Tag: Jon Cummings

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Greetings, Fellow Hostages!

President Obama may have given up the store on tax cuts this week, but at least he coined a useful metaphor in the process. Still, is it...

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Mellowmas, Music

The Sixth Day of Mellowmas: Last Gleemas

On the sixth day of Mellowmas, the cast of Glee take Jason's favorite holiday song and wrap it in sheets of Auto-Tune....

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Theatre

Theatre Review: Randy Newman’s “Harps And Angels”

One of America's greatest singer/songwriters gets the jukebox-musical treatment in L.A., bringing to life his brilliantly drawn characters...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Everybody Into The Conflictinator!

Chastened by Jon Stewart, if not the midterm election results, Jon Cummings invites Popdose readers to Be Their Own Pundits and pontificate...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: How to Take a “Leap of Faith” … and Fall Flat on Your Ass

As a disastrous new show stumbles toward Broadway and "Glee" rebounds from its worst episode, can issues of religious belief inspire decent...

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Film, Film Reviews, Music

Film Review: “Nowhere Boy”

John Lennon's traumatic teens, and the birth of the Beatles, get the little-British-art-film treatment. But can it work both as cinema and...

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Music

John Lennon: Real Love — The Artist at 70

John Lennon would have been 70 years old tomorrow. The Popdose staff has gathered to pay tribute....

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Americans, Running Hot N Cold

Katy Perry's aborted Sesame Street appearance launched a short-lived kerfuffle, but offers a neat allegory for explaining the idiocy...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

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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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Not-So-Great Society

Now is the summer of our discontent … arriving on the heels of a spring, winter, autumn and previous summer that roiled in similar...

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Chart Attack!, Music

CHART ATTACK!: 7/30/88

Eric Carmen goes heavy on the Aqua Net, Jane Wiedlin makes googly-eyes at Jason Hare and Jeff Giles loses $20 -- it's all part of the...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: All Politics Is Local (Unfortunately)

Americans' loathing for politicians has reached historic levels -- and as Jon Cummings discovered, a squalid local race in one California...

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Concert Reviews, Jesus of Cool, Music

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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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Andrew Ridgeley, “Son of Albert”

Bobby. Art. Dave. Sonny. Ike. J-’Stache. Curt. Paul (Humphreys, that is). Everly (no, not that one, the other one) … Of all the lesser...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

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, Music

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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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: World Party, “Goodbye Jumbo”

Earth Day 1990 was a very big deal. Held on April 23, a Sunday, it marked the pinnacle of an upswing in green consumerism and a transition...

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Music, Rock Court

Rock Court, Small Claims Division: The Hollies v. The Posies

All rise. The rules of this courtroom are simple. You will be presented with two songs, one by the plaintiff and one by the defendant. It...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback: The Lightning Seeds, “Cloudcuckooland”

When the Lightning Seeds sprouted on modern rock radio in the spring of 1990, their songs felt (as much as anything on modern rock radio...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Partisan Bipartisanship

A couple of extraordinary things happened this past week. One was a big f’ing deal indeed, but the other was a bit more personal. As...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

Reissue, Repackage, Repackage: Producer Ernst Jorgensen on Burnishing Elvis’ Musical Legacy

The keeper of Elvis' musical flame discusses the King's misremembered Vegas comeback, as well as his own role in restoring rock's most...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: How To Train Your Teafoxlican

We’re supposedly just three days away from the final House votes on health care, and still nobody’s sure how it’s going to go. If you...

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Current Events, Dw. Dunphy On...

Dw. Dunphy On… Ignorance as Defense Mechanism

We ’80s kids don’t have a lot to hang on to, so far as social achievements go. It was a difficult decade to grab a hold of. We...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Sinead O’Connor, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got”

We soon learned that what she "hadn't got" was her marbles. But do we have to ignore the crazy to remember what a great album this is?...

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Mellow Gold, Music

Adventures Through the Mines of Mellow Gold 52

In his latest edition of Adventures Through the Mines of Mellow Gold, Jason Hare explores the phenomena of "gentle rocking," brought to us...

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Music, Ticket Stub

Ticket Stub: Chilliwack in Bermuda, March ’83

Alright, let me get something off my chest right away:  I’m lying when I tell you that this show took place in Bermuda. The truth...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: The Black Crowes, “Shake Your Money Maker”

A favorite trope among the British Invasion bands of the ’60s was the notion that they took the R&B, country and early rock music...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Let Obama Be Bartlet (Or at Least Bush)

The most thrilling, and also the most ridiculous, presidential speech of modern times came not from an actual president, but from a fake...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Those Condescending Elites!

Just in time for last weekend’s National Tea Party convention – an event which will be remembered mostly for the way Sarah Palin had...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Patty Griffin

To celebrate Tuesday's release of the new Patty Griffin album Downtown Church, Popdose looks back at the catalog of one of...