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Commercialism — The Intern’s Revenge Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Sometimes it’s the little things that make for a memorable commercial.  These things may be so little that their existence is purely unintentional, yet are key to you remembering anything about the commercial itself.  Usually these little details are hilarious, especially if they represent true cluelessness on the part of the advertiser.  The ability to point out such details is a worthwhile trait to have, and as a service I am providing one such example today.  Then you will be amaze and astound your friends with your amazing perceptive abilities, and members of the opposite sex will fall down at your feet as they praise your keen observation skills.

All this can be yours, if you continue after the jump. (more…)


The Crotchety Young Bastard: Where The Hell Was My Summer Song? Tuesday, November 20, 2007

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Despite being physically young, I often find myself with enough vindictiveness that could last several lifetimes. Hence, the title of this column. If I come up with a better explanation, this shall be replaced.

It’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, which means it’s perfect timing for analyzing summer music.  What says the end of summer like Thanksgiving (I mean, besides something like Labor Day–that’s too obvious)?  As one of the few people that still listens to rock radio, I have a vested interest in what is played.  And let me tell you, this summer it was absolute crap (more so than usual!).  Not only was there nothing good to hear, but I couldn’t even take my mind off the dreadful summer heat with a good “summer song”.  Let’s analyze this further… (more…)

Commercialism: Ahoy hoy! Wednesday, May 16, 2007

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Hi everybody! Here’s a new feature that I’ve been thinking about starting for a while…a vivid dissection of commercials that populate the airwaves. I’ll review the good, the bad, the WTF, and more because…well I often have plenty of time to waste. Yes, I am indeed proud of my contributions to society.

This week, it’s an ad for something that smells like your granddad, but features one of the few bright spots of Spider-Man 3.


This Week In Rock: Indie Goes Mainstream Edition Monday, April 2, 2007

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The Number 1 album in the country last week: Modest Mouse’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Thank you America, for finally showing some taste.

I prefer to think of this occurrence as America waking up to the awesomeness that is Modest Mouse, than MM selling out–and if you actually listen to the albums, I think it shows that this is clearly the case. Remember, the dashboard’s melted but we’ve still got the radio (playing “Dashboard”).

Not much to report this week, but still juicy stuff about Oasis and Bloc Party feuding, the Happy Mondays, and the one tour that is guaranteed to scare your parents after the jump. (more…)

This Week In Rock: No Starbucks Edition Monday, March 26, 2007

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So, Starbucks announced that they’re going to start their own record label, to make it that much easier to peddle crap in their coffee shops. And Paul McCartney is the first musician to sign on to this, so it’s got to be good. Considering I don’t drink coffee (a bottle of Jack is what gets me through the day), I don’t really know the coffeehouse scene, but I must assume that this is clearly the new bastion of artistic creativity. Thank ye gods for the Starbucks record label!

Indie rock fans rejoice this week, because we have news on the White Stripes, Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and more. So check it out, after the jump! (more…)

This Week In Rock: “What? I Don’t Listen to Hip-Hop!” Monday, March 19, 2007

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Well, that’s only partly true. Rap makes up only a small part of what I listen too, but I do have some favorites. One of those artists who I do pay attention to is Jurassic 5, who I actually saw live when they were touring on Lollapalooza a couple of years ago. They put out two great albums (Quality Control and Power In Numbers), and one decent album (this past year’s Feedback), and well, that’s it. That’s because they’ve decided to call it quits.

Feel free to flame me for misusing the title of this space, I welcome thy retorts.

Come inside, and ye shall find news about The Smashing Pumpkins and the Number 7, Tobago = Tim Hardaway (but not Trinidad?), more infighting between the Dead Kennedys and Jello Biafra, Sonic Youth revisiting their Daydream past, Rodrigo Y Gabriela thwarted from taking er jerbs (I have no idea how to quite get the “South Park” accent), and many more. (more…)

This Week In Rock: Hungover Hump Day Edition Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Posted by Greek McPapadopoulos in 90s rock, Filler material, Greek McPapadopoulos, I'm hot for Alternative Rock, just some poor attempts at humor, music.

So, with the conclusion of finals earlier this week, my career as a college student is officially over (well, at least until I hear back from the law schools I applied to–fingers crossed!). I am now just a creepy alumnus who hangs out around campus, at least until they give me their diploma dealy that gives my claim legitimacy. So as it stands now, I’m working “full-time” at a radio station, writing a bi-weekly music column, writing for another music magazine, and in the process of contributing to a couple of other music websites. Plus, I get to go to all the college parties without worrying about classes. Right now, life is pretty freaking sweet.

This week, we cover news on R.E.M., Wilco, Green Day, Bonnaroo, the Shortlist Prize, and various other bands that I know you love. Details are available by clicking this little link right here! (more…)

This Week In Rock: Tardiness is SO Rock’n’Roll Monday, March 5, 2007

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Hey, sometimes you get busy, and your obligations to the online literati do not get met (I have no idea if literati is appropriate, but I like the sound of it). This week, a couple of HUGE bands announce new albums, the record industry does not conglomerate further, Brits give awards, and Kanye West proves to be a dick. So, fans of the White Stripes, Beastie Boys, Bjork, and The Postal Service should continue on after the jump–everyone else, you’re free to go, sorry for the holdup.


This Week In Rock: More Rage, More Guest Stars Monday, February 26, 2007

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Once again, I attempt to keep various peoples I do not know up-to-date on what’s happening with their favorite bands. With the Nirvana post on Deadspin, I think everyone is excited to talk about music today. Not too much to report this week, but news about Interpol’s new album, My Morning Jacket reliving Back to the Future, and SASQUATCH makes a visit. Plus, a Queens of the Stone Age update and great news for those who will miss the Rage Against the Machine reunion at Coachella, after the jump. (more…)

This Week In Rock Monday, February 19, 2007

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What better time of week than at the very beginning to recap what happened last week? Well, I just think that is about as rock’n’roll as you can get! Anyways, I hope to use this space to just give everybody a quick update on what’s happening with music in general: so you’ll get album release dates, tour dates, breakups and makeups, and anything else that seems relevant. Humor will be attempted at some point, but more often than not failure will be a result. And it might be a good idea to have pictures in the future…

This week, we have news about Wilco, Radiohead, the White Stripes, Nine Inch Nails, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, and more.


Trent Reznor Still Dealing with Teen Angst (Despite Being over 40) Wednesday, February 14, 2007

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Going against his previous strategy of waiting at least 5 years between albums, Trent Reznor has decided that April 17th will be the release date for the new Nine Inch Nails album, Year Zero. The tracklist for the new album has just been printed on the NIN site, and strangely enough “Non-Entity” is not included. “Survivalism” is set to be the first single, and should be ready to absolutely blanket modern rock radio in early March.

Sure it’s easy to make fun of such an easily pissed-off old man (see his recent comments about “emo-screamo”), but I have to admit I enjoyed With Teeth. Then again, this is coming from someone who loves The Fragile and appreciates Trent more for his compositional skills than his occaisionally painfully awkward lyrics, so take this with a grain of salt.

Here’s a performance of “Non-Entity” (let’s hope this works):