Author: Robert Cass

Robert Cass lives in Chicago. For Popdose he's written under the Sugar Water, Bootleg City, and Box Office Flashback banners, and in 2013 he spearheaded 'Face Time, a collaboration with Jeff Giles and Mike Heyliger.
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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: The Movie!

To fully enjoy the following piece of news from the mayor of Bootleg City, you must put on your 3-D glasses. And in order to be fully...

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Consumerism, Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Fired

Three weeks ago the New York Times reported that Mattel is producing Ken and Barbie dolls based on four characters from the hit TV series...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Mishka, “Talk About”

Two weeks ago Jeff Giles asked me to review Talk About, the new album from Mishka, the first — and so far only — artist signed...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: In the Darkest Hour …

Folks, I have some exciting news to share with you — the Terrorist Dunking Booth is back! After the terrorist attacks of September...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Alex Chilton (1950-2010)

Alex Chilton was the king of rock 'n' roll. The king of rock 'n' roll is dead. Long live the king....

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Remember Me (as Better-Looking Than You)

“What will be my legacy?” It’s a question every politician has to answer. Will we be remembered for fighting the good...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: My Life Would Suck Without Young Girls

On Monday I was told that my poll numbers have been slipping among young girls. This may seem like no big deal when you consider that no...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: The Word of the Lord (in 140 Characters or Less)

A recently published report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that 26 percent of “millennials,” or young...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: A New, Radical Concept for the Future

There’s been a lot of negativity here in Bootleg City the past few months. From last fall’s mayoral election to the criticism...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Endless Vacation

Fellow citizens of Bootleg City, I have something to confess — I am not a fellow citizen. I’m the mayor. I’m up here, and...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: The Political Scandal of the Decade of the Week!

A few weeks ago, concerned (i.e. nosy, spiteful, possibly dating archnemesis Matt Wardlaw) citizen-journalist Annie Zaleski leaked a letter...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Mayor to Mayor

The mayor of Bootleg City is back! And in case you have no idea who that is, the mayor is me! Thank you, thank you, you’re too kind....

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Current Events, Sugar Water, Television

Sugar Water: Jay Leno Is Blacker Than Rod Blagojevich

On the morning of January 11, numerous media outlets reported that former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich had proclaimed to Esquire...

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Music, Popdose Interviews, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: The Best Album of the Decade

Per Second, Per Second, Per Second … Every Second (Aware/Columbia), the 2003 album by Boston-area band Wheat, is the best album of...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Sex!

Now that I’ve got your attention, I’d like to remind you that in late September— Wow. You’re already not paying...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: When Chickens and Pigs and Foxes Who Are Married to Tigers Attack

So, are you done with all your Thanksgiving leftovers? Already looking forward to that Christmas ham? Then listen up, all you attendees of...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Reviews: Angie Stone, “Unexpected”; Tahiti 80, “Activity Center”

The first sound you hear on Angie Stone’s fifth album, Unexpected (Stax/Concord), is a sample of Sly & the Family Stone’s...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Adieu, “Water” Lou

A nation mourned Wednesday night, as CNN’s Lou Dobbs, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration, announced his retirement from the...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: James Brown, 11/27/87

We did it! More specifically and much less modestly, I did it — I won Tuesday’s election! My victory even got some coverage...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Yes in Edmonton, September ’84

Wow! People are really fired up about this Tuesday’s election in Bootleg City! As mayor, it warms my heart to see such civic pride...

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Music, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: There’s Always a Riot Goin’ On

The following piece originally appeared as an entry in Popdose’s Most Disturbing Halloween EVER! series. “Everyday...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Bad Company in Orlando, May ’99

The mayoral election is only 11 days away, and if the endless online chatter here in Bootleg City is any indication, voter turnout is sure...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Motörhead in Sweden, November ’00

I believe the children are our future. I also believe my future in politics would’ve been cut tragically short on November 3 if...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Promise Some Peace, Win a Prize!

President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a decision that instantly created controversy. For one thing, Tina...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Jethro Tull, 11/25/87

As election day approaches, it’s important for a political candidate like myself to line up celebrity endorsements. One of my...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: The Mayoral Race Is Heating Up!

It’s hard not to get paranoid when you’re an elected official. First there was the August catnapping that turned out not to be...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: Daryl Hall & John Oates

The career-spanning, four-disc box set Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates comes out October 13,...

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Current Events, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Those Shoes Were Made for Throwin’

Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi TV reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad last...

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Bootleg City, Music

Bootleg City: The Posies in San Francisco, September ’98

Who doesn’t love The Wizard of Oz? (That was a rhetorical question. Put your hands and middle fingers down.) Last week in Bootleg...

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Current Events, Music, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Off the Record, I’m a Liar

When things are said off the record in the world of politics, they should stay off the record. Unless I need something to write about, of...