Author: Zack Dennis

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: “All the President’s Men”

Last weekend marked the fortieth anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from office. The Watergate break-in and the subsequent...

Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Gone Girl

Most of these conceptual mixtapes are motivated by the book in question.  And while I enjoyed “Gone Girl,” it wasn’t...

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

First published on the tenth anniversary of Douglas Adams’ passing, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series of mixtapes was...

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: The Sun Also Rises

One time – I don’t know what possessed me – I picked up a copy of “The Sun Also Rises” and tried to go...

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Slouching Towards Bethlehem

This turned out a lot better than I expected. I’ve always had a weird sort of crush on Joan Didion – or at least the...

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: The Maltese Falcon

I’ve always enjoyed the concept of the “MacGuffin,” which is a story element – some “thing”...

Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: The Fool on the Hill

I read Matt Ruff’s fantasy classic “Fool on the Hill” at a rather strange time in my life.  I was living on the beach in...

Books, Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Winter’s Tale

Ever since I picked up a paperback version of Mark Helprin’s “Winter’s Tale” while spending my summer vacation on a...

Books, Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Neuromancer

Every so often here at Popdose we’re lucky enough to get an artist to list their Desert Island Discs for us – the five albums...

Music, Popdose Conceptual Theater

Popdose Conceptual Theater: Ghost Story

I’ve always been a big fan of concept albums. More specifically, I’ve always loved albums that try to craft an actual story...

Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Caro Emerald, El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, 1/22/13

Two quick points about last week’s Caro Emerald show at the El Rey here in Los Angeles. The first: it made me feel my age (37 years)....

Football, Sports

Gamblor’s Last Stand: Week 13 NFL Picks

It is with great regret that I must announce Gamblor’s imminent demise.  I simply don’t have time to keep it up anymore....

Football, Sports

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 12 NFL Picks

Last week was an awful one for the computer, as it threw its winnings from Week 10 back into the mix and lost most of them.  The models...

Music

The 100 Greatest Holiday Songs of All Time – Nominations

We’re making a list.  Help us check it twice! About eighteen months ago, we put together a list of (in our collective opinion) the...

Football, Sports

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 11 NFL Picks

Last week was as close to perfect as I’ve ever seen the computer get. It came at a great time, too, because it had a lot of money on...

Football, Sports

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 10 NFL Picks

For the second week in a row, the computer came within an eyelash of hitting a two hundred dollar bet as Dallas fell to the Atlanta Falcons...

Football, Sports

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 9 NFL Picks

Last week was an absolute disaster for the computer.  Although I wasn’t as nervous about it as I usually am, the Eagles continued to...

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 8 NFL Picks

Last week featured a disappointing, if unsurprising, performance for the computer.  With its biggest bet coming in on Oakland to cover as...

Football, Sports

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 7 NFL Picks

After having its worst week of the season two weeks ago, Gamblor fought back admirably and had, statistically, its best week of the season...

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 6 NFL Picks

Last week was an absolute disaster for the computer.  It basically took all of the money it had made this season and threw it out the...

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 5 NFL Picks

Last week was another solid (albeit rather lucky) week for the computer.  With the gift of a push in the Eagles game, Gamblor went an...

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 4 NFL Picks

Last week was a fantastic, if not quite perfect week for the computer.  It nailed its big bet on Buffalo, winning over $1300 in a single...

Football, Sports

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 3 NFL Picks

Last week was another very fine week for the computer, with both models delivering solid performances.  Gamblor was 7-6 with a weighted...

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Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 2 NFL Picks

Gamblor started out quite well last week, laying out $704 and winning it all back, plus a tidy profit of $255.  Both models had...

Football, Sports

Rebirth of Gamblor: Week 1 NFL Picks

A few months ago in a conversation with Sports Illustrated, “Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin compared a few...

Music, Popdose

HG2G Mixtape: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

One of the most sporadic contributors of the entire Popdose domain was a man who couldn’t keep his mind on the job at hand....

Football, Sports

Gamblor Raids Again: Week 17 NFL Picks

Sorry, folks.  Gamblor actually had a profitable week last week, but I’m on vacation this week so I don’t have access to the...

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Gamblor Raids Again: Week 16 NFL Picks

Gamblor was actually looking pretty sharp last weekend, having put together a tidy profit of about $200 by the end of the weekend....

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Gamblor Raids Again: Week 15 NFL Picks

Last week, Gamblor suffered its worst beat of the year, but still almost managed to break even for the week. This week, it makes a big...

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Gamblor Raids Again: Week 14 NFL Picks

Away Home Spread Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Son of Gamblor’s Pick Bet Amount Overall Pick Overall Bet CLE at PIT -14 CLE $3.46...