Tag: Brian Boone

Consumerism, Holiday Gift Guides

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: 17 Things You Can (and Cannot) Do With These Isotoner Neo-Noir Gloves I Was Sent to Review

Give them as a gift to someone who has as many as two hands, and/or up to 10 fingers. Give them as a gift to a person, literally any...

2013 Holiday Gift Guide, Holiday Gift Guides, Humor

Ol’ John Cougar’s Holiday Gift Guide

If’n y’all ain’t familiar with what ol’ John Cougar does round here these parts, go back and read some of my col-umms what with to...

Music, Reissue Reviews

Reissue Review: Cheap Trick, “The Classic Albums 1977-1979”

Record Store Day isn’t just in the spring anymore. The annual tradition now happens twice a year, once in the spring, and once on Black...

Popular Culture, Television, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: The Miniseries

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies That Are, Surprisingly, Based on True Stories (Like “The Conjuring”)

This week the “found footage”-style horror movie fades briefly and unexpectedly into oblivion like a spooky ghost girl in favor of The...

Film, Popdose Lists

Popdose Prime: 10 Movies With a Replacement Actor in the Sequel (Like “Grown Ups 2”)

The big news surrounding Grown Ups 2, other than the fact that it’s yet another cynically-conceived way for Adam Sandler to hang out...

Music, Popular Culture, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: Blockbuster Greatest-Hits Albums

In which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes, the fragmentation...

Music, Popular Culture, You're Dead to Us

You’re Dead to Us: Hit Songs by Older Adults, Made for Older Adults

A new series in which we look at once common curiosities of pop culture that don’t exist anymore, be it because of changing tastes,...

Humor, Music

Advice From Circa-1982 “John Cougar”: Your Valentine’s Day Problems Solved!

A special Valentine’s Day edition of our ongoing advice column in which readers ask Circa 1982 “John Cougar,” a pop singer, good...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Gary K. Wolf, “Typical Day”

So I’ve read a lot of articles over the last three years or so about the exciting, brave new world of e-book publishing, almost all...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Jack Kimble, “Profiles in Courageousness”

Political satire is usually pretty lead-footed. It’s hard to do well, with the result usually falling into the realm of smug,...

Humor, Music

Fight Courtney, F*** Winona, Be the Biggest Rock Star of All Time: A Scientific Analysis

Hole founder, rumored songwriter behind Live Through This, and all around difficult human being Courtney Love once remarked that,...

Humor, Music

More Advice From 1982’s “John Cougar”

 Circa-1982 “John Cougar” once again be takin’ your advice queries on matters of flesh, personal relationships, career, and...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: “The World Almanac Book of Facts 2013”

Are almanacs still necessary? Yeah, I think they are. Even though you can find exactly the thing you  need on the Internet instantly,...

Humor, Music

Dear John: Advice from 1982’s John Cougar Mellencamp

Need advice? Popdose's advice columnist, circa-1982 "John Cougar" is here to help. Also, he's an ageless shapeshifter....

DVD Reviews, Film, Popdose Giveaway

DVD Review: “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic — Royal Pony Wedding” (Plus: Win a Copy!)

Here’s the deal, fathers. If you have daughters—or sons who don’t care about outmoded gender roles (and if so, good on you,...

Television, TV on DVD

TV on DVD: GCB – The Complete First Season

I don’t quite understand what happened with GCB. There was a ton of preseason buzz and preseason advertising, as ABC was clearly...

Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Big Day Coming – Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock

As a rock snot, music writer, and Young White Male, you’re kind of supposed to already know everything there is to know about Yo La...

Film, Popdose Roundtable

Popdose Roundtable: Movies Ruined by Their Own Marketing

Flops you can blame on the jerks in marketing...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: Burden Brothers’ “Beautiful Night” (2003)

Of all of the at least pretty good, moderately successful alt rock bands of the mid-‘90s, the one that everybody in my high school loved...

Music, Popdose Lists

The Popdose 100: The Greatest Love Songs of All Time

Much like our 100 Greatest Covers post last year, this was a collaborative effort for the Popdose staff.  Although our list of nominees...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” (1988)

Carly Simon's song from Working Girl was the first Oscar-winning song in a decade not to be a smash hit, and also it was by the iconic...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: Cher with Beavis and Butt-head, “I Got You Babe” (1993)

Beavis and Butt-head had their cultural moment in 1993. All of 1993. Their cartoon was the #1 show on MTV (even after they couldn’t...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: Cypress Hill’s “(Rock) Superstar” and “(Rap) Superstar” (2000)

This is one of those songs that wasn’t a hit that I’m surprised wasn’t a hit. Even today, you hear it all the time,...

Television, TV Reviews

Popdose Winter 2012 TV Preview: “Napoleon Dynamite”

Napoleon Dynamite is back, but this time he’s got his own TV Series. How does it hold up against the beloved cult film? Brian Boone...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: Porcelain Black’s “This Is What Rock n’ Roll Looks Like” (2011)

Being influenced by and being extremely similar to are two different things, separated by a thin line. The biggest musical success of the...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: Richard Carpenter and Dusty Springfield’s “Something In Your Eyes” (1987)

When duos split up, there’s usually only one breakout star who goes on to any semblance of a successful solo career, with the public...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: Nerf Herder’s “Van Halen” (1996)

In 1996, after a decade and a half of high but rapidly diminishing record sales and influence, Van Halen was suddenly a hot band again, and...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: Peter Bjorn and John’s “Second Chance” (2011)

Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks” is the most indie rock indie rock song of all time. They’ve got all the...

Greatest Un-Hits, Music

Greatest Un-Hits: Paul McCartney’s “Young Boy” (1997)

The Beatles are kind of always in the not-distant background, as they are the goddamn Beatles. But every five years or so, there’s a...