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#EduFictionMoviePitches

After watching the trailer for Scarlett Johansson’s new action flick last week, Marc Porter Magee and I agreed that the movie seemed perfectly acceptable until Morgan Freeman intoned that “most human beings only use 10% of their brain’s capacity”. I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to contrived movie gimmicks, but as an explanation for the […]

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Musical Interlude – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Where Have All The Rudeboys Gone?

He’s moved in a somewhat different direction lately, but back in the day Ted Leo was a master of hooks, melody, and falsetto.

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Musical Interlude – They Might Be Giants – Road Movie To Berlin

De La Soul may have made catalog available to download for free, but TMBG really pioneered distributing music online. This appreciation of “Birdhouse in Your Soul” reminded me that Flood, like many of their albums, has held up much better than other releases of its era.

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Musical Interlude – Randy Newman – Louisiana 1927

There’s a new documentary out about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. I also just finished watching Treme and was listening to Good Old Boys the other day:

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Musical Interlude – Pixies – I Can’t Forget

Yesterday I tried to convince Kevin Ferguson that there are, in fact, some very good tribute albums. Two of them are tributes to Leonard Cohen including I’m Your Fan, where the Pixies do the right thing for this song by substituting a dose of derangement for the original’s bit of senility.

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Musical Interlude – Arcade Fire – It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)

I was sort of underwhelmed by The Suburbs, but Reflektor is pretty good. James Murphy seems to have helped.

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Musical Interlude – Elvis Costello & The Roots – I Want You

Wise Up Ghost is pretty good, but it turns out what I really wanted was The Roots backing Costello on some of his older tunes.

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Musical Interlude – Big Star – I’m In Love With A Girl

Recently watched a pretty good Big Star documentary and was reminded that they have a whole ton of great songs.

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Musical Interlude – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects

Happy Holidays, y’all.

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Musical Interlude – Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again (Live)

This is from a Nelson Mandela tribute concert and is one of the most 80’s things you will ever see.

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