Online editor of Dealerscope, CustomRetailer and other CTPG sites. Columnist and gadget reviewer for Tell Magazine.

Andrew WK brings the party to Android commercial

Admit it: When you first heard Andrew WK’s music, circa 2000, you just knew he’d still be a cultural force nearly 15 years later. And you certainly knew he’d pen an advice column for the Village Voice, would attempt a short-lived career as a diplomat, and would compose parody songs about The McLaughlin Group which more »

Chica the chicken comes to 30 Rock, where the stars are

Sesame Street, over the years, has gotten incredibly good at staying in the pop cultural conversation, often by welcoming celebrities to interact with Elmo and Big Bird and Co. More recently, the Childrens’ Television Workshop has created viral videos, usually kid-related parodies of popular TV shows like Mad Men, Glee and even Sons of Anarchy. more »

Colbert’s tech bias: Apple yes, Google no 

If I didn’t know any better, I might think Stephen Colbert- the character, the real guy, or possibly both- has a notable tech bias: Pro-Apple, and anti-Google. Colbert famously appeared at an awards show in 2010 holding an iPad- even though the initial edition of the Apple tablet wasn’t yet available at the time. Then, more »

Lionsgate, Tribeca plan indie streaming service

It often appears that there’s little-to-no rhyme or reason to which movies are available on-demand early, and which wins or not. Sometimes a title shows up on Amazon but not iTunes. On Netflix but not cable. Movies that were there yesterday disappear today. Why? Who knows- it’s usually some combination of studio affiliations, negotiated windows more »

Meet the next streaming contender: Tidal 

The streaming music field is getting quite crowded- and that’s before talk earlier this month of a streaming price war, with Apple/Beats taking on Pandora, Spotify and the rest of the competition. Now, the North American streaming market is about to get another contender: Tidal. Tidal describes itself as “The First High Fidelity Music Streaming more »

Fin: Keep playing “Royals,” Scarlett O’Hara sucks and Banksy has not been arrested 

San Francisco radio stations pulling “Royals” from the air ahead of the World Series is, to use a local term, hella stupid. It looks nothing like a principled stand and everything like a publicity stunt. Yea, pulling a year-old song for one week is totally gonna make a huge difference- although I would be on more »

Movie Review: “Listen Up Philip” (Philadelphia Film Festival) 

Does literary success require the person having it to behave like a repellant, repugnant ass to everyone around them? That’s the question at the heart of “Listen Up Philip,” an outstanding film, written and directed by Alex Ross Perry, which played over the weekend at the Philadelphia Film Festival and is set for release later more »

Second-generation Chromecast appears on the way from Google 

I suppose it would make sense for Google to bring out another version of the Chromecast. There’s only ever been one, it was introduced in the summer of 2013, and while it’s added numerous channels in the time since, there’s been no hardware upgrade at all. Now, it sounds like one is on the way- more »

Is Billy Joel finally making a pop comeback? 

Billy Joel, famously, retired from releasing new pop music after 1993′s “River of Dreams” album, although he has continued to tour, while playing his old hits, ever since. He had a period where he composed classical music, and has put out a couple of one-off singles along with seemingly endless greatest-hits albums, but Joel has more »

Cast coming together for Coens’ “Hail Caesar!” 

Film critic Christopher Orr of The Atlantic recently put together a week-long project of watching every Coen Brothers movie and ranking them. We don’t know where the next Coen film, “Hail Caesar!,”will end up on the next edition of Orr’s list, but we do know it will have one of the best casts. The film more »

Fin: Parenthood’s hippie-punching, circling jerks at NRO and the stupidity of 

I love how NBC’s Parenthood, on top of all of its other virtues, takes occasional shots at, for lack of a better term, California hippie bullshit. That “spirituality retreat” in Big Sur on this week’s episode had the added benefit of dressing the characters in white and having them take a vow of silence, so more »

Podcast: Stephen Silver and Jordan Rockwell on “Gone Girl” 

I appeared earlier this week on the Sensitive Nice Guy Show, the podcast hosted by TechnologyTell contributor Jordan Rockwell, to discuss the film “Gone Girl.” On the podcast, we discussed the film, its filmmaking and acting, whether it’s an accurate representation of modern marriage,  whether the film is feminist, misogynistic or both, how believable it more »