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I Wanna Be Literated #243
BOOKS

Red Victory: A History of the Russian Civil Warby W. Bruce Lincoln Soviet Russia history is my jam. Particularly the early Bolshevik stuff. The tactics, the politics, drama, it all comes together into an interesting soup that’s as exciting as it is disheartening. But, what I’m not as well-versed on is the Russian Civil war. I’m aware it happened, and was aware of some of the policies involved, but my hopes for this Bruce Lincoln book was that it would...

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Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Vinyl Vlog 526
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Digital Age of Rome LP by T. Hardy Morris. It’s weird to think how tumultuous a year 2020 was, and how that tumult was reflected in the music which was released at the time. Even if a band didn’t actually have a political streak in their hair or bone in their body, conflict in the times seemed to appear in the music. Now, 2021 has had its share of rough running...

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Thursday, 11 November 2021
TV Party Tonight! #101
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain I never knew Anthony Bourdain as a chef, only as a traveler/food documentarian. And a trusted one at that. I love food more than I care to admit, and every time we’re traveling somewhere, nationally or abroad, my wife and I make sure to watch any episodes Anthony Bourdain might have taped in the area. Of course, he can’t hit up every spot, but we’ve never been disappointed by his recommendations. The man has...

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021
SPOTLIGHT: LONELY TOWN
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WHO: Down By Law WHAT: Lonely Town WHY: One of my loves when I was coming up in my punk days that I keep falling for every time they release a new album. As one of the best bands to surface from the Epitaph 90s era, Down By Law has kept going for more than 30 years, still releasing their own brand of pop punk. It’s also a very special era in Down By Law history as the punkrockacedmyfightsong lineup...

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Friday, 15 October 2021
Vinyl Vlog 522
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Plizzken’s …And Their Paradise Is Full Of Snakes LP. The fact of the matter is that, in punk circles, no one wants to be a “middle of the road” kind of band. Why? Well, as Dwight Eisenhower once said, “The middle of the road is all the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters,” and it is in those gutters (or teetering on the brink of them) where...

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Saturday, 02 October 2021
I Wanna Be Literated #242
BOOKS

Enoughby Kurt Morris Kurt Morris is a longtime contributor to Razorcake Magazine, writer, and all-around nice guy. I’m proud to call him a friend. I am particularly proud of his history with mental illness and how his writing is focused on raising awareness and telling his story. He has already written a book partially dealing with these traumatic events in his life called My War where he breaks down Black Flag’s album and how the songs relate to him. His...

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Monday, 30 August 2021
TV Party Tonight! #98
DVD/Blu-Ray

Star Trek: DiscoverySeason 3 Boy I sure do love Star Trek, but over the years it’s becoming evident that Star Trek doesn’t necessarily love me back. And I’m talking about Discovery here. It’s not that Discovery isn’t “real Star Trek,” it’s just that it hasn’t been able to find a model and stick to it. And I’m being very generous here. It’s like a relationship with an ex-girlfriend right now, where it started out looking great, but slowly I found...

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Monday, 02 August 2021
TV Party Tonight! #97
DVD/Blu-Ray

Nobody Bob Odenkirk is known as a powerhouse of comedy. Over the past 3 decades he’s been in just about every comedy project worth watching. Few people get the craft quite like him. As someone who had been an underdog through most of his career, it’s been interesting watching him blow up as a serious actor after his role as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad. Odenkirk is becoming quite the household name. But an action star? Are you serious?...

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Friday, 23 July 2021
Vinyl Vlog 507
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into Pop Evil’s Versatile LP. Okay, this first observation of what Pop Evil is offering with their sixth album, Versatile, doesn’t actually have anything to do with the music pressed into the vinyl, but it would be easy to extrapolate an impression of the merits of this album, how it’s presented and the potential difference between “how it’s presented” and “what you get” from it. On the (surprisingly large) hype sticker which adorns...

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Sunday, 27 June 2021
I Wanna Be Literated #241
BOOKS

It Never Ends: A Memoir with Nice Memories!by Tom Scharpling I don’t think I’ve ever waited so long in anticipation for a book. Being a Best Show listener for years now (which would still make me a junior, by most standards), I’ve been looking forward to this book since host Tom Scharpling first mentioned it in 2019. I can’t believe it’s been so long, but here it is, It Never Ends is among us. Listeners of the Best Show know...

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Friday, 25 June 2021