Believe it or not, it's now been 20 years since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered, changing the way '90s kids saw the world by combining teen drama with dinosaur robots. It also introduced a generation to the power of electric guitars as the show's immortal "Go Go Power Rangers" theme has becom ... More >>
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A tall, tall film
A few years back the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences switched up the rules for Best Original Song, making the hurdles a track had to clear in order to get nominated a little more difficult and introducing the possibility that no songs at all would be nominated during a particular year. ( ... More >>
The Song: Lana Del Rey, "Video Games." The Crimes: Irritated-alley-cat vocals; overwrought harps; fundamental misunderstanding of whether or not ironic critique of male-female mores can exist in the Hipster Runoff age; this poor girl's right thigh. In 2011 the phrase "Lana Del Rey" wasn't just the ... More >>
WWI gets Spielberg’d; Fincher’s new girl in town
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. The Living Animals of the World: A Popular Natural History Magazine Date: 1901 Pu ... More >>
Jim DeRogatis has probably penned the definitive thing so far on John Hughes the music fan, complete with the eye-popping detail that while in Chicago, and "well into his prime years as a filmmaker, he loved nothing more than haunting the racks of vinyl at the old Wax Trax record store on Lin ... More >>
How politics changed how we thought about music, if we thought about music at all
12:00 p.m. Well, we have a new Vice-President at least. Biden swears in with J.P. Stevens. 12:03 p.m. Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and an all-star band play "Air and Simple Gifts" written by Star Wars composer John Williams. Giant crowd is quiet and respectful. 12:08 p.m. Here we go. Chief Justice Rob ... More >>
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