Green Day’s Dookie Turns 20, I Turn Nostalgic

February 1, 1994 Green Day released their classic album Dookie. Before going any further, ’70s punk fans are among the most sanctimonious purists and moralists in all of music, rivaling even the worst religious people in their self-righteousness, so if they show up in the comments section decrying the abomination of Green Day’s mainstream power [Read More…]

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Creative People’s Worst Enemy: Their Own Good Taste

This is a nice video which sets visual images to a bit of monologue from Ira Glass where he is talking about how creative people’s own good taste often discourages them while they are in the early stages of honing their craft since they are better at seeing what is wrong or limited with what [Read More…]

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The Amazing New Interactive Video For Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”

In November, Bob Dylan’s legendary song “Like A Rolling Stone”, received its first official video and it is a masterpiece and innovation in the genre. The video has a fascinating interactive feature that lets you change the channels you are watching. Each channel you play features people on real and imagined TV shows mouthing the [Read More…]

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What Happens When You Take Away The Glossy Effects and Just Let Pop Stars Sing. The Results Will Change The Way You See Them Forever.

Sometimes there are real artists underneath all the autotuning and banal vocal constrictions of the pop medium. It can be revelatory when you take out the slick production and just let them perform in a stripped down way. Listen to this ear-opening performance by One Direction for example: I’ll never hear these guys the same. [Read More…]

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Lily Allen’s New Feminist Song

It’s really hard to do songs that advocate a moral or political point of view without generating unlistenable lyrics. But Lily Allen pulls it off really well here. On Edit: I should be more careful… After only listening to the song but not watching the video while I was surfing around doing other things, I [Read More…]

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Jon Stewart Explains Pizza To Chicago

This is dead on accurate. Jon Stewart has never been righter. Your Analyses of the Greatness of New York Pizza? [Read more…]

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Lisa Hannigan’s Knots

I love this video because it visually represents so well the pure joy that Lisa exudes when she sings that hooked me on her music from the start. The song, “Knots”, is from her 2011 album Passenger I got to see her live four years ago at a Barnes and Noble in Manhattan, sitting just [Read More…]

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I love Wrecking Ball but hate the video (by Lance Wisely)

Below is a guest post from Lance Wisely, an alumnus of my online philosophy classes, reprinted with permission from his blog Heretic With A Heart. Many videos feature gratuitious, problematic objectification, but the video for Wrecking Ball is willing to be incongruous and senseless to do so. The video opens. Miley is crying. This song is [Read More…]

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Oprah Oprah Oprah

Oprah Winfrey and amazing swimmer Diana Nyad had a profoundly muddled, inarticulate, and self-contradictory conversation about God and souls on Oprah’s show Super Soul Sunday. During the course of this discussion Oprah and Nyad teamed up to create so much atheist outrage and facepalming that it has made it all the way to mainstream outlets like Raw Story and CNN. Throughout [Read More…]

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