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by Jennifer Cooke

7 Jun 2010



There are several things that you will not be able to believe about the following video by Phil Spector’s wife Rachelle:

  • That it was produced in 2010 and not 1987.
  • That it cost more than $11 to make.
  • That the song was written by an adult and did not spring fully formed from a junior high schooler’s Pee-Chee folder.
  • That it comes from an album called Out of My Chelle that is not attempting to be humorous.
  • That the ostensible object of the song’s frothy sentiments is a convicted murderer and possibly one of the creepiest men living.
  • That the “singer” truly believes anyone wants to pay money to be ice-picked in the ear by someone who need only bleat about the “innocence” of said murderer in order to continue living like a queen without ever having to break a nail or a sweat for the rest of her life.


You will, however, be able to believe that this was produced from prison.

by Arnold Pan

7 Jun 2010


In a play to be his nation’s saving grace, hall-of-fame curmudgeon Mark E. Smith gets all soft and sentimental over…World Cup soccer—er, football. A case of a project too absurd not to be true, the Fall frontman has recorded an unofficial English team anthem called “England’s Heartbeat” with a duo called Shuttleworth. What’s even more unexpected is that Smith seems to play it pretty straight, getting patriotic in a way that could only be inspired by a tradition of sports futility. So England hasn’t won the World Cup since 1966, but considering the winning streak that Smith’s on this year with the latest, greatest Fall album Your Future Our Clutter, don’t bet against ‘em this time.

by Oliver Ho

7 Jun 2010



A news report captures a local outbreak of the Rocky Horror Picture Show phenomenon in Universal City sometime in the late 1970s. Watch closely, because about 1:25 into the segment, a certain soon-to-be-college-rock icon appears dressed as Dr. Frank-N-Furter to reassure the reporter, “This is an excellent movie, it really is, and we’re all quite normal, really.” [via A.V. Club]

by Alistair Dickinson

7 Jun 2010


Do you love Christina Hendricks as an gorgeous-but-somewhat-tragic office-runner named Joan Holloway in 1960s-set Mad Men, but also love Christina Hendricks as a gorgeous-but-somewhat-psychopathic con-woman in the distant-future-set Firefly? Well, you’re in luck! Danger Mouse-James Mercer project Broken Bells has released a video for “Ghost Inside”, which features Hendricks as a jump-suited android from the distant-future trying to make it to a very retro-looking resort planet.

by John Lindstedt

7 Jun 2010


After years and years of hearing what a lost treasure MTV’s The State was, I was finally granted access through it’s recent addition to Netflix’s Instant Stream feature. It more than lived up to its reputation, especially when compared to it’s lazy older brother, Saturday Night Live. Sketches on The State rarely outstay their welcome, you’re in and out before you know it. Even a weak concept is a low risk venture, because you know the shows rapid fire pace will soon move onto a new topic (often with a clever segue).

The one sketch that stood out for me the most was Ken Marino’s “Louie: The Guy Who Comes Out and Says His Catchphrase Over and Over Again”. Just as SNL was knee deep in characters like “It’s Pat” and “The Richmeister”, this sketch brings to light the lame and lazy formulas those SNL sketches often employ. A situation is set, be it a party, the beach, or what have you. An opportunity for entry presents itself, as in an unseen guest who is late to said party. Enter: familiar character. Cue applause. Character says line. Audience knows line, so audience laughs. If the character was withholding a treat, the audience would probably sit or roll over on command. As you can see, “Louie’s” catchphrase, “I’m going to dip my balls in it,” makes no attempt to be even remotely clever. That anti comedy aspect of it is what works for me, while the audience lapping up the seventh incantation of “Schwetty Balls” makes me want to put my face in my hands for a long time.

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