Browsing archives for September, 2010

KISS Songs Explained: Rock and Roll Over (1976)

70s,KISS,Music 30 September 2010 | Comments Off

When someone asks me, “What’s your favorite KISS album?” I don’t always give the same answer.  Depending on my mood, it could be one of several.  Dressed to Kill.  KISS.  Revenge. All good choices. But probably more than half the time, I’d respond with Rock and Roll Over, the latest entry in our regular feature [...]

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Threat Level Midnight: The Office Paradox

00s,TV,Uncategorized 29 September 2010 | Comments Off

Last Thursday Ms. Retronaut and I watched the season premiere of The Office, the NBC sitcom about the employees of a struggling paper company in Scranton, PA. We’ve watched it since its debut, and during the show we were trying to determine how many seasons it had been on the air. We ultimately were able [...]

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Hey, Smoke Up Johnny

50s,Ads 28 September 2010 | Comments Off

And so we finally get to meet John Bender’s dad (via io9).

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1990: The Black Crowes on Letterman

90s,Music,TV 27 September 2010 | Comments Off

Apropos of nothing, I bring you the Black Crowes (3/5 of them actually) in their network TV debut on Late Night With David Letterman: That first record just killed me and this was one of my favorite songs.

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Sure I’m CFK, But You Gotta Love Me

00s,40s,Movies,Music 22 September 2010 | Comments Off

You magnificent bastard. “What would you like to be?” “Everything you hate.” Those are lines lifted from Citizen Kane and used to great effect in the White Stripes’ “The Union Forever” (from their breakthrough album White Blood Cells.)   Kane was one of those movies that I had never gotten around to seeing for one [...]

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Hilarious Reasons to Turn Into the Hulk

70s,TV 20 September 2010 | Comments Off

As some of you know, every Monday night Ms. Retronaut and I watch an episode of the 70s TV show The Incredible Hulk.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s very different from the comic book, with no super-villains or supernatural elements.  It’s much closer in feel to The Fugitive, following that series’ model of a [...]

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The Friday Not-So-Random Ten Wants Somebody to Shove

Music 17 September 2010 | Comments Off

You all know the rules.  Let’s rock it out: Plaster Caster – The Lemonheads A Certain Girl – Warren Zevon Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Guns ‘n’ Roses Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground with Nico Bring Me To Life – Evanescence Bitter Tears – Suzie McNeil Somebody to Shove – Soul Asylum Married With [...]

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KISS Songs Explained: Destroyer (1976)

70s,KISS,Music 16 September 2010 | Comments Off

Destroyer is without doubt the most celebrated album in the KISS discography. In a sense it’s their Sgt. Pepper’s, to use a Beatles analogy. Hot off the success of Alive! and working with producer Bob Ezrin, the band made a concerted effort to do something bigger and more ambitious with this record. Departing from the [...]

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Kanye’s Retro in Red

10s,80s,Music 13 September 2010 | Comments Off

Did anyone else notice Kanye West dressed like a certain 80s icon at last night’s VMAs? He even had the wayfarer-style sunglasses on at one point.  I kept hoping he would break into “Heart and Soul”, but no dice. Nobody tips the shades better.

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Subtlety in Advertising

60s,Ads 13 September 2010 | Comments Off

I recognize this is probably a fake, but c’mon, you can see in his eyes he’s thinking it. (via Retrogasm)

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