Author: Jon Cummings

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: Boomers See “The Stranger” in Themselves

These days baby boomers, especially women, are in something of a panic. Demographically, professionally, financially and sociologically,...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Those Liberal-Elitist American Girls

On the day we celebrated my daughter Catie’s first birthday, my good friend Robert Simonson came out to the suburbs for the party...

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Jesus of Cool, Television

Jesus of Cool: “Weeds” Goes to Pot

sit•com n. Informal A situation comedy; a television comedy series involving a group of regular characters in everyday situations,...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Six Degrees of Bo Donaldson

When I worked at Billboard in the mid-’90s, a stroll past dance editor Larry Flick’s cubicle was a necessity — he sat...

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Concert Reviews, Music, Popdose

Un-Ledded Love at the Greek: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, 6/23/08

The stifling heatwave that gripped southern California for a full week blew away just in time for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to fill...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Television

Jesus of Cool: Gettin’ Down (or Not) to “Swingtown”

Can you feel it? I feel it. You know what I’m talking about – that sudden jolt, that shock that has surged through the...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: When the Levee Breaks (Again)

If you’ve watched the TV news carefully this week, you may have noticed that somewhere amidst the all-Russert-all-the-time lovefest...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: What Hath Russert Wrought?

This was a tough weekend for political junkies – particularly those whose televisions generally find themselves tuned to NBC-related...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Doing Business on Faith (and Credit)

Yesterday afternoon I was shopping around for a new mattress for my son’s bedroom, and I happened upon a brand-new America’s...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: In Praise of … Cliff Richard?

Last week in this space, I described a single by the Canadian rock band Prism as “sounding like an early-’80s Cliff Richard...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: 15 Republican Rumors about Barack Obama

15. His trash-talking during high school basketball games inspired White Men Can’t Jump 14. Until 2004, his last name was X 13. His...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: Jon’s Singles File, Vol. 34

Actually, it’s only Volume 2, but who’s counting? This is an all-Canadian edition of my occasional series sorting through the...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Why Won’t You Go, Joe Lieberman?

The strange case of Joe Lieberman just gets curiouser and curiouser. Had things gone slightly different in Florida eight years ago, the...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Marriage? Keep It Gay!

Last week, Republicans half a world apart (in more ways than one) showed us the difference between rational, reasoned political thought and...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’00s

The difference between journalism and history is, of course, time and perspective – as I’ve been reminded over the last few...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Keith Olbermann — As Bad as Bill-o?

It happened again last night, a sight that many liberals have come to love. Veins a-poppin’, eyes a-bulgin’, ears...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: Talking Hot 100 Blues, with Geoff Mayfield

Over the past several months I’ve been engaged in a Vision Quest on this tiny slice of the Internet, attempting to locate and...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Who’s Torturing Who?

I’ve been feeling a lot of pressure to see Standard Operating Procedure, the new Errol Morris documentary about the goings-on at Abu...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’90s

Man, I’ve got a headache. Maybe it’s a hangover from the most recent installment in this series, when so many readers joined...

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Current Events, Political Culture, Television

Political Culture: Fake News Cage Match – Stewart vs. Colbert

Some fascinating new polling data has surfaced on the most intriguing political battle of our time. Harvard’s Institute of Politics...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: The Rock Yearbooks, 1981-89

A few weeks ago in this space, I located the origin of my personal anglophilia in the syndicated radio show Rock Over London, which...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Obama, Ayers, and Advanced Citizenship

As the Democratic primary campaign slogs onward to Indiana and North Carolina this week, Hillary Clinton – despite her...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: Jon’s Singles File, Vol. 1

Like a lot of music buyers back in the late ’70s and early ’80s – a pre-Compact Disc era when recession, market...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: “We Will Prevail — We Are Virginia Tech”

One year ago today, my hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia, came face to face with a horror few American towns have had the misfortune of...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’80s

Something’s come over me as I’ve contemplated this, the fourth edition of what promises to be a six-part series (the invention...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Chuckles and Cho, Part One

I know I’m a few days late, but may I please be the one who gets to pry the gun from his cold, dead hands? Forgive me if I decline...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Rock Over London!

Having spent the last two columns riffing on the careers of Robbie Williams and Texas, two acts that sped my acclimation to the U.K. during...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Two Guys Named George Play Ball

In our current age of hyper-partisan combat and contempt – to which I have proven myself at least as susceptible as my fellow...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: Don’t Mess with Texas

Imagine a band with a sultry female singer, an impressive new-wave pedigree, a sound that expertly blends Motown soul with contemporary...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Parsing — and Damning — “God Bless the USA”

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”...