put aside our personal or political ...

10 of the Strangest Officially Licensed Beatles Products Ever

Long before Kiss set the gold standard in licensing their band (brand?) to death, the Beatles were the kings of merchandise. And while some Beatles products made sense — pins, wigs, lunch boxes, posters, and the like — there was some really ...

Boo! The Top 20 Halloween Songs Playlist

If you’re the type of person who leaves Christmas shopping until the very last minute, you’re probably also inclined to wait until just before Halloween to make a super-spooky playlist. In both cases, shame on you!

Fortunately for you, I’m willing to ...

Top 10 Musically Satisfying Solo Careers

Going it alone is hard, even when you’re incredibly talented. I learned this the hard way every weekend for my entire high school life. But sometimes a musician breaks away from the band and not only doesn’t fall flat on his face, ...

The Show Must Go On: 10 TV Series That Dealt With Death

When Fox’s Glee returns to the air for its fifth season tomorrow, it will do so with the weight of tragedy behind it. Cast member Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose in July. A tribute episode is ...

Before We Was Fab: Dale Hawkins, “Susie Q”

In June of 1968 Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their first chart hit with the double-sided single “Suzie Q,” which peaked at #11 and launched the quartet to national prominence. The swampy groove and timeless guitar lick have become so synonymous with ...

7 Dramatic Actors With Serious Comedic Ability

America will get treated to yet another dark comedy about the Mafia this Friday, when The Family opens. It stars Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, the blonde cheerleader from Glee, and some other kid. This is certainly not the first ...

Top 10 Late-Night TV Talk Show Bombs

The landscape of late-night television talk shows is an ever-shifting one, and seems to have been in a near-constant state of flux since the legendary Johnny Carson retired in 1992. But even before then, the list of failed talk shows over the ...

20 Awful Album Covers (from Artists Who Should Know Better)

Look, I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending that there aren’t already at least three or four lists of the worst album covers ever out there on the internet. You know it and I know it. But this one is different, I ...

7 Musical Careers Impacted By Injuries and Illness

I’m not a person who’s very good at overcoming adversity. Just the other day one of my contact lenses was bothering me and I called out sick from work. So I know little of what it takes to reach the heights of ...

The 9 Worst Legacies of ’90s Pop Culture

The good thing about pop culture trends is that most of them, while shitty, go away eventually. But some of them, like that nasty case of herpes you picked up your freshman year in college, never really vanish for good. They either ...

Top 10 Ben Folds Five Songs

If you had told me just three or four years ago that not only would I get to hear a new Ben Folds Five album — and a damn fine one to boot — but see them on tour, I would have ...

Top 10 TV Themes of the ’70s

The art of the TV theme song is a lost one these days. After all, why waste 90 seconds playing music at the beginning of a show when you can just cram in an extra commercial break? But there was a time, ...

Before We Was Fab: Phil Phillips, “Weeping Willow”

Yes I’m writing about Phil Phillips and no, I’m not writing about “Sea of Love.” There’s really nothing for me to add to the story of that great song, which was already covered quite well by our own Jon Cummings

10 Great Kiss Greeting Card Song Lyrics

Just because it’s not even close to Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you should pass up the opportunity to tell someone special to you how much you care about them. But man, the typical store-bought greeting card just feels so generic and impersonal. ...

Top 10 Rock Songs About… Rock

Typically, writing a rock and roll song about rock and roll is a pretty lame move. It’s sort of like writing a poem about writing poetry. By virtue of the fact that we’re listening to a rock song we’ve pretty much established ...

Top 15 Most Quotable Movies Ever

There are many ways for a movie to worm its way into our collective consciousness. It can dazzle us with mind-blowing special effects, introduce us to unforgettable characters, or move us with great stories. Or it can just be chock full of ...