Sunday, July 31

Did You Know: The Rolling Stones Sang About Rice Krispies?


Back in the early 1960s, the Rolling Stones were just an up and coming band out of England. But that didn't stop Rice Krispies from contacting the rockers to record a jingle about Snap, Crackle and Pop. The song, which was likely recorded in 1963 or 1964, has a lick so hot you might burn your ears just listening to it. Sing it, Mick!

Saturday, July 30

Jeremy Lin Stars in Space Jam 3 Spoof


Space Jam 2 featuring LeBron James isn't even out yet, but we've already got a threequel to the series. Ryan Higa teamed up with Jeremy Lin to release Space Jam 3, which isn't so much a sequel to the sequel as it is an homage to anime. Either way, Lin shows off his acting chops, and hey, if Space Jam 2 ends up flopping, maybe Lin can expect a call. Stranger things have happened.

Friday, July 29

Hey! With Seth Meyers - A Message To Bernie-Or-Bust Diehards


Hey! Bernie Sanders supporters are a feisty bunch. But Seth Meyers has a reality check for y'all. He reminds us that voting for a write-in or third-party candidate won't end as well as you'd think, and suggests that perhaps all these folks skipped history class. Well, class is in session, and Professor Meyers is lecturing HARD.

Tuesday, July 26

Michelle Obama Joins Carpool Karaoke


It would be just dandy if the Obamas didn't have to leave the White House. But that time will come, and soon. Let's hope they keep doing things like this. Watch Michelle Obama sing karaoke with James Corden, and don't be too shocked when special guest Missy Elliott joins the fray, as well. Good stuff.

Sunday, July 24

Mumford & Sons Take On Blink-182


Earlier this month, Blink-182 released California, their first album in five years. Mumford & Sons, for one, are really digging the last track on the CD, a simple joke track entitled "Brohemian Rhapsody." The quartet ditch their banjos and don some pop-punk apparel instead, as they mime the song to delightful effect.

Of course, that doesn't sit well with Mark, Matt and Travis, who come in to voice their discontent. Oh well, can't please 'em all.

Tuesday, July 19

Charles Tillman Retires with Delightful Goodbye Video

Charles Tillman announced his retirement on Twitter, and did so in perhaps the best way an athlete ever has. In 13 seasons in the NFL (12 with the Chicago Bears, and last year with the Carolina Panthers), Tillman perfected the "Peanut Punch," where he'd literally punch the ball out of an opponent's hand in order to force a fumble. He ended up with 44 career forced fumbles in his career, to go along with 38 interceptions.

To celebrate the news, Tillman made a video of himself punching every day items out of people's hands. His daughter's donut isn't safe, for example, and neither is the remote control his wife is using to watch TV. It's delightful, and a fitting way for a class act to go out. Thanks for the memories, Peanut.  


Monday, July 18

Craig Sager's ESPY Speech Ranks Among the Greats


In 1993, Jim Valvano delivered one of the best speeches the world has ever seen. If you haven't been fortunate enough to witness it, you need to check it out. Valvano was suffering from cancer at the time, but his positive, heartfelt words were simply inspiring. 

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance is awarded during the ESPYs to honor those who, in Jimmy V's words himself, "don't ever give up." This year, the recipient was Craig Sager, who's undergone treatment for three separate occurrences of leukemia. He's remained positive and spirited throughout an immensely challenging time. His acceptance speech was no different – do yourself a favor and watch this. It'll brighten your day.

Thursday, July 14

Chance the Rapper Honors Muhammad Ali with Tribute Song During ESPYs



The ESPYs were last night, and Chicago hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper stole the show with his tribute to Muhammad Ali. He debuted a new song during the awards ceremony, a soulful number complete with backing gospel chorus.

"I was a rock and roller back in my day/but now I'm just a rock," Chance sings over the chorus. Coupled with sound bytes of Ali, this is a very touching tribute. Enjoy.

Friday, July 8

Locally Sourced Joey Episode 32: Sibling Bonding with Jocelyn and Chris Arndt




It's been a hot minute since an episode of Locally Sourced Joey, but we're back! And with substandard audio quality since my portable studio (aka an echo-y room) does not have good sound. But, as always, the conversation is riveting, and that's the most important thing.

In this episode, Joey is joined by brother/sister rocker duo Jocelyn and Chris Arndt. Their new album Edges is fantastic, and they're cool people to boot. The three chat about the essentials to bring on a tour, the strangest gigs they've played, and the best activities you can only partake in during the summer. Listen along, won't you?

Tuesday, July 5

Three-Legged Race on the Late Show


Sometimes life throws a question at us, and it's our duty to do our best to answer it. The Late Show recently stumbled upon such a question: which of the following can be completed in the shortest amount of time? – beating Super Mario Bros. 3, running a 4x400 relay, or cooking and eating a hot pocket. Stephen Colbert aims to find that out, with a little guest help from Ian Eagle, competitive speed-runner Mitch Fowler, and the Columbia men's relay team. Enjoy.

Saturday, July 2

Lumbersexuals Unite: It's Time to Get Jacked


When you think of a lumberjack, what do you picture? There's likely some plaid involved, and of course a beard. And he'll usually have an axe over his shoulder. But there's a difference between what you're picturing – a lumbersexual – and an actual lumberjack.

Fortunately, the makers of Dinty Moore® stew are here to set us all straight. There's more to being a lumberjack than simply looking the part. It takes the right training to perform the intense maneuvers that lumberjacks have to do, from axe throwing to wood chopping to crosscut sawing. There are competitions all over the world, and to take home the top prize, you've gotta be prepared.

One of those competitions is the STIHL Timbersports Series U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championships on July 15th in Chicago, sponsored by the makers of Dinty Moore® stew. Led by professional lumberjack Adrian Flygt (word on the street is that his resume is written on the handle of an axe), Hormel Foods Dinty Moore® stew is putting a team of lumbersexuals together, transforming them into might lumberjacks.

Adrian is...not encouraged by early results.

This is the face of a man looking at a log that's still fully intact.

But with enough training, the Moore Jacks just might make it after all. Of course, they'll need the right diet plan, and that includes a hearty dose of Hormel Foods Dinty Moore® stew. Since the first step of becoming a lumberjack is eating like one – and I just shaved, so I need to do something right – I picked up some Dinty Moore Hearty Meals® Beef Stew. It's got enough packed into it to put a dent in any surface.

Literally crushing a bed. Amazing.

The best part is that it actually tastes good, too, and despite eating it several hours ago, I still feel full. The makers of Dinty Moore® stew want you to get in on the lumberjack fun, too, and there are plenty of ways to do so: for starters, check out the landing page and see what kind of shenanigans the lumbersexuals are getting up to. Be sure to follow along on Twitter with the #MooreJacks hashtag, watch some video action on YouTube, and take this BuzzFeed quiz to find out what percent lumbersexual you are. I'm 30 percent, which doesn't make me a lumbersexual, but rather "just a guy." Very inspiring. Time to eat some more Dinty Moore Hearty Meals® Beef Stew.

Heartier than a love song.

For my beard-sporting, plaid-wearing, axe-wielding friends, I look forward to hearing about your lumbersexual adventures. The rest of you, better start training – or at least training your stomach.