Author: Jon Cummings

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Healthcare Bill Stinks. Could You Please Pass It Already?

Ever since Al Franken parked his rear end in the Democrats’ 60th U.S. Senate seat, the conventional wisdom has held that no matter how...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Still Two Americas

We may not have John Edwards to kick around anymore – though that hasn’t stopped us from putting the occasional boot into his backside,...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: We Wuz Robbed! Great #2 Hits of the ’00s

My apologies to anyone who’s been waiting with bated breath for me to wrap up this series – is there any such person out...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Break Up the Yankees! (And the Insurance Companies!)

It's baseball playoff time, which has Jon Cummings venting his annual Yankees rage -- and, oddly enough, thinking about public healthcare....

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Disturbing Discs, Jesus of Cool, Music

The Most Disturbing Halloween EVER!: The Horrible Clanging of “Tubular Bells”

Popdose's celebration of spooky, creepy, and otherwise unsettling music continues with Jon Cummings' goosebumped reminiscences of Mike...

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Lost in the '80s, Music

Lost in the ’80s: Thrashing Doves, “Beautiful Imbalance”

John C. Hughes might have flown off to the corporate great beyond, but thanks to Jon Cummings, Lost in the '80s is back with a look at...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Are You Ready For Some (Wingnut) Football?

Now here’s a fast-moving story: Just a week ago, word leaked that Rush Limbaugh was part of an ownership group hoping to bid on the...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Seeing the Best (and Worst) in One Another

Can liberals and conservatives still see the best in one another, or is intelligent political discourse a thing of the past? Jon Cummings...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Michael Moore’s “Capitalism,” a Don’t-Like-It-Very-Much Story

Michael Moore has a new movie out, and you might assume that a proud liberal like Jon Cummings might be filled with rapturous praise for...

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Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Nick Hornby’s “Juliet, Naked”

Nick Hornby has a new book out, and Jon Cummings is here to tell us how it holds up against the author's previous bestsellers....

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Neil Finn

The Crowded House frontman talks about the new 7 Worlds Collide project, and answers reader questions about his long career....

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: In Defense of … ACORN?

Glenn Beck scored another pelt for his demagoguery-fur coat this week, when Congress voted to cut all federal funding for the...

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Books

Book Excerpt: Nick Hornby’s “Juliet, Naked”

High Fidelity author Nick Hornby's new book doesn't reach store shelves until Tuesday, but Jon Cummings has an early sneak peek for...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '89

Popdose Flashback: Indigo Girls, “Indigo Girls”

Hey, guys, remember that girl in college? The one whose intellect was sometimes intimidating, but sometimes eye-roll-inducing, depending on...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

Calling All Questions: Neil Finn

Jon Cummings is gearing up to interview Neil Finn, but instead of hogging the questions all to himself, he wants to know what you...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Janis Ian

With the newly Sony-minted Essential Janis Ian collection on the shelves and a truly impressive body of work behind her, Janis Ian...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Gimme Some Truth

The words were spoken in London, casually, almost flippantly, and were directed at an audience that was sure to treat them in the spirit...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Popdose Picks the Beatles’ Best

It's Beatles Week here at Popdose, and Jon Cummings kicks things off by leading the staff through a list of our personal Fab Four...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Ted Kennedy and Me

Was Ted the best and bravest of the Kennedys? In his latest Political Culture, Jon Cummings looks back at the Lion's life and times....

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Books, Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: DJ Pete Fornatale Takes Woodstock Nostalgists “Back to the Garden”

If you’ve visited your local Barnes & Noble or Borders lately, you may have noticed that Woodstock-related books have taken over...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: We Wuz Robbed! Great #2 Hits of the ’90s

Welcome back to another edition of Jon Cummings' award-winning look at great #2 singles of the pop era! This week: hits from Sheryl Crow,...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: At Town Halls, Tea and Thuggery

Jon Cummings thought the right wing would smooth down its fringe feathers after the '08 election. Snake eyes on that roll, Jon!...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: eMusic is Dead! Long Live eMusic!

Jon Cummings chats up eMusic CEO Danny Stein in this week's Jesus of Cool, talking about the ramifications of the site's new deal with Sony...

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Current Events, Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Michael Jackson’s Crossover Nightmare

Did Michael Jackson break the music industry? Jon Cummings examines the damage in this week's Jesus of Cool....

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Marshall Crenshaw

It’s been a busy time lately for Marshall Crenshaw: He released his 10th studio album, Jaggedland, last month; it’s his first...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose Interviews

Jesus of Cool: Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey Shamble Through the “Here and Now”

Erstwhile (and future) dB's Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey have a new record, a new tour, and all kinds of history to discuss with Jon...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Shawn Colvin

Popdose favorite Shawn Colvin has a new live album out -- and to celebrate, she spoke with ace reporter Jon Cummings....

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Palin-Prejean Connection

One of them reached the grandest stage in her profession by virtue of her charm and very-good looks, only to be judged harshly upon that...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Amy Speace

Singer-songwriter Amy Speace’s new album is one of those projects whose success you’re tempted to attribute to the big names...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Three Girls and Their Buddy @ the Greek Theatre in L.A., 6/24/09

It’s important to know what to expect from a show when the marquee lists four talents as formidable as Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin,...