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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Music, Popdose Flashback '89

Popdose Flashback: Kirsty MacColl, “Kite”

In this week's installment of Popdose Flashback, Jack Feerick reminds us why no home should be without a copy of Kirsty MacColl's...

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DVD Reviews, How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: “Nickelback: Live at Sturgis 2006”

Nickelback played the Sturgis bikers' rally in 2006, and now, a DVD commemorating the occasion is in stores. Jack Feerick asks the critical...

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CD Reviews, How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: “Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration”

Rock ‘n’ roll and Gospel music have a long and contentious history, traditionally operating at odds to one another; and while...

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Book Reviews, Books, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto”

Thank God for Ted Nugent. Seriously. The guy is a true patriot, and he has strong notions about America and what makes her great, which he...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Television

How Bad Can It Be?: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”

There’s a particular school of cultural critic — you know the kind — who are forever seeking signs that the world is...

How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: “Live from Daryl’s House”

Let it be said, for starters, that Daryl Hall has a really nice house. It’s a rambling old place, somewhere in rural Pennsylvania....

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DVD Reviews, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “Turok, Son of Stone”

I’m a big believer in simplicity where simplicity is called for. As cosmopolitan adult audiences, we’re supposed to sneer at...

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How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “Across the Universe”

Hey, you! You dig the Beatles, right? ‘course you do! That’s because you belong to some subset of the umbrella group Human...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '89

Popdose Flashback: “Lyle Lovett and His Large Band”

By 1989, Lyle Lovett had already been kicking around for a couple of years. He cut a unique figure from the start, a Texan Eraserhead with...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: Mishka

So I’m eating pork rinds naked at my computer, idly wiping my greasy hands on my thighs while the dog slouches in a corner licking...

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Books, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “Batman Year 100”

My primary brief, with How Bad Can It Be?, is to look at media product that for whatever reason — an unpromising premise, a poisoned...

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Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Friday Mixtape: 2/13/09

The Knife – Heartbeats (OneMusic Session) — unreleased; original version appears on Deep Cuts (2005) Farrenheit – Fool in...

DVD Reviews, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “The Hee Haw Collection”

I’m always amazed by the crap that people hold onto. I have a lot of enthusiasms — music, comics, film — but...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: “Johnny Cash Remixed”

A song isn’t necessarily “finished” just because it’s been recorded; any producer will tell you that the mixing...

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How Bad Can It Be?, Music

How Bad Can It Be?: Britney Spears, “Circus”

What’s weird about the discourse surrounding popular culture is how quickly it becomes self-reflexive. That is, it becomes possible...

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Books, How Bad Can It Be?

How Bad Can It Be?: “The Shack”

I will not cop to charges of snobbery; I find my pop-culture thrills wherever I can. I freely admit, though, that I’m selective. Any...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to the Pogues

In The Pogues’ breakthrough 1988 single “Fairytale of New York” (download), songwriter Shane MacGowan and guest vocalist...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “White Hot Days”

Once again kids, yours truly is handing over the mixing duties to Jack Feerick — who brought us a mix that “gave the drummer...

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Drums Take the Melody”

Hiya kids! This week I have a guest DJ mixin’ it up for you. Jack Feerick wrote a great Popdose Guide to Traffic and, unsatisfied...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Traffic

This story I’m telling, it starts in the middle. But this is a story that loops and circles in on itself, like a cloverleaf roadway;...