At the end of 2013, before our collective spirits had been broken by the endless Polar Vortexes inflicted upon us, we extended a challenge to you, our readers: show us what you remember about the past year in news. Our 2013 news quiz brought in lots and lots of people willing to take that challenge ... More >>
It's not particularly surprising or original any more to talk about how terrible Black Friday is; it's materialistic, dysfunctional, and every year someone dies or is gruesomely injured; you can pretty much count on a video of a horrible stampede somewhere by about 9 a.m. Not even the Wall Street Jo ... More >>
The life of an independent professional wrestler is busy enough, but for Colt Cabana, squaring off in the ring is only the beginning. A wrestler, actor (you may have seen him with legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka in a recent Old Navy commercial), stand-up comic, and popular podcaster, his ta ... More >>
Today is the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a moment in American history that was pretty horrifying for reasons that have been enumerated countless times. Their effects on pop music weren't as tragic, to be sure, but they were pretty unfortunateartists on both sides of the aisl ... More >>
Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 2011 American Music Awards, the annual salute to the most popular popular music that exists in the American wild this year. While Lady Gaga and Adele and Beyoncé are absent, this year's show apparently has one performance that will cost $500,000 to pul ... More >>
While the godless holiday ads were a novel opening for the X-in-Xmas Team in this year's War on Christmas, the game is not afoot until someone has retrenched under pressure. So we give a point to the Christers, as the American Family Association has announced it is "officially ending its boycott ... More >>
The oddest story of the week, perhaps the month, is that of Travis, a chimpanzee who was unaccountably kept as a pet by a couple in Stamford, Connecticut. In 2003 he was riding in a car with his owners when, enraged by a young man who threw something at him, unbuckled his seat belt, got out of the c ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. He does this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Unseen Kingdoms Author: Bill Cox Publisher: Inner Light Publications, New Brunswick, NJ Date: 1983 D ... More >>
"New York was going to get taller, there would be sex clubs in buildings that catered to hospital fetishes. And there would be freeze-dried drinks at bars. In reality, because of 9/11, it's a run for comfort. It's the proliferation of cupcake shops." If your resume includes being in the band Puss ... More >>
. . and the debate over copies crops up again
In a notorious murder case, Rohan Bolt is doing the time. Did someone else do the crime?
Bob Dylan is thankfully nowhere in sight. "Valentine's Dinner" showcase curated by Kyp Malone Date: Wednesday, February 14 Better than: Drinking Miller alone in bed Recorded equivalent: B-Side single Rating: 6.4 His name is Kyp Malone, alright? Because every time I say his name lately in conversat ... More >>
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