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‘We had more fun making that movie': The Blues Brothers sequel remains a favorite for Steve Cropper

‘We had more fun making that movie': The Blues Brothers sequel remains a favorite for Steve Cropper

Blues Brothers 2000, the belated sequel to 1980’s blockbuster Blues Brothers, wouldn’t be as heralded as the first — and that’s in no small way because original star John Belushi was gone. Yet, Steve Cropper might just have better memories the second time around.

One Track Mind: Morrissey, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” from 25Live (2013)

One Track Mind: Morrissey, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” from 25Live (2013)

The decades have changed everything about this song. Once a paean, at least for me, of youth-bound angst — about dreams deferred for the drudgery (the tragedy!) of homework — it’s now shot through with real regret.

Books: Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground (2013)

Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground, edited by Matthew Chojnacki, highlights some of the best millennial poster art inspired by classic films.

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers: Live (2013)

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers: Live (2013)

Getting the old gang back together after more than decade to record a studio album was one thing for Deep Purple. The true test of the Mark II edition’s newfound musical camaraderie would be found on the concert trail.

Movies that, well, suck: Top 10 Vampire Films

Movies that, well, suck: Top 10 Vampire Films

Vampires have admittedly had a bad run as of late, with the original mythology of these creatures of the night having sunken into downright pathetic territory.

The Police, Talking Heads, the Velvet Underground, Television, the Stooges, MC5, Blondie – CBGB (2013)

The irony, of course, was that Hilly Kristal originally wanted to open a roots-rocking Bowery bar — thus, the name: CBGB, which stood for “country, bluegrass and blues.” Lucky for us, that’s not how it turned out.

Lists: Alfred Hitchcock’s best blondes, from Ingrid Bergman to Grace Kelly to Janet Leigh

“Sex on the screen should be suspenseful,” Alfred Hitchcock told François Truffaut. “If sex is too blatant or obvious, there’s no suspense.

Bryan Ferry – Live in Lyon (2013)

Bryan Ferry – Live in Lyon (2013)

Bryan Ferry’s witty combining of art-rock musical constructions, post-modern lyrical detachment and Sinatra-esque couture can be subsumed at times by his unfocused career choices.

Peter Gabriel – Live in Athens 1987 (2013)

Peter Gabriel – Live in Athens 1987 (2013)

A long-awaited artifact, Live in Athens 1987 corrects the period-piece wrongs of Peter Gabriel’s original film from the So tour — eliminating the edited-in backstage footage that slowed 1990’s P.O.V.

Appreciations: Hayao Miyazaki, celebrated animator, director, writer and artist

As I started to think about what I wanted to say about the retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, my mind fell rather clumsily on the disputed quote said to about Alexander the Great about having “no more worlds to conquer.”