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December 18, 2008

Goon Squad Sarah's Top 8 of 2008

By now I am sure you know the drill. As 2008 draws to a close you all care what I liked the best this year. I may be the last one of us to actually publish my list, but that does not mean that mine isn't the most valid.

Does it?

8. Super Bowl XLII

I don't mean to be a hater, but seeing the New York Giants upset the New England Patriots made my heart grow three times larger. There is nothing more boring than a sports dynasty.


Those jerk wad Patriots won every game in the entire freaking season. They won, what? 20 Super Bowls in a row? AND they were cheating. Awesome.

The Vegas odds favored New England by 13 1/2 and the Giants managed to pull off the upset of the year. It was fabulous.

7. Ras Trent

I wanted to think this was stupid, but it makes me laugh every.single.time.

Maybe it is because my brother was a white college kid with dreads. Maybe it is because he says "Jah Cold Stone Creamery". I don't know. Usually I think SNL isn't funny at all and hasn't been for years, but this one - this one slays me. Nice job, Samberg.


December 17, 2008

Behold! A Top Ten List! Contain Your Glee!!!


As I have mentioned before, I am a huge Grinch when it comes to the holiday season, but holy Nellie Olson,  do I love me some Top Ten lists. I skittered around my apartment, TV schedule, iPod, etc, to find the things that make me squee, and, SHOCKER! found ten! So I present to you the top 10 things that made Miss Banshee quiver with glee in this last year, so grab some Nog and join me, won't you?


December 16, 2008

10 Things From 2008 That Made Me Forget How Much I Hate Everything Else

Yeah, you know, we do a fair amount of kvetching and bitching and raging here at Mamapop. Either popular culture is just all around sinking to a Speidi level of irritainment...or all the writers here are a bunch of old cranky old cranks who have nothing better to do than wave our virtual rakes at everything that pisses us off.

I dunno. Tough call, there.

But! In the spirit of the season and the fresh hope of a new year, here are 10 things that made me supremely, sublimely happy in 2008:


Eight Things That Made 2008 Not Suck

Fun little tidbit about me: I love December more for the end-of-the-year montages and best-of lists than the holiday cheer. There's something unmatched about a good best-of list or a nicely edited montage set to some sappy Sarah McLachlan song. (Or perhaps something edgier, if you're not an 86-year-old in a 26-year-old's body like me.) It's the best time of the year, I totally agree, but not only because of all the family togetherness and blah blah blah but because of the pop-culture reflecting. Here's my list of 2008 favorites.


September 28, 2007

MamaPop Recommends: Amalah's Picks for September

Mamapop_recommends_2 Recommended Book or Publication: Allure, also known as my secret weapon for all things Advice Smackdown. Great makeup and hair tips, a good mix of high-end and drugstore product reviews and recommendations, and thanks to their September issue, a in-depth take on the trainwreck that is our Brit-Brit that didn't make me feel dirty. The Thinking Woman's gossip rag, if you will.


MamaPop Recommends: Amanda's Picks for September

Mprecs_2Recommended Book or Publication: I've been too busy to devote any time to an actual book, so I've been particularly enjoying my New Yorker subscription this month. Everyone probably already knows how great this magazine is, but it's just a terrific general interest magazine (great for commuters, great in the, uh, bathroom), and my only complaint is that I can't read one week's issue before the following week's arrives. I always go straight for the TV show, movie, and/or book reviews in the back of the issue and then work my way forward.

Recommended Song or Album: John Coltrane's My Favorite Things is a great album for the fall. I know a lot of jazz snobs enthusiasts will roll their eyes at this recommendation because chances are, if you've set foot in a Starbucks* or similar coffee house in the past, oh, decade, you've probably heard a good chunk of this album. And they're right: the coffee houses love them some Coltrane. But here's what I recommend you do: get this album and listen to it in the car while driving around an area with a great fall foliage display. Your soul will thank you.


September 27, 2007

Mrs. Davis's Picks for September


TV Show:  It's premiere week -- OMG, there are too many shows to count!!  If I had to name just one, it would be How I Met Your Mother.  I thought this show may have peaked last season, but the new season premiere makes me think it's still getting better. And better.  (Although Alyson Hannigan's hair has officially become more interesting than she is.)These people know funny.


September 26, 2007

Mamapop Recommends: Lena's Picks for September

Mprecs_2Recommended Book or Publication: For those of you who feel a rumbly in your tumbly when you see a cute pair of shoes, this monthly magazine is for you. If you're not subscribing to Lucky, you're just not trying hard enough. Not only does it show you what all the cool kids are wearing, it will teach you how to pull the same look together from what you already own.

Lena Before Lucky: black t-shirt and jeans. Lena After Lucky: black t-shirt and jeans and red open-toe wedges. Holla!

Recommended Song or Album: I could pretend that my taste in music is cutting edge. But, I'll leave that to Tracey. Because honestly? I'm still listening to my Blogher 06 mix. But, since I just can't leave well enough alone, why don't I wow you with my iPod "Gym" Playlist. It's not for the faint of heart.

  • Headsprung - LL Cool J / Rubber Doll - Lords of Acid / Gold Digger - Kanye West / Blow the Whistle - Too Short / Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz / Stupid Girl - Garbage  / Thunder - Nuttin But Stringz / Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani / Take the Power Back - Rage Against the Machine / Party Like a Rock Star - Shop Boyz

Now imagine how cool I look blaring that from my soccer mom SUV as I cruise around Orange County with my five-year-old doing errands. Very.


September 25, 2007

MamaPop Recommends: Kelly's Picks for September

Mprecs_2Recommended Song or Album: OK Computer by Radiohead. For me, this is where Radiohead really begins. I can live without Pablo Honey and I do love The Bends, but OK Computer was when they really started to stretch their legs artistically and we began to see the genius that lied behind Thom Yorke's wonky eye. As you may or may not know, Radiohead refuses for their albums to be sold on iTunes, as they feel that being able to listen to individual songs would diminish the work. That might sound like pretentious art crap, but I think they're totally in the right and who ever hears of artists putting their art above profit these days? Listen from beginning to end and let that experience wash over you. It's wonderful. Also, OK Computer celebrates the 10th anniversary of its release this year, which makes me feel kind of old...I should probably skip "Exit Music (for a film)," lest I get all suicidal.


September 24, 2007

Mamapop Recommends: Robyn's Picks For September

Mamapop_recommends_2Book/Magazine: I"ve been too busy playing on the internet to read a full book this month (so sad!), but I just got my new issue of Bust in the mail. Rockstar! Every feminist should be reading this magazine, as it has not just the political commentary of Ms. Magazine or Bitch, but the fashion sense of Sassy and Jane put together, minus the anorexic look of Cosmo and other such mags. Like I said, Rockstar.


MamaPop Recommends: Sweetney's Picks For September


Recommended Book: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. One of my favorite books of all time, I re-read it this month with our own Kelly (whose throat I practically forced it down). It's a story of epic family dysfunction composed of raucous humor and stunning pathos -- a virtuoso, and perhaps once-in-a-lifetime, work of brilliance.

The Corrections tells a spellbinding story with sexy comic brio, and evokes a quirky family akin to Anne Tyler's, only bitter. Franzen's great at describing Christmas homecomings gone awry, cruise-ship follies, self-deluded academics, breast-obsessed screenwriters, stodgy old farts and edgy Tribeca bohemians equally at sea in their lives, and the mad, bad, dangerous worlds of the Internet boom and the fissioning post-Soviet East.

You know those rare books that you postpone finishing simply because you don't want it to end? This is one of those. If you haven't read it, you should, and fast.


September 02, 2007

Mamapop Recommends: Izzy's Picks for August

Mprecs_2 Recommended Book - I recently watched an episode of True Hollywood Story on E! about rockstar wives (I LOVE THS) and when they came upon the topic of groupies, they interviewed 60's rock and roll groupie extraordinaire, Pamela Desbarres. It was then that I remembered and promptly re-read a most awesome book by DesBarres that I'd read awhile back called "I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie." It's a biography of her experience as a groupie, friend and lover to rock and roll's most famous names. It's an awesome book that hearkens  back to a  slightly less sleazy time in rock groupiedom. A must read for any girl who  has ever swooned over a rockstar!



MamaPop Recommends: Amalah's Picks for August


Recommended Song or Album: Oh. Come on. You know where this is going. $5 on iTunes gets you their EP, while a visit to What the Folk! will get you tons of freebies.

Recommended TV Show: Well. Fine. Considering tonight is the FotC season finale, I guess I'll have to go with Weeds. Like most of us around here, I'm just getting caught up with season one and trying to follow along with season two. I like. I like a lot.


Mamapop Recommends: Lena's Picks for August


Recommended Book - Waiting For Daisy - I'm a sucker for an infertility war story. Gripping and bittersweet, this book follows Peggy Orenstein's six year quest to have a child. "A tale of two continents, three religions, five infertility doctors, an Oscar, and her ultimate success in becoming a mother." 'Tis a quick read, yet a wild ride, and I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down. I may have actually picked it up Saturday morning with every intention of unloading the dishwasher and then, hello dinnertime! Maybe.

TV Show - Dexter - Why am I not hearing more buzz about this fantastically delicious Showtime show? Dexter is a forensic expert for the Miami police department, Homicide division. Oh, and he's also a serial killer. Two things you should know, though: 1) you will feel no remorse for his victims 2) you will probably very likely develop a crush on Dexter. Maybe even staring at the cover of your new DVD set and admiring his hotness before going to bed. Maybe.


September 01, 2007

MamaPop Recommends: Mrs. Davis's Picks for August

Mprecs_2 Recommended Song or Album: This new video from Jill Sobule -- "San Francisco" -- makes me incredibly happy.  She's one of my all-time favorite artists, and to see her working with Don Was makes me soooo happy for her.

Recommended Web Junk:  Have you been over to My Damn Channel?  That's where the Jill Sobule video (above) came from.  There's also lots of Andy Milonakis stuff there, and other great comedy and music.


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