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Down the Dark Road of ‘The Alienist’


While the crime procedural has existed on television since the 1951 premiere of Dragnet, the series that arguably set the tone was Law & Order, which began in 1990 and remained on the air for 20 years, spawning five spin-offs and countless impersonators. Just a few years after that series started, writer Caleb Carr would find enormous success with his historical crime procedural, The Alienist.

What makes The Alienist unique is the way it plays with the timeline, reaching about 200 years beyond its 1994 publication date. Blending fact (Teddy Roosevelt’s history as the Police Commissioner of New York City) and fiction (a series of horrific murders of child prostitutes), The Alienist provokes an odd sense of déjà vu for fans of Netflix’s Mindhunter and those who’ve followed Thomas Harris’ Hannibal novels (as well as the movies and TV shows spawned from that universe).
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New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ Is Here


The first full-length trailer for Netflix’s Altered Carbon is here. The series, based on the cyberpunk novel from Richard K. Morgan, will be available on February 2.
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Ty Segall Takes On ‘The Opposition’

Fanny Dog was there in spirit.

Last fall, Ty Segall performed some solo acoustic shows in North America (including one in Toronto) and released some new tunes via Bandcamp. In December, he announced that these songs would be included on his upcoming album Freedom’s Goblin, which was set for release on January 26. He also performed one of these songs (“Fanny Dog”) on Conan.

Last night, Segall performed another tune (“My Lady’s on Fire”) on Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. It marks the first time a musical guest has appeared on the show, which premiered in September 2017. Klepper even incorporated Segall into some of the comedy bits.
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Pump Up The Jam: January 5, 2017

Holy Motors after eating chewy pancakes in the rain.

This week on Pump Up The Jam: Fischerspooner, The Birth Defects, Holy Motors, Priest, and JB Dunckel.
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Less Lee Moore’s Faves of 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This year was a trash fire of epic proportions. If I have to spell it out for you, let me just say it starts with T and ends with Rump. However, despite all of the horrors we witnessed, all was not lost on the pop culture front. I’m sure I’m not the only one to find solace in art this year.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Music You Might Have Missed

1280px-Music_presentIt’s less than one week until Christmas and you still haven’t finished shopping. Biff Bam Pop! is here to help. These under-the-radar releases might be the perfect solution to your problem. The best part is that most of them can be downloaded immediately so you don’t have to deal with shipping delays. Happy Listening!
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Love and Death and Melvins: An Interview with Dale Crover

Photo by Chris Casella

Most articles about the Melvins will discuss their longevity (they’ve been around since 1983), their revolving cast of bassists (currently they’re recording and touring with Steve McDonald of Redd Kross), or singer/guitarist’s King Buzzo’s hair (which is still over the top, but mostly grey).

Never one to go quietly into that good night, the band is constantly challenging themselves and their fans. Recently, they’ve released bizarre covers albums (2013’s Everybody Loves Sausages), weird compilations (Tres Cabrones, also from 2013), and the 2016 Basses Loaded “concept” album whose main concept was including various bassists (the aforementioned Steve McDonald, Krist Novoselic, Jeff Pinkus, Jared Warren, and more) and at least one extended baseball pun.

The band released A Walk with Love & Death earlier this year, a double album which features their first-ever film score for the short film of the same name, directed by Jesse Nieminen. We caught up with drummer Dale Crover to find out the scoop on fans, books on tape, fave TV shows, and more.
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Golden Globes 2018: Where Are The Women Directors?

The Golden Globes nominations have been released, and if you’ve noticed something missing, you’re not alone.
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You Gonna Burn It To The Wick: ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer


It’s completely understandable if you find yourself experiencing Marvel universe fatigue. But… one doesn’t have to watch every single Marvel iteration—whether that be movies or TV series—to appreciate a fantastic, feminist show like Jessica Jones.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting word of the popular Netflix series’ Season 2 premiere date. As this new teaser trailer reveals, that date is March 18, 2018.
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Peek into the Cyberpunk Noir World of ‘Altered Carbon’


2017 has been a good year for Netflix original series, perhaps almost TOO good. Just in the last few months, we’ve been treated to Stranger Things 2, Mindhunter, The Punisher, Godless, Dark, and more. In fact, it’s been almost impossible to keep up, which is a great problem to have.

2018 looks to be just as dazzling. Altered Carbon, based on the cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, is an “intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future.”
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