Book Review: Identity Crisis

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By Chris Slater

Earlier this year, I was in a comic book shop in Beckley and was perusing the titles when a graphic novel cover popped out at me. All of these superheroes’ costumes were hanging up, empty. It looked so sad and hollow. And then I noticed the name at the top: Brad Meltzer. My favorite wrestler, CM Punk, is a huge comic fan (and actually writes comics for Marvel now) and has tweeted about Meltzer several times.

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Slater’s Signature Finisher: 7 Years Ago: CM Punk wins first World Championship

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By Chris Slater

Seven years ago – June 8, 2008 – CM Punk won his first World Heavyweight Championship in WWE, after defeating Edge via “Money in the Bank” cash in.

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Better In The Dark – Episode #17: Hunting In A Cemetery Pitch For A Haunted Phantasm Before Dawn

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Our First Annual Halloween Suggestions Episode is here! Join the Boys From Brooklyn as they discuss with more enthusiasm than facts six of their favorite horror films that you might not have considered. From the classic-but-near-forgotten Phantasm to the insanely wrong-headed (in the positive sense) Cemetery Man, we’re sure to turn you onto something that’s perfect for your tastes. Also, Tom and Derrick talk about the charms of both versions of The House on Haunted Hill, and we let the cat out of the bag about what we’ve got planned for the month of December. It’s a gruesome grab bag of cinematic chillers, so reach your hand in by clicking the download button!

Better In The Dark – Episode #17: Hunting In A Cemetery Pitch For A Haunted Phantasm Before Dawn

Hip-Hop Manifesto – Episode #13: Why Hip-Hop Still?

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In this episode, the guys come full circle to the topic of their very first episode, only with an updated spin: Why hip-hop still? Including, but not limited to: Wedding talk! Matt thinks a lot of music he used to love doesn’t hold up! Kelen makes a case for sampling! How “Started From The Bottom” and Kendrick Lamar brought Kelen back from the brink! More talk of how they listen to less conscious rap! How Matt learned how to love other genres from hip-hop! “There’s a hip-hop song for every moment that I need to get through my day!” Kelen reminisces on What’s The 411! Too much music?! Kelen’s favorite 2Pac song! And so much more like that one Fat Joe song! Your favorite podcast is back again, so you better press play before we start charging a fee!

Hip-Hop Manifesto – Episode #13: Why Hip-Hop Still?

Hip-Hop Manifesto – Episode #12: Is Kanye West Crazy?

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In this edition, Kelen and Matt take on a subject everyone has wondered: Is Kanye West crazy? Along the way, they discover that Kanye is a genius a*****e, that Kelen really loves Roc-A-Fella, Matt muses what present day Kanye would think of 2005 Kanye, that Kanye says things like this, “I was raised better than that, that was very arrogant.”, that Kanye is always a little more crazier at the MTV Video Music Awards, and much more! Also, 50 Cent is a genius, Amber Rose was hotter pregnant than Kim Kardashian was, how South Park is the king of “too soon”, and why we don’t listen to Talib Kweli anymore! So while we want Kanye to find happiness, we also want you to press play, and watch out for that stop sign!

Hip-Hop Manifesto –  Episode #12: Is Kanye West Crazy?

Better In The Dark – Episode #16: Marvel at The Movies With Blade

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It’s time to kick the Better In The Dark Halloween festivities off in earnest, and what better way to do that than to release an episode focusing in Marvel Comics’ bad-ass Vampire hunter, Blade! From his origins as a supporting character in one of the scariest comics of the 70’s to his total redesign as a signature role for Wesley Snipes, Tom and Derrick tackle it all! Of course, it wouldn’t be an episode without digressions and divergences, so we also explore the phallic nature of Spike TV’s name and try to answer the eternal question of “Jessica Biel: What gives?” It’s a fangful of fun, so get to downloading!

Better In The Dark – Episode #16: Marvel at The Movies With Blade

ToM: “Pleased to Meet Me” – The Replacements

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By Jacob Slater

Or, Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

This article was originally written as a sort of Paul Simon’s ‘The Only Living Boy in New York” type tribute to a friend of mine, Alec Berry, who as you’ll read was going to be moving to Minnesota for an internship. I’ve seen him once since we both got out of college, talked with him maybe a couple of times besides that, and it’s in moments like this that you realize how much you miss a friend. And was a friend, as much as anyone else I’ve referenced in these articles, even if I didn’t bust his chops about the Dandy Warhols or record a radio show with him. He thought enough of me to give me a spot on the station’s website, which a handful of you have read over the past weeks, so I could write about music and bullshit about my neuroses and such. Even if no one had read these fucking things, even if no one reads these fucking things now, I still appreciated it. That something I wrote could be placed on a pedestal of sorts, that people other than myself might care about something I wrote, build self-respect and responsibility and all that shit. Even if it was about as small a pedestal as you could get, I appreciated it. Thanks buddy.

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ToM: “Purple Rain” – Prince

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By Jacob Slater

Or, The Impact of Royalty in America in the Late 20th Century

I wrote a Facebook post recently that said that every time I revisited the work of Prince, it’s still as awesome as I remember. While some harsh words could be said about his later work, and indeed it seems like only recently he’s had something of a career revival thanks to his performances at the Super Bowl and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the fact is that his work in the 80s ranks as some of the best pop music that’s ever been done. Music that was definitely indicative of the era it was made in (synth-fetishists might want to turn the lights down low when Controversy comes on). but music that much like the Beatles in the 60s and Bowie in the 70s  strived for experimentation and the broadening of what pop was and what it could be. Funk, Electronica, Psychedelia, in its best moments a Prince album could be a wonderful kaleidoscope of various genres all working in harmony. Beautifully expansive yet intimate. Brazenly seductive yet blatant sexual.  No one else was ever quite on the same level as Prince in the 80s; Not Michael Jackson, not Rick James, definitely not Lionel Richie. Dude was in a league of his own.

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ToM: “Be A Man” – Macho Man Randy Savage

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By Jacob Slater

Or, OH YEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHH

I’ve listened to a lot of weird stuff in my day. I own Eskimo, for example, which was a concept album by the Residents which replicates the life of an Inuit hunter in a way that barely resembles traditional music.  The Butthole Surfers, Primus, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, all weird. However, weird as they may be, I think there are far more people who listen to those guys who have heard Randy Savage’s rap album, and far fewer that will say they actually liked it.  Well I’m one of those people who did both, and I felt so strongly on the subject that I decided to write an article about it. Really, what better follow up to Ol’ Dirty Bastard could there have been than the Macho Man? Really, what better concert tour could there have been than ODB/Savage? These are the questions you need to ask yourself when you come across greatness like this.

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