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Book Review: Bright Lights Dark Shadows: The Real Story of ABBA by Carl Magnus Palm

An ABBA biography gets high marks for detail and depth, but low marks for cheap thrills. Read More »

DVD Review: Magical Mystery Tour Memories

Talking heads share stories of the Beatles. Casual fans need not apply. Read More »

Music Review: Art Brut – Art Brut Vs. Satan

Eddie Argos and company wring wry lyrics and tight riffs out of drunken stumbles, public transit, and comic books. Read More »

Seven Great Records from 2008

Better late than never, a few of one schlub's favorite records of 2008. Read More »

Music Review: Totally Michael – Totally Michael

The sound of rock 'n' roll high school, circa 2008. Read More »

Denny’s Changes World Forever With “Rockstar Menu”

Is it possible to love Denny's even more than you already do? Here's your answer: Potachos. Also, yes. Read More »

Music Review: Ike & Tina Turner – Ike & Tina Turner Sing The Blues

Raw, dirty blues from one of pop music's great underrated R&B acts. Read More »

marketing

The field of marketing encompasses all communications that reach out to the customer from a business perspective. TV commercials, newspaper and magazine ads, radio spots, press releases, skywriting, smoke signals–if a company is using it to send a message to the world at large or any part of it, it’s marketing. Because marketing is so critical to reaching consumers, it ... Read More »

big brother

To literary types, the term "Big Brother" instantly evokes George Orwell's novel 1984 and its vision of a totalitarian regime that is always observing its citizenry. Big Brother is the figure that is constantly watching and ready to reprimand the populace for disobeying the rules.  For fans of reality television, Big Brother has come to represent a worldwide phenomenon, a ... Read More »

Cloverfield

Capitalizing on the growing viral marketing phenomenon to create a sense of mystery and intrigue almost more compelling than the film itself, Cloverfield is a modern age take on the classic "man in rubber suit" monster movie. Taking cues from inspirations as diverse as Godzilla and The Blair Witch Project, it depicts an attack on Manhattan by a giant creature ... Read More »