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My Jerks and My Last Words Finally Brought Scrubs Back On The Air Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Posted by Shakarean Hutchinson in Posts that should have more humor, Reasons why I am single, SA, Scrubs.
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Hooray, Scrubs is back! Last night was the big debut for my our favorite tortured (well, as much as being on prime time television is torture) show and they came back with a big name and two new episodes. I gotta be honest, I had no idea if I was going to do recaps this half year/season. Not because I wasn’t asked to, more like I didn’t know if I wanted to. The last season (especially its season finale which was aired out of order) really left a sour taste in my mouth. But whatevs now. If we get a ninth then who knows. But for now why not?

And with a two episode season premeire there is a lot to talk about. So let’s get this party started, shall we? (more…)

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30 Rock 2.15: I Will Not Fail You, Rainbow Chicken Monday, May 12, 2008

Posted by The Bad One in 30 rock, more indepth than probably need-be, nbc, Reasons why I am single, The Bad One, Things too long to read.
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Our exterior shot suggests Jack is entering the OEOB, but our interior says “old West Wing set”. He’s on the phone with Liz, who’s eating her Sabor de Soledad at the kitchenette. She recalls the simpler time when Jack was still at GE, rather than this strange and terrifying world of one week hence. Jack will be working in Homeland Security, working on Extreme Weather Preparedness (like…tornadoes that go BASE jumping?) and the War on the Poor. “You mean the War on Poverty?” suggests Liz. Jack: “Yeah, OK. Let’s go with that.” Liz confirms with him that he’s never coming back. Jack: “I’m sorry, Lemon, but there’s nothing left for me at GE. Sure, Geiss could come out of the coma and say, ‘Jackie boy [FORESHADOWING], you’re the next CEO,’ but that’s not likely. The cryogenicists are already sharpening their head-saws.” He mocks her for eating the off-brand Mexican Cheetos, but she counters that she found a prize in them last week. She hopes. Jack cuts her off; it’s time for his Freedom Search. The security guard pulls on his rubber gloves and puts a penlight between his teeth. Yikes, I wonder what happens to a guy like Rahim.

Tracy asks Liz for input on character design for his porn video game. The worlds are so clear in his head, but the translation hasn’t been smooth. He does have a working title, Gorgasm: The Legend of Dongslayer. Frank apologizes: He’ll call the Korean animators. Tracy: “Yeah! You fixulate this! Liz Lemon, do you know what it’s like to be the only one who cares about your job? When everyone around is goofing off like a bunch of goof-offs?” Liz tearfully acknowledges that she does. Seeing this outbreak of emotions, Tracy wonders if Liz is having her “woman times”. Not getting slapped is the first confirmation, but Liz tells him, “I just had my woman times last…oh boy.” Dun dun CREDITS! (more…)

My Dumb Luck-NOOOOOOOOO! Friday, April 25, 2008

Posted by Shakarean Hutchinson in I know the suspense is killing you, Reasons why I am single, SA, Scrubs, TV.
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I knew this day would come. I knew it from the very beginning that when the show would end somehow Kelso wouldn’t be the Chief of Medicine anymore. But now that it’s here…IT SUCKS. I almost feel like crying. Almost. And this was yet another good episode. Lawrence and crew is on a roll. Let’s get to the recap, shall we? (more…)

My Scrubs Top 10 Friday, March 28, 2008

Posted by Shakarean Hutchinson in I don't get out much, maybe you should read a book instead, Posts that should have more humor, Reasons why I am single, SA, Scrubs, Things too long to read, Top 10 lists, TV.
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So Scrubs is coming back next week. Woo hoo! As you can tell, I’m very excited about that.

But the better (or worst, depending on your perspective) news coming this week is that it looks like the show has been renewed for an eighth season and will probably leave NBC and be shown on ABC. All I can say is about damn time. NBC hasn’t given a damn about the show in a long time. They were happily going to let this season finish out and let that be that. Scrubs might not bring in the big viewer numbers like The Office, but its fans are very loyal. We had to be with all the switching around nights and time slots and whatnot. ABC seems to have a real interest in having it in its lineup and all I have to say is that it’s nice to see a network that actually cares about the show. But the most important news that comes out of this is that we’ll finally get an ending to the show. While I think having an eighth season is good news, I completely understand why some want it to end now. But I would freak out if we didn’t get a proper ending. I’ve spent seven seasons with the staff of Sacred Heart, a rush ending wouldn’t do the show any justice.

Now, with that out of the way let’s get back to the point of this post. I said in my last post that I wanted to do a Top 10 of the best songs Scrubs played during it’s tenure after the series finale. Well, now that it looks like that series finale is going to be May 2009, I didn’t want to wait that long. So I’ma do the Top 10 now. I’m sure there’s going to be songs during the rest of this season and next that I’m going to love and will personally make me want to change this list. But we’ll get there then. Hell, we can do this again next year. Why not?

So, here is my Top 10. Maybe we can make this a feature the rest of this season and next. If there is enough interest, everyone can do their own top 10 and send it to me. I can post it on Thursday and we’ll get to the recap on Friday. I am 100% sure we’re not all going to have the same 10 on our lists. So give me your opinions on the idea in the comments and let me think about this a bit and I’ll get back to y’all next week*. Now, on to the Top 10. (more…)

My Growing Pains-Was A Cute Episode Friday, November 30, 2007

Posted by Shakarean Hutchinson in Filler material, Reasons why I am single, Scrubs, Things too long to read, TV.
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Which is something I never thought I would say about a television show that didn’t involve baby tigers or cartoon characters. But Thursday night’s show was. Hey, who needs the NFL Network when you have a brand new Scrubs to watch? I know I sure don’t. Also I don’t get the channel. But I wouldn’t have watched the game even if I did. Really, honestly, not pulling your leg.

But back to the show. We got three distinct stories that interconnected at the end. And the return of Hooch. And in case you forgotten, Hooch is crazy. Really, Hooch is seriously crazy. (more…)

My Identity Crisis-Was A Blast From The Past Friday, November 16, 2007

Posted by Shakarean Hutchinson in I don't get out much, Reasons why I am single, SA, Scrubs, TV.
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And by past I mean it was a light show that didn’t have any overwhelming issues that carried over from one episode to the next. Or at least so far it doesn’t look like it will. And while some may disagree with me, I thought it was one of the better episodes so far this season. Granted this season for Scrubs is four episodes old, but you get my point. I thought the show had many funny moments and two good storylines that gave us a beginning, middle, and ending. Plus there was a lot of character interaction (mixing Dr. Cox’s and JD’s stories) that added to the show. So let’s start at the beginning, shall we? (more…)

House: Season 4, Episode 6 Wednesday, November 7, 2007

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Well, I’m back. After a trip to the World Series to watch my beloved Boston Red Sox and a promising job interview, I can finally resume my House recaps and feel like I’m justified to write “Dr. & Mrs. Greg House” all over my notebooks. So let’s get to this week’s episode. You guys have waited long enough.

Episode 6, entitled “Whatever it Takes”, opens on the track where two drag racers are waiting for the green light. Casey, a female driver, is checking her controls and talking to her dad, Biff Tannen. Yes, that Biff Tannen. “I feel like throwing up my guts,” he tells her before she gets into the car. “Are you sure you don’t want to go to law school?” he asks. “No, I hate lawyers,” she responds. Excellent! This makes them prime candidates for potentially botched medical treatment at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.

The music swells–either My Morning Jacket or the theme song from Nintendo’s “Toobin'”–as she accelerates down the track. I briefly thought that Casey was a character created as an homage to ovary-bearing IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, but that idea was dashed when Casey actually won a race. (more…)

30 Rock – I’m Going To Assume That’s a Haldeman Reference Monday, October 29, 2007

Posted by The Bad One in 30 rock, I don't get out much, nbc, Reasons why I am single, Television, The Bad One, Things too long to read, TV.
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Hi, everyone. I suppose I should introduce myself, as I am the latest addition to the DeadOn collective. I usually do my blogging with Yostal over at the Hoover Street Rag, but I’ve bribed blackmailed convinced the powers that be over here to let me recap 30 Rock, the funniest show on TV that’s not Booknotes.

We open with Jack in Liz’s office to present her with the GE Followship Award. Pete raises the objection that Liz ccouldn’t possibly win a Fellowship Award, as she doesn’t like people, but Jack corrects him. The GE Followship Award is presented annually to the “woman – sorry, person who best exemplifies a follower.” Liz objects initially, but it comes with $10,000 and a giant novelty check (so it’s really worth more like $10,250), so she quickly changes her mind. Jack waxes fondly on how she’s come around after being so resistant to “product integration, pos mens, cross promotion, and adverlingus”. Liz decides she should probably get a 401k. Jack sputters, “W-Where do you invest your money, Liz?” “I have, like, twelve grand in checking?” “Are you…an immigrant?” (more…)

Urban HIMYMs: “Wait for It” — THIS IS SO GOING IN MY BLOG! Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Posted by Yostal in comedy, Gen X&Y, How I Met Your Mother, Posts that should have more humor, Reasons why I am single, Television, Things too long to read, Urban HIMYMs, Yostal.
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Ladies and gentlemen, I’m back. After about a month off, I’m shifting gears here on DeadOn and I’ll be presenting a season’s worth of recaps for How I Met Your Mother. Welcome to Urban HIMYMs.

I feel very lucky to have been in on the ground floor with HIMYM, in that it is arguably my favorite sitcom currently on the air (it runs neck and neck with 30 Rock). If I feel a special kinship with Ted Mosby, it’s because we’re the same age, still single, and we both worry that one day Bob Saget will be doing a voiceover of our lives. But I do feel like so many of the pop culture references are aimed directly at me. So, if I am a little too sympathetic towards Ted, please understand why. And with that, on with the recap.

(P.S.: There may be no rhyme or reason to this effort the first few times out. There will be spoilers, you have been so warned, but for right now, I am just trying to get my sealegs as a recapper.) (more…)

Tied to the 90s (Birthday Edition): 30 years, 30 songs–Part II Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Posted by Yostal in 90s rock, DeadOn's Resident Pop Culture Historian, Gen X&Y, more indepth than probably need-be, Posts that should have more humor, Reasons why I am single, rock & roll, Things too long to read, Tied to the 90s, Yostal.
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Tied to the 90s

Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

This week’s post continues what is perhaps the most self-indulgent effort I have ever made with Tied to the 90s, which I know is saying something. I warn you again, because, well, it’s what I do. I also want to warn you that after today’s column, I’ll be taking a month off. With school starting back up and college football season, my efforts will be needed elsewhere for a little while. Don’t worry, it’s just a hiatus, and I may still post some random other things as the month goes on. So, with all of that out of the way.

At the end of this month, I will turn 29 years old, meaning that I will have been on this earth for 30 distinct calendar years (OK, technically that happened at the beginning of the year, but just roll with me here.) I was struck by that notion and wanted to look at my favorite songs from each of those 30 years. Now, please note I said “favorite”. Not best, not most significant, not most influential, just my favorites. Why they’re favorites can be as simple as I just really like them to having good memories associated with them to something larger. It doesn’t matter. These are just my favorite songs from each of the last 30 years. Now, as always, I can never make this simple, but I did make the rule that once I had used an artist, I could not use them again. I based “year” off the year that the album from which it came was released, and beyond that, I went to town. There’s going to be some crossover from previous columns as you might expect, but I’m going to write all new material about each song, at least as best I can. I fully expect that you will disagree with many of my choices, but it just gives you something to discuss in the comments. So, with no further ado, part II of 30 Years, 30 Songs.
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Tied to the 90s (Birthday Edition): 30 years, 30 songs–Part I Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Posted by Yostal in 80s, 90s rock, DeadOn's Resident Pop Culture Historian, Gen X&Y, guilty pleasures, more indepth than probably need-be, Posts that should have more humor, Reasons why I am single, rock & roll, Things too long to read, Tied to the 90s, Yostal.
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Tied to the 90s

Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

This week’s post is perhaps the most self-indulgent effort I have ever made with Tied to the 90s, which I know is saying something. I warn you now, because, well, it’s what I do. But this is the first really good idea I have had for a Tied to the 90s since June, so I’m running with it. I also want to warn you that after the completion of this two part special edition, I’ll be taking a month off. With school starting back up and college football season, my efforts will be needed elsewhere for a little while. Don’t worry, it’s just a hiatus, and I may still post some random other things as the month goes on. So, with all of that out of the way.

At the end of this month, I will turn 29 years old, meaning that I will have been on this earth for 30 distinct calendar years (OK, technically that happened at the beginning of the year, but just roll with me here.) I was struck by that notion and wanted to look at my favorite songs from each of those 30 years. Now, please note I said “favorite”. Not best, not most significant, not most influential, just my favorites. Why they’re favorites can be as simple as I just really like them to having good memories associated with them to something larger. It doesn’t matter. These are just my favorite songs from each of the last 30 years. Now, as always, I can never make this simple, but I did make the rule that once I had used an artist, I could not use them again. I based “year” off the year that the album from which it came was released, and beyond that, I went to town. There’s going to be some crossover from previous columns as you might expect, but I’m going to write all new material about each song, at least as best I can. I fully expect that you will disagree with many of my choices, but it just gives you something to discuss in the comments. So, with no further ado, part I of 30 Years, 30 Songs.
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Tied to the 90s: The Lyrics Quiz: Vol. 1 — Singular. Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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Tied to the 90s

Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

Really quick though, before we begin, I’d like to mention once again that my good friend Mike is running the 2007-08 Allison LaPlaca Open, a television “death pool” where you attempt to pick the ten shows you don’t think will see a new season. If you’d like to play (for pride only, please no wagering), check out this link. All of the rules and details are on the site, but if you have questions, I’ll be happy to field them.

OK, your silent critique of last week’s entry has been noted and then some. Sorry about that. So, I thought I would have a little fun this week. By my nature, I enjoy a good puzzle or trivia contest, so I hope this will fit the bill. It’s the first Tied to the 90s Lyrics Quiz: Vol. 1 — Singular.

This is an updated version of something I did one very bored day in college.  Very simply, below the cut will be 100 lyrics.  All of them will be from 1990s songs, or at least songs released on albums between 1990 and 1999.  Being that they were all culled from my iTunes Library, they will be mostly  be “modern rock” tracks.  All you’re going to get is the lyric and the year the song was released on an album, which would make it tough on its own (Googling the lyrics is not the point of this exercise.) so what I have done to help you out is:
a). All of the songs have one word titles (which means no parenthetical titles as well) just one word titles.
b). All of the songs are ordered by an increasing number of letters in them, starting with two letters and ending with 12 letters.  Within each “numbering”, all of the songs will be alphabetical.

What this should do is allow you to fill in the gaps as you go.

Also, I did not go for ultra-obscure songs or ultra-obscure bands, but in some cases, you may disagree.

So, check it out, see how many you get and when you are ready for the answers, there will be a link at the bottom of the quiz.  Have fun!

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Tied to the 90s: 7 1990s songs by the spectrum Wednesday, August 8, 2007

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Tied to the 90s

Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

Really quick though, before we begin, I’d like to mention once again that my good friend Mike is running the 2007-08 Allison LaPlaca Open, a television “death pool” where you attempt to pick the ten shows you don’t think will see a new season. If you’d like to play (for pride only, please no wagering), check out this link. All of the rules and details are on the site, but if you have questions, I’ll be happy to field them.

Today’s entry nervously straddles that fine line between clever and stupid. Inspired by this photo of my favorite fellow member of the University of Michigan Class of 2000, we go over the rainbow this week to look at 7 1990s songs by the Spectrum.

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Guitar Hero III: More Fun than a Pet Rock Vol 1 Monday, August 6, 2007

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Your air guitar is now obsolete as Guitar Hero III will be released October the 29th. Every week leading up I will take you on a preview of the magical songs that will be in this game. In fact you can call the article weekly.

This week. Dragonforce, Slayer, and… Heart?

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Harry Potter Book Pillows Don’t have the Kung-Fu Grip Friday, August 3, 2007

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As a child, I was a toy-whore. For the most part it was GI Joes, Transformers, and Legos. I would set up the GI Joe Battle Fortress and all the vehicles like the tank and snowcat on the red carpet in my room and have an epic battle. The carpet being red was a fortunate coincidence because I just pretended that GI Joe kicked the snot out of Cobra Commander and the whole battlefield was covered in blood.

The Plush Harry Potter monster books doesn’t have kung-fu grip like my beloved GI Joes, but that doesn’t mean it’s useless. Ok, well unlike Bob Uecker I find pretty much any plush item useless… but that’s my bias.

Other popular toys that don’t have kung-fu grip.
Barbie and Ken (also lacking anatomical correctness)
Legos
My Little Pony
Transformers
Fire
Power Tools
Easy Bake Oven

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Note: I had some of these toys as a child. Some I did not.

Tied to the 90s: 7+ songs to help people planning their fifteen-year high school reunion this year. Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Posted by Yostal in 90s rock, DeadOn's Resident Pop Culture Historian, Gen X&Y, Reasons why I am single, Tied to the 90s, Yostal.
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Tied to the 90s

Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

Really quick though, before we begin, I’d like to mention that my good friend Mike is running the 2007-08 Allison LaPlaca Open, a television “death pool” where you attempt to pick the ten shows you don’t think will see a new season.  If you’d like to play (for pride only, please no wagering), check out this link.  All of the rules and details are on the site, but if you have questions, I’ll be happy to field them.

Today, we keep a promise to commenter Peter Cavan by looking at 7+ songs to help people planning their fifteen year high school reunion this summer. Building upon the ten year reunion effort from May, I’m looking at some songs from 1992 (which may or may not have come out during your senior year ’92s, bear with me. It was my freshman year of high school and my musical taste sucked back then. It got way better as I got older, though I am sure some of you would like to disagree strongly.) This one will be a little different, because I am going to give you a straight seven, plus some other songs that I will group by theme. Also, I tried to avoid songs I already have discussed before, so there may be some obvious holes. But enough prologue, less chat, more hat.

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The 20 Most Cromulent Simpsons Episodes of All-Time: #3 Thursday, July 19, 2007

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Look, I have no cute little opening for this episode. This one, like a certain other episode I did, is one of my favorites. From beginning to end it just rocks. Almost every single line is quotable. And that’s really all I need to say.

Next week, “The Simpsons Movie” opens. Which means we’re 8 days away. Can you fucking feel it people?

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Tied to the 90s: 7 for 7: Seven Great 1990s Songs by Seven Major Modern Rock Artists: Part II Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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Tied to the 90s

Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

So, the very special project is here. Being July 2007, or 07-07 (and 7 being my favorite number), the plan for this month is that we’re going to look at the seven “best” 1990s songs by seven important 1990s modern rock bands. We’ll look at two a week (which means, yes, we’ll spill into August, but the 50 States, 50 Songs thing just had to go on Independence Day).

Now, the rule I did establish on this was simple, I could not pick a second song from an LP until I had picked one song from each of the LPs released during the decade. That will make for some interesting choices, I think. Also, I did not restrain myself to songs I had not already discussed in previous outings, so if there’s a repeat, I do apologize. Oh and the songs are in no particular order, they’re just seven.

So, I chose the seven bands and then put them in a hat to choose at random the order in which they would appear. This week’s selections: U2 and Oasis

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Tied to the 90s: (All-American Edition) 50 States, 50 Songs Wednesday, July 4, 2007

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Tied to the 90s

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Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

Happy Birthday America. Though John Adams thought that July 2 would be the day long celebrated in American history as that day we declared our independence from the shackles of the British Empire, fate had it as July 4, because well, the public has a right to know. In celebration of this, I’m going to do something I mentioned two weeks ago. In my real life job as a high school teacher, I play a musical review game, not of my own invention called “Shut Up and Answer the Question”. Very simply, it’s a PowerPoint with 35 review questions listed on it, giving students a chance to get a feel for what might be on the test, while I get to expose (or as they say, torture them) the students to 55 second clips on a theme. Inspired by a Rolling Stone photo set from 2001, I decided that one of the theme should be 50 States, 50 Songs. It was not an easy process, though some states provide easy options, other states are an embarrassment of riches really. So, over the last six years, I have refined the list each time out in the hope of making a great set. (Please note, some songs are not the obvious choice for the band/artist because I had already used them earlier in the year and am loathe to reuse tracks.) So, all of that said, here are 50 States, 50 Songs. (Unlike my usual efforts, due to the massive size and scope of this list, there will likely only be quick hit comments and I may not be able to get YouTube video for all of them.) Now go celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it. (more…)

Tied to the 90s: On Vacation… Wednesday, June 27, 2007

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Tied to the 90s

Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

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