Fin: Save ‘You’re the Worst,’ Sam Elliott in Harlan and 007 in Turkey

Add me to the list of people saying it: You’re the Worst, which wrapped up Thursday night at FX, is a special, special show. It not only sported great writing and a premise that just about rescued the romantic comedy on television, but it pulled two leads (Aya Cash, Chris Geare) and two secondary leads more »

Pop culture anniversary thinkpiece roundup: “American Beauty,” “Amadeus,” and “ER” 

Seems like every day it’s some major anniversary of a movie, TV, or album debut. And along with each, many a thinkpiece. Here are the ones we commemorated this week: The Marilyn Monroe subway grate shoot, 60 years. Jen Carlson, Gothamist:  The Seven Year Itch, starring Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, was filmed between September more »

The club is closed: Guided by Voices broke up again

After a really nice four year, six album run, legendary Dayton rock band Guided by Voices has decided to call it quits again. The band announced on their website that, “Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback more »

Foods are not butts: The case against Macaroni Grill’s “Baby Got Back” commercial

There are few things more incongruous- not to mention, disgusting- than taking a song that is 100 percent, unambiguously about sex, and using it to sell something that has nothing to do with sex. I could share lots of examples, from the many, many commercial uses of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On” to the more »

U2/Apple angst meets “Eternal Sunshine” in Conan’s eRaseU2 bit

Conan O’Brien has already gotten quite a bit of mileage out of the Apple’s keynote from last week. First there was the “Acer keynote” bit. Now, Conan has released a sketch mocking the controversy over U2′s free iTunes album. The two-minute sketch takes the form of a fictitious Apple marketing VP, “Marcus Pratt,” talking to more »

Today’s Tom Sawyer should get high off the Rush 40th anniversary box set

It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since Rush released their first, self-titled album to an unwitting future fanbase – and for once, the sentiment expressed here doesn’t do the reality of the situation total justice. Truth be told, bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson have been friends for nearly five decades after more »

Fin: @Fansince09 and Greg Bennett vs. gay-bashers, GQ goes West and “a stupid man for our stupid times” 

There won’t be a better crime-fighting story this year, as celebrated anonymous Twitter persona @FanSince09 teamed up with Greg Bennett- the gay sidekick of the sons of the one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey- to help solve a gay-bashing on the streets of Philadelphia. I want this to be a CBS procedural next more »

JRockin’ in the USA with Shonen Knife, a Technology Tell video interview

In today’s music industry, when labels churn out and abandon acts like leftover McDonald’s cheeseburgers—and when even popular acts release new material only every two to four years, possibly playing 15 shows a summer—Shonen Knife has stood before their audience 1,000 times.

End of “Adulthood?” More like the loss of personal responsibility

In his long overview of contemporary popular culture published over the weekend, ‘The New York Times’ primary film critic, A.O. Scott, has decided to “celebrate” the end of the patriarchy and, with it, the death of “adulthood,” as he would have us believe. His proposition is clear – with shows like ‘Breaking Bad,‘ ‘The Sopranos,’ more »

Reports: Apple’s U2 price tag was over $100 million

Apple may have put the new U2 album on the computers and mobile devices of all 500 million people with iTunes accounts “for free”- but that doesn’t mean it was “free” for Apple. According to multiple media reports, the stunt cost Cupertino “more than $100 million,” which isn’t necessarily all destined for Bono and the more »

Welcome, ‘Mats! The Replacements live to play in Minnesota again

The Replacements on Saturday performed both their first headlining gig, and first performance in their home state of Minnesota since 1991. And judging by my social media feeds that night, every friend or relative of mine in the Gopher State was there and posting Vines of every song. One friend of mine said he was more »

Fin: Left Behind on Rosh Hashanah, Strong Takes on sports and secrets of ‘Night Calls’

I was invited this week to a press screening of the Nicolas Cage “Left Behind” movie- but wouldn’t you know it, it’s on Erev Rosh Hashanah. I suppose I’m in no position to complain, though. In fact, maybe I should be thanking them. The brilliant Twitter sports commentator known as @PFTCommenter has launched a new more »