Archive for May 2011

Hangover 2 Opens with $137 Million Gross

Shattering numerous records, Warner Bros.’ The Hangover Part II grossed $137.4 million in its five-day launch at the domestic box office. The sequel helped fuel the best Memorial Day weekend on record, and grabbed the best opening ever for a comedy, R-rated or otherwise. Overseas, Hangover opened to $60.3 million from 40 countries–thee times higher... Read more »

Song Of The Day - "Illumininine" by Thurston Moore

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Illuminine” by Thurston Moore From the noise-master behind Sonic Youth comes his fourth solo album “Demolished Thoughts” produced by Beck. A sonically placid affair chock full of acoustics.  If you close your eyes while listening, you could still hear how the Sonic Youth mothership would’ve treated these... Read more »

Today in Music History: Johnnie Taylor / Robert Quine


My 11 Favorite U.S. Cities to Visit (by a Chicago area resident)

I've been here more than any other city, mainly because of convenience, but can't discount it for that. I love the Calatrava addition to the art museum, Summerfest, the Safe House restaurant and much else.
Memorial Day weekend is a time when many people hit the road, or catch a plane, to visit one of America’s great cities, national parks, recreational areas or wherever their family or friends may be. I stayed put in my suburban Chicago home this weekend, but had flown to Denver (home to the peer bear... Read more »

The Eleven Best War Movies (that I've seen)

On this Memorial Day, formerly known as “Decoration Day,” to commemorate fallen Union soldiers during the Civil War.  These days, the last Monday in May celebrates all US servicemen who died while serving their country.   In honor of this day, I have compiled a list of the best eleven war movies that I personally... Read more »

Song Of the Day - "Montana" by The Mothers Of Invention

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Montana” by The Mothers Of Invention OK…so those that know me well know that I sell dental floss for a living via the Gumbrand websites, so this song definitively strikes close to home.  However, my love for this track…or Frank Zappa has nothing to do with dental... Read more »

Today in Music History: Mickie Most

On this date eight years ago, great British producer Mickie Most dies at age sixty-four in London from mesothelioma.  He produced hits for the Animals, Donovan, Brenda Lee, Herman’s Hermits, Hot Chocolate, Lulu, and the Jeff Beck Group.  Here is one of his Animals singles – their first:      

Movie Review - Bridesmaids

Movie Review - Bridesmaids
by David Schuster Finally a movie that you truly can laugh at and I mean… really loud. “Hangover 2” was a complete dud and “Pirates of the Caribbean” was plain stupid. Added to that the Bulls elimination and nothing but mediocre (at best) baseball for the next four months and I needed my humor bone touched. And touched... Read more »

Today in Music History: Phil Spector

On this date two years ago, Phil Spector is sentenced to 15-years-to-life for second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson at his home in February 2003.  Here he discusses the case in a 2005 interview:      

Song Of The Day - "In Spite Of Ourselves" by John Prine & Iris DeMent

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “In Spite Of Ourselves” by John Prine & Iris DeMent One of the most homespun and literate songwriters of our generation…right up there with Dylan, Waits, Young, Springsteen…just about any of the greats…you name ’em! This song is originally from his 1999 album of the same name,... Read more »
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