Monday, June 18, 2018

Why Record Store Day matters

Rub your eyes and scoff and snort and click on some other link with astounding cat facts. That's fine. I get it. I don't really want to be reading about Record Store Day either. After all, it's sort of a cheap play right? By Andrew Pridgen Record Store Day is not important or of its time like the other big celebrations...

Trump’s rise simply a manifestation of America’s internet porn addiction

Tenuous connection? Not in the land of the disconnected. By Andrew J. Pridgen Trump ran for president before. In 2000, his sideshow reached epochal lows when, as the Reform Party candidate, he was pilloried by commentator Pat Buchanan for his lack of substance and abundance of hubris. Trump, in turn, swiped back generally referring to Buchanan as a "Hitler-lover." The cult...

5 cable alternatives that have sunk SportsCenter into a ratings coma

Like CNN's Headline News, ESPN's SportsCenter has been relegated to the cable network show of choice for the business traveler. By Andrew Pridgen Viewing a snippet of SportsCenter is acceptable only in one of the following three scenarios: 1) You're stuck in a domestic terminal when your phone is at 10 percent battery and already on airport mode. There's an hour delay...

Why The Force Awakens is trying so hard to be A New Hope for the Star Wars franchise

The music. The ships. The actors. The droids. The sets. The melted Vader helmet. It’s all a very carefully choreographed dance to make you feel...something familiar. But what it is has nothing to do with the movie... By Andrew Pridgen The original Star Wars should have been a disaster or at least a box office blip the likes of The Message....

The Warriors don’t need to win tonight, not really. OK, maybe a little. Yeah. Um, the Warriors really need to f*cking win tonight.

...They at least need to play with as much intensity as Radiohead. By Andrew J. Pridgen The campus radio station has been playing a lot of Dinosaur Jr. lately which means either I’m really cool or I’m really fucking old. Speaking of really cool and really old, the new Radiohead sounds like either getting a cigarette burn when you’re wearing a...

Your hateful, misinformed memes have TOTALLY changed my mind

Holy shit. What have I been thinking? By Andrew J. Pridgen There I was, going along, trying to do right by my family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. Trying to make sense of what this country is going to look like in a decade not only in the context of where we are now in the complex age of globalization and ever-shrinking...

Midweek Musings: Kenny Loggins’ Celebrity Bikini Tennis Tournament

Editor's Note: Every couple weeks, we roll out Midweek Musings. Bad one-liners that are actually (sadly) rejected column ideas. We apologize in advance for the three minutes you'll never get back. By Andrew Pridgen I think credit bureaus should be in charge of writing people's obits. That way we can find out who they really were. Unlike in the movies, I...

NFL to Veterans: Screw You

Here lies the extent of our Super Bowl XLIX coverage: $1 more for the cause. By Kyle Magin One of the NFL’s shittier make-nice efforts is its in-your-face pseudo-patriotism. In this weekend’s Super Bowl, the league will wrap itself in the flag—you’ll probably see a full-on colorguard, a military jet fly-over and some sort of we salute the troops messaging throughout the...

Why the NFL will ultimately stand in the way of a Raiders, Rams or Chargers move to LA

For more than 20 seasons the NFL has enjoyed its most diverse and active fanbase in greater Los Angeles—without a franchise there. As new California laws are making it easier to ease through community and environmental impact studies through ballot initiatives, the real bulwark may come from the league itself. By Andrew Pridgen The bureaucratic red tape, the environmental impact...

Pints and Picks Week 2: Musings on exposure to concentrated amounts of the one-percent, prescription meds, David Carradine, IT guys and the bets we make to make up for...

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and what to drink while doing it. Here, the boys are talking about South Bend, Carmel, outside looking in on the one-percent, the elusiveness of the made-up game and wagering better through self-awareness, prescription meds...