Tag: Jesus of Cool

Jesus of Cool, Music

Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’: A Listening Sesh With Catie C.

Forget those hifalutin rock critics. What does a 10-year-old girl think of Tay-Tay's new platter? Popdose gets the scoop from Jon Cummings'...

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Jesus of Cool: The Misfit Empowerment Project

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" exemplifies the shift among pop's reigning divas -- from P!nk to Katy to Ke$ha -- away from self-aggrandizement...

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Jesus of Cool: Breaking Up Is Easy To Do (Or, Why Miley Cyrus Is So AWFUL!)

Sometimes an artist and her fans need to just, like, move on already. Here, the author's daughter (and her BFF) explain why the Party In...

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Jesus of Cool: “Glee Live” Defies Gravity, and Channels … the Brady Kids?

The kids from Glee take their show off the air and onto the road. It's not for the uninitiated -- but for Gleeks it's a pleasure...

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Jesus of Cool: Kelley Ryan’s New “Twist” on Girl-Pop

The astroPuppees frontwoman steps into the light with a sunny album depicting the range of female experience, with help from her pals Don...

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Jesus of Cool: Don’t Believe “Don’t Believe the Hype Machine”

Is the raging debate over the quality, value, and legitimacy of "democratized" music journalism merely the death rattle of the old-line...

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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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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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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: 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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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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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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Jesus of Cool: We Wuz Robbed! Great #2 Hits of the ’80s

Jon Cummings' ongoing look at great #2 hits in Billboard history moves into the '80s this week, with hit tracks from the Bangles, Journey,...

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Jesus of Cool: We Wuz Robbed! Great #2 Hits of the ’70s

Continuing his decade-by-decade look of great second-place finishes in pop music, Jon Cummings moves on to the '70s, including #2 hits from...

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Jesus of Cool: We Wuz Robbed! Great #2 Hits of the ’60s

Welcome to the second installment of an ongoing series celebrating songs that fell excruciatingly short of ascending to the top of...

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Jesus of Cool: Of Local Radio, and a Sweet Virginia Breeze

This week in Jesus of Cool, Jon Cummings looks back on that lost and long-forgotten phenomenon known as the local radio hit. His focus: the...

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We Wuz Robbed! Great Number 2 Hits of the ’50s

Last year, in the midst of compiling my “Worst Number One Songs of the Rock Era” series, I began contemplating the sad, sorry...

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Don Dixon and Marti Jones LIVE!: The Official Bootleg

For a few precious years in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the most communal experience on the pop touring circuit was a family...

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Jesus of Cool: Robert Hazard’s Philly Rock ‘n’ Roll

My brief tenure as a resident of Philadelphia, from 1990 to ’92, coincided with a period of remarkable growth for the Hard Rock Cafe...

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Jesus of Cool: Kay Hanley & the Pussycats

Editor’s note: What follows is no less than the third column that Popdose writer Jon Cummings has attempted to wring out of a single...

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Jesus of Cool: Why Hannah Montana is So AWESOME!!!

Almost exactly a year ago on this site, my esteemed Popdose colleague Dw. Dunphy closed a column by asking, “What has modernity...

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Jesus of Cool: Ten Years of Loving “10 Things I Hate About You”

A decade ago this past summer, Kay Hanley and her bandmates in Letters to Cleo had to be talked into accepting a free trip to Hollywood...

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Jesus of Cool: Paul McCartney, Dearly De-Charted in the ’80s

Whether you were a child of the ’60s or (like me) of the ’70s, the Beatles’ perpetual presence on the radio seemed...

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Jesus of Cool: Suedehead & Pigskin

I may be a bit slow on the uptake these days when it comes to television commercials — I don’t watch much live TV anymore, what...

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Jesus of Cool: Jon’s Singles File vs. the Faceless Narcissists

Among the many types of radio star that video killed were what I like to call the Faceless Narcissists – those acts of the pre-MTV...

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Jesus of Cool: Satanic Messages! (Not)

Last week’s massive international celebration of Vinyl Record Day (wait – you say that big party they showed on TV was about...

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Jesus of Cool: Jon’s Singles File — Franke Goes Dirty Dancing

By now it’s a cliché, though often a useful one, to allow a particular song to remind you of a certain time or place –...

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Jesus of Cool: What’s It 2U?

One of my favorite Popdose experiences to date came in the wake of Part 9 in our colleague Dave Steed’s wonderful “Bottom...

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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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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,...