Last Call: In awe of Queen at Live Aid, and in general

I wasn’t yet born when Live Aid took place, so in my mind it’s a sepia-toned example of music and idealism and the type of cultural unity we’ll never enjoy ever again (see also: Woodstock). But I did go see Bohemian Rhapsody last night—a record third movie in five days for me—and its portrayal of Queen’s performance…

Last Call: Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, and a book recommendation for better decision-making

I’m currently making my way through the book Thinking In Bets, from former professional poker player Annie Duke. It’s about a lot of things: Embracing uncertainty, decision bias, the pitfalls of Monday Morning Quarterbacking. If you’re fans of books like Factfulness, The Signal and the Noise, Thinking, Fast And Slow, …

Last Call: California politician indicted for spending campaign funds on tequila, fast food

Like me, you may have missed this gem during this week’s news onslaught, so let’s catch you up: Tuesday, the Department Of Justice indicted California Representative Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, on charges they illegally used campaign money to pay for personal expenses like dental work, travel, and—hold up—30…

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…