Kevin Slane was in 6th grade in the year 2000. I was starting my radio career in the year 2000, peddling the sounds of Limp Bizkit and the like. So we decided to try and stump one another with some alt-rock sounds from that year. Listen in and feel free to play along. More
Since 1999, Jon Stewart has been at the helm of the The Daily Show. Since then, he’s evolved from pretty well-known comedic actor to media icon.
What started as a conversation with Boston.com’s Chris Rattey about his secret desire to be the sixth member of New Kids On The Block turned into a trip down memory lane. Chris’ vivid memories of the music and pop culture of the 1980s offer an entertaining perspective on what it was like to come of age during that decade and, now, to look back and realize that you were more “New Kids” than “Hair Metal.” More
Every city has its characters. People who, by their personality and actions, stand out among the crowds. While some of these characters are known for always being in the same spots, such as Spare Change Guy or the late Mr. Butch, there are those who are known for their effort to put a smile on the faces of those who happen to pass by. In the recent past, Boston has had Keytar Bear, but back in 1993, there was Chris Costonis — the Coffee Buster. More
You read that right – two Brooklynites have erected a micro-museum to the famous 1994 scuffle between Olympian figure skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding in their own apartment. More
Last week, Perry Eaton of BDCwire asked me to contribute to this piece on post-9/11 rock music. Today, we continued the conversation, widening the scope to that period in rock that followed the alternative boom of the early-to-mid 90s and preceded the indie rock bloom of the early-to-mid 00s. Then we tied it all in to the present-day, and the recent announcement of the Jay Z-backed streaming music service Tidal. More
At the end of Planet Waves, Bob Dylan sings “Time is all I have to give/ you can have it if you choose.” That’s always seemed like an apt description for the relationship between a film and its audience. When you commit to watching a movie, you’re agreeing to forfeit a small fraction of your life. And the filmmakers themselves – they’re bound, as well. Whoever they were when they made a movie, wherever they were in their lives, the film preserves those moments for posterity. More
A new trailer for Adam Sandler vehicle Pixels was released last night, teasing scenes of mass destruction from the likes of PacMan and Donkey Kong. It’s up to the summer film’s protagonists Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage to save the world so…looks like we’re in trouble. More
When representatives for 88-year-old To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee announced the release of long-lost novel Go Set a Watchman last month, literary fans everywhere rejoiced, then revolted. Was the famously reclusive author being manipulated into publishing the work as a cash grab for those involved, or did she genuinely want to see her other manuscript in readers’ hands? More
With a major film franchise on the horizon and a birthday to celebrate this week, Barbie has plenty to celebrate in the year ahead. But she gets all of the press – give it a rest, Barbara Roberts. Let’s focus on the more intense mystery surrounding her “discontinued” friends.
Were they the victim of poor marketing, or something far more sinister? We take a look at the big-busted ingenue’s incriminating record of friends, ahem, mysteriously falling off the grid, and call into question her extensive experience as both a cop and a detective. Seems like someone would know how to get rid of a plastic body. More