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Watching the Weird: ‘Wild Zero’

It’s only ten minutes into Wild Zero when it is clear this film is heading for a perfect rating on my chaos meter.

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Just before the ten-minute mark we’re in the back room of a club witnessing a stand-off between Guitar Wolf (the band, which is made up of men named Guitar Wolf, Bass Wolf and Drum Wolf), a gangster-like talent booker and his henchmen. By this point in the film not much has happened. We’ve met Ace (Masashi Endô), a greaser who loves Guitar Wolf and rock ‘n’ roll in equal measure, and he’s waiting outside the door of this back room to meet his heroes. Just then our dubious talent booker, pointing a gun at the band, says “Rock ‘n’ roll is over, baby” and triggers the beginning of the mania.
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Pump Up The Jam: February 3, 2017

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This edition of Pump Up The Jam features VOWWS, Gorillaz, Blanck Mass, Rose Elinor Dougall, Choir Boy, and more!
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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Pump Up The Jam

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For my last Pump Up The Jam column of 2016, I thought I’d talk about six 2016 releases that would make excellent gifts for the discerning music lover in your life (don’t forget to pick up copes for yourself while you’re at it). I’ll be back in 2017 with more new music!
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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: The Gift of Music

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The year 2016 has been a rough one when it comes to our heroes passing. For me, I lost two out of three of my favorite performers, but thankfully all three have new collections out for the holidays. Meet me after the jump for my 2016 Holiday Gift Guide suggestions involving David Bowie, Prince, and Kate Bush.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: For the “Hamilton” Fans In Your Life

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Merry Christmas! Look, if you’re one of the high class tastemakers that visits BBP regularly, you’ve likely got friends and family who are fans of the single greatest musical to hit the stage since Webber decided to put dancers in cat suits. And by that, I mean Hamilton: an American Musical.

But once they’ve stepped across the threshold of artistic genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about the founding father without a father, what the heck are you going to get them?

Hold onto your tricorn, friends, because after the jump, we delve into the perfect gift list for the Hamilhead in your life.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Comic Book Collections Part 1

vision-vol-1We’re in the early days of the 2016 edition of Biff Bam Pop’s annual Gift Guide, and already we’ve seen so many cool choices for the pop culture lover in your life!

Today sees the first part of three columns dedicated to comic book compilations released throughout the year. This is stuff that your comic book loving friends and family (and you) need to be reading during the cold days and even colder nights of December, January and February.

This first column will focus on the more affordable offerings – trade paperbacks of great comic book series’ and one-offs. We’ll kick that up with the next two columns, taking a closer look at must-have hardcovers and giant-sized omnibus and absolute edition volumes.

You know, for those that you really, really love. And have a budget (or a strong enough gift bag) to shoulder it.

In every case, happy holidays… here begins the comic book gift of reading that you should be giving this season!

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Pump Up The Jam: December 2, 2016

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Ty Segall: Photo by Kyle Thomas

This edition of Pump Up The Jam features Ty Segall, Jesca Hoop, Temples, and more.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Rock Out With Your Book Out

It’s back: Biff Bam Pop’s annual Holiday Gift Guide! We’re featuring what we think a pop culture fan would like to get under the tree or Hanukkah bush this year – everything from movies and music, box sets, video games, VR and more. Oh, and books. Lots of books.

There are so many great reading choices this holiday season, especially for those of us that are classic rock minded. On that note, we’re kicking off this year’s Holiday Gift Guide by listing some of the most notable music-related releases that any fan would love to receive:

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Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster): The Boss proves to be as lyrical with long form words as he is with lyrics. His first book traces the singer-songwriter from his beginnings growing up in Asbury Park, New Jersey through his breakthrough success as “the new Dylan” and his status as one of rock’s greatest icons. More than anything else, Born To Run helps to humanize Springsteen, thank’s to the author’s willingness to open up about his personal struggles with depression, demonstrating that he’s not that different from the rest of us.  Read the rest of this entry

The Librarians S03 E01: And The Rise of Chaos

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In season one, it was the Serpent Brotherhood, in season two it was the Fictionals, now it’s finally time to see what big bad we’ll be fighting in the season three premiere of The Librarians.

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31 Days of Horror 2016: Remembering Dr. Shock

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With the tragic passing of Zacherley, while those of us who love horror will mourn this legend, there are also some of us from a certain place and certain time who are also mourning the long ago loss of someone just as special, Dr. Shock.

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