Entries from May 2013

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Justin Bieber has become a caricature of himself. Whether it be the entourage he rolls with to host SNL, or joyriding his Ferrari so douchetastically as to be followed home by former NFL bad boy Keyshawn Johnson for a lecture on the finer points of gated-community driving behavior. Bieber’s exploits have become so incredibly bizarre that it feels as if he hired a team of writers to put out farcical press releases while indulging in some sort of hallucinogenic drug binge.

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A Matter of Taste
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“I don’t get dance.”

The intonation he puts on the word “get” is laden. It’s laden with a sensibility that implies “dance is weird and I never understand what it means, which makes it boring.” He then spends the 20 minutes expounding about the complex intricacies of the great new sound by that underground band out of Stockholm.

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FX’s Ball-Busting Comedy: Archer
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This is not your average adult cartoon series. Archer is not The Simpsons. The humor is way more offensive. It’s not even The Family Guy. Archer doesn’t rely on hilariously obscure references and cleverly spliced banter. Archer is not trying to be clever. It’s on the FX Network for goodness sake. South Park probably comes the closest (without equaling) the levels of crude, potty-mouthed language achieved in the animated series starring the voices of H. Scott Benjamin (also voices Bob from Bob’s Burgers, and Ben Katz from Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist), Aisha Tyler (credits include Friends, 24, and CSI), and Jessica Walter (most notably the matriarch of the Bluth clan on Arrested Development). But unlike South Park, the plot isn’t underscored by not so subtle commentaries on topical political issues or pop-culture memes. Which begs the question, why can’t we peel ourselves away from the TV during this show?

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Take a Chance on The ABBA Museum
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Anyone can (attempt to) sing Dancing Queen in a karaoke bar. But what about singing Dancing Queen along with a holographic rendering of ABBA and then fielding a real live phone call from one of the original band members? That’s possible only if you are exceedingly wealthy, eccentric and well-connected — or if you visit The ABBA Museum. It’s part of a new complex in Stockholm that celebrates Sweden’s second most famous export after Ikea furniture: The Swedish Music Hall of Fame.

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