Adam Raised a Cain

Cain and Abel
Played a show on Wednesday night and premiered this re-working of the 1977 Bruce Springsteen song “Adam Raised a Cain.” I was just messing around with the chords a few months back and working on the song while rehearsing other material for the shows I’ve been doing lately. It occurred to me that the…

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The Godmother

Sylvia Robinson
Sylvia Robinson was known as Little Sylvia when she started her recording career at the age of 16. Her first taste of fame came when she joined forces with Mickey Baker and Mickey & Sylvia topped the R&B charts in 1957 with their timeless single “Love is Strange.” However, Robinson’s…

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Adieu, Clown

Robin Williams
My favorite Robin Williams’ film is Dead Poets Society, but this scene from Good Will Hunting encapsulates the man’s best work for me: Williams starts off the scene on script, but by the middle, when he mentions his late wife waking herself, farting in her sleep, he’s off and running on one of his…

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Birth of Devo

Devo
Today we celebrate the birthday of Mark Mothersbaugh, lead singer and co-founder of Devo. While best known for one of the sexiest MTV videos of all time for “Whip It,” the band’s mission as absurdist satirists of mainstream culture is what secures them a place in the rock pantheon. Devo rejected…

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Fantastic Forgotten

Fantastic Four 1994
Now that Guardians of the Galaxy has secured the unbridled success of superhero films a guaranteed slot on American movie screens for the foreseeable future, I’ve been looking back to see how other comic book flicks have fared without the support of a trendy tidal wave at their backs. My favorite find is this…

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima
The passing of August 6th will forever recall the U.S.’s first atomic bombing in Japan at the city of Hiroshima in 1945. Most Americans are taught that President Harry Truman made a nail-biting decision to drop the bomb in order to avoid a land war in Japan that would result in the death of countless Japanese…

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Beastie Birthday

Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys are the bastard sons of the kind of b-boy/hardcore mongrel that could’ve only been born in 1981. After a short tenure as young punks inspired by Black Flag, the boys teamed up with Rick Rubin to create a metal/punk/hip-hop sound that sounded like the inside of the head of a 13 year old boy.…

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Jim Morrison’s HWY

Jim Morrison
45 years ago, in the summer of 1969, Jim Morrison shot his experimental film HWY in Los Angeles and in the Mojave Desert. Morrison had hitchhiked hundreds of miles in his younger days as a college student and the thumbs-up locomotion of the protagonist (played by Morrison) at the center of HWY finds the…

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Climbing the Tower

Charles Whitman
On August 1, 1966 Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the clock tower at the University of Texas in Austin with a cache of rifles, handguns, shotguns and ammunition. In 96 minutes he shot 45 people and killed 16. It was the biggest mass-shooting in the U.S. at that time. At the age of 12 Whitman had been the…

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Paul Thomas Anderson VS Tho...

PTA
This week Paul Thomas Anderson — the greatest American director of his generation? — announced his latest project since The Master. Here’s the early word from Cinema Blend… When you think of Paul Thomas Anderson and the compact but rich filmography he possesses, words like…

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