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You Better Watch Out for this Christmas video

You Better Watch Out for this Christmas video

As part of its annual holiday party, my department screens employee-created, holiday-themed multimedia presentations. I am excited to announce that Super Secret Coworker Dan has posted You Better Watch Out, a classic presentation from years past. This (very) short film features a menacing Santa Claus chasing three friends through the bleak streets of Philadelphia, accompanied […]

It's Max Raabe day!

It’s Max Raabe day!

Today is the long-awaited Max Raabe show at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. As of now, there are still tickets available, which is amazing because why wouldn’t all of Philadelphia want to see this sardonic German cabaret singer and his Palast Orchester? If you want to know more about Raabe, Jekyll* alerted me to a profile in […]

Finally, The Animation Show

Finally, The Animation Show

Finally, the 2005 Animation Show is coming to Philadelphia. And by Philadelphia I mean the ‘burbs, but you have to take what you can get: Monday, November 7th: Doylestown, County Theater Wednesday, November 9th: Bryn Mawr Thursday, November 10th: Ambler All shows are at 7 PM, and as far as I know, these theaters are […]

Bloodshot Records:  For a Decade of Sin

Bloodshot Records: For a Decade of Sin

An exciting announcement from Bloodshot Records, a kick-ass label out of Chicago: they have just released For a Decade of Sin, a two-disc compilation that celebrates eleven years in the business. Forty-two songs of new and previously-unreleased material for $18. I have several Bloodshot compilations, including Down to the Promised Land, the five year anniversary […]

You Shall Know Our Velocity

You Shall Know Our Velocity

Finally, I finished Dave Eggers’ You Shall Know Our Velocity. Isn’t that a great title? The book is about two friends, Will and Hand, who embark upon a week-long trip around the world to give away $32,000. Why? Something about the recent loss of their friend Jack, who was killed when a trucker drove over […]

Mind-Numbing Documentaries

Mind-Numbing Documentaries

I’m not trying to hate on those who make documentaries (documentarians?), but surely it’s obvious that the world has far too many of these films. Were there always so many bad documentaries, or are there more now because digital technology has lowered the barrier to making them? Regardless, this madness should stop. Do people even […]