Dennis &amp; Callahan en New ‘Seinfeldia’ book is porn for ‘Seinfeld’ fans <!--paging_filter--><p><!--RCL failure--></p> <div id="attachment_22590" style="width: 331px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="" data-id="22590"><img class=" wp-image-22590" src="" alt="Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times" width="321" height="361" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times</p></div> <p>When Jerry Seinfeld was asked a few years ago what TV shows he watches, he said, &#8220;I don’t watch that much television. I <em>was </em>television.&#8221;</p> <p>Jennifer Keishin Armstrong&#8217;s<em> </em>book,<em> Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything </em>proves this was true to some extent.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re a die-hard <em>Seinfeld</em> fan, you probably already know all the stuff in this book. But if you&#8217;re a younger or more casual fan, or you just get off on reading about the show, then this book is for you.</p> <div id="attachment_22599" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="" data-id="22599"><img class="size-medium wp-image-22599" src="" alt="Forbes" width="300" height="198" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Forbes</p></div> <p>The book is basically a complete history of the show. It begins with Larry David and Seinfeld realizing their funny back-and-forth in a deli could be a television show and goes all the way up to the hoopla surrounding the finale a decade later. It explains the origins of &#8220;yada yada yada,&#8221; the Soup Nazi, Susan&#8217;s death, Elaine&#8217;s &#8220;little kicks&#8221; dance, the J. Peterman Reality Tour, and even the development of the theme song.</p> <p>It also details all the ways in which the show almost died on the vine and what it almost was before it was fully developed into what we know today. Elaine wasn&#8217;t even going to be a character at first and it was originally going to be called <em>The Seinfeld Chronicles. </em>Gag me.</p> <p>Some of my favorite <em>Seinfeld</em> moments not mentioned in this book: When Kramer starts Kramerica Industries and hires his own intern, the whole <em>Merv Griffin Show</em> episode, George&#8217;s<a href=""> answering machine song</a>, and one of the<a href=""> greatest scenes in television history</a>: When Kramer unfolds his coffee table book about coffee tables into a coffee table.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eventually, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Seinfeld </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will be irrelevant to a generation so far removed it can&#8217;t relate to it at all, but the the main point of this book is the show is still a dominant force in pop culture almost thirty years after it debuted. </span></p> <p>Heavy on the nostalgia, this will make you want to go back and watch the show over again. When Armstrong recounts the extreme public interest in the finale and that episode&#8217;s enormous viewership, it&#8217;s easy to see how Seinfeld can make the case that he was, in fact, television.</p> <p>Solid book, I&#8217;d give it a B.</p> Blog Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:14:43 +0000 2366816 at ‘Cold Water’ bangs and begs the question: Can Justin Bieber, Diplo and MØ keep up with themselves? <!--paging_filter--><p><!--RCL failure-->Late Thursday night, Major Lazer released “Cold Water,” a summer anthem candidate featuring Justin Bieber and MØ on vocals. </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Long story short, it’s great and it brings to light one interesting point: All three of these artists might have set the bar impossibly for projects involving one another. &#8220;Cold Water&#8221; is going to be played nonstop for the next two to six months, yet it isn’t even close to the best of what’s become a growing list of hits made involving at least two of Diplo, Bieber and MØ. That’s absolutely fine. </p> <p>The creme de la creme is &#8220;Where are U Now,&#8221; which Diplo and Skrillex put out last summer as Jack U with Bieber. Right up there with it is &#8220;Lean On&#8221; from Major Lazer (of which Diplo is one third), MØ and DJ Snake. Not to be forgotten, however, is MØ and Diplo’s &#8220;Kamikaze&#8221; or &#8220;XXX 88,&#8221; the first song the two did together. </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>&#8220;Cold Water&#8221; is going to be gigantic because Diplo, Bieber and MØ have become the James Franco, Seth Rogen and (insert third &#8220;Freaks and Geeks&#8221; cast member) of pop music: People just want them to do stuff together and it’s going to be beloved no matter. It’s also written by Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco, with whom Bieber had major success on last year’s &#8220;Love Yourself.&#8221;</p> <p>Much like &#8220;Love Yourself,&#8221; this song kind of plays it down the middle. There’s no mucked-up-Bieber-turned-dolphin-sounding hook like in &#8220;Where Are U Now.&#8221; There’s no immediately memorable riff like in &#8220;Lean On&#8221; or &#8220;Kamikaze.&#8221; In fact, there’s no break at all from the first chorus to the second verse or from the second chorus to the bridge. In that respect, production and dance breaks can’t carry the day the way they can in so many of Diplo’s hits. Bieber’s vocal performance has to support the song and absolutely does. This is maybe 100 times the performance that he turns in on “Where Are U Now,” a far superior song. </p> <p>In fact, MO’s bridge might actually be the most &#8220;produced&#8221;-sounding part of the song. Often times artists sound better with other singers providing harmonies. Diplo knows MØ’s voice is too unique for that method, so what you get is a bridge dripping wet with MØ’s vocals. It’s the best part of the song. </p> <p>The lack of shiny objects in &#8220;Cold Water&#8221; isn’t necessarily a bad thing — it just means it’s not going to blow you away on the early listens. Yet it also means that this crew is capable of moving even closer to formulaic Top 40 and it working, because this song 100 percent works. </p> <p>In summary, Diplo + Bieber, MØ or both of them = fire flames city. You’ll enjoy your weekend because these three just made damn sure of it. </p> Blog Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:27:32 +0000 2366781 at D&C - DJ Gary Tanguay hits the post of soft rock favorites 7-22-16 <!--paging_filter-->Former rock jock Gary Tanguay channels his radio past to attempt to "hit the post" of several classic soft rock favorites as Minihane eggs him on. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:55:00 +0000 2366716 at D&C - Who would be the #RedSox pitcher in a one-game Wild Card? 7-22-16 <!--paging_filter-->Somewhat reluctantly, Kirk and Gary take calls on who would start a one-game playoff for the Red Sox right now between Steven Wright, Rick Porcello and David Price<br/><br/><b>[0:07:21]</b> ... now I'm now I notice like to go to a rest stop <b>Mass</b> <b>Pike</b> in before pretty pretty firm. Kind of boldly took your breath. Skis and does little to shoveled. Guy that you just old ... <br/><b>[0:10:10]</b> ... night right ones and you're famous and your life changed that headliner <b>comedy</b> <b>club</b> in America here your rate would triple. You were set forever but did you think Steven Wright was as funny as lining. Not back then ICC and raise a good one act he had he I wanna act I've never been a big fan Steve. It's just one you want stack yes he's great at that he's made a great career off the that is he's never been at their bedroom for me growing up my ticker comedians are Dennis Miller nice. Right those are my two favorite comedians growing high school right now I would be a god as Hiller. For them a black and white ever was and <b>Eddie</b> <b>Murphy</b> was at but I don't I mean I I was all like <b>Eddie</b> <b>Murphy's</b> movies that was or listen to stand up comedy back. I was I would be if he is a comedian I was ... <br/><b>[0:17:51]</b> ... we. That is illicit receivers scary yeah invest and game who sent. <b>Tony</b> <b>Brown</b> he's still with them with a note traded him. And the like double or he's out where he's out yet. As Brian ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:52:00 +0000 2366721 at D&C - Kama Sutra talk, Kirk vs. Gary attractiveness 7-22-16 <!--paging_filter-->The 8am hour stays off the rails with Kirk and Gary discussing Ken the producer's sex life and how attractive women find them<br/><br/><b>[0:14:38]</b> ... the professional. French guy well. We Naomi Watts not a human one <b>Natalie</b> <b>Portman</b> <b>Natalie</b> <b>Portman</b>. Yeah and it Tapia burial in secret move that's. Different. I'm it's night. Okay it's huge why do you think it's it's ... <br/><b>[0:18:04]</b> ... who does them. On what do you to Africa the group a <b>Steely</b> <b>Dan</b>. Is there. About Dan hill remembered Daniel Schorr corset to doesn't touch sometimes we touch we acute alum. That's ago the healthy ... <br/><b>[0:24:14]</b> ... heard what is there and what does that have to do with. <b>Anthony</b> <b>Davis</b> and Kevin Durant. And you know quite atoms so like a basket connecting Adam silver trying to win the day on Twitter ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:45:00 +0000 2366726 at D&C's 'Headlines with Roger Ailes out, Tanguay as a swinger 7-22-16 <!--paging_filter-->Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay tackle the Friday 'Headlines' with FoxNews CEO Roger Ailes officially out among Gary Tanguay's sexual past. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:40:00 +0000 2366636 at D&C - Was Donald Trump's speech a hit or a miss? Kirk asks Hillary voters to call in 7-22-16 <!--paging_filter-->Kirk and Gary Tanguay discuss the Donald Trump speech to close the RNC on Thursday night, and discuss how effective it was. Also, Kirk challenges Hillary Clinton supporters to call and tell him why to vote for her. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:38:00 +0000 2366641 at D&C - Minihane & Tanguay open the show & go quickly off the rails 7-22-16 <!--paging_filter-->Kirk Minihane & Gary Tanguay are in for a Friday edition and open the show discussing members of the media getting into the baseball Hall of Fame, among other bipolar topics.<br/><br/><b>[0:08:13]</b> ... would fictional. Because slick of go out to get a Little League <b>Vince</b> <b>Wilfork</b> didn't you know he was you know Paul Pierce at the all star game and that's when he when we've really in. ... <br/><b>[0:09:46]</b> ... I you can be dry you're looking collusion but you know most <b>Troy</b> <b>Brown</b> lows in the building now people who loved bylaw was Iowa. People like tie because he gives Dick opened load in the building now <b>Mike</b> <b>Flynn</b> know a great guy great I think friend in my. We're great friends evenly played NFL really friends split I've cinnamon intricate ... <br/><b>[0:17:38]</b> ... stuff. In never being on Carson you know what Pryor was like <b>Robin</b> <b>Williams</b> was like a pessimist like. Never get that we never get the dude it's one thing out of the podcast you can sort of make a longer form talk about stuff you know let's talk about. Here the world like the podcasts finally Jewish. Well again it's obvious right now. But this goat the one thing about <b>Robin</b> <b>Williams</b> and I've heard from everybody. Mean in all you people and yet a carbon about it program edit it used who's won races that right. Mean all these tools to rob David let some TV. Who knows ever talk to why don't put him to shoot don't want to saying all the people I've never heard a bad thing about <b>Robin</b> <b>Williams</b>. Okay I'm. Great. And everybody's phones stand as a committee I could never take it was a senate the act it is exhausting who's just who's who's always tried to. My favorite <b>Robin</b> <b>Williams</b>. These were was devotes. And he was an economy and obviously now now not a common. To between its neighbors that Williams ... <br/></br/></br/></br/></br/></br/> Audio Dennis & Callahan general Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:32:00 +0000 2366646 at D&C - Drew Pomeranz falls flat, Hanley Ramirez has a night & Tanguay defends David Price 7-21-16 <!--paging_filter-->Tanguay ticks off Kirk and Gerry by calling David Price 'above average' so far this season. Before that, though, the guys discuss the Red Sox 11-7 win over the Giants at Fenway which featured three homers from Hanley Ramirez and a stumble from Drew Pomeranz. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:13:00 +0000 2364061 at D&C - Ted Cruz snubs Donald Trump, Gerry Callahan defends him 7-21-16 <!--paging_filter-->On night three of the RNC Convention, former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump and got booed off the stage; Gerry Callahan defends him while Kirk Minihane is on the atack Audio Dennis & Callahan general Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:11:00 +0000 2364066 at D&C - Gary Tanguay writes erotica for Kirk Minihane 7-21-16 <!--paging_filter-->Budding novelist (in his mind) Gary Tanguay - AKA 'Taray Garrison' - pens some new erotica for Kirk Minihane to read Audio Dennis & Callahan general Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:10:00 +0000 2364071 at D&C's 'Headlines' - Black Lives Matter in Somerville; world's largest-breasted woman 7-21-16 <!--paging_filter-->Gary Tanguay - and then Kirk Minihane - read the 'Headlines' from the day's salacious news. Audio Dennis & Callahan general Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:08:00 +0000 2364076 at D&C - Wednesday primetime TV: Pomeranz, Cruz, and Tanguay falling asleep on CSN 7-21-16 <!--paging_filter-->Gary Tanguay joins Gerry and Kirk to discuss the Wednesday night primetime events: the Drew Pomeranz debut for the Red Sox, Ted Cruz at the RNC, and Tanguay falling asleep live on Comcast Audio Dennis & Callahan general Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:56:00 +0000 2364056 at In defense of Ween <!--paging_filter--><p><!--RCL failure-->This blog exists because if people are nerds about sports, they’re probably nerds about other things. My love of sports is relatively healthy. My love of pop music might kill me.</p> <p>One of the best things about Twitter is finding people who share your tastes. My middle school days of being obsessed with Metallica have provided me more than enough information to shake my head at followers who tell me &#8220;… And Justice For All&#8221; is a great album. Because musical taste is purely subjective, any &#8220;take&#8221; is tolerated and can be thoroughly dissected.</p> <p>(Well, mostly any take. “Rap music just isn’t music!” is a not-so-smart way of accidentally declaring you’re kind of racist. Just say you don&#8217;t like it.)</p> <p>Yet of all the different artists one can discuss and argue about on Twitter, there is one that blows them all out of the water on the polarizing scale:</p> <p><img class="aligncenter wp-image-22586" src="" alt="ween" width="400" height="357" /></p> <p>Ween was and is weird. From a musical (and perhaps also drug) standpoint, the duo of Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Gene and Dean Ween, respectively, a.k.a. Gener and Deaner, respectively) did everything.</p> <p>They made albums on a four-track cassette recorder. They <a href="" target="_blank">used out-of-time drums</a> in place of traditional instrumental fills. They did <a href="" target="_blank">intentionally bad a cappella</a>. They played around with pitching voices up and down in ways that would make the Beatles regret ever introducing the trick. <a href="" target="_blank">They made grand, polished albums</a>. They wrote the ultimate Phish song (see below). They made an entire golden age country album featuring a song that is, by all accounts, a celebration of a random homosexual man. They <a href="" target="_blank">mocked the living hell out of Thin Lizzy</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The average non-Ween-fan has definitely heard Ween before. If they don’t know them from Phish’s cover of “Roses are Free,” they know them from having heard &#8220;Voodoo Lady&#8221; in &#8220;Road Trip&#8221; or &#8220;Ocean Man&#8221; in &#8220;SpongeBob SquarePants.&#8221;</p> <p><iframe src="" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>But of all the things Ween did, they didn’t suck. They were extremely versatile. Listen to &#8220;Don’t Laugh (I Love You),&#8221; then &#8220;Freedom of ’76&#8243; and then &#8220;Back to Basom.&#8221; In three songs, you’re taken on a journey from drum machine hell to falsetto purgatory and finally to Mellotron and synth heaven.</p> <p><iframe src="" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe src="" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>After starting out in the mid-80s and putting out 11 non-live albums from 1990 through 2007, Ween broke up in 2012 when Freeman announced that was no longer Gener, a move that was linked to both his burgeoning sobriety and his desire for a solo career. Last year, the band began announcing reunion shows, and on Wednesday it was announced that they’ll play Boston’s House of Blues in August. They&#8217;ve amassed enough of a catalogue (and a loyal enough cult following) that they can pretty much play whatever they want.</p> <p>There’s nothing wrong with weird. The world is a better place with Ween in it.</p> Blog Dennis & Callahan general Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:19:01 +0000 2361511 at D&C - Reviewing Schilling's defense of Melania, Tanguay's call-in from Tuesday 7-20-16 <!--paging_filter-->Dino, Gerry and Kirk wrap the show up talking about defenders of Melania Trump's speech, and a botched attempt to rip Gary Tanguay for his CSN Early Edition show Audio Dennis & Callahan general Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:41:00 +0000 2361501 at