Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Happy Birthday Dave Grohl Edition


Today is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s 46th birthday. I’ve been a fan of Dave for as long as I can remember and it seems like the rest of the world has caught up with me given the seeming ubiquitous popularity of the Foo Fighters generally and Grohl specifically. He honestly just seems like a solid dude. I often said that I have little desire to meet most celebrities that I like out of fear that they would be a disappointment, but I would make an exception for Grohl. I’m pretty confident that what you see is what you get with him, and what you see is all sorts of awesome. I’m pretty giddy that I’m finally going to see him perform live this year and the concert isn’t even until July. That’s a lot of giddiness seven months ahead of time. I’m even going into the belly of the beast – Fenway Park – to see him. If that doesn’t denote commitment, I don’t know what does.

So I’m dedicating this week’s pop culture roundup to the celebration of Grohl’s birth. 46 years ago, the world became a little cooler. Put on your favorite Foo Fighters or Nirvana song in his honor and get caught upon all the pop culture that you might have missed in the last seven days. It’s what Dave would want you to do. 🙂

  • The beginning of the end…..


  • Late Night with Seth Myers had a special guest in the audience:



  • Here’s Matthew McConaughey audition tape for Dazed and Confused:


  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese got together to do an ad for a casino:






Time to take a break for some trailers….

  • New Avengers:


  • Better Call Saul:


  • New Comedy Central series, This is Not Happening:


  • Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Spy:


  • A trailer for a new The Venture Bros. special:


  • Season two of Penny Dreadful:


  • Unfriended on MTV:


  • A new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer:


  • iZombie on CW:


  • House of Cards season 3:


  • A trailer for the new Sons of Anarchy video game:


  • The Last Man on Earth:


  • A new season of Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver:


  • This infographic shows that the girls on Girls couldn’t afford their lifestyles.


  • Liam Neeson played a pretty great prank on Maggie Grace’s ex-boyfriend:


  • Macklemore dropped by Sesame Street:


  • This Instagram photo has sparked speculation that Beyoncé is pregnant:


  • Kelly Clarkson dropped a new single:


  • Someone hijacked a LA traffic sign for a noble purpose:


As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts……

  • A Clockwork Orange in Grand Theft Auto:



  • For no apparent reason, here’s Beyoncé mashed up with the Night Court theme:


  • Think all country music sounds the same? This mashup makes a strong case for that argument:


  • The MacGyver into without music is just weird:


  • Here’s an hour of Angela Lansbury having epiphanies on Murder, She Wrote:


  • A supercut tribute to Ben Wyatt’s butt on Parks and Recreation:


  • And finally, here’s the Bruno Mars/Macho Man Randy Savage mashup that you didn’t know you needed but will now wonder how you lived without it: