U2 and Apple: Together after all?

So let’s try to piece the saga of U2 and Apple together: Back in 2004, the special edition U2-themed black-and-red iPod was a huge hit. At some point the companies divorced, and U2 was endorsing BlackBerry (remember “BlackBerry loves U2″?) Fast forward to last week: A series of reports stated that U2 would have a more »


Fin: Against #Gamergate, “The Identical 2: The Cantorial Years” and the origin of Vinegar Strokes

I gave up gaming in my early teen years, and every word I’ve read about #Gamergate makes me all the more thankful I made that decision. He’s not always my favorite, but I really appreciated Devin Faraci’s take on the controversy (Bad Ass Digest) Speaking of which, lawyer Marc Randazza, who blames women themselves for the more »

Pop culture anniversary thinkpiece roundup: ‘Saved by the Bell,’ “Natural Born Killers” and Mary Poppins

Before we begin with the latest anniversary thinkpiece roundup, Patton Oswalt has thoughts upon his return to Twitter: Ugh. Just realized life's an unending parade of 20 & 30 yr. pop culture nostalgia anniversaries from this point on. — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 4, 2014 Anyway, on to the anniversaries: “Mary Poppins,” 50 years. Esther more »

Garth Brooks announces new digital music service, Ghost Tunes

Apple may soon wish Garth Brooks had stayed in retirement. The country icon has been vocal about not liking iTunes, and previously mentioned plans to distribute his catalog through his own website. But his announcement today went a little bit further than that. At a press conference in Chicago, where’s he kicking off his latest more »

Apple, U2 reportedly set for reunion (UPDATE: Nevermind)

When Apple’s iPod took over the music world in the early 2000s, U2 helped usher them in. Remember the U2 Special Edition iPod of 2004, which was black and red- like the then-current U2 album “”- and carried the band’s entire catalog? Apple and U2 parted ways at some point, and just five years later, more »

Fin: No new flight for the Conchords, Vaping Bad and #ArnoldHerzog

If you were excited for the return of Flight of the Conchords, uh, sorry to disappoint you. apparently misunderstood a comment in an interview- Jemaine Clement is working on a new HBO project, but it is NOT that. Oops. You’ll have to content yourself in the meantime with the Garfunkel and Oates TV show more »

Radiohead released new music on their PolyFauna app

It looks like Radiohead has released their first new music in three years following 2011′s King of Limbs not through iTunes or YouTube or their website or through some highly advanced ARG, but through their fun-but-sort-of-pointless PolyFauna app. The app, which was released in February of this year, with the intention of being “a window more »


Superstar Drummer Marco Minnemann Keeps His Own Time on ‘EEPS’

Marco Minnemann is commonly recognized as one of the world’s greatest drummers—a point vividly confirmed when he was one of seven timekeepers invited to audition for the coveted drum stool with progressive-metal giants Dream Theater, replacing Mike Portnoy. The German-born Minnemann didn’t get that high-profile gig (it went to Mike Mangini)—but he’s won plenty of more »

Fin: Armond White vs. the World, Mr. Skin’s bad timing and walking out of “Blue Valentine”

Armond White, now apparently full-time at National Review, last week published a somewhat unhinged rant, calling 2004 “the year the culture broke.” Among other howlers, he uses phrases like “lynch-mob excommunication” and “smear campaign” to address the notion of Mel Gibson being an anti-Semite at the time of “The Passion of the Christ,” as though more »

Fin: Welcome back Mr. Wu, there is no real-life Purge and OJ Da Juice Man

Am I the only one who got positive  memories when the New York Times endorsed “Mr. Wu” for Lieutenant Governor of New York?  (New York Times) How will MSNBC recover from the loss of Chelsea Clinton? They’ll have to give Ronan Farrow and/or Luke Russert additional responsibilities (Daily Intel) Hey, Internet consumers of the world- more »

Album sales are down and are never coming back. Here’s why that’s good.

There are few stories more annoying than the EXACT SAME ONE repeated over the last 15 years that “vinyl album sales are making a comeback!” (Hint: they never went away, at least in the indie rock and DJ world.) But I found one: “Album sales are down, OMG!” Well, no kidding. They’ve been going down since 2002. Guess what, too: They’re never coming back.

Fin: Bleacher Report on the radio, the Gang sits on a roof in Minneapolis, and Deadwood’s not coming back, cocksucker 

If there’s one repository more associated with brain-dead sports commentary than sports talk radio, it’s the sports blog network Bleacher Report. So naturally, Sirius XM is launching a whole Bleacher Report channel. Because that particular site’s brand of “loser-generated content” (not sure who coined that, but bravo) can only improve when spoken out loud. Too more »