Category Archives: Music

Nobody Cares Like a Bear

The Care Bears were a line of characters originally created for greeting cards, which was kind of a thing at the time. That also happened with Strawberry Shortcake, the Popples, and Rainbow Brite, among others. They’re sort of teddy bears … Continue reading

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Keeping Up with the Koopas

Picture by Marhiin There isn’t a whole lot about Bowser’s family in the Mario series. Even his seven kids have been retconned into not really being his children, which raises the question as to where they come from. We never … Continue reading

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Mad Shelley’s Letterbox Is Full of Birthday Cards

I think it’s been a while since I’ve done an album review. I’ve had both the new Robyn Hitchcock and New Pornographers records for a few weeks now, and had taken some notes on them, but had trouble articulating all … Continue reading

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Magic, She Wrote

Bedknobs and Broomsticks – I seem to recall liking this movie pretty well as a kid, although even then I recognized it as kind of a second-rate Mary Poppins. It’s again set in England with precocious children, a stern caretaker … Continue reading

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Frustration Quest

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, so I figured I should write something Oz-related, but I’ve probably covered just about every possible topic when it comes to Baum’s creation. I was thinking recently, however, about how I usually say The … Continue reading

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As My Nanny Used to Say, That’s the Trouble with Ungulants

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Pour L’Amour des Chiens – This was the band’s reunion album from 2007, their first in thirty-five years. Vivian Stanshall had died in 1995, but some of the earlier members returned, and others filled in … Continue reading

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Two Strings Attached

Kubo and the Two Strings – WARNING! SPOILERS! I thought this film looked interesting, but I didn’t get around to watching it until I’d heard some good things about it, and borrowed the DVD from Netflix. I think it was … Continue reading

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