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List Inconsequential: The Only Academy Awards Feature You Need to Read

List Inconsequential: The Only Academy Awards Feature You Need to Read

Spectrum Culture Staff February 23, 2012 0

Best Actor: Brian Wolowitz: There’s always a certain amount of “process of elimination” when it comes to Oscar favorites, so let’s see: Pitt was nominated for the wrong role (should’ve been Tree of Life),

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List Inconsequential: Top Breakup Songs

List Inconsequential: Top Breakup Songs

Spectrum Culture Staff February 16, 2012 0

Denial Side “Woke Up New” by the Mountain Goats No other song encapsulates the bitter end to a years-long cohabitation quite like “Woke Up New.” As Mountain Goats creator and frontman John Darnielle gently

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List Inconsequential: Football and the Movies

List Inconsequential: Football and the Movies

Spectrum Culture Staff February 9, 2012 0

Varsity Blues (1999) James Van Der Beek as Jonathan Moxon wasn’t the least convincing actor to play a quarterback, but unarguably he’s still guilty of a terrible Southern accent (and a Texan one, at

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List Inconsequential: America’s Greatest Pizza

List Inconsequential: America’s Greatest Pizza

Spectrum Culture Staff February 2, 2012 0

(Photo: Roger Jones) Gino’s East of Chicago- Chicago, IL On a road trip in 2004 to see Vic Chesnutt at the Old Town School of Folk Music – a performance in which Chesnutt managed

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List Inconsequential: If There is a Hell, This is the Soundtrack

List Inconsequential: If There is a Hell, This is the Soundtrack

Spectrum Culture Staff January 26, 2012 0

“Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio (1995) When I learned of this week’s list topic, my mind immediately went to three songs off of soundtracks: “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, “I Will Always

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List Inconsequential: Best Musicians Turned Actors

List Inconsequential: Best Musicians Turned Actors

Spectrum Culture Staff January 19, 2012 1

James Taylor in Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) Okay, let’s be real: the performance from Monte Hellman’s ’70s anti-road movie that everyone remembers is not James Taylor as the affectless, unnamed driver, but Warren Oates as

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List Inconsequential: Beautiful Songs About Cities

List Inconsequential: Beautiful Songs About Cities

Spectrum Culture Staff January 12, 2012 0

“New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” by LCD Soundsystem (2007) James Murphy, the brilliant sweatpants-clad schlub behind LCD Soundsystem, seemed an improbable frontman. But for 10 years, this producer and

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List Inconsequential: Our Defining Cultural Moments of 2011

List Inconsequential: Our Defining Cultural Moments of 2011

Spectrum Culture Staff December 11, 2011 0

Arcade Fire Wins Best Album Grammy Even as a confessed awards show geek, I know better than to put any stock into the value of the Grammys. The preeminent trophy of the recording industry

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List Inconsequential: I’m Not Ashamed: Albums We Still Love (But You Don’t Cos You’re So Cool) Pt. 2

List Inconsequential: I’m Not Ashamed: Albums We Still Love (But You Don’t Cos You’re So Cool) Pt. 2

Spectrum Culture Staff December 2, 2011 0

Phish – Live At Madison Square Garden 1995 (2005) I’ve long ago stopped apologizing for loving Phish. If you want, you can focus on the silly lyrics, extraneous issues that surround their scene or

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List Inconsequential: I’m Not Ashamed: Albums We Still Love (But You Don’t Cos You’re So Cool) Pt. 1

List Inconsequential: I’m Not Ashamed: Albums We Still Love (But You Don’t Cos You’re So Cool) Pt. 1

Spectrum Culture Staff November 30, 2011 0

Dog’s Eye View- Happy Nowhere – (1995) I haven’t listened to Happy Nowhere all the way through in many years, but whenever a song from that album comes up on my iPod, I never

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