Tag: Pete Chianca

America's Favorite Baseball Movies

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Baseball Movies Edition

You’re probably familiar with Redbox — that’s the company that lets you borrow DVDs from a box outside the supermarket....

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Newspapers Go to the Movies

Pete Chianca pays tribute to films about cleaning up elephant poop. Wait, what?...

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CD Review: Spottiswoode & His Enemies, “Wild Goosechase Expedition”

It’s a good bet that whoever says there’s no such thing as an original idea — in music or otherwise — has not taken a good close...

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CD Review: Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, “The Hills are Alive”

Did you ever wonder what Tales from Topographic Oceans might sound like if it were written by Rodgers and Hammerstein instead of Jon...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: “Are You Ready for the Summer?” Edition

Given that as I write this, the forecast for the week is a steady snow starting on Tuesday and tapering off sometime in 2013, I have...

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Popular Culture

The Pop-Culture Year That Wasn’t: Top Stories of (Fake) 2010

Popdose teams up with world-renowned CAP News for a look at the most important pop culture stories of the past year. February: Stern Gets...

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CD Review: Frank Turner, “Rock & Roll”

Leave it to British folk-rock rebel Frank Turner to come in under the wire for 2010 with Rock & Roll, a five-song EP that offers 17 of...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Off-Kilter Christmas Movie Edition

When I was a kid, every year around this time I would watch Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. I did this despite the fact that critics...

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CD Review: Jason D. Williams, “Killer Instincts”

On “Like Jerry Lee,” the opening track to Jason D. Williams’ new album Killer Instincts, he deals right off the bat with the uncanny...

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CD Review: Elvis Costello, “National Ransom”

“You can’t hold me, baby, with anything but contempt,” Elvis Costello sings amid dueling guitars on the explosive title track that...

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CD Review: Leland Sundries, “The Apothecary”

The Boston Phoenix described indie-folk act Leland Sundries as “The Band meets Lou Reed,” and as intriguing a prospect as that is (I...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Fred vs. Pee-wee Edition

Is the YouTube sensation known as Fred the new Pee-Wee Herman, or a harbinger of hell on earth? Pete Chianca knows the answer....

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Farkakte Film Flashback Special: Admit It, You Wanna “Piranha”

As a lake full of pretty young co-eds prepares to be eaten by fish this weekend, Pete Chianca reflects on the bloodthirsty creatures of his...

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CD Review: Arcade Fire, “The Suburbs”

When Arcade Fire turned up in 2004, it was with nothing less than the most uplifting reflection on mortality ever put to record, the...

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CD Review: Gaslight Anthem, “American Slang”

If there’s one thing American Slang isn’t, it’s a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. Gone are the direct references to Springsteen...

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CD Review: The Henry Clay People, “Somewhere on the Golden Coast”

The L.A.-based rock combo The Henry Clay People were the darlings of the blogosphere for a time in the wake of their 2008 album For Cheap...

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CD Review: The Contrast, “God of Malfunction”

Where does Stevie Van Zandt find these bands? It’s easy to imagine the Wicked Cool Records founder prowling around with his ear pressed...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: A Fool Such as I Edition

It's that time of year again -- and this April 1, Pete Chianca looks back at some of the finest fools in film....

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CD Review: Butch Walker & the Black Widows, “I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart”

I don’t know about everybody else, but I for one couldn’t be happier about the return of the ’70s flourish. You know, the urgent...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Hazy Shade of Winter Edition

Deep in the scrotum-shriveling dead of winter, Pete Chianca resurfaces with a list of some chilly cinematic suggestions....

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Music, Popdose Lists, Year-End Best-Of Lists

Best of ’09: Five Albums You Should Have Bought This Year

Now, don’t get the wrong idea: This is not a “best of” list — that would indicate that I listened to every album released...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Edition

Thanksgiving is upon us once again, and you know what that means: Dinner, and awkward interaction with little-seen family members. And then...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Bio-picky Edition

In a stunning convergence of teeth and propellers, Hilary Swank's Amelia arrives in theaters this weekend, inspiring Pete Chianca to...

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Do You Hear What I Hear? In Defense of Dylan’s “Christmas in the Heart”

Pete Chianca has heard you giggling through Bob Dylan's new Christmas album, and he doesn't much care for your lack of respect....

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Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Clarence Clemons & Don Reo, “Big Man”

One thing you learn pretty early on in Springsteen saxophonist Clarence Clemons’ memoir Big Man (Grand Central Publishing, 400...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: It’s Not Personal, It’s Just Business Edition

Michael Moore’s latest, Capitalism: A Love Story, opens around the country today, and if the early reviews are any indication,...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Time Keeps On Slippin’, Slippin’, Slippin’ Into the Future Edition

Welcome back to Farkakte Film Flashback, friends -- and a Pete Chianca-led tour through some of the best time travel movies in cinematic...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Aliens Among Us Edition

Pete Chianca is back with an all-new, all-alien edition of Farkakte Film Flashback, featuring five of the best (and best worst)...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Strange Magic

There is a new Harry Potter movie out this week, which millions of fans are extremely excited about, even though they’ve all read...

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Farkakte Film Flashback: When Good Dinosaurs Go Bad

I’m not a fan of the Ice Age movies. OK, I like the little squirrelly guy who continually risks severe bodily injury in search of a...