Ryan Adams covers Taylor Swift’s “1989”

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Starting in August of this year, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, who I basically only know because he was the former Mr. Mandy Moore, began posting a series of social media posts that might change the course of the universe. Just kidding. Maybe.

What he did post were videos of him covering songs from Taylor Swift’s newest album 1989, which Taylor apparently fully endorsed, as evidenced by the following Twitter exchange:


Adams’ reimagining of 1989 was released on September 21, 2015 exclusively on the Internet. It’s received interesting reviews, and I listened to it a few times over the last week from front to back before realizing that it’s not quite a cover of the album as much as it is a reimagining of Taylor’s original record.
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Happy weekend!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Heath Ledger:

It’s (finally) the weekend! What are your plans? I’m planning on laying low while the Pope is in town!

Here’s a weekly round up of some stuff you may want to do this weekend…

I keep hearing about Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, so I put it on request at the library! Have you read it or do you plan to?

Did you hear what the next season of Serial will cover? It’s so exciting!

The Muppets new TV show aired it’s first episode this week. Did you catch it? What did you think? Ratings are strong, but the reviews are bleak.

Sam Smith released his song for the upcoming James Bond feature, Spectre. You can listen to it here.

Finally, there’s been stuff on the news about Martin Shkreli, the hedge-fund manager turned pharmaceutical CEO, who bought the rights to a life-saving drug and then raised the price 5000%. But did you know he was an investor in a tiny record label, Collect Records, run by Thursday’s Geoff Rickly?

What role does popular culture play in politics?

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ORG XMIT: OHJM122

Last week, I spent the better part of a weekday evening watching the Republic debate on CNN. Moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, the event was the most watched show ever to air on the news network, with approximately 23 million tuning in to watch the candidates go tête à tête.

One of the questions really struck a chord with me and with all the other political and culture blogs out there. When asked which woman they would put on the $10 bill, the candidates seemed at a loss for any women, let alone an American one. Jeb Bush named Margaret Thatcher, who was Britain’s first female Prime Minister. Dr. Ben Carson named his mother. Mike Huckabee named his wife. Ohio’s governor, John Kasich, named Mother Teresa…who is definitely an icon, but not an American one. Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump all named Rosa Parks, but conveniently forgot that she was a huge advocate for Planned Parenthood in her later life, an organization that they’d all like to defund.

The answers really, really sucked, and I started to realize how much the GOP is lacking in cultural knowledge and awareness. The discussion of who to put on the $10 bill has been going on since this spring! I’ve heard some great suggestions, from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Day O’Connor, from Oprah to Beyoncé. For candidates to have pop culture savvy is crucial if they want to win, and even more important if they want their supporters to stay engaged. But is it fair to expect our politicians to stay up-to-date on popular culture?
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“The Mindy Project” goes to Hulu & defies all expectations


I know, I know–I was really really critical of The Mindy Project’s move to Hulu after being cancelled on Fox, so now it’s time for me to eat my words.

loved the newest episode of The Mindy Project. I thought it was smart, funny and totally appropriate for the major switch that they made. (If you haven’t seen the new episode, don’t read after the jump!)

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Who Won the Breakup? Summer 2015 Edition

This summer there’s been a string of celebrity breakups, separations, and divorces. Some, unfortunate as it is, we could all see coming, while others were totally out of the blue. I’m not sure what’s causing all of these splits – could it be some kind of bad planetary alignment, a curse cast by an evil PR team, or maybe skinny jeans are getting too tight and they’re cutting off the blood flow to everyone’s brains so they’re not thinking clearly? No matter the cause, Fae and I have selflessly stepped in to determine which party came out on top and won the breakup.

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Your movie night troubles, solved

The other night, I was hanging out with my new roommates when they asked me a riddle. What takes one person 10 minutes to do, two people 20 minutes to do and 3 people 30 minutes to do?

I was stumped. I finally asked, “What?” Pick out a movie to watch.

September’s new releases are as wonderful as they are varied. You want comedy, romance, a little of both or something totally different? It’s all here, you guys. Check it out after the jump!
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‘Pageant Material’: Wordplay & wit sets a higher bar for country music

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I first heard about Kacey Musgraves on one of NPR’s best online segments, Tiny Desk ConcertSince then, her name has been bandied out in the best way: as a progressive  and irreverent country singer with a delicate but strong singing voice. Her newest album, Pageant Material, is a beautiful tribute to country music while staying true to her own style.
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Short & personal


Hey there, sweet readers. I don’t post personal stuff often, but I do have some exciting news after spending the summer job hunting: I have a job! In Philadelphia! I live in Philadelphia now! I’m psyched to be here, and took about a month to say goodbye to all the great things in Indy (like Kurt Vonnegut) and all the great people in Indy (like my parents and best friends).

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.