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    • 8 out of 10
    • R.E.M.
    • In the long series of R.E.M.'s evolution, this album (finally?) showcases their ability to capture on tape what had been happening in the live for years: heartfelt, sweat-filled performances that just
  • Chicago Transit Authority

    • 10 out of 10
    • Chicago
    • For those of you who don't know, Chicago didn't always suck, and everyone in the band didn't always play a keyboard. When the band started off they were pioneers of rock and jazz fusion, and guita

  • Physical Graffiti

    • 10 out of 10
    • Led Zeppelin
    • This album bears every flavor of genius from the five records that came before. It is, I believe, the band's finest. With Physical Graffiti, Zep came raging back to their musical home territory -- har
  • The Stooges

    • 8 out of 10
    • The Stooges
    • Another pillar of my musical foundations, The Stooges' first album is one those records whose influence far outweighed its popularity. Like The Velvet Underground & Nico, hordes of people wh

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    • The Secret Machines' inaugural album, Now Here is Nowhere is both old and new in its sonic assault. The trio's surprisingly big sound evokes Pink Floyd (without ever sounding like any Pink

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Adult Humor, Geeky Pastimes, Bar Jokes and More

Note that all of the shows and podcasts I’ll be pointing out today contain adult language, humor, and other grown-up stuff. So mind your young-uns.

There’s lots of stuff that passes for adult humor these days. Punctuate a stale joke with a few expletives and suddenly you’ve got grown people wiping their eyes and peeing on themselves from laughter. Worse still, film someone whacking someone else with a 2x4 and that is somehow suppose to be funny. I guess people figure if it was funny when The Three Stooges faked it, it’s got to be really funny if they do it for real.

It may work like that for some people, but stupid stunts and foul language for the sake of foul language does nothing for me. That’s not to say that I disapprove of stupid stunts and foul language; nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone has done some stupid stuff before and even the most pious of nuns have said a few Hail Marys for at least thinking a few choice words in the heat of emotion, and all of that is chuckle fodder.

I also understand that there are some people who can’t help but pepper their speech with more than a few spicy words. It’s the way they talk, I get that, but for those folks it’s often that they are thought of as being less intelligent, which is not necessarily so.

Take the podcast, Man and Wife, which features Fatman Scoop and wife, Shanda. At first glance you might think the podcast is nothing more than a less than professional attempt at humor. Keep watching and I think you’ll find that your first impression was way off base.

Fatman and Shanda talk it up in Man and Wife

Fatman and Shanda talk about sex and a little bit of everything else. In the first episode, titled Indecent Proposal, the couple decide what their price would be if someone offered money to have sex with the other. Fatman ladles on the language like gravy on mashed potatoes while Shanda’s more restrained straight-man schtick makes the conversation all the more funny. Other episodes are equally funny and you can’t help downloading more just to see what the get into next.

Man and Wife: I’m a fan.

If you like your adult entertainment a bit more on the geeky side then try Geek Entertainment TV. Here the shows�cover all sorts of madness that will be of interest to geeks, nerds, eggheads, and anyone who thinks standing in line for a day to be the first to own new technology is not only worth it, it’s fun.

Host, Irina Slutsky, talks to the unknowns, the greats, and the wannabes and shows us all the geeky stuff happening in these United States. We’re talking deep-geek stuff too: chess championships, Segway Polo, Wii Fight Night, and more.

Violet Blue chats up Kyle in Geek Entertainment TV

Violet Blue, another reporter for GETV, also delivers the goods. One of my favorite episodes is the one where she interviews Kyle Machulis as they talk on and about a vibrating couch. It isn’t the subject matter that makes the episode oddly humorous, it’s Kyle, the consummate geek who is apparently enjoying his seven minutes of fame. You go Kyle.

Geek Entertainment TV has been around for a while and there are over 1000 episodes. Fortunately or unfortunately (you decide) only about 50 are available on the iTunes Store. But 50 is more than enough to get your geek on, so download a few episodes and check it out.

And last, but certainly not least, we have Two Guys Drinking At A Bar. A podcast featuring two guys, Paul Preston and Kevin Farley, sitting at a bar, drinking and telling jokes.

Paul and Kevin joke between beers in Two Guys At A Bar

Ok, this is something only an adult experienced at bar drinking, or at least have heard several "Two guys walk in a bar" jokes can appreciate. The episodes are short and there are only 10 of them -- OK, 10.5 of them,�but they are weird and funny. It might be best to have a few beers before watching. In fact, have at least two then fire up episode one.

Good stuff. Download Two Guys At A Bar at the iTunes Store.

Speaking of good stuff be sure to grab R.E.M.’s new video Living Well’s the Best Revenge. OK, it’s interesting stuff anyway. The song’s a good one. The video is shot with the group performing in a van or SUV and using a flashlight for lighting. No glitz, not CGI, no funky dance moves, just the band singing and playing. It’s raw and bohemian in quality, which is totally outside the norm and I liked it.

R.E.M.’s Living Well’s the Best Revenge video

Check it out.

That’s it for this week. Here’s some more free stuff at the iTunes Store:

Vern Seward is a writer who currently lives in Orlando, FL. He’s been a Mac fan since Atari Computers folded, but has worked with computers of nearly every type for 20 years.

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