Pop My Culture
  • August28th

    Vanessa’s headband courtesy of the wonderful @dadalibrarian.

    Hello Culturepoppers! (Is that what we’re calling you now? PMCaesars? Pop My Culturevultures?) Vanessa and I are back and showered from the all-on media assault that is San Diego Comic Con International! This year, we attended Thursday through Saturday and this is our recap of the complete and utter madness we experienced whilst buried in Slave Leias, cranky fanboys and bible thumpers with megaphones at the Convention Center. All in all, a fabulous, yet exhausting time! My thoughts (Cole) are written in black here, while Vanessa’s crazy ramblings will be in red. So, here we go, panel by panel, party by party, pizza by pizza…

    Thursday, July 12th, 2012

    We arrived at our cruise ship party spot and embarked on a walk longer than Mordor to pick up our credentials around noon, and trudged over to the line for Hall H, the biggest room at the con (approximately 6000 people). I shivered as memories flashed back of a 6 hour waiting culminating in the infamous pen stabbing incident that barred me from getting in there two cons ago. As the room emptied out due to the Twilight panel being over, we were relieved to get in quickly for a day full of great panels, starting with…

    Walt Disney Studios: Frankenweenie, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Wreck-It Ralph
    PANELISTS: Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Rich Moore and surprise guests Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis

    MODERATOR: Chris Hardwick

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  • August27th

    Cole’s Indie Music Corner: Wild Nothing

    The sophomore release by Jack Tatum (a.k.a Wild Nothing) is a masterful throwback to 80s synth pop, with echoes of The Church and The Cure and a little dash of My Bloody Valentine shoegaze to boot. Improving upon his great debut Gemini, Nocturne is a a treat from start to finish — the record is full of constant highs, with the incredibly addictive title track Nocturne regularly rotating through my iPod as I drive around LA. There’s a certain breezy easiness with each of these tracks, dancing between mid-tempo and upbeat that creates a relaxing yet exhilarating listen. Nocturne officially releases tomorrow, August 28th, so download it as soon as it becomes available — you won’t be disappointed.

    Nocturne / Wild Nothing

  • August24th

    What do you get when you cross Stomp, Anything Goes (from Broadway), and The Artist?


    And yes, that IS Mr. Tyce “It’s Not Spelled Like The Cookie, God Damnit” Diorio on the left. He’s filling in for Karate Cole, who suffered some kind of minor injury that may or may not involve a chaffed chode.

    Tonight’s opening number was dedicated to Gene Kelly and his widow, who took time off from shooting her latest movie, “Basic Instinct 3: Even Basic-er” to be in the audience.

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  • August23rd

    Pop My Culture Podcast LIVE!

    Attention Los Angeles! We’re thrilled to be doing a live Pop My Culture Podcast at the brand spankin’ new RIOTLA Comedy Festival! The theme for this special live show is “Legends of Voice Acting” and will feature podcast favorite Rob Paulsen (Animaniacs! Pinky and the Brain! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!) and a panel of true legends of the voice acting world, to be announced soon! The show is just five bucks and may sell out in advance, so get your tickets ASAP! The details:

    Sunday, September 23rd, 5pm at the Five Stars Bar in Downtown Los Angeles
    Tickets and information: http://riotla.com/shows/pop-my-culuture.html

  • August21st

    Lake Bell interview on Pop My Culture podcast

    Lake Bell (“Childrens Hospital,” “It’s Complicated”) chats with Cole and Vanessa about the Spice Girls Reunion, the Elton John/Madonna feud, Ghost Pennies, stripper pole attacks, In a World, No Strings Attached, Meryl Streep, cars, Summer’s Eve, directing TV and film, Nathan Fillion’s hair, Civil War Hospitals, Elizabeth Meriwether, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, American Flag onesies, and Cole’s weird weird random Alien fear.

    Leave your answer to the Firsts question (the first paranormal experience you ever had) on our website for a chance to win a Childrens Hospital Seasons 1 & 2 DVD signed by Lake!

    Freshly Popped


    Lake Bell with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland. Cole is wearing his Bonobos shirt!

    Signed Childrens Hospital DVD by Lake Bell

  • August19th

    It’s been two weeks since we last saw each other, but the mini-hiatus is over and I’m back with another recap of So You Think You Can Dance! Tonight’s show will be a tribute to still-alive-but-does-this-mean-she’s-dying-or-what choreographer Mia Michaels, and four more dancers will be destined to a life of county fair appearances and emotional overeating. Hurray!

    Mother Nature Cat introduces the guest judges: two dudes “all the way from Britain” (nevermind that of the four judges and host, only Mary is American) who call themselves the Ballet Boyz. That’s Boyz with a Z, yo! We be straight ballin’ up in this joint! Check out these hardcore muthafuckas!


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