Category Archives: Music

Third Eye Blind really was just trying to help

Third Eye Blind made headlines last week after it refused to play the hit song “Semi-Charmed Life” at its RNC charity concert. The omission was widely interpreted as trollsome. But I firmly believe the members of Third Eye Blind did not design their set purely to antagonize the audience.* They came to help.

As Exhibit A, I present the band’s decision to play as an encore another (better) hit song — Jumper — which as you probably know leads off like so:

I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend

The selection was undoubtedly inspired by Stephen Colbert, who promised last Monday night (a day before the Tuesday concert):

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Third Eye Blind let the RNC off pretty easy

Until this morning, I was not aware that Third Eye Blind is still a thing. That’s when I spotted the numerous headlines hailing the band’s heroic performance at some sort of RNC after-party. According to Vox, the band was guilty of “surprising guests with messages of gay rights and science and serenading them with some of the band’s more obscure songs.” Off with their heads.*

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Why I never wondered about Master of None, Season 2

Netflix recently released premiere dates for the next wave of its proprietary programming. Orange is the New Black – June 17. House of Cards – March 4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – tax day. But where’s season 2 of Aziz Ansari’s masterful Master of None?

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What makes the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt “unbreakable”?

Elie Kemper visited Penn last week, which reminds me I’ve been meaning to write this quick little informational post for about a month already. If you’ve never heard of Netflix’s (sort of) original series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, this post probably isn’t for you (though it could be, in about four hours, if you’d just go watch). And if you watched the show, it’s possible you already know the answer, so allow me to save you some time by recommending some other worthwhile article (like this one) on this very site.

But if you watched all 13 episodes and still managed not to come across an explanation for what earns Kimmy the appellation “unbreakable”, I’m about to show you something you need to see. Now, if you fall into this category, you probably just assumed the name was bestowed because of Schmidt’s relentless optimism in the face of, inter alia, “weird sex stuff“. And that just so happens to be — more or less — what the show’s creators want you to believe, because you are incredibly suggestible:

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Hey Stephen: Do you even Swift, bro?

On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen took issue with the idea that the Garner, Brown, et al., incidents are not part of a disheartening trend. “For this to be an official trend,” he declared, “Taylor Swift would have to kill somebody. And Tay-Tay don’t play that way.”

Seriously, Stephen? Do you even Swift, bro? If you want to consult Taylor’s “long list of ex-lovers”, maybe check the coroner’s office:

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Justice Kagan is a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life, and mean

JTA published a story yesterday that described how “U.S. Supreme Court justices Stephen Breyer and Elana (sic) Kagan talked about their Jewish identities at the opening plenary of the 2014 General Assembly conference of the Jewish Federations of North America”. Here’s an excerpt (emphasis added):

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