Author: Jack Feerick

Jack Feerick — critic-at-large, freelance know-it-all, and three-time Jeopardy! champion — lives and works in upstate New York with his family, three two one cat, and a neurotic Husky. You can hit him up on Twitter, and listen to more of his work on Soundcloud while you're at it.

Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Popdose Mixtape: Election Day 2018 Edition

You don’t need me to tell you. You can see it with your own eyes. You don’t need me to tell you that everything we warned of,...

Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Popdose Mixtape: Labor Day 2018 Edition

Welcome again to our annual cavalcade of music and songs from the ass-end of the class divide, the anthems and laments of the world’s...

Music, Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll

Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #19: Bring ‘em All In

(Archive.) Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of the parties involved. . . . or, 2,000 Words About 59 Musicians Here’s...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #18: Dog and Pony Show

(Archive.) June – July 2017 Spring and summer draw on, and with Roscoe’s Basement still lacking a lead guitarist, no gigs are...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #17: I Got the Six

(Archive.) Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals concerned. May – June 2017 Here’s the thing about...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #16: A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel

(Archive.) Saturday, May 6, 2017 — 7:45 AM It’s a cold, misty morning, unseasonable for May. I am driving my little Honda — its...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #15: Driving on Slow Hand Road

(Archive.) March 2017 Playing that first gig after injury feels like a dam breaking. I’ve been working on songs all winter — singing...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #14: Jump Into the Fire

(Archive) Thursday, January 12, 2017 I’m beginning to feel distinctly that I am more trouble than I’m worth. It’s crunch time for...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #13: The Bump and the Grind

(Archive.) Sunday, January 1, 2017 As we begin the new year, the ranks of Roscoe’s Basement are kind of beat up. Craig is walking wounded...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #12: Smash

(Archive.) Friday, December 9, 2016 What happens is this. I’m up early on a Friday, ready to walk the dog before I fix breakfast for my...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #11: Reap What You Sow

(Archive.) Wednesday, October 3, 2016 The band may be called Roscoe’s Basement, but in fact Roscoe — Tom and Deanna Finn’s...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #10: Community

(Archive.) Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Using photos and video from our Happy Hour show as a calling card, Chuck and Tom have been hustling...

Music, Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll

Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #9: Surprise, Surprise

(Archive.) Monday, July 11, 2016 Roscoe’s basement has no gigs scheduled until autumn, but our summer is remarkably productive. We played...

Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Popdose Mixtape: Labor Day 2017 Edition

Welcome once again to our annual revue of hard-hitting songs for the hard-hit people on the wrong side of the class divide — the...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #8: The Woodshed

(Archive.) Summer 2016 And so, as we roll into the fiery heart of summer, we have our proof of concept. I am no longer an aspirant; I am...

Music, Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll

Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #7: Get Happy!

(Archive.) Friday, June 3, 2016 Here we are, folks — the dream we all dream of. Man versus butterflies. Prince is dead, and I’m not...

Music, Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll

Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #6: Mixing Up the Medicine

(Archive.) A long time ago — not long after my brief and inglorious tenure with We Saw The Wolf, in fact — I directed a church choir....

Music, Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll

Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #5: Beneath the Underdog

(Archive.) Thursday, April 7, 2016 I never end up taking a screenshot of that Craigslist ad that led me to Tom, but I still have the e-mail...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #4: Cattle Call

(Archive.) The names of bands and individuals have been changed to protect the privacy of those involved. March 2016 Sometimes, when I’m...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #3: Advertisements for Myself on the Way Out

(Archive.) March 2016 I use the rest of the Valentine’s Day weekend to put the new amplifier through its paces. It produces a...

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Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #2: Gear

(Previous.) Valentine’s Day weekend 2016 It’s a gray and frigid morning, a couple of weeks before my 49th birthday, and I am standing...

Music, Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll

Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll #1: Jack Turns Up

Like a lot of you, I played in rock ‘n’ roll bands when I was young. And like a lot of you, I eventually gave it up. But unlike most...

Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Trying-to-Be-Thankful Turkey Day Mixtape: 2016 Edition

Well, now. This is going to be an awkward Thanksgiving, isn’t it? At the very least, it’s going to be a little difficult to maintain...

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The Popdose Mixtape: Election Day 2016 Edition

You ought to know before we get started: This time, I’m taking sides. The last time I did one of these, it was in a spirit of optimism...

Music, The Weekly Mixtape

Return of the All-Night, All-Fright Halloween Mixtape Party Pack!

Greetings, children of the night! As your Halloween party draws nigh, our senses-shattering mixtape series is resurrected to wreak havoc on...

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The Popdose Mixtape: Labor Day 2016 Edition

Welcome once again to the Popdose Labor Day Mixtape, our annual curated playlist of music and songs about work, economics, and the dubious...

Books, Comics Reviews

COMICS REVIEW: Bitch Planet, Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine

Bitch Planet makes no bones about being a dangerous object. The bold, garish cover art seems made to be viewed under a black light. The...

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Jack Fear’s All-Night, All-Fright Halloween Mixtape Party Pack!

There are (as has often been observed) two kinds of people in this world. What those two kinds are — well, that’s a matter of...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: “The Best Small Fictions 2015”

Writing fiction is both art and science, but never does it feel more like a science than when the fiction is very short. The traditional...

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The Popdose Mixtape: Labor Day 2015 Edition

Welcome to the annual Labor Day mix, where we kick back, listen to some tunes about economics and labor, and consider the situation of the...