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Miserable Steven Patrick Morrissey turns 56 today. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Morrissey is a true original, a celibate rock star blessed with a croon to make the girls swoon, singing about heartache and death. Lead singer of the Smiths as well as on 11 solo albums over the last thirty years, Morrissey’s has a voice that is simply unmistakable, a kind of lamenting nasal chant. As lyricists go he’s one of the best there’s ever been, writing sad, funny, human stories tinged with longing, desire, and ennui. Through it all, Morrissey has remained just out of arm’s reach, never truly accessible to his legions of fans across the globe, and this holding back has fueled his mysterious artistry. Morrissey doesn’t care if we love him. The fact that we do anyway is a testament to his extraordinary and charismatic power. Cheers to you, Mr. Morrissey!

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That’s Mr. T – Fool!

by Tony Shea May 21, 2015

His parents knew him as Laurence Tureaud, but the rest of the world knew him as Mr. T, a seminal character of 80’s film and television who became a one man product endorsement machine; Mr. T breakfast cereal, anyone?

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Mad Max: Fury Road is F#%&ING Amazing!

by Nate "Chops" Johnson May 17, 2015

I just walked out of a screening of Mad Max: Fury Road. What…did I…just see?! Writer/director George Miller dropped the proverbial mic on all action car chase thrillers. Nothing else compares. French Connection car chase? No. Bond car chases? No. Fast and Furious car chases? HELL NO!

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Like It or Not – Bob Seger is Awesome

by Tony Shea May 6, 2015

image via Bob Seger turns 70 today. Though he’s released only one album of new music is the last 18 years, he continues to sell out arenas – why? Because he’s awesome.

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Let’s Drive Around a Volcano in Iceland … Shall We?

by Jay Hood May 6, 2015

Iceland. We spent most of our time around Reykjavik. There were countless highlights on the tourist checklist, most centered in proximity to the capital city. We saw waterfalls, thermal pools and whales. In the end, it was a spur of the moment drive that ended up being the coolest thing we did. One day, toward […]

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King of the Surf Guitar – Dick Dale Turns 78

by Tony Shea May 4, 2015

About ten years ago, I saw Dick Dale and Carlos Santana (ranked #74 and #20 respectively in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitar Players) on back to back nights in Los Angeles. I attended both shows with the girl who was eventually to become my wife, but at the time we had just […]

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Let’s Go to the Whitney, Shall We?

by Tony Shea May 4, 2015

Spring is in full effect in New York and to celebrate the Whitney threw a block party with free admission to the museum’s new digs.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Day

by Tony Shea April 29, 2015

Daniel Day-Lewis turns 58 today. Born and raised in London to parents of Anglo-Irish and Jewish descent, Day-Lewis is the only person to win the Best Actor Oscar three times, making a case as the finest actor ever in the process. DDL, as I  like to call him, has carefully selected his roles throughout his […]

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BeFILM Opens with Amazing Slate of Films

by Tony Shea April 22, 2015

BeFILM, the underground film festival, opened last night in New York with a slate of amazing films. Now in it’s 12th year, the festival showcases the best short films in animation, documentary, experimental, narrative and 3D Stereoscopic categories. Festival Founder and Director Laurence Asseraf and Program Director Dimitris Athos carved through some 800 entries to […]

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Jack Attack – The 9 Best Films of Jack Nicholson

by Tony Shea April 22, 2015

Jack Nicholson turns 78 today. One of the greatest method actors of all time, Jack has been a sheer force of personality for more than fifty years so far. To celebrate his birthday I’ve assembled my list of his 9 best films.

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Earth Day – Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

by Tony Shea April 22, 2015

The fact that Earth Day coincides with J. Robert Oppenheimer’s birthday is perhaps no coincidence. Along with Enrico Fermi, Oppenheimer developed the first prototype nuclear weapon that was detonated in the “Trinity” test in Los Alamos, New Mexico on July 16, 1945. Upon seeing the colossal column of fire and resultant mushroom cloud, Oppenheimer quoted […]

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Let’s Ride Bikes Until We Are Insensible, Shall We?

by Benji Kozuch April 18, 2015

STATISTICS: Mileage: 87.5 Riding time: 8:46:48 Total time: 10:01:32 Temp: 67-75 F Number of clouds: 0 Number of mechanicals: 0 I caught wind that my friends were planning to do an 80-90 mile mountain biking loop in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains, about 30 miles southwest of Tucson. The loop was clockwise, and consisted of jeep roads […]

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To Summit Up: Part 3 – Cucamonga

by Kerry Lambert April 10, 2015

CUCAMONGA PEAK Via Icehouse Canyon summit: 8,859 feet, 14 miles, 4300 ft. elevation gain “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” —Shakespeare We were determined not to repeat our late arrival at Mt. Wilson, where we drove into a full lot at 6 a.m. Fool us once. So we arrived, pumped and ready, at the […]

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Let’s Go to the Easter Bonnet Festival NYC – Shall We? [PHOTOS]

by Tony Shea April 5, 2015

In my role as professional tourist I’m willing to do anything once. And so today I headed out with the family in tow over to 47th St. and 5th Ave for the annual “Easter Bonnet Festival”…

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Country-Punk Legend Mike Ness Turns 52

by Tony Shea April 3, 2015

Mike Ness, frontman and lead guitarist for SoCal punkers Social Distortion, turns 52 today. For 37 years now Ness has been belting it out with his unmistakably ragged voice, becoming one of America’s greatest purveyors of rock and roll along the way. Part Johnny Cash and part Joey Ramone, Ness is a country-punk pioneer who […]

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