Author: Jon Cummings

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Breaking Up Is Easy To Do (Or, Why Miley Cyrus Is So AWFUL!)

Sometimes an artist and her fans need to just, like, move on already. Here, the author's daughter (and her BFF) explain why the Party In...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Not-So-Great Society

Now is the summer of our discontent … arriving on the heels of a spring, winter, autumn and previous summer that roiled in similar...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: All Politics Is Local (Unfortunately)

Americans' loathing for politicians has reached historic levels -- and as Jon Cummings discovered, a squalid local race in one California...

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Concert Reviews, Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: “Glee Live” Defies Gravity, and Channels … the Brady Kids?

The kids from Glee take their show off the air and onto the road. It's not for the uninitiated -- but for Gleeks it's a pleasure...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Andrew Ridgeley, “Son of Albert”

Bobby. Art. Dave. Sonny. Ike. J-’Stache. Curt. Paul (Humphreys, that is). Everly (no, not that one, the other one) … Of all the lesser...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Kelley Ryan’s New “Twist” on Girl-Pop

The astroPuppees frontwoman steps into the light with a sunny album depicting the range of female experience, with help from her pals Don...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Don’t Believe “Don’t Believe the Hype Machine”

Is the raging debate over the quality, value, and legitimacy of "democratized" music journalism merely the death rattle of the old-line...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: World Party, “Goodbye Jumbo”

Earth Day 1990 was a very big deal. Held on April 23, a Sunday, it marked the pinnacle of an upswing in green consumerism and a transition...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Reasons to Be Hopeful (Or Not) on Tax Day

Happy Tax Day! A special shout-out to those of you who are operating under the delusion that your taxes have gone up this year – a belief...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback: The Lightning Seeds, “Cloudcuckooland”

When the Lightning Seeds sprouted on modern rock radio in the spring of 1990, their songs felt (as much as anything on modern rock radio...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Partisan Bipartisanship

A couple of extraordinary things happened this past week. One was a big f’ing deal indeed, but the other was a bit more personal. As...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

Reissue, Repackage, Repackage: Producer Ernst Jorgensen on Burnishing Elvis’ Musical Legacy

The keeper of Elvis' musical flame discusses the King's misremembered Vegas comeback, as well as his own role in restoring rock's most...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: How To Train Your Teafoxlican

We’re supposedly just three days away from the final House votes on health care, and still nobody’s sure how it’s going to go. If you...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Sinead O’Connor, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got”

We soon learned that what she "hadn't got" was her marbles. But do we have to ignore the crazy to remember what a great album this is?...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: The Black Crowes, “Shake Your Money Maker”

A favorite trope among the British Invasion bands of the ’60s was the notion that they took the R&B, country and early rock music...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Let Obama Be Bartlet (Or at Least Bush)

The most thrilling, and also the most ridiculous, presidential speech of modern times came not from an actual president, but from a fake...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Those Condescending Elites!

Just in time for last weekend’s National Tea Party convention – an event which will be remembered mostly for the way Sarah Palin had...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Patty Griffin

To celebrate Tuesday's release of the new Patty Griffin album Downtown Church, Popdose looks back at the catalog of one of...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Boston Tea Party

Whether or not Democrats manage to salvage health care legislation, losing Ted Kennedy's seat is just desserts for their substantive and...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Rapture of Ayn Rand, Part Two

Thanks for sticking with me after the first half of this monstrous column wrapping up our series on Ayn Rand and her overlong orgy of...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Rapture of Ayn Rand, Part One

“We do not tell – we show.” So says the mentor of Atlas Shrugged‘s three key “strikers,” philosopher Hugh Akston … on...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Julia Fordham, “Porcelain”

If you were watching music videos during the winter of 1990, you probably saw a lot of Taylor Dayne’s bustiers … watched Michael Bolton...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Interview: Freedy Johnston

Singer/songwriter Freedy Johnston returns from an eight-year recording hiatus with a new album, Rain on the City, and a new outlook...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Ayn Rand’s Shangri-La of Self-Interest

I tried. I tried so hard. You’ve gotta believe me when I tell you how I tried and tried to finish Ayn Rand’s oversize chronicle of...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Maybe Ayn Rand Needed a Little Christmas

I have to admit, I’m a bit conflicted this holiday season. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been going through the motions — spending...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Ayn Rand’s Polemical Porn

Here’s the thing about reading Ayn Rand: She forces you to think the way she does. Once you’ve immersed yourself in her black-and-white...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Ayn Rand Takes a (Midas) Mulligan

When I was a senior in college, instead of prepping for a career as a Rand-ian Master of the Universe with high-level courses in economics...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: I’ve Been Ayn Randed!

A homework pass to the first commenter who can identify what inspired this column’s headline – without resorting to the Google (honor...

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Books, Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: A Liberal Reads Ayn Rand

Objectivism is back, baby! Don’t take my word for it – just check out this cover of the libertarian monthly Reason, which offers up a...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Of Afghanistan, and a Girl From Nantucket

It was such a simpler time, that summer of 2001. Remember it? That last season of America’s (cyclical) innocence shimmers in the memory,...