The Vinyl Diaries: Favorite Music of 2014

Albums discussed in this column:

  • Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else
  • Felice Brothers, Favorite Waitress
  • Bob Mould, Beauty & Ruin
  • Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  • The Hold Steady, Teeth Dreams
  • Beck, Morning Phase
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye
  • Ryan ...

Robin Williams 1951 – 2014

I was going to write about the mini love affair I had with the Ringo Starr song “Photograph” this weekend, in it’s glorious beauty and underlying sadness.

I was going to write about Morrissey, you stupid ass, when will you grow ...

Blu-ray Review: “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Lee Daniels, the eclectic director whose previous films include the grim Oscar-winner, Precious, and the pulpy The Paperboy takes on the historical epic in his latest film. Lee Daniels’ The Butler, written by Danny Strong. It’s a noble film, one that ...

10 Movies…That Are Narrative Remakes of Documentaries

Kon-Tiki hits American theaters this week, months after it was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. It’s a narrative retelling of Kon-Tiki, the 1951 Academy-Award winning documentary directed by Thor Heyerdahl about his voyage across the South Seas in a raft ...

Box Office Flashback: July 2, 1989

As the latest round of would-be blockbusters packs ’em in at a theater near you, Popdose looks back at the box office totals of yesteryear. This week we revisit the top ten films of July 2, 1989! (No, that date isn’t ...

Uncle Duque’s Crazytime TV Hour: Earth Day Makes Us Green

In the dark days before the Internet, it wasn’t uncommon to catch strange weirdly produced television specials full of insane imagery or unusual guest stars. Even with the advent of YouTube and post-ironic pop cultural online writing, there are many such specials ...

Box Office Flashback: January 9, 1992

As the latest round of would-be blockbusters packs ’em in at a theater near you, Popdose looks back at the box office totals of yesteryear. This week we revisit the top ten films of January 9, 1992! (Yes, “we” should’ve revisited ...

Bob Lefsetz Wants Mick Jagger To E-Mail Him

It’s been a few weeks since my last Lefschmutz column due to other priorities. I also needed to clear my head from the steady stream of bullshit that Bob keeps sending my way. But then I saw him

Extra Medium #2: The X-Men of Denny’s

Comics don’t stay in comics. For better or worse, most comics are produced in the hopes they will lead to films, cartoons, action figures, video games, backpacks, beach towels and bubble baths. Extra Medium is my column about all these things ...

Dw. Dunphy On… Exploiting the Universals

I’ve been working on a television series “bible” on and off for a few years. A TV bible is the framework of a series designed by a developer to, essentially, establish the rules of a series; it explains characters and each ...

Blu-ray Review: “Insomnia”

Its Blu-ray debut is timed to take advantage of the hubbub surrounding director Christopher Nolan’s latest film, but 2002’s Insomnia would make for a fine summer reissue even if Warner Bros. weren’t already pimping the highly anticipated Inception ...

CHART ATTACK!: 9/24/88

Hi everybody! It’s CHART ATTACK! time once again, and this week’s pretty solid, if I do say so myself. (And I do.) This week, we bid a fond (okay, maybe not-so-fond) farewell to three artists who had a slew of Top ...

Bootleg City: Bob Marley in New York City, May ’76

I don’t know much about this Bob Marley character, but if his performance on the “Welcome to New York” bootleg is any indication, he was a real hack: a quarter of his set is devoted to covers of Eric Clapton (“I Shot ...