Friday, November 17, 2017

Which still from a Megadeth video will American life most closely resemble in 18 months?

For 30 years Megadeth has predicted a not-so-pretty end to this American experiment. Now that their dystopian views are coming into focus, it's time to ponder which of Megadeth's prognostications are most accurate. By Andrew J. Pridgen Ginger rocker and Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine has always been the literal red-headed stepchild of heavy metal. He awoke on April 11, 1983 hungover after...

Court’s adjourned: Now it’s time to put Bonds and Clemens in the Hall

Hemingway had booze, Ron Jeremy had Viagra and fat Elvis had...food. So why, even after the highest court in the land has cleared the names of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, will Hall of Fame voters refuse to acknowledge the greats of the live-ball era based on suspicion of using performance enhancers? By Andrew Pridgen A federal appeals court Wednesday overturned...

Born to Run came out the same year I did and it probably means more to me than it should

This week 40 years ago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Born to Run dropped. It was the first big album with small intentions and remains a reminder of a moment when commerce and art committed to one another fully. By Andrew Pridgen The closest thing to a big rock album this century, the Foo FIghters’ Sonic Highways, was a...

The three stages of social media grieving for Dean Potter

It’s not hard for me to say this but I’m pretty unmoved by the death of Dean Potter. Though you wouldn’t know it if you looked at my Facebook. By Andrew Pridgen Upon hearing the news of free soloist/slackliner/BASE jumper Dean Potter’s final flight Sunday, I felt the lump in my stomach, but was bereft. I wasn’t shocked by his death. I...

The NFL Draft Day Drinking Game

I don’t know much about the NFL Draft other than it’s a thinly veiled metaphor for slavery. By Andrew Pridgen NFL players are systematically chosen by “owners” after they’ve been processed in a “combine” then they’re dressed up and fussed over by a bunch of rich white guys who sell them into lives of indentured servitude and abandon them when their...

Only one member of the Trojan family can fill that giant gaping hole at head coach—and that member is Will Ferrell

DPB obtained a leaked memo from USC president Max Nikias to AD Pat Haden via Apple Watch Monday afternoon re: potential head coach candidates for its football program. Most of the encrypted memo was translated from Greek using Google Translate and a menu, so apologies for the parts we had to fill in. By Andrew Pridgen TO: Patty H CC: Tommy Trojan FR:...

This year, I will not buy any new ski gear

...At least I’ll try not to. Promise. Maybe. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recently mentioned how much I look forward to rely on POWDER's annual buyers' guide/kick-off issue dropping into my mailbox of floating as if by magic carrier owl onto a news stand. I like everything about it. It is one part guilty pleasure, one part aspirational guide to living...

Everything I needed to know about working, I learned from Bill Cunningham

Those who do not believe in a higher power may certainly be questioning the how-can-it-bes and the what-ifs of the great beyond this year as another of the our best and brightest bulbs has been unscrewed and permanently removed from the marquee. By Andrew J. Pridgen Bill Cunningham, The New York Times’s venerated street fashion photographer, died Saturday in Manhattan after...

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...

Rogue One: I’m Still Pissed About a Few Things That Were Done to the OG Trilogy

Listen, I really liked Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I’ll probably like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it comes out this week because Disney has my number. But I still have a few bones to pick, so read this as a continuation of the immediate post-remastering/prequels fanboy bitching… Written by Kyle Magin ...And another thing, why the...