Author Archives: Doug Berger

Kathleen Hanna Should Be Everyone’s Heroine

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image of the poster for The Punk Singer (2013)The other night I watched the 2013 documentary ‘The Punk Singer’ about the life and times of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of bands such as Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and The Julie Ruin. The film blew me away and gave me a huge appreciation of Hanna’s music and point of view. I know I’m not the usual demographic for Hanna’s music but her music and lyrics just seem so honest and real. She is a heroine of the 1st degree. Check out the film on Netflix.
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Have You Hugged An ABBA Today?

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image of the pop group ABBAToday is International ABBA Day marking the 40th anniversary of the single, ‘Waterloo’, that brought international fame for the pop group ABBA. It is also the 15th anniversary of the opening of the musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ that used ABBA songs. Celebrate by enjoying a video for the song Waterloo.
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At Midnight Is A Good Time

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A scene from @Midnight Show

One new show I’ve been digging this winter is @Midnight on Comedy Central. It is shown at Midnight (natch) after The Colbert Report and is hosted by hot Internet star Chris Hardwick. It’s a ‘game show’ made of a panel of three comedians riffing on whatever pop culture thing is found on the Internet the day of the show. While I know the game part of the show is bogus, I have a great time watching it. It’s reminds me of hanging with my friends and shooting the breeze.
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Lake Street Dive is a Jazzy Pop Treat

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cover to new Lake Street Dive albumThe other day I caught Lake Street Dive (LSD) on the Colbert Report show and checked out a video of the song they did. Loved it. They have a pop-jazz mix going on that sounds fresh. Their new album, coming out soon, ‘Bad Self Portraits’ has some great original tunes like the title song, ‘Rabid Animal’, and the tune that brought me into the fold – ‘You Go Down Smooth.’
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Dum Dum Girls Aren’t Dumb At All – They’re Crackers Baby, Crackers

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Dum Dum Girls

I got to listen to the newest album from Dum Dum Girls, ‘Too True’, after hearing them play on the Late Show with David Letterman show the other day. Loved the whole album. Of course I’m a sucker for anything with an 80s sound. The song they played on Letterman, ‘Rimbaud Eyes’ sounded like Siouxsie and the Banshees but the tune that became my favorite is ‘Lost Boys and Girls Club’. Enjoy
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No I Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne

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Andrew Mayne

Andrew Mayne is a magician, illusion designer and filmmaker. He has worked for Penn & Teller and the Amazing Randi. He has a new show on A&E titled ‘Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne‘. I normally like magic shows but for some reason Mayne’s show rubs me the wrong way. The way the show is shot and edited actually makes the illusions seem fake or staged.
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Washed Out Is Not A Wash Out

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album cover showing differnt flowers in a pattern with the word Paracosm in white outlined block textOnce again the late night TV talk shows introduce me to music that I didn’t know about and now like. Washed Out is a singer-songwriter and record producer whose music reminds me of Lush with a touch of Portishead. He performed the single ‘All I Know’ on Late Night with David Letterman on Tuesday January 7th and it blew me away.
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