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.
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How Bad Can It Be?, Television

How Bad Can It Be? FLASHBACK: “The Biggest Loser Families”

Jack Feerick has the deadline blues this week, leading him to publish his first flashback column -- a previously unpublished look at "The...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: Squirrel Nut Zippers, “Lost At Sea”

As I write this, the Dow-Jones is breaking 10,000, and the economy looks to be coming out of a slump — even though nobody’s...

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DVD Reviews, Film, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “Dragonball: Evolution”

Braving untold depths of epic spiritual misery, Jack Feerick has ventured into the fetid hole that is Dragonball: Evolution. Dear...

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Disturbing Discs, Music

The Most Disturbing Halloween EVER!: John Cale

That’s right, folks, the most disturbing Halloween EVER! From now until Halloween, the Popdose staff are going to be thumbing through...

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Books, Film, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: Noetic Science Goes to the Movies

What is noetic science, why is everyone talking about it, and how does it relate to some of the most obnoxious new age hooey to separate...

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Book Reviews, Books, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: Dan Brown, “The Lost Symbol”

Dan Brown is the best-selling author in history, and has millions of fans. If you are one of them, do yourself a favor; don’t read...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: One Eskimo, “All Balloons”

Singer-songwriter pop aimed squarely at adults meets animation geared to the Playhouse Disney demographic. Yeah, nothing could...

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DVD Reviews, Film, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “Delgo”

It's one of the biggest film flops of all time. But Jack Feerick wanted to know -- really, how bad can it be?...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '89

Popdose Flashback ’89: Daniel Lanois, “Acadie”

Do you feel that chill in the air? Fall is almost upon us, and it's got Jack Feerick thinking about the autumnal majesty of Daniel Lanois'...

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Book Reviews, Books, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: Joe Pernice, “It Feels So Good When I Stop”

Indie rock royalty Joe Pernice has released his debut novel, and the first thing Jack Feerick wants to know is -- you guessed it -- How Bad...

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Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Friday Mixtape: 8/21/09

Prince – Cinnamon Girl from Musicology (2004) The Chemical Brothers with Tim Burgess – The Boxer from Push the Button (2005)...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Turn of a Friendly Card”

Poker? I hardly know her! Jack Feerick steps into the booth for this week's Mix Six, and a batch of classic cards-themed tracks....

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DVD Reviews, Film, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “Veggie Tales: Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah’s Umbrella”

Jack Feerick has just returned from a pulse-pounding adventure with the world's most famous Christian vegetables!...

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Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Friday Mixtape: 8/7/09

A friend of mine, listening to an embryonic version of this mix — a sort of imaginary soundtrack to The Originals, the graphic novel...

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CD Reviews, How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: Ashley Tisdale, “Guilty Pleasure”

Ashley Tisdale's new album is called Guilty Pleasure, and in his latest How Bad Can It Be?, Jack Feerick explores the levels of...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Television, TV on DVD

How Bad Can It Be?: “Star Trek: The Animated Series”

Happy Friday, Trekkies! It's time for another installment of How Bad Can It Be? -- and this time, Jack Feerick is taking a leak all over...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: Livan, “Happy Returns”

Who the heck is Livan, and where does he get off describing his sound as "Nine Inch Nails meets the Clash"? Jack Feerick investigates in...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '89

Popdose Flashback: Peter Gabriel, “Passion”

For this week's installment of Popdose Flashback, Jack Feerick takes the reins and leads us through a celebration of Peter Gabriel's...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: “Rob Thomas: Something to Be Tour — Live at Red Rocks” DVD

There’s a tradition in sports of retiring jersey numbers. It’s a way of proclaiming that a player’s achievements are...

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Book Reviews, Books, How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: “Off the Bus and On the Record”

Rock ‘n’ roll, of course, is all about The Kids. No matter what the makeup of its actual audience — and evidence suggests...

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Film, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”

When you think about it, there’s no earthly reason why movies based on video games should, as a class, be so atrocious. For one...

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Music

Popdose Hits the Highway: The Ultimate Road Trip Mixtape

Taking to the road this summer? You won't find better company than the Ultimate Road Trip Mixtape, compiled by Jack Feerick and the Popdose...

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Current Events, How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: Fightstarters

The point of a column like this is not to be a consumer guide, or to give “thumbs up”/”thumbs down” to the latest...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: Marilyn Manson, “The High End of Low”

Since I’ve joined the staff for this site, I’ve learned so many things just by virtue of being on the official Popdose e-mail...

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DVD Reviews, How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: “Barbra Streisand: The Concerts”

In the pantheon of queer models of femininity, Barbra Streisand looms large — just below the holy trinity of Judy and Liza and Liz,...

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Books, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “Devil Dinosaur Omnibus”

If it's Friday, it must be How Bad Can It Be? -- and this time, Jack Feerick is leafing through the pages of Jack Kirby's Devil Dinosaur...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: Heaven & Hell, “The Devil You Know”

The Dio-era lineup of Black Sabbath is back together and rockin' again with a new album. They're calling themselves Heaven & Hell, and in...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Television, TV on DVD

How Bad Can It Be?: “Hannah Montana Volume 5: Keepin’ It Real”

Jack Feerick's latest How Bad Can It Be? takes him deep into the heart of darkness -- the fifth volume of "Hannah Montana" on DVD....

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Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Friday Mixtape: 5/01/09

Jeff Buckley – Kashmir from Live at l’Olympia (2001) The Tea Party – Save Me from Splendor Solis (1994) Orchestre...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Television

How Bad Can It Be?: “Lie to Me”

Take a mid-list British actor — not a character actor exactly, but not traditional leading-man material either. Slap him with a...