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Posted February 06, 2013in Joe's Neighborhood, Recent Posts

Clowning around

 It is a fairly serious time, and we are fairly serious folks dealing with fairly serious issues: guns, mental health, economic disaster, global warming, war, Michelle’s bangs. It feels a bit like that time when you had to babysit your younger brother and younger sister. Your folks were gone, you

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Posted February 06, 2013in On The Tube, Recent Posts

TV’s search for truth

‘Touch’ finds the meaning of life in the number 318 If you love TV, you have to love its grand follies. These are the shows that throw caution to the wind to make really important statements about humanity. “Touch” is one of those shows. Kiefer Sutherland plays the father of

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Posted February 06, 2013in Book Review, Recent Posts

‘Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids’

Courtesy of Beaverdale Books Review by Harriet Leitch Scribner Book Company Dec. 4, 2012 $19.99 237 pp. Answer: “Because I Said So!” Question: “What do parents say when they are tired of answering the question, ‘Why?’ ” The title is so appropriate for this book, which is a compendium of

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Posted February 06, 2013in Recent Posts, Sound Notes

Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week

Des Moines said goodbye to another local music great this past week. Iowa Rock-n-Roll Music Association Hall of Fame bassist Joe Hernandez passed away on Jan. 29 at the age of 62. Hernandez was a longtime member of Hall of Fame group The Cavaliers and had most recently played with

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Posted February 06, 2013in Recent Posts, Sound Check

CD Reviews

Tomahawk ‘Oddfellows’ Ipecac Recordings With a pedigree that includes some of rock and metal’s most creative and avant garde bands, Tomahawk has always been a wildly inventive band. “Oddfellows” kicks that creativity up a notch with the introduction of new bassist Trevor Dunn, formerly of Mr. Bungle. Dunn’s familiarity with

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Posted February 06, 2013in Center Stage, Recent Posts

With ‘Completeness’ comes two climaxes

After a long night of working on a computer algorithm and a tall glass of whisky, Elliot and Molly find themselves unable to resist one another. Molly easily removes Elliot’s shirt while he fumbles to undo the button on her jeans. The auditorium is silent as she seductively pushes him

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Posted January 30, 2013in On The Tube, Recent Posts

Soviets in the suburbs

‘The Americans’ seeks to undermine our way of life We’ve seen many dramas about married couples living a lie in the suburbs, with tensions cracking the cheery façade. The lie in “The Americans,” however, is bigger than most. Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) are KGB agents passing as

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Posted January 30, 2013in Recent Posts, Sound Check

CD Reviews

Tegan and Sara ‘Heartthrob’ Sire This is not the Tegan and Sara you went to college with, and that’s a good thing. The Canadian twin sisters spent most of their 20s developing the acoustic, almost folky, kind of emo sound that became their trademark. But the ladies aren’t in their

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Posted January 30, 2013in Recent Posts, Sound Notes

Sound Notes Pick o’ the Week

Hearts are heavy in Iowa this week, as thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and loved ones of Brad Engeldinger who died in a car accident over the weekend. A consummate drummer, Engeldinger had played with the likes of High and Lonesome, David Zollo, The Pines and Brother

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Posted January 30, 2013in Joe's Neighborhood, Recent Posts

The Shoemaker or the Elf

Do you remember “The Elves and the Shoemaker” by the Brothers Grimm? You know, a typical redemption story — great guy, good worker, family man, not enough food, one last piece of leather, and, voila, new leather shoes appear that are made by elves. Magical, little people save the family

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