Tag Archives: Classic

Classic Album Review: Elmer Bernstein Caused an Explosion with Ghostbusters

Conan O’Brien often jests that people will still come up to him on the street and ask about The Simpsons, a gig he briefly held decades ago. By his own admission he can’t remember characters; he was busy being a late-night impresario for the last 25 years. But that’s something for which people still love

Buzz to the Future: 19 Classic South by Southwest Sets Before Artists Became Stars

March is here, which means it’s time for the return of South by Southwest, the annual media bacchanal that temporarily turns Austin into the center of the entertainment universe. The conference has evolved into a far bigger, far more #branded event than it was during its inaugural year in 1987, but one thing remain the

Classic Film Review: The Passion of the Christ Still Preaches to the Converted

Love it or hate it, it’s hard to deny The Passion of the Christ‘s impact on the cultural landscape when it was released in 2004. Mel Gibson‘s religious epic about the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus Christ was a box office smash, earning $ 612 million in worldwide grosses and bagging three Oscar

Classic Album Review: Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion Remains a Watery Wonderland

In our original review of Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, published 10 years ago this month, there’s a line in the first paragraph that stands out now for its half-correctness: “Still, no matter how amazing or confusing any of the group’s back catalog may be, it will henceforth be Merriweather Post Pavilion that will stand

Classic Album Review: ZE Records Skips Holly and Jolly on A Christmas Record 1981

1981 was a bad year for New York City. By the time the big red apple dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, reports of violent and property crime in the city had peaked at 1,214,935 (a record that still stands), West 42nd Street’s warren of porno theaters and by-the-hour motels had prompted Rolling

Homophobic slur in The Pogues’ holiday classic “Fairytale of New York” draws renewed scrutiny

As us Americans contend with the legacy of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, Ireland is currently sparring over its own holiday classic, The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York”, namely its use of a homophobic slur, The Irish Post reports. The debate began in earnest when DJ Eoghan McDermott sent out a series of tweets calling on

Classic Album Review: Kanye West Redefined Himself and Hip-Hop with 808s & Heartbreak

In 2008 — before the Kardashians, before the Twitter tirades, before the #MAGA bullshit — there was Kanye West, producer extraordinaire, brash Chicagoan, Back to the Future superfan. With his first three albums, Kanye rose to the top of the world, flaunting his fame with a critical eye over bouncy soul samples and synth-heavy arena