December 2013 archive

13 Days: 20 Years

20 Years Ago:   The above is a still taken from the end of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode “Village of the Giants,” broadcast on January 4th, 1994. That was the episode with ‘The Greatest Frank’ or ‘Frank About Frank.‘ Around the time of his passing, the classic rock station in that Northeast corner of New …

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13 Days: Christmas Trees

[audio:http://gdl16.com/audio/Carol.mp3] It wasn’t my choice, but I grew up in the Northeast corner of the Empire State, far beyond the cities that jump to mind when someone says they’re from New York. Whenever I talk to someone about the North Country versus New York City, I champion the city’s iron grip on keeping trees in …

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Bubbe’s Hannah Cat (Hanukkat)

The woman in the above image by famous steampunk artist Brian Kesinger is none other than Veronique Chevalier. If you’re into the steam scene, then you are certainly no stranger to her humorous songs and extravagant performances. One year before she released her debut debut album Polka Haunt Us (and two years after she made …

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13 Days: Get Angry

On the surface, there’s not much to The Angry Snowmans schtick – punk and hardcore songs done up as Christmas carols. But it’s a lot harder than one might think. The fact that they covered SNFU’s “Broken Toy” makes me happy to no end. But the reason that they deserve your attention is that they managed to …

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13 Days of Christmas: Cancel Christmas

Day One Christmas and I have an interesting relationship, the way that gasoline and I have an interesting relationship. I don’t own a car anymore, but there’s usually a time, once a year, when I have to rent a van or drive a friend. Much like Christmas, I don’t think about gasoline throughout the year …

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