Binge and Purge (Episode #1.02)

The long-awaited (and longer-delayed) second episode of this season is finally here. Amy, Dan, and I resume our discussion of pop culture, talking about binge watching television, what we binge-watched over the summer, and fought with Skype. The second half of this recording will surface some time in the future, when I have a chance…

2013 Emmy Picks

So, the Primetime Emmys are tonight. Which means that the big question for the home audience is: how to you watch both the Emmys and the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad? My plan: watch the Emmys live until the first commercial break after 9:25 to allow Breaking Bad sufficient time to buffer for commercials, then…

SHARKNADO!

Outside is Scary and Dangerous

The Buzz Rant & Rave Podcast is back for another season! I’m joined by our pop culture panel of Amy Watts and Dan Suitor to talk summer entertainment, Twitter, engaging with culture, B-entertainment, and whether the weather encourages media consumption.

Whoa Man, I Could’ve Been a Case Study

One of my favorite things that I’ve read in the last couple of years was Nathan Rabin’s reporting for the AV Club from the Gathering of the Juggalos, Insane Clown Posse’s summer festival in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. Drop a snarky music critic in the horrocore rap band’s festival in the middle of nowhere to perform some…

Kickstarter and Market Failure

Since launching earlier today, Rob Thomas’s Kickstarter campaign to film a Veronica Mars movie has already raised more than half of its $2 million budget. Richard Lawson at the Atlantic Wire has a provocative and interesting response. He is upset that Kickstarter is commerce masquerading as charity: Anyone Know of a Better Charity Than the…

BRRcast #008 – Horses and Butts and Stuff

In the thrilling conclusion to our pop culture panel discussion on this new(ish) TV season, I chat with Amy Watts and Dan Suitor about the shows that we’re most excited to see return. And they’re all on Sunday night. Wall Street Journal: The Making of TV’s Hottest Drama Here’s a quick list of organizations that…

Sandy Relief

Here’s a quick list of organizations that are helping out in communities hit by Hurricane Sandy here in the New York/New Jersey area. Before getting back into nerding out on music, television, and pop culture, please volunteer and/or donate: Region-wide: American Red Cross Volunteer or donate AmeriCares Jewish Federations of America Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund…

BRRcast 007 – TV 2012 (Part 1)

On this episode of the podcast, we have our pop culture panel, including Amy Watts and Dan Suitor, discussing the best (or at least the best that we’ve sampled) of the new Fall 2012 TV season. This is Part 1 of our thrilling discussion.

BRRcast 006 – Distant Correspondent

The Buzz Rant & Rave Podcast is back! And we’re even back with a good one. I chatted with David Obuchowski and Michael Lengel about their new band Distant Correspondent and the group’s upcoming debut album. The podcast includes a listen to the full track of “Badlands.” Distant Correspondent on the Web: Distant Correspondent on…

Back to the Five

I very vividly remember sitting at home on a Sunday night in 1996, during my senior year of high school and listening to WNEW while doing homework. At that point WNEW was still a rock station and Sunday nights were one of the few times that a freeform radio show played on a major commercial…