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3 Brilliant Short Novelty Stage Acts That Will Brighten Up Your Day

3 Brilliant Short Novelty Stage Acts That Will Brighten Up Your Day

The novelty stage act was once the acme of entertainment in civilized society.

I’m here to argue that, in some ways, it still is.

For your consideration:

Photo: YouTube.com

Photo: Youtube.com

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Juggler Michael Davis’ Six-Minute Capsule of Genius

(You might have already seen this one, as it made the rounds on social media not long ago. If that’s the case, the next two bits will be right up your alley. If you…

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The Million-Dollar Interview: My 1-on-1 with Ted DiBiase

The Million-Dollar Interview: My 1-on-1 with Ted DiBiase

Hanging out with The Million Dollar Man

Hanging out with The Million Dollar Man

Over the July 4th weekend, I had the honor and privilege of sitting down with a man who could easily be considered one of the best heels in wrestling history, Ted DiBiase.

What was originally slated as a 15-20 min interview grew seamlessly into a conversation that spanned over two hours about everything I could possibly think to ask. Of course during those…

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UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown - Preview/Predictions for the Entire Main Card

UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown – Preview/Predictions for the Entire Main Card

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Upon being scheduled, the meeting between “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler and Matt “The Immortal” Brown became one of the most anticipated fights of the year, and it’s finally happening this Saturday. | Photo: FoxSports.com

UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown
FOX Main Card: 8 p.m./5 p.m. ET|PT
FOX Prelims: 6 p.m./3 p.m. ET|PT
UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims: 4:15 p.m./1:15 p.m. ET|PT

With four events already…

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Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Thirty-Seven

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Thirty-Seven

Yes, finally. The World Cup is over and I can finally get back to following all the individual leagues without having to worry about the inequality of all Brazilians and how they’ve pumped so much money into looking good for TV and the Olympics haven’t even occurred yet.

Can’t wait for the vitriol that will garner.

Oh well. Here are a few more entries into this little project of mine; a simple…

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Five Things I Don’t Want to Wait For

Five Things I Don’t Want to Wait For

The internet, as Neko Case said, is mostly bad TV. Aside from cat pictures, one positive thing the internet gives us (besides facilitating the occasional regime overthrowing) is the bevy of sneak peeks it affords us.

When I was younger, our sneak peek of Super Mario Bros. 3was a friend whose cousin heard “for sure” that Mario was going to be able to fly. That guy was on to something. Anyway, I…

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5 NEW RECORDS THAT YOU NEED TO JUMP ON NOW

Every other week I write micro blurb reviews of amazing new music. Below’s the latest batch of music that you need to check out.

Lunatics On Pogosticks - Slug Cat and Snail Doglunatics

Lunatics on Pogosticks are one of those bands that you want to get Nirvana big for all the right reasons. The songwriting and production are fantastic all around.

Top tracks: “Less Than Sober”, “Do You Think I’m A Taco Bell…

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For The Love Of Wrestling: The FSCW and birth of Ronin

For The Love Of Wrestling: The FSCW and birth of Ronin

The men and women of FSCW/Ronin | Photo: Speedy's Productions

The men and women of FSCW/Ronin | Photo: Speedy’s Productions

For a very select few, the dreams of reaching the top wrestling promotions like WWE and TNA can be a pipe dream. Wrestlers everywhere risk their body all the time for the thrill of walking into an auditorium or VFW hall, to hear the crowd explode in cheers and to deliver, if only once in their career, that awe-inducing moment.

This…

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Four Things I Learned From My Cat

Four Things I Learned From My Cat

This is Jelly.

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She is a cat.

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Here are some things that I’ve learned from her during our cohabitation.

 1.  Don’t be a jerk, but don’t be a doormat.

Photo: Pinterest

Photo: Pinterest

The rules of common decency in our society have us fairly restricted, and rightfully so. If you go around being an asshole to everyone, eventually nobody is going to want to spend time with you. Conversely, if you allow everyone to…

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Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Thirty-Six

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Thirty-Six

If you think last week’s post came from the distant past, this one is even older. Don’t ask me how. It just is. I don’t even know how the Cup’s turned out as I write this on the eve of the Brazil/Colombia match. I might be too involved with myself to even bring it around for discussion.

I feel like something’s gonna break but what do I know about anything? I’m a disembodied voice from a not-so…

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Top Five Musical Surprises of the Summer So Far (And More Alliteration!)

Top Five Musical Surprises of the Summer So Far (And More Alliteration!)

5. Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence

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Why is this a surprise? Because it’s quite GOOD. Del Rey, the artist, is a strange creature. There is obvious talent and depth there, yet she (or her producers) have previously done as much as they possibly can to conceal her substance beneath aesthetics. Ultraviolence is far more mature and polished than her previous LP, Born to Die. Though she has a few…

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INTERVIEW: Matt Hutchinson from Self Destructo Records

Read Chuck Livid’s interview with Self Destructo Records co-founder Matt Huttchinson!

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I first heard of Self Destructo Records when Abel Folgar reviewed the fantastic Primitive Sounds for a Modern World by Jonny & the Depressives earlier this year. Since then, the label has not stopped dropping amazing records. Founded by Matt Hutchinson and Chuck Maple in 2013, the label’s aesthetics and roster owe a lot to DIY punk rock ethics and succeeds by engaging a worldwide community of…

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The Leg Drop Heard ‘Round The World: The Heel Turn of Hulk Hogan

The Leg Drop Heard ‘Round The World: The Heel Turn of Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan laughs in the faces of the fans he has betrayed | Photo: WWE.com

Hulk Hogan laughs in the faces of the fans he has betrayed | Photo: WWE.com

Nostalgia. It’s something that all wrestlers and wrestling fans alike, have a passion for. You always remember where you are for the best moments of something you truly care about. What always stands out more, is the worst. Though this moment walked a fine line of good and bad, I will never forget watching it 18 years ago…

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Life Lessons to Live By (From a 32-Year-Old Who Learned the Hard Way)

Life Lessons to Live By (From a 32-Year-Old Who Learned the Hard Way)

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Tired, hungry and heartbroken; that’s how I’m spending the first day of my birthday week.

I turn 32 on Saturday, July 12th. I figured that in the midst of my anguish I may be able to dredge up some wisdom to impart on those who are younger, those who are my age, and those perhaps older who still don’t know why things go wrong so often.

Here are some lessons I’ve learned in the…

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Farewell, B.J. Penn: A Look Back On the Five Best Fights of His Legendary Career

Farewell, B.J. Penn: A Look Back On the Five Best Fights of His Legendary Career

One of MMA's most beloved personalities called an end to his 13-year career last night. | Photo: Roald/Local Hawaii Magazine

One of MMA’s most beloved personalities called an end to his 13-year career last night. | Photo: Roald/Local Hawaii Magazine

Last night, one of the inarguable legends of MMA hung up his gloves for good when B.J. Penn announced his retirement after a dejecting TKO loss to Frankie “The Answer” Edgar in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale. It was the third time Penn had ceded victory to…

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Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Thirty-Five

Abel’s 4000 Albums That Matter: Part Thirty-Five

The World Cup is still raging and good grief, this is beginning to look a poorly scripted sitcom. I don’t mind overtime but I get a little antsy in the pantsies when that shit starts happening in every game. I smell rats.

Like last week, I’m dialing this one in ahead of time. I’m writing this last Thursday. I am the disembodied voice of Abel’s past, I’m his antic disposition and I am full of it.…

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