Last Call: You should read Michael Pollan’s book on psychedelics and listen to Dinosaur Jr.

Michael Pollan has a new book out, and it’s not about eating plants or how pollination works. It’s about tripping balls, man! (Okay, Pollan would really object to that characterization.) The book, whose full title is How To Change Your Mind: What The New Science Of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying,…

Last Call: Watch “Dancing In The Street” sans music and listen to David Lee Roth sans band

I don’t know how or why I came across this video today, but like a ’90s chain letter, now I must share it. It’s the music video for David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s 1985 song “Dancing In The Street,” but with the music removed. It’s awkward, hilarious, and worth 3 minutes of your time. [Kate Bernot]

Last Call: Patti Smith on “Because The Night,” 40 years later 

Regular readers of Last Call will know that The Takeout collectively shares a great affection for Bruce Springsteen, but we all know it’s Patti Smith who rules their collaborative hit, “Because The Night,” turning 40 this year. This Billboard oral history of the song is pretty great. My favorite gem: Smith at first…

For “Weird Al” Yankovic, “Eat It” was both a hit song and a creative mantra

There’s no denying that “Weird Al” Yankovic has been a fixture of American popular culture for the last four decades and counting, thanks to his rich catalog of pop song parodies, artist-specific style pastiches, thematically-layered polka medleys, and supremely underrated original compositions. The accordion-clad…

The A.V. Club drinks the new Toadies beer, stumbles all over Possum Kingdom

When the Toadies’ best and most successful record, Rubberneck, came out in 1994, it probably seemed impossible that one day, 21 years later, the group would have its own beer. And yet, here we are, with Fort Worth, Texas’ Martin House Brewing Company having teamed with the group to produce Bockslider, a beer it touts…

Game Of Thrones vies with Iron Maiden and Guided By Voices in a contest of beers

By now we are as well versed in Game Of Thrones beer as some are in the fantasy series itself, with Brewery Ommegang continuing to release new editions of tie-in beverages at a rate that has surely left George R.R. Martin jealous, wondering why he can’t just write beers instead of books. So for this fourth chapter of…

We let GWAR spew its vaping fluids all over our puny lungs

With “vape” culture on the rise (It’s the Word Of The Year!), everyone is looking to get in on the vape game—both on Earth and, it turns out, in the farthest reaches of outer space. Yes, even the interstellar metal aliens of GWAR have their own vaporizer line now, all in keeping with their utter contempt for humanity.…