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Nashville Photo Dump (2011)

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Assorted photos taken around Nashville throughout 2011.

Culture Bully Presents: 2011 Mashed

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Real quick… I just want to say thank you all of the friends I’ve made in the mashup community over the years: the producers who have created some terrific music (including the mashups on Culture Bully’s annual Mashed compilation), and the fans who have taken the time to visit the blog. About six years ago I posted my […]

How to Fail at Blogging

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Last week I wrote something called “How to Fail at Promoting Music Online” which was pretty much about a handful of issues I take with the way publicists and bands push music online, particularly via email marketing. It’s pretty easy to unload such unsolicited advice though, and truth be told, picking on some issues and […]

Mac L’s “Raw Material”

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It was just about 10 months ago that I first met Mac L. In a number of ways the cocksure MC served as my introduction to a side of Nashville that I didn’t know much about when first moving here, and certainly a sector that isn’t entirely visible unless you’re actively looking for it: the […]

The Trouble with Local Scenes

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I moved to Nashville last summer on a whim, really only because one of my best friends lives here and it seemed like a not-so-terrible idea. And here I am 17 months later, still waking up each morning in some strange city that has somehow become a part of me. I can’t explain what exactly […]

Letterman Said it Best…

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This started as a Facebook post. Initially I feared putting something like this up on the blog because it might be misconstrued as another in this weekend’s parade of tasteless grabs for pageviews and misplaced online celebrations. But my words eventually outgrew the word-count limit on Facebook’s “wall,” and I’d like to think that my […]

UFC on Fox, Warrior and the Changing Face of MMA

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While Culture Bully has been a predominantly music-focused blog, a few months back I had a crazy idea that I wanted to pursue which included expanding content to other “cultural” points of interest: This included sports and, more importantly, coverage of mixed martial arts and the UFC. Things have subsequently changed quite a bit, leading […]

“Cowboys & Aliens” Review

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Armed with a Megaman blaster and his rugged good looks, Cowboys & Aliens finds Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) leading a strike against an encroaching team of aliens that have settled on Earth to strip mine for gold (for some reason or another). Aside from this undeniably superior alien race being taken down by far lesser […]

Ween’s Homo Rainbow

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Originally titled “The Rainbow” when released on South Park‘s Chef Aid compilation in 1998, the song was later rechristened “The Homo Rainbow” as it became a staple in Ween‘s live set. As is true of many of their other songs, the Live Music Archive is ripe with bootleg versions of the track, but none that […]

Insane Clown Posse on “The Adam Carolla Show”

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In preparation for this year’s edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope appeared on The Adam Carolla Show where the longtime radio personality went a little off-base in taking listeners through an in depth recap of the Insane Clown Posse‘s history. From the group’s birth in the suburbs of Detroit to their fallout […]

Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Hamill and the Writing on the Wall

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It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in the world of mixed martial arts; particularly in Strikeforce. Aside from the brothers Overeem and Marloes Coenen being released, word came on August 4 that so too had “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko. On the heels of a first round TKO loss to Dan Henderson, Fedor’s third in […]

Jay-Z and Kanye West “Watch the Throne” Review

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The success of Watch the Throne is going to have to be defined by how each unique passenger of the vessel approaches the collaboration. Kanye West and Jay-Z are undoubtedly two of the most elite and in demand voices in rap (or pop music, or simply music in general), and if the focus is the […]

DM Bob & the Deficits “They Call Me Country” (Influenza)

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The history behind DM Bob & the Deficits is one that might not translate through a screen as it seems to be a story weathered by well over a decade of unique twists and turns. Earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from LSU in Baton Rouge, “Deutsche Mark” Bob (Robert Tooke) formed the trio with Django […]

Space Lord… Mother… Mother…

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Whatever happened to Monster Magnet? Truth is, despite retaining just a single original member, vocalist and guitarist Dave Wyndorf, the band is still kicking around after over two decades “together.” That said, Monster Magnet‘s continued existence hasn’t been without its setbacks. Rotating through 11 band members since 1989, the group hit it big after switching […]

Randy Moss Retires: The Legacy of an NFL Great

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In a statement from his agent, Joel Segal, NFL great Randy Moss has announced that he’s retiring after 13 seasons in the league. Though word had been circling that Moss was in better shape than he has been in years (keeping in mind that said word came from Segal), and that he’d hoped to come […]

“Captain America: The First Avenger” Review

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Captain America has long since been a landmark in pop culture, and surely Captain America: The First Avenger offers a wonderful cinematic exploration of the character’s history to fans who’ve been waiting to see the story told among the past decade’s roll-out of comic book movies. But for someone who isn’t well-versed in the comic’s […]

T.Q.D. “Desert Sky (Remix)” (Influenza)

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Following the release of Status Reign’s Brutally Honest LP (which includes such standouts as “Dedicated” and “The Chorus“) comes a new release from another member of Minneapolis’ Background Noise Crew, T.Q.D.Serving as an aptly titled lead-up to more new material which should drop later this year, The Appetizer 3 is an “odds-and-ends collection” which does […]

The Ettes “Excuse” (Influenza)

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As time draws near for the release of the Ettes‘ fourth studio album, Wicked Will, the trio has dropped a pair of new tracks: the fuzzy and wonderfully distorted “The Pendulum” and the straight-forward kick in the teeth “Excuse.” Produced by Liam Watson (the Kills, the White Stripes) Wicked Will was written on the road […]

Alistair Overeem & the Curious Case of the Strikeforce Grand Prix

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Where to begin…? After much speculation Strikeforce dropped a bomb on the MMA world when it announced this past January that the World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament, branded as a competition to determine the world’s best heavyweight MMA fighter, would take place throughout 2011. Such a bold statement was backed with a rather bountiful crop […]

311 “Universal Pulse” Review

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In the ’90s, with the odd exception, there was no other band for me: 311 was it. As I ascended through junior high, then high school, the 311 insignia was not only a staple of my wardrobe, both emblazoned on t-shirts and patches that I had hand-stitched onto my backpack, but it was also found […]

Wugazi Interview

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It has been less than three weeks since Wugazi first reared its head on the Internet, the Fugazi/Wu-Tang Clan mashup project debuting in the form of the “I’m So Tired”/”C.R.E.A.M.” bootleg “Sleep Rules Everything Around Me” (which has since seen 135k Soundcloud plays). Though its creators were initially silent, the project was eventually pinned to Twin Cities artists Cecil Otter (Doomtree) and Swiss Andy (the Millionth Word, […]

Is Mirko “Cro Cop” vs. Roy Nelson Bad for Both Fighters?

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When Dana White granted Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s wish to complete his contract with the UFC and take on one final fight there became a strong divide between fans who called for the once great Pride star to retire and those who celebrated the legendary fighter’s (presumed) final shot at glory. But when Filipovic announced […]

Is “Wilfred” Becoming “Fight Club”?

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If the immediate introduction to the show by way of suicide attempt wasn’t enough to distance the new version of Wilfred from the Australian original, perhaps this past week’s episode (the series’ third, titled “Fear”) has done the trick. Where the first two episodes — or at least the first episode and a half — […]

An Awkward Pair: Questioning Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann

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Last night the UFC announced that a matchup between middleweight contenders Chael Sonnen and Brian Stann had been verbally agreed to and would take place at UFC 136 in October. For Sonnen, the bout serves as his first since losing to UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva last August, while it marks another leap forward in […]

Did Strikeforce Just Kill Women’s MMA?

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As far as guilty pleasures on television go, there are few that I feel guiltier about than HBO’s True Blood. Every show is more and more nonsensical than the last and this past weekend’s kickoff of the series’ fourth season was no exception. There were pixies fighting demons, witches covens, and vampire, all somehow coexisting […]

On Louie: Episode 2, “Bummer/Blueberries”

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Spoilers are kind of silly when it comes to discussing Louis CK‘s Louie: Even if someone was to tell you the exact breakdown of an episode, chances are that it would still hold an entirely different value to you once you watched it. Such is the case with season two’s second episode, titled “Bummer/Blueberries.” Despite […]

Things Could Be Different

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If things had worked out differently I could be rolling with a ten year old kid and be married to someone who’s completely wrong for me. Essentially, I could have put a cap on my growth as a person. I could have foregone any sort of education and pursued the rest of my life with […]

Ken Shamrock to Fight James Toney… For Some Reason

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Details are quite limited at this point in time, but it’s now been confirmed that a fight between UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock and renowned multiple time boxing champion James Toney will go down in the near future. The date is tentatively locked in somewhere in the fall (September 23 and October 1 have both […]

MySpace Has Been Sold, But Can It Be Saved?

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Earlier this week it was rumored that MySpace would be going through another round of extreme layoffs which would serve as a budget cutting measure to help secure a buyer. Though the asking price of $100 million was still on the table, all but two potential companies had seemingly bowed out from the race to […]

Weeds: Season 7 Premiere Recap

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“Three years later…” opens the first episode in the seventh, and rumored to be final, season of Showtime’s Weeds. And where the final episode of season six left off with drama hitting yet another bizarre peak — Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) copping to murder charges which subsequently led to the arrest of her estranged husband […]

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