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Laughing Matters: Eddie Izzard, “Cake or Death?”

Sometimes comedy illuminates hard truths with a pointed urgency that other means can’t quite achieve. Sometimes comedy is just funny. This series of posts is mostly about the former instances, but the latter is valuable, too.. As I recall it,

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Now Playing — Alien: Covenant

In space, it is said, no one can hear you scream. While I watched Alien: Covenant, I started to wonder if it was possible to hear aggressive eye-rolling into the middle of a booming movie theater. The latest attempt to

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Beers I Have Known: Burial Beer Co. Tin Cup Camp Stout

This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another. Although it wasn’t necessarily all that great for either my waistline or my

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College Countdown: CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 43 – 41

43. R.E.M., “Fall on Me” Sometimes when focusing on singles released in the nineteen-eighties, it is illuminating to look at their music videos. By the time R.E.M. released their fourth album, Lifes Rich Pageant, in 1986, MTV was approaching the

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From the Archive: Wild at Heart

I know I saw Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me when it was released in the summer of 1992, but I don’t recall if I wrote a review of it. That task probably fell to my partner on the movie

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One for Friday: Soundgarden, “Ugly Truth”

In 1989, thunder came to my college radio station. It’s possible there was a copy of Soundgarden’s 1988 debut, Ultramega OK, floating around the station, but I don’t recall it. Given the sound, I suspect it went straight into the

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The New Releases Shelf: What Now

I have previously confessed to having a weakness for songs about songs. The inherent meta-based tomfoolery is enjoyable, but I think there’s another layer to it. Responses to pop songs — great pop songs, anyway — tend to run deep,

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