What are some good pop culture blogs?
November 18, 2004 4:37 AM   Subscribe

What are some good pop culture blogs? I'm looking for some good writers who like to riff on anything and everything: music, movies, books, random pop-sociology articles, etc.; people who aren't breathlessly following the latest reality show but also who aren't trying to show off their fanboy Pitchfork-esque indie creds. The less politics, the better. Bonus points for people who do more original stuff and less meme-o'-the-day crap and for people with a wicked sense of humor.
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posted by soundofsuburbia at 5:04 AM on November 18, 2004

The left side of Low Culture is almost always good for a laugh.
posted by shawnj at 5:26 AM on November 18, 2004

Lileks has gotcha covered. He does occasionally veer into politics, but usually gives fair warning that it's coming.
posted by baltimore at 5:47 AM on November 18, 2004

I like Defective Yeti - there's a little politics in there sometimes but it never gets 'ranty'.
posted by john-paul at 5:50 AM on November 18, 2004

No Rock and Roll Fun
posted by ascullion at 5:58 AM on November 18, 2004

NancyNall.com is a lot of fun. Nancy is a great writer, especially little blurby things like blog-length entries. She also frequents the blue section (but I have no idea what her nom de web is...).
posted by jpburns at 6:09 AM on November 18, 2004

A lot of people I know seem to really like whatevs althought I don't really follow the whole pop culture thing.
posted by revgeorge at 6:15 AM on November 18, 2004

I'm a big fan of Scrubbles.net
posted by ssmith at 6:30 AM on November 18, 2004

Stereogum is good for music and TV. For comics and geek related stuff, The Beat is good and Die Puny Humans 'snot bad either. Cool Hunting might be of some interest too. Oh and there's always Glassdog.
posted by Hartster at 7:06 AM on November 18, 2004

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posted by carter at 7:26 AM on November 18, 2004

Glorious Noise is good for music stuff--reviews, articles, and a discussion board section. Generally tends to cover indie rock, with all original material. Johnny Loftus watches the abomniable awards shows so that you don't have to. Occasionally, the boards will veer off into politics, in which case the membership leans about the same way as MeFi.
posted by LionIndex at 7:56 AM on November 18, 2004

Pop Culture Junk Mail, run by our own GaelFC.
posted by Vidiot at 8:14 AM on November 18, 2004

If you can get over Nick Denton, I happen to like both Defamer [Hollywood] and Gawker [NYC] (although it's a lot worse after Spiers and Sicha left)

Television Without Pity is great for TV nerds as well.
posted by fet at 9:14 AM on November 18, 2004

The most poppy culture blog I know is the one setup for that VH1 show, "best week ever." It's kind of like a b-level Daily Show, in blog form, which they film jokes about once a week, sampling heavily from the blog. The blog becomes the script for the show each week.
posted by mathowie at 9:18 AM on November 18, 2004

Stereogum has been mentioned already (and he helps out on Best Week Ever, which Mathowie mentioned.) Also, Whatevs for the poppest of pop and gossipest of gossip, Catchdubs for incomprehensible hip hop slang and lots of bulleted links, S/FJ for the pretentious take on things, and Burned By The Sun ain't half bad, though updating far less frequently than once upon a time, sadly.
posted by TTIKTDA at 9:38 AM on November 18, 2004

You might enjoy Culture by Connection. The writer and sometime anthropologist gets pretty into the nitty-gritty of our culture. Case in point, a recent analysis of "The Incredibles" and the changing nature of animation, complete with citations and references. Canadian, so YMMV.
posted by pants at 11:25 AM on November 18, 2004

If niche pop culture is OK, I gotta give a shout out to Broadway Stars.
posted by bjennings at 6:18 PM on November 18, 2004

I am biased , but let me put a plug in for A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago (or ALOTTFMA) for all things pop culture.
posted by alexg23 at 1:42 PM on November 19, 2004

The Human Flower Project

reporting on everything from Day of the Dead ceremonies to protest flowers in the Ukraine, Japanese chrysanthemum sculptors to digitalized mandalas of dahlias, xeriscape snobs, etc..
posted by Julie at 11:45 AM on November 28, 2004

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