Tag: United States

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Soccer, Sports

The World Cup: Groups C & D Previews

Remember that there’s still time to join the Yahoo Fantasy Group for Popdose readers. The password is “popdose.” Group C...

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Mojo's Cold Shot, Music

Mojo’s Cold Shot: Giving Thanks for Mojo Workin’

Each Thanksgiving at the Flucke household, we have a special tradition where we open up the mojo bag and drop in some new gris-gris,...

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Music, The Steel Horse Archives

The Steel Horse Archives: “Jackyl” (1992)

JACKYL Title: “The Lumberjack Song” Album: Jackyl Release Date: 1992 Why You Remember Them: You cannot imagine how often, in...

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Current Events, Dw. Dunphy On...

Dw. Dunphy On… “You Lie!”: The Backstory

The outburst heard ’round the nation, at least until Kanye West co-opted the mike: South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson’s...

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Music, One Day in Your Life

One Day in Your Life: September 16, 1987

September 16, 1987, is a Wednesday. A front-page story in the New York Times details the growing plagiarism scandal surrounding Delaware...

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Music, One Day in Your Life

One Day in Your Life: April 15, 1990

April 15, 1990, is Easter Sunday. The nuclear-armed nations of India and Pakistan remain nose-to-nose over the disputed province of...

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Current Events

Countries and Currencies

Different countries are…well, different. They have different laws and languages, funny stamps, and candy that you can’t get at...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Béla Fleck

Musical genres can be helpful for fans: They allow music to be categorized; grouped with other artists that sound similar. If you like...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Akron/Family @ Union Pool, 3/29/09

“Everyone is guilty,” Akron/Family sang at their second gig at Union Pool, but if their performance was any indication, that...

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Current Events

It’s Payday!

Do you deserve a raise? Of course you do. Everyone thinks that he or she is underpaid. That’s just the nature of the working world....

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Mix Six, Music

Mix Six: “Songs for the Downwardly Mobile”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE You know that sinking feeling you get when you hear your boss say: “Hey, can I see you in my...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '89

Popdose Flashback: The Furor Over 2 Live Crew

He may have called for “a kinder, gentler nation,” but the first year of George H.W. Bush’s presidency, 1989, turned out...

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Music, Way Out Wednesday

Way Out Wednesday: The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra, “Some Kazoos”

This album from 1978 features the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra playing that most maligned of instruments, the kazoo. The kazoo was invented...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Various Artists, “Dark Was the Night” and “War Child Presents Heroes”

It’s no secret that tribute albums and charity compilations can be hit-or-miss affairs at best. In the case of the latter, all you...

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Current Events

My Citi Was Gone

I have a lot of thoughts about the quasi-nationalization of Citigroup, because I am a Citibank shareholder. Some of those shares were...

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Television, The Three Strike Rule

The Three Strike Rule: And Now, a Word from Our Sponsor

Last week I read an article in the L.A. Times’ business section that detailed how Americans are watching television at an all-time...

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Concert Flashback, Music

Popdose Concert Flashback: George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars, 4/22/95

“Incongruous” is the only way to describe this night. First of all, UNH is perhaps the whitest venue in the whitest state in...

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Current Events

John Maynard Keynes, Back in Fashion

Because I’m geeky that way, I’ve been working through Robert Skidelsky’s biography of John Maynard Keynes. In some...

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Lost MP3 of the Week, Music

Lost MP3 of the Week: John Coltrane, “A Love Supreme, Part 1: Acknowledgement”

The first time I heard A Love Supreme, I was on a train coming back from MacArthur Airport in Islip, Long Island. I was in my senior year...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

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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Music, Popdose Flashback '89

Popdose Flashback: “Lyle Lovett and His Large Band”

By 1989, Lyle Lovett had already been kicking around for a couple of years. He cut a unique figure from the start, a Texan Eraserhead with...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Whose Mandate Is It Anyway?

The last couple weeks have served as a brilliant, if butt-ugly, reminder that governance should be judged not on the back and forth of...

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Music, Way Out Wednesday

Way Out Wednesday: The Best of Big Daddy

Big Daddy is a musical group with a rather unusual back story. I’ll let the liner notes explain: While on a USO tour of Southeast...

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Current Events, Pop Politico

Pop Politico: “Obama’s Neo Pragmatism”

“Wow, these grapes are sour!”  A fitting epitaph for Republicans as they try to grab the spotlight to bitch and moan about...

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DVD Reviews

DVD Review: “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired”

Like any film student who worships Chinatown and loved The Pianist, I was intrigued by how Roman Polanski, the charismatic film director,...