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Reconsidering the franchise through the lens of Alien: Covenant
First, the spoiler-free stuff. I rewatched 'em all this past week. If asked to rank the Alien movies I'd say 1, 3, AC, AP, 4, 2. Prior to seeing Alien: Covenant I would have placed Aliens ahead of Alien 4 , but Ridley Scott threw in a development that surpr...

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I had low expectations of the previous GOTG flick, but left the movie with a grin on my face. I had low expectations of the current one also -- is the Marvel Universe growing slack, or am I just weary of its media omnipresence? -- but this time my emotional...

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Misunderstood Alien
Over at VICE, Corey Atad sez cinematic universes are killing film as we know it , citing the latest Alien chapter as proof. I haven't yet seen Alien: Covenant , but I'm fairly confident I'll enjoy it more than I would any of the sequels to the original Fast...

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Tree as Icon
We had our oldest tree taken down this week. For some reason the girls called her "Yoko" when they were little, and the name stuck. I shed some tears the night before she came down -- spurred by happy memories of the girls playing in the leaves, as well the...

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About that left-turn at Albuquerqie...
Madame Marie's Temple of Knowledge, Asbury Park Boardwalk Bruce Springsteen used to busk outside her booth in '66, when he was a skinny, knock-kneed punk of 17. Seven years later he tipped his hat to her in "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)." Part of what h...

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Palm Sunday, Explained(?)
I've never been a fan of Palm Sunday, even as a kid. Break this down for me, WP. It's usually treated as one of those significant biblical events a Sunday School teacher should have no trouble imprinting on a kid's consciousness. And on one level it certain...

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Joey Landreth, Whiskey
I'd be grossly remiss if I didn't give Joey Landreth's first solo album, Whiskey , a massive shout-out. If you've partaken of The Bros. Landreth garden of delights , then you already know what you're in for with this venture (you'll see a few familiar names...

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Podcasting About
Somewhere in a forgotten box lies a 1980 photo of Yours Truly, at 15 years of age. He is decked out in his edgiest New Wave finery, standing before his father's well-ordered workshop, and wielding a cheap bass guitar. All set to be a rock star. Just like my...

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Vigils 'n' Sigils: Ich kann nicht anders...
"You may ask yourself, 'Well, how did I get here?'" - Talking Heads Naaktloopers , uppity old dames , indigent meditative-types * -- so much low-hanging fruit to ponder on the family tree. Distraction? Or a possible entry point to forgotten corridors of the...

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Talking Heads vs. Television: And The Winner Is...?
Aquarium Drunkard merits a shout-out for doing what it has done exceedingly well for the past dozen years, and counting -- culling infectious, trippy music from the fringes and the ages, and giving it centre stage. There aren't too many surviving examples o...
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