Archive for the 'Entertainment' Category

The new Chevrolet Corvette makes it's debut on July 18, the Bagel Boss is loose on Long Island and an Area 51 meetup! Plus, the David Bowie Barbie doll and a new feature, an obscure but awesome song.

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A weird Air BnB story and happy birthdays to Sir Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson.

 

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Kyle Grappone is a youth educational and motivational speaker, guiding, mentoring and educating high school and college students. His goal is to motivate students to think differently, prepare for their future and answer the question "what type of person do I want to be"? We talk about how he got started, challenging young adults to think differently, getting ready for college and careers, his keynote speeches, and much more. In addition, we discuss Kyle's new book To The Next Step: Your Guide from High School and College to the Real World. 

Find out more about Kyle and to order his book visit www.kylegrappone.com and at Instagram, @KyleGSpeaks 

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It's the third annual Record Store Day preview episode! Recorded at the super-cool and legendary record store The Electric Fetus, we get details on some of the biggest exclusive releases, from the likes of Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Jeff Buckley, Queen, The Police and much more (including, of course, Cheap Trick). We also talk about the genesis of Record Store Day, now in it's twelfth and biggest year. Plus, the new book Keep Music Evil: The Brian Jonestown Massacre Story, which comes out April 16th

Record Store Day is Saturday, April 13, 2019. Find your favorite independent record store and the huge list of exclusive music at www.recordstoreday.com and be sure to check out www.electricfetus.com for more info and events.

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Going overboard without the benefit of a life raft over the seventh and final season of VEEP. It's snarky, rude, profane, mean, vicious, audacious, brilliant, hilarious, and one of the greatest sitcoms ever. Plus, some sage advice from a comedian.

For more about VEEP and additional trailers visit the official website.

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Veep, Julie Louis Dreyfuss, HBO, Netflix, Barry, Russian Doll, TV

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Direct from Chicago, Steve's friend Barrie weighs in on the dumb things guys do in the world of online dating. Featuring "best practices" to help avoid profile photo foibles and idiocy at Bumble, Tinder, Match.com and more. Swipe right! Plus, Jordan Peele's mystery/horror thriller Us does a record $70 million opening weekend. And, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

basketball, dating, movies, romance

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This week we've got an interview with multi-talented standup comedian and musician Phil Johnson.

Phil and his band Roadside Attraction are based out of the San Jose, CA area and Phil has brought his comedy to clubs nationwide for a decade. We discuss comedy influences, how Phil writes his material and how it continues to evolve, making music, his upcoming comedy special and...his pirate podcast, Under the Crossbones. Yes, a pirate podcast, and its awesome. For more on Phil Johnson including where he's gigging, check out RoadsideAttraction.com and at Facebook.com/PhilJohnsonComedy 

Plus, rockers are retiring and there's a bevy of farewell tours of late. But one band keeps rocking, killing it nightly, with no farewell tour in sight.

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The Super Bowl (sure, two weeks later) was better than you think and nipple parity. Valentine's Day w/o a Valentine, and that's fine. Plus dating app mistakes, an idea for a new TV network, and...a kidnapped monkey!

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This week's interview is with pop culture journalist Bryan Reesman. He's contributed to over 100 media outfits including The New York Times, Billboard, E! Online, American Way magazine and dozens of others. And he has written liner notes for albums from AC/DC, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Filter, Toto and many others. In addition, Bryan penned the best-selling 2016 bio Bon Jovi: The Story and he contributed four chapters to the new book Rock Stars at Home.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Bryan takes us through the start of his career, and how he's found a niche and success writing about music, movies, books, live theatre, and even food. We go deep into writing liner notes, music fandom, the changing face of media consumption, his love of electronica, keeping up with so much to watch at Netflix and much more. And what he's looking forward to watch, hear, and read in 2019...whew!

For more on Bryan and what he's up to visit www.bryanreesman.com

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, and hello, 2019! Forget the usual year-end retrospectives, and best-of lists looking back, its better to look forward - to see and do all sorts of things. Plus, the Netflix original movie Birdbox, and the oldest woman in the world might not have been.

Assorted musings, lists, b.s., and podcast episodes are always at Weapon of Self-Distraction.

 

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