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Drilling Holes in the Wall · 20h ago

Now Playing: Life

Look, I get it. There has to be a mighty temptation to merge horror with science fiction. If one geeky genre has an irresistible appeal, shouldn’t an artful melding of the two inherently dou...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1d ago

The Art of the Sell: Nighthawks at the Diner

These posts celebrate the movie trailers, movie posters, commercials, print ads, and other promotional material that stand as their own works of art.  In 1975, when Tom Waits released Nighth...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 2d ago

CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 64 – 62

64. Hoodoo Gurus, “I Want You Back” The casual listener would be forgiven for assuming that “I Want You Back” is just another pining pop song, the next nearly indistinguishable boxcar on the...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 4d ago

From the Archive: Juno

Few filmmakers experienced quite as precipitous a drop as Jason Reitman. He went from back-to-back Best Director nominations to a pair of films that were universally panned (with, it’s worth...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 5d ago

One for Friday: The Chant, “All Behind Me”

Every once in a while, I feel obligated to tap out a new ode to the “C Stacks,” the part of my college radio station’s music library that inspired the most affection in me. When I arrived at...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 5d ago

Beers I Have Known: Wisconsin Brewing Company Betray Ale

This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another. I’ve already had a couple Wisconsin Brewing Compa...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 6d ago

From the Archive: The Mighty Marvel Superheroes Fun Book

I read a lot of comic books as a kid. This series of posts is about the comics I read, and, occasionally, the comics that I should have read. As I’ve occasionally acknowledged, it took me a ...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1w ago

Laughing Matters: Louis C.K., “Of Course, But Maybe”

Sometimes comedy illuminates hard truths with a pointed urgency that other means can’t quite achieve. Sometimes comedy is just funny. This series of posts is mostly about the former instance...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1W ago

That Championship Season: Community, Season Two

It is dizzyingly appropriate that Community was a television series that eventually got swamped by its own behind-the-scenes backstory. From early in its run, Dan Harmon’s creation discarded...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1W ago

CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 67 – 65

67. Psychedelic Furs, “Heartbreak Beat” Columbia Records really wanted new music from Psychedelic Furs. In 1986, the band were unlikely beneficiaries of the John Hughes teen movie factory, w...