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30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

Featured Posts, Music, TV & Radio
It seems like forever since watching videos on MTV was a regular part of our lives, but once upon a time it was. We could go on and on about how the station -- which turns 30 on August 1 -- turned to crap years ago for one reason or another, or about how the "M" in MTV seems to stand for Mook now, but let's not go there. Let's make this post a happy remembrance, one in which we celebrate what was rather than lament what isn't. So in that spirit of celebration, here is a list of our 30 favorite music videos of the MTV era (which kicked off on August 1, 1981). Not the best videos, necessarily, but the ones that had the most impact on us. Oh, and for you ranking junkies -- sorry, this is strictly in alphabetical order. 1. Daft Punk, "Around the World" In college we had a primitiv...
Album cover of the week: Ten

Album cover of the week: Ten

Album Cover of the Week
As if I needed yet another reminder of how old I'm getting - 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Ten, the debut album from Pearl Jam (although it wasn't released until August '91).   For many music fans this album (perhaps alongside Nirvana's Nevermind) heralded the end of the Age of Hair Metal, which was either a good or bad thing depending on your outlook. But rather than focus on the music, let's take a look at the artwork from Ten. This is the CD art that most of us are familiar with (especially since Ten has sold close to 10 million copies).  I've always liked this image, subtle as it is.  It effectively conveys the whole tight-knit, brotherhood sort of vibe I've always associated with Pearl Jam.  It's a strikingly positive image, which stands in stark contrast to the rather
SNL funny: “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

SNL funny: “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

TV & Radio
I'll give credit where it's due - while Saturday Night Live is still very hit-or-miss these days, I enjoyed this sketch a lot.  It's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", a takeoff on the classic Twilight Zone episode featuring Jude Law. A few things sold me on this bit - Jude Law's facial expressions, which recalled William Shatner's panicked looks in the original, Bobby Moynihan as the gremlin, and Pearl Jam on the wing of the plane.  Oh yeah, and smoked cedar plank salmon.  Because all gremlins love fish.
Meme time: Pick an album for every year you’ve been alive

Meme time: Pick an album for every year you’ve been alive

Music
From Idolator via the AV Club comes a pretty cool music meme - compile a list of your favorite albums, with one for each year you've been alive. Sounds easy enough, but some years are positively stacked with music I love.  Forcing me to choose among my musical children is just so...cruel. For me the most bountiful years were 1975-1978, 1980, 1982-1984, 1990, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2006, and 2007. 1975 - Kiss, Alive! 1976 - Led Zeppelin, Presence 1977 - Rush, A Farewell to Kings 1978 - Ace Frehley/Kiss, Ace Frehley 1979 - Pink Floyd, The Wall 1980 - Genesis, Duke 1981 - Rush, Moving Pictures 1982 - Rush, Signals 1983 - Iron Maiden, Piece of Mind 1984 - Iron Maiden, Powerslave 1985 - Kiss, Asylum 1986 - Queensrÿche, Rage for Order 1987 - Anthrax, Among the Living 1988 - Queensr
Pearl Frehley

Pearl Frehley

Music
As if I needed any more vindication for my love of Kiss, I offer the following clip of Pearl Jam performing "Black Diamond" with Ace Frehley during their June 25 show at Madison Square Garden. That's drummer Matt Cameron on vocals, by the way, playing the part of Peter Criss.  And because I can't pass up a good chance to post some more Kiss, here's Ace and his former bandmates doing the very same song at the very same venue, in 1977. Take that Thom - If Kiss is cool enough for Pearl Jam, they're cool enough for you.
The best (at least in terms of my iPod)

The best (at least in terms of my iPod)

Music
Creating and maintaining an iPod playlist with my favorite songs has been an interesting experience for me. I call the playlist "The Best" not because I really think these are the best songs ever, but because they are the ones that resonate the most with me. As the playlist has grown (it's now at 46 songs) some items of note have emerged. The first is that two of my all-time favorite bands, Kiss and Rush, are not represented once on the list. The second is that although I'm a pretty upbeat guy most of the time, I seem to respond the most to songs that are more subdued or melancholy. The third is that if a song has strong vocal harmonies it automatically wins points with me.So with that, here is the current list of The Best, with some commentary. As a side note, at least a few of these c...
Sandler’s reign (hardy-har-har)

Sandler’s reign (hardy-har-har)

Movies
OK, so I'm a week late to review this movie - what can I say, I'm a busy man. Anyway, Mrs. Suit and I headed down to the local nickelodeon today to check out Reign Over Me, Adam Sandler's latest attempt to prove himself as a serious actor. For the most part, he acquits himself nicely - I'm not ready to crown him the next Robin Williams (in terms of comedic actors showing real chops), but he's no slouch either. Interestingly, he's not even in the first 10 or 15 minutes of the film - that time goes to the superb Don Cheadle, who turns in another great performance (although his character development felt a bit forced). Sandler was quite good - he is definitely at his best when displaying more primal emotions like rage (which he does a few times in the film). His performance here almost...