Great Job, Internet!: New Tumblr suggests Ska bands and improv troupes are nearly indistinguishable

On the surface, ska music and improvisational comedy may not seem to have any obvious or hidden connections, apart from being things that your local newspaper’s “Arts & Entertainment” section might recommend as weekend time-killers. And yet, both of these maligned, misunderstood art forms seem to attract a lot of earnest, twenty-something Caucasians who like to take deeply uncool group […]

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Newswire: Sufjan Stevens announces new album, out March 31

Sufjan Stevens hasn’t released a proper album since 2010’s divisive, out-there The Age Of Adz, though he’s kept plenty busy with other projects. Asthmatic Kitty Records just announced the release of Carrie & Lowell with a website of the album’s own, where you can find an album trailer (also below), pre-order information, and a lovely little essay from New Yorker […]

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Wiki Wormhole: After WWII, the U.S. hired Nazi scientists en masse via Operation Paperclip

With more than 4.6 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or researching dystopias for your surefire best-selling series of YA novels you’re going to write. But follow enough links, and you get sucked into some seriously strange places. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 4,690,855-week series, […]

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Oscar This: A Best Actor nod for Joe might push Nicolas Cage to keep pushing himself

This year’s Oscar nominations are announced on January 15. In anticipation of the conventional wisdom the Academy will likely uphold, we’re highlighting unlikely candidates—the dark horses we’d love to see compete on Oscar night. The years blend together for Nicolas Cage. I’m speaking not as his biographer—for all I know, his every day is a completely distinct National Treasure-style hunt […]

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Inventory: “Maybe Moe gets a cellphone”: 12 Simpsons characters who actually evolved

1. Moe Szyslak The status quo of The Simpsons is rooted in the Simpsons themselves, a quintet that will never change, no matter how many times their personal backstories and prospective futures do. (And no one will ever mention “That ’90s Show” again, under penalty of torture.) While the show’s protagonists forego the aging-in-real-time routes taken by their live-action counterparts […]

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