I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx


by Anthony Galli
Nov. 21, 2014

Memory Vague is the sound of the future lamenting its past.

Possibilities thwarted, opportunities squandered, potential wasted, connections missed.

Or…Memory Vague is the sound of the past mourning its future. A last look at all those things that never are meant to be.

Memory Vague bypasses the present altogether, constructing its identity with ghosts and fragments from glimpses of another age. It hints that it may launch into an unexpected celebration at any time, but reconsiders its position and, instead, mulls over its former glories and failures...

Anthony Galli currently lives in Athens, Georgia. He shares a birthday with his black cat, Magic, and they both claim Wings of Desire as their favorite film. Anthony has published two books of poetry, Amnesia for Insomniacs and Invisible Idiot.

by Cory Vielma
Nov. 21, 2014
The legendary German live-music TV show Beat Club ended its run on December 9, 1972. Newly christened as Musikladen, the show picked up exactly where it left off with its first episode running a mere four days later. All told, Musikladen would end up running 12 years, with its 90th (and final) episode appearing November 29, 1984. In its 12 years, an incredible number of performers would grace its stage, from the top acts of the day to bands whose only point of reference today is their appearance on the show. Together, Musikladen and Beat Club had a huge impact on how music is presented on television, not just in Germany but in the rest of the world. If you are old enough to remember the early days of MTV, think about how often they played clips labeled “Closet Classics”— a hefty chunk of those videos were actually just clips from Musikladen or Beat Club. This is also interesting because I would posit that MTV and the rise of the music video were at least partially responsible for the demise of Musikladen, but more on that later.

Early in Musikladen’s history it seemed that while the show was trying to keep going with what it had built as Beat Club, they had also made small changes to set it apart. Anyone familiar with (the later years of) Beat Club knows that they embraced emerging video effect technologies whole-heartedly and were by no means shy...

Cory Vielma is an American musician, photographer and occasional guy who strings words together, based in Berlin. Under the name The Sadnesses, he has released several records and has had the pleasure of writing for such great publications as SF WeeklyGreencine.com and Si Señor Journalism Compendium. His love of music and film runs so deep that it has permanently altered his DNA and given him the ability to smell time and taste rhumbas. Additionally, he is very fond of a good veggie burger with fries and a side of mustard.

by Chris Martin
Nov. 18, 2014
Adult Swim, the late night sub-channel that has been consistently gathering momentum and cultural significance for the last 10 years is an anomaly in the stagnated medium of visual broadcasting. We may be in a golden age of television in the sense that some stellar shows are being produced now that would be unthinkable even fifteen years ago, but the medium as a means of distribution is in dire straits, particularly regarding any specific channels sense of identity. The occupational reality show has infected and enveloped at least 6 cable networks over the last two or three seasons like a digital, slice-of-life kudzu. Whatever originally made Discovery, History, Arts and Entertainment, and the Learning Channel unique has been omitted for something safe and bankable in an age when television is a rapidly atrophying business model. Adult Swim has successfully defied this programming homogeny and has retained and impressive sense of cultural identification...
Christopher Martin recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in English and a specialization in Film Studies. Shockingly, he is currently underemployed. In his free time Chris likes to read old science fiction novels, enjoy what little nightlife Western Massachusetts has to offer, and watch as many films as possible. He also spends too much time on Tumblr.

by Lindsay Long
Nov. 14, 2014
Over the course of Patti Smith’s prolific career she has used the stage not only as a platform for creative self-expression but also to advocate and pay homage to the fellow artists and musicians who have inspired her along the way. Since forming her own band in the early seventies, the poetess has performed countless concerts around the globe. It is safe to assume that no two shows have ever been the same. Fusing poetry, spoken word, and driving rhythms into a totally unique and unprecedented experience has been Patti’s gig since the beginning...
Currently holdin’ it down in the dirty south city of Atlanta, Network Awesome contributor Lindsay can be found frequenting house parties, punk rock shows, seedy thrift stores, or glued to her computer screen unearthing the endless gems today's internet offers. A self-proclaimed fan of all things vintage, including the nudie mags of yesteryear, she possesses an insatiable appetite for anything visually mind-blowing or just totally tasteless. Notorious B.I.G. sums her up best with a line from ‘Gimme the Loot': ”Dangerous. Crazier than a bag of f*@#$%g angel dust.”

by Nathaniel Ketcham
Nov. 13, 2014
The film Cherry 2000 puts forth the bold, startling statement that it is better for a man to be a female superhero’s sidekick than to be in love with a submissive “female” sex robot. I came into the movie unsure if this was the case. Whenever confronted with the necessity of choosing one as better or more important than the other I, like most people, had no strong feelings either way. “To each their own,” I thought. Well, no longer! Cherry 2000 has me completely convinced. I’m saying it loud and proud…it is MUCH better to be the sidekick of a female superhero!
Nathan Ketcham is a near recluse currently hiding in Detroit, Michigan. He spends way too much time in front of the TV treating very trashy horror films very, very seriously. Until someone pays for his PhD in Media Studies/Cultural Criticism (feel free to recommend a program to him) or he overcomes his laziness long enough to finish a book length, scholarly analysis of art films that failed, you can find some of his less-than-serious horror film suggestions and impromptu writing at his annually expanding Halloween blog: https://30daysofhorror.wordpress.com.