Win Lennon NYC on DVD!

Lennon NYC

A&E has exactly what the title of this film implies: the story of Lennon and family in New York City. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Following the breakup of the Beatles, the film follows John Lennon and Yoko Ono as they moved to Manhattan in 1971, where Lennon sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life. At the same time, he created some of the most acclaimed songs and albums of his career. He also remained highly active in the anti-war movement as well as numerous other progressive political causes, and, along with Ono, became beloved fixtures in neighborhood restaurants, at Central Park, at sports events and at political demonstrations.

With unprecedented and exclusive cooperation from Yoko Ono, access to never-before seen material from the Lennon archives, conversations with his closest confidants – Yoko, Elton John, David Geffen, the photographer Bob Gruen – and rare recordings of Lennon’s greatest solo hits including “Mind Games”, “Whatever Gets You Through the Night”, and “Imagine”, LENNON NYC is singularly poised to tell John Lennon’s story as it has never been told before – and as it will never be told again.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:45:49+00:00 November 24th, 2010|Contests|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #86: Always Share Your Pudding

Oh for the love of–! Yes, another one. It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that will crank call you at three in the morning despite the restraining order. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Liberace

Agenda:

  • Scott and the Massive Digression
  • Leigh’s husband, the Terminator
  • Paul and “the pudding”
  • Jon’s “lifestyle change”
  • Disney MGM’s lifestyle change
  • Rox vs. New York
  • Rox promoted to Admiral
  • Rob vs. Bob
  • Go Cocks
  • Sports innuendos
  • Doctor Who regeneration
  • The Sims update
  • For the love of nectar
  • Synonym of the Week
  • The Skinny Tie Blues
  • Scott and Paul Lynde
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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:21+00:00 October 15th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Why We Think Parkour Is Cool

Daredevil and Spider-Man

Last time we spoke, I said I’d have more to say about Parkour at a later date. Well that date is now. Several weeks ago, the website AmericanParkour.com reported that Parkour had been explicitly banned, in name, in the Battery Park area of NYC. This caused a flurry of Internet reaction from those connected to or concerned with practicing the art of Parkour, including yours truly (see picture at right *ahem*).

Fortunately, when they issued an update on the situation, it became clear that we were all over-reacting, and that the supposed “parkour ban,” was really just the same NYC Law 2008/042 (File Int 0721-2008), “prohibiting climbing, jumping or suspending of oneself from structures.” This is for the best, because it means that traceurs (a term for those who practice the art) are not specifically prohibited from doing Parkour, provided they are in or on spaces and structures that have been approved for Parkour. Ideally, this means that the door is still open for those in the NYC Parkour community to have a conversation with those in power, to start working to craft more Parkour-friendly legislation. This can have multiple benefits.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:34+00:00 October 10th, 2010|Stimuli|4 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #84: Who’s Hoofing Who?

Oh for crying out loud. Not another one! Yes, another one. It’s Weekend Justice: the podcast that doesn’t owe you an explanation and won’t split the cost of the appetizer with you. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Whitey from Power Pack

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By | 2017-09-24T22:48:10+00:00 October 1st, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

A Conversation With Tony Fletcher

Tony Fletcher

Since he was a teenager Tony Fletcher has had a serious passion for music. At first it led him to create and run a fanzine during the epicenter of the punk and post-punk movement. As an adult this passion grew, spurring a move to New York where he established himself as a distinguished music journalist, DJ and band manager.

In addition to writing for several publications, Fletcher has penned biographies on The Clash, Keith Moon, REM and Echo & The Bunnymen. His latest book, All Hopped Up & Ready To Go: Music From the Streets of New York 1927-77, is by far his most ambitious writing project to date.

As Fletcher bops and hops from club to club, weaving seamlessly from genre to genre, we discover not only his love for music but his excitement in discovering new sounds echoing from the past of the city he loves so much.

Written with perfect pitch and pacing All Hopped Up & Ready To Go begins with the Depression era rise of Afro Cuban jazz and Cubop and ends with the beginnings of hip-hop and the apex of the punk rock movement. The book takes the reader on a musical journey through the boroughs, bars, backstreets, nightclubs that has made New York arguably the most vibrant and significant musical city in the world.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:52:44+00:00 April 25th, 2010|Interviews|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #27: You Take 12 Points of Damage

Sloth, bitches!

And we’re back. With more wrongness. We’ve got a full house. And we’d like to apologize to pretty much everybody who listens. In advance. We’re terribly, terribly sorry.

Agenda:

  • Star Trek vs. Opera
  • Santa Claus and presents
  • Robotic Widge keeps dropping off–Thanks, Comcast!
  • The imaginary opera
  • ScottC wants to make sure you react to his references–so humor him
  • Ken wants you all to know he’s on a very important celebrity call
  • Ken wants you to know we need him on the podcast–so humor him, too
  • ScottC wants to make sure you laugh at his jokes–so humor him some more
  • Clueless taxi drivers in NYC
  • NYC cabs vs. subways vs. buses
  • The Wandering Widge
  • NYC cabs vs. subways vs. buses vs. horse-drawn carriages
  • The Taking of Pelham 123
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By | 2017-09-24T23:03:05+00:00 May 15th, 2009|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Win The New York Yankees: Perfect Games and No Hitters on DVD!

The New York Yankees: Essential Games of Yankee Stadium: Perfect Games and No Hitters DVD cover art

Six discs of baseball goodness–that sport that they play with the puck, right? Here’s what A&E Home Video has to say for themselves:

An extraordinary compilation of baseball history, individual intensity, and the unbridled joy upon accomplishment, this remarkable collection features perhaps the most pressure-packed pitching performance ever — the quintessential masterpiece – Don Larsen’s 1956 World Seriesâ„¢ Perfect Game. Recently uncovered by a baseball historian and released by MLB Archives, this classic game is elevated by the television play-by-play of legendary Mel Allen and young Vin Scully plus for the first time ever the radio play-by-play of Bob Wolf is included as an alternative baseball bonus track. Three Hall of Fame announcers providing coverage of a singularly historic event!

That’s right–and we’ve got a copy to giveaway. To win is easy. Just enter using the form below. And enter once a day, even. You can enter all our contests once a day, in fact. We let you do that–no foul involved. And if we draw your name when it’s over, you win. Good luck!

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By | 2017-09-24T23:03:45+00:00 April 26th, 2009|Contests|0 Comments

Headsup: Blueberry Girl Show in NYC

Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

The Neil twittered this earlier in the evening. Apparently at Books of Wonder in NYC this coming Saturday, March 7th, there’s an appearance by both he and artist Charles Vess in support of their upcoming picture book, Blueberry Girl.

Beginning at 1pm, NEIL GAIMAN will read Blueberry Girl, after which CHARLES VESS will give a slide show presentation on the creation of the artwork for this gorgeous picture book. Then, both author and artist will answer questions from the audience. Following this, they will both sign copies of Blueberry Girl and all their other wonderful books. A portion of all sales of Blueberry Girl made at the event will go to RAINN, the nation’s largest organization devoted to preventing violence against women and assisting the victims of such attacks.

Not only that, but the first one hundred people to donate $10 to RAINN will get a chance to check out the art show prior to anyone else. But, as the commercial says, wait there’s more:

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By | 2017-09-24T23:05:37+00:00 March 1st, 2009|Headsup|0 Comments

Most and Least Caffeinated Cities in America 2008!

How to Quit Drinking Caffeine

So HealthSaver is back…if you recall, they ran a survey at the end of 2007 to determine the most and least caffeinated American cities. The big winner was Chicago. How did things go this time around?

Tampa is the big winner this year, unseating Chicago who drops to #3. But my own city of Atlanta…man, it’s a sorry tale, I must say. We got handed our ass: while the least caffeinated city is Riverside/San Bernardino, second to last–“following closely” to San Bernardino–is Atlanta. I am so ashamed. Look, folks, I know how much I consume…did everybody else just quit while I wasn’t looking? We were fifth in the country last year!! Criminy.

Seattle, which didn’t place in the top five last time is now #3. I guess they really took umbrage to the finalists last time and got cracking on it. No pun intended.

“The survey considered numerous caffeine sources, including coffee, tea, sodas, energy drinks, chocolate, pain relievers and caffeine pills.” Which could mean that the folks in Chicago are just really coked up on pain medication…who knows? But if you just do caffeinated coffee, then Seattle is the winner second year in a row. So there’s that.

“55 percent of residents surveyed saying this elixir of alertness would be the most difficult caffeine product to give up.” That’s down 3% from last year, but I suppose now that there’s five energy drink brands for every man woman and child in this country, that could be attributed to people moving off of coffee to “the hard stuff.”

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By | 2017-09-24T23:07:08+00:00 January 17th, 2009|Headsup|2 Comments

Win The New York Yankees: Essential Games of Yankee Stadium on DVD!

New York Yankees Essential Games of Yankee Stadium DVD cover art

Over six DVDs you’ve got the “Essential Games of Yankee Stadium.” And as we’ve established well on this site, I know as much about baseball as I wish I knew about the most recent films of John Carpenter. So how essential they actually are, I leave to the decision of others who are wiser than I in such matters. Here’s what I do know: I’ve got a spare copy of this set from A&E Home Video that I’m willing to throw your way if you win it.

Oh, by the way, here are those featured games from the set:

  • 1976 ALCSâ„¢ Game 5 vs. Kansas City Royals®
  • 1977 World Series® Game 6 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers®
  • 1995 ALDSâ„¢ Game 2 vs. Seattle Mariners®
  • 1996 World Series Game 6 vs. Atlanta Braves®
  • 2001 World Series Game 4 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks®
  • 2003 ALCS Game 7 vs. Boston Red Sox®

To win, you enter–and you can enter once a day. Because we are crazy like that.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:12:20+00:00 September 25th, 2008|Contests|1 Comment