You won't come back from Jeffrey Morgan's Media Blackout #181!
Barenaked Ladies' Steven Page — "I Had a Million Dollars But I Blew it on Blow" (Cocaine Fiend) :: He's big and he's fat and he doesn't even have a brain.
Barry Blitt — The New Yorker (July 21, 2008) :: You don't need a Weatherman to know that Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott are smiling over the greatest political cartoon of the century.
Various Creators — Batman: Gotham Knight — Two-Disc Special Edition (DC Comics/Warner Premiere DVD) :: I recommend this Anime-infused series of six separate segments, penned in part by the pulp-pedigreed likes of Dark Knight author David S. Goyer (the truly trippy "In Darkness Dwells") and 100 Bullets co-creator Brian Azzarello (the spiritually somber "Working Through the Pain"). Then stick around for the excellent new Bob Kane documentary on the second disc that includes stories like the friendly ribbing that went on during the limo ride Stan "The Man" Lee took with Bob "Citizen" Kane to the Batman movie premiere back in 1989. Stan: "Y'know Bob, it's too bad that I didn't write Batman comics because I really could've made a success of this." Kane: "Well, Stan, it's too bad I didn't draw Spider-Man because then you could have a movie like we did and it really could've been successful." Kids.
SIZZLING PLATTER OF THE WEEK: Jan & Dean — The Complete Liberty Singles (Collectors' Choice) :: From "Surf City" and "Drag City" to "Dead Man's Curve" and "The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena)," each one of these Hemi hits is guaranteed to light up your Christmas tree every time. Red light! Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys helped Jan and Dean write some of their hits and he sung on them as well. Yellow light! Jan and Dean's original recording of "Bucket ‘T' " smokes the Who's later Moon-equipped cover version. Green light! Jan and Dean wrote some of the hippest lyrics ever, as evidenced by this suave little gem from 1964: "They wear organdy dresses and high-button shoes, they read Playboy magazine and Hot Rod News."
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