Michael E Hartigan

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I’d really like to check this out. Um, where’s that .zip file, again?

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September 13, 2012 on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012

Answer: Nobody.

If we’ve learned anything from watching 4+ seasons of Breaking Bad, it’s that Walter always comes out on top. All Hail the King!

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August 29, 2012 on Breaking Bad S05E07: “Say My Name, Say My Name”

Whoa. Did someone already mention this, or am I the first one to note the movie that Mike is watching while Hank and the boys are searching his house (sorry don’t have time to try and find out the movie’s title) shows a scene where a cop has committed suicide?

I think we’re on to something.

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August 29, 2012 on Breaking Bad S05E07: “Say My Name, Say My Name”

Makes me so glad I stopped reading the Weekly a long time ago, and yet still ashamed to be an L.A. resident.

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August 27, 2012 on LA Weekly’s 20 Worst Hipster Bands

Somebody needs to pull a Cathy Smith on this guy soon.

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August 23, 2012 on Duh Aficionado Magazine: The World Is Full Of Monsters And Russel Brand Is One Of Them

Whoa. My bad. Didn’t know there was so much love for corporate marketing strategies.

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July 13, 2012 on The 10 Best Comic Book Movie Soundtracks

Bullshit category. Bullshit list. Come on.

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July 11, 2012 on The 10 Best Comic Book Movie Soundtracks

Lane, like a great deal of the characters in the show, want a piece of Don. They want to be considered part of his posse, as it were. And in Lane’s case, he couldn’t let Don know about his failings, for fear that Don would cast him out (which is exactly what happened). I think if Lane had landed in some other agency in America, he might not have been so reticent to leave and go back to the U.K. When he first showed up in the show, it was established that he came here so that he could redeem himself in the eyes of his superiors back home. But it was being caught up in the excitement that was Don Draper that made him love New York, and to say yes to starting the new agency.
I think that even if Lane did have another legitimate job on the table, he might have gone the same way when faced with his firing from SCDP.
What I can’t help noticing (and probably neither can Don), is that this is not the first man to hang himself after getting the brush-off from Dick Whitman.

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June 8, 2012 on Mad Men: Everybody Hurts

Spoiler alert

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June 8, 2012 on Mad Men: Everybody Hurts

I want to be picked up by Jen Turner. She probably wouldn’t tweet about it if she did.

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May 17, 2012 on Here We Go Magic Just Picked Up A Hitchhiking John Waters

I have to take issue with those who are complaining about the lack of characters evolving on this show. This episode, I think, was a significant one in terms of Don’s character. I mean, Don Draper getting all excited about Howard Johnson’s? Orange Sherbet? Clearly this was Don trying to share his childhood memories with her, without being able to say so, because he is Don Draper, and it is 1966, and because he probably isn’t even aware that this is what he is doing. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this was him putting himself out there for Megan, even just a tiny bit.

Since Don is used to being able to convince people what their tastes should be, he is sure that he will be able to show his foreign wife an Americana wonderland at the HoJo, and have her go nuts with glee over the fact of him sharing himself with her. So when she rejects it, because she has no associations with the place or the food, and because she (as well as the audience) mistakes his enthusiasm for bully-ing, he takes it as double insult…to his taste-making acumen, as well as to his childhood. That’s why he flips out and leaves her…well, that and her ‘go call YOUR mom’ crack.

So, for the tiny step forward he takes, now we get the inevitable giant steps backward. Of course, he’s going to ditch her, he’s just had his childhood self slapped in the face and he must retreat back into the only mode he is comfortable with: that of the secretive loner. But then he relents, and he goes back for her. That I think is pretty telling of where he is. There was plenty of time left in the episode for him to take that room key and go upstairs with the next available woman to walk into the diner. Any previous season, he probably would have.

I really enjoyed this episode, and I think it epitomized what’s great about this show: compelling (and compellingly flawed) characters who keep having to learn the same lessons over and over again, and whose interactions are every bit as random and bizarre as those we encounter all the time.

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April 26, 2012 on Mad Men: Orange Sherbet You Glad I Didn’t Say LSD?

When I saw ‘I am trying to break your heart’ in the theater, I already owned all of Wilco’s albums, and felt that YHF was the natural progression of a great band into making it’s masterpiece. Like I’m sure the vast majority of the audience, I was on Jeff Tweedy’s side when he argued with Jay Bennett, not knowing until it played on-screen that Bennett would be fired.

Jay Bennett comes across in the film, as I recall, as a sort of irritating personality. Were I to have to deal with him, I thought, I’d want to get rid of him, too.

But, many years later, when the news of Jay Bennett’s death broke, the blogosphere seemed to come overwhelmingly to his defense. I reconsidered my opinion of Mr. Bennett, especially in light of the fact that, after buying only one more CD after YHF, I found myself no longer interested in Wilco’s music.

But Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a record I hold dear. And, I believe Jay Bennett gets as much credit for its genius as anybody else involved. Which is why it is heartbreaking that he died having filed suit against Tweedy and Wilco in an attempt to claim royalties from that record so that he could pay for treatment of the condition that ended up killing him.

I don’t mean any disrespect to Jeff Tweedy. I think he’s a great musician, and one of the great songwriters of our time. I guess I just wonder how he looks on that film and his relationship with Bennett.

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April 23, 2012 on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Turns 10

Let ’em In – the first Paul McCartney song I ever heard, I think even before the Beatles. I was a toddler, I think, so it left a huge impression.

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April 19, 2012 on Win A Paul McCartney RAM Deluxe Edition Box Set

ELO – “Yours Truly, 2095″

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April 6, 2012 on Win A $400 Logitech UE Air Speaker

Genesis – “Supper’s Ready”

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March 22, 2012 on Win SOL Republic HD Headphones And Earphones

Grimes – ‘Oblivion’ (that goes for the video, too, in case that ends up being a contest)

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March 16, 2012 on Win A Sonos Play:3 Styled By Hisham Bharoocha

“I’m not sure what took so long.”

The demise of the Republican party is what took so long.

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March 9, 2012 on Peter Gabriel Pulls Tune From Rush Limbaugh

Bass flanger…the only effect pedal I ever used. (I am a bass player)

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March 8, 2012 on Win A DigiTech iStomp Stompbox

Goodbye Blue Sky

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March 1, 2012 on Win A $200 Pink Floyd The Wall Prize Pack

I have to applaud all the ridiculing that this picture has generated. And I totally agree with all of the trashing. However, I have to give props to Kate Hudson for being cool enough to go out in public wearing the best fucking shoes ever invented. Vibram five fingers!!


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February 1, 2012 on Kate Hudson Spotted With The New Mr. Cool Disguise