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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Moves Like Curtis: The Podcast – Episode #5: He Should Eat A Bug Like Nicholas Cage Did (Guests: Paul Hermann & Kelen Conley)

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In this episode, Paul Hermann and Kelen Conley join Tom as they try to figure out where the 2013 New York Jets go from here… with the here being Tim Tebow. Kelen predicts that Greg McElroy will be the starting quarterback, Paul talks Tom off the ledge about John Idzik, Tom tears his team apart and Paul and Kelen convince him that the playoffs are still within reach, Macklemore could be the Jets new starting quarterback, Eric Mangini is a robot, Shonn Greene is compared to Chuck Austen’s War Machine, and of course, the butt fumble is mentioned several times. It’s an episode shared more than MetLife Stadium, don’t you want to get your cleats on and come along?

Predicting the 2015 NBA Playoffs: Second Round

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By Kelen Conley

First Round Results: 6-2

I really don’t know how to go on with these playoffs after the series the Clippers and the Spurs just had. Instant classic. Of course, that’s what happens when the NBA gets uptight about its seeding and makes sure Division Champions have home court advantage. And like everyone else, Game 7 was way better than Mayweather/Pacquiao.

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Uneducated Guesses About the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Second Round

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First Round Results: 6-2

So maybe I’m just lucky. I knew picking the Senators was a long shot, but at least they mounted a comeback before the Canadiens finished them off. Did not see the Wild’s upset coming though. Good for them. Minnesota needs something to feel good about right now, aside from Andrew Wiggins winning Rookie of the Year (and only because Jabari got hurt. Parker was staking claim early before he tore his ACL).

Eastern Conference

#1 New York Rangers v. #4 Washington Capitals – Rangers in 7. And no, I don’t care that the Caps are currently up in the series.

#2 Montreal Canadiens v. #3 Tampa Bay Lightning – Lightning in 6. I really don’t think the Canadiens get swept. But the next two games are in Tampa…

Western Conference

#1 Anaheim Ducks v. #8 Calgary Flames – Ducks in 6. I think the Flames win Game 4 though.

#3 Chicago Blackhawks v. #6 Minnesota Wild– Blackhawks in 5. With the Blues out, the Rangers faltering, and the Kings at home, the Blackhawks have my vote as the next Stanley Cup Champions.

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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