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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" By Darlene Love

Earworm Weekly: "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" By Darlene Love

The Christmas season brings with it earworms galore, from classic carols, like “Winter Wonderland” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” to mid-20th-century standards, like “Christmas in Hollis,” “Christmas Wrapping,” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” All…
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Music, All Shook Down The Origins of David Letterman's "Are Those Your Drums?"

The Origins of David Letterman's "Are Those Your Drums?"

David Letterman loves drums more than the guy outside your apartment window who won't stop banging on those bongos. At least, that's what you would think after watching this famous internet clip of him asking various musical guests about their…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye Is Silenced, Taylor Swift Blows Shit Up, and Courtney Love Is Nice to Someone

This Week: Kanye Is Silenced, Taylor Swift Blows Shit Up, and Courtney Love Is Nice to Someone

Well, good golly Miss Molly! Everyone's getting their politics on this week: from Killer Mike's smackdown of Bill O'Reilly, through feminist statements from Mark Hoppus and Taylor Swift, all the way up to a terrifying conversation between Muse's Matt Bellamy…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye's a Cartoon, Lorde's a Waxwork, and Iggy and Britney are Plastic

This Week: Kanye's a Cartoon, Lorde's a Waxwork, and Iggy and Britney are Plastic

This week, there's a whole wealth of campaigning going on: Bill O'Reilly is against hip-hop, Anthony Kiedis and Moby are pro-bear, Miley Cyrus is speaking up for her vagina, Pink is anti-bullying, and Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears are clearly…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lolcats IRL

Lolcats IRL

Some people work their whole lives as entertainers, but their acts never live up to the purity that is a cat-related pratfall. The Great Wall of Oakland is hosting an Internet cat video festival Saturday to benefit the East Bay…
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Calendar, Night&Day Reganomics

Reganomics

A lot of raw, foul-mouthed comedians have spoken potentially offensive or dangerous rhetoric onstage over the years. Brian Regan is not one of those comedians, and that’s a guarantee. The Miami-born funnyman has boyish looks, even in his mid-'50s, which…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bad Ideas from the '90s: NBC's Summer Olympics Triplecast

Bad Ideas from the '90s: NBC's Summer Olympics Triplecast

The Olympics are coming! I know this because Harry Shearer talks about the growing boondoggle that is London 2012 every week on his radio program, Le Show. Otherwise, I might not be aware that it was happening. I don't follow sports,…
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Film, "I'm Still Here": Joaquin Phoenix implodes — we think

"I'm Still Here": Joaquin Phoenix implodes — we think

I'm Still Here — "that Joaquin Phoenix movie" — capitalizes on an anxiety that is very of-the-moment, uniting pop cultural phenomena as seemingly disparate as the too-stupid and/or good-to-be-true Jersey Shore characters, James Franco's baffling side careers as a professional…
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Bradford Cox Says 'Janelle Monae is the New Bowie'

There's still plenty of juice left in the "Janelle Monae is the new " meme -- Lady Gaga comparisons are so earlier-this-week -- and lotsa big names that have yet to weigh in on which of their androgynous…
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Video of the Day: The Dodos on Letterman

While Letterman offered little opinion about SF pop act the Dodos other than making fun of their album title ("Time to Die, well, happy new year") his show helped push the band to a national audience. Above, a clip…
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Calendar, See/Be Seen Film Pak's Punch

Film Pak's Punch

FRI 4/16 Germany during World War I had Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and its human-turned-bug to make sense of mass alienation in an era of empire and industry, but in contemporary America, we've got toys and supercomputers. Billed as "science fiction…
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