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Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #9 — Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

As you no doubt heard, the Original Champagne Lady Norma Zimmer passed away recently. This was sad news to me because I felt rather a close connection to Lawrence Welk’s stable of performers. Though I didn’t grow up during the height of its popularity, The Lawrence Welk Show reruns have been a stapl

Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #8 — Valentime’s Edition

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Because “Love is in the Air” (1979)…

Portions To Be Archived: Skilled house bands
Portions To Not Be Archived: The idea that Tom Jones needs show girls to be interesting; Disinterested cover songs based on lazy, cliched selection process

Portions To Be Archived: Knowledge that if you ta

Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #7 — You Decide

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Holiday traditions exist at the crossroads of cultural memory and personal memory (we’ll ignore the confusing cloverleaf interchange of invented memory for now — my holiday gift to you!). What I’ve always found interesting is how these traditions converge and conflict across national, regional, loc

Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #6 — Thanksgiving Edition

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

This edition isn’t really in regards to the content of the below. I’ve enjoyed my share of blaxsploitation films and the 42nd Street Forever series. It’s just that watching this hits a little too close to home in reminding me of family holidays when I was growing up…and those hits actually do fee

Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #5 — High School Edition

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Because I care about you, dear reader, and because I care about the development of a more refined culture through the dissemination of audiovisual materials, I was perusing YouTube last night. I happened upon a video simply referred to as “Final Countdown — Acoustic Version”. I will not share that with you here. I feel that Arrested Development has completed the cultural work of that song and it needn’t be further addressed (see — I am looking out for you).

Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #4 — Holiday Edition

Friday, January 15th, 2010

It’s an old one, but the upcoming holiday made me think of it. Many people are incredulous at how tightly the King estate controls use of MLK’s works […]

Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #3 — The Year in Review

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

But then again, it had a good beat and I could dance to it… — Joshua Ranger

Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #2 — The Year in Review

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

2009 has been a hard slog in many sectors. Why did Microsoft have to go and make it even worse?

Things That Shouldn’t Be Archived #1

Friday, December 11th, 2009

How can I say “Happy Holidays” with this song around? Orrin Hatch, what have you wrought? Tablet Magazine has Orrin Hatch write Hanukkah song… — Joshua Ranger