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Jon Chattman has been a writer and blogger for over 15 years, specializing in film, television and especially music. His online A-Sides entertainment series, which debuted in August 2011, has garnered praise for its informal setting, its host's interview style, and has been a “must” destination for rising musicians and established artists including fun, Alice Cooper, Echosmith, American Authors, Bastille, Billy Corgan, Mikky Ekko, Courtney Love, Perry Farrell, Imagine Dragons, Air Supply, Feist, Dispatch, Gary Clark, Jr., Sleigh Bells, Joe Perry, and Alice Cooper.

Chattman has authored the following pop culture and sports-centric books: Time Heels (Pitch Publishing, 2014), How the Red Sox Explain New England (Triumph Books, 2013), Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story (Triumph, 2012), A Battle Royal in the Sky (Pitch Publishing, 2012), and I Love the Red Sox, I Hate the Yankees (Triumph, 2011). Those books were follow-ups to 2009's Sweet 'Stache, (Adams Media) and 2006's Rock On!.

His writing has also appeared in The New York Post, Wizard, Ultimate Marvel Magazine, the Danbury News Times, and TV Guide to name a few. Chattman has also owned and operated thecheappop.com pop culture humor and interview site since 2005.

In addition to his writing experience, Chattman promotes live music and comedy events in and around Westchester County, NY and New York City. He has also had several of his photographs published. In 2012, he created Pop Goes the Culture, a zany Westchester-based variety and awards show honoring all walks of pop life from The Magic Gardens Gary Gnu to Andrew W.K.

Chattman was selected as one of the “Rising Stars – Westchester’s Forty Under Forty” by The Business Council of Westchester in 2011.

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The Return of "5 For Fighting...," Cover-on-Demand with Matt Sucich, and Banta Video Premiere

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 3:22 PM

It's been several months since A-Sides ran its signature series (not necessarily signature by the way) with John Ondrasik AKA Five for Fighting. Between the daily grind of everyday life and the holidays, we sort of lost touch with the one-man army of hits and poignant songs.Thankfully, the singer/songwriter has no hard feelings, and we're back to where we should be... here's "5 for Fighting with..." Five for Fighting: February 2016 edition.

John, it's been quite awhile since our last segment. Describe in length how much you've missed talking to me and what you've been doing to kill time between these interviews.
Dating Mr. B-Sides.

Burn. How many New Years resolutions have you broken already?
None...I have:

1. Hit the gym every morning at 5:00
2. Lost 10 pounds
3. Read War and Peace
4. Climbed Machu Picchu
5. Stopped using "LOL"
6. Learned French
7. Forgot French
8. Ran a Marathon
9. Flew in a Hot Air Balloon...

I'm also running for President.

Describe the current political race.
A liar, a socialist, and a clown go into a bar...

You've been on the road a bit - what are your next plans in music, and on an unrelated note, this Saturday?
Symphony Shows/Piano w/Quartet Shows/Various Key Note Talk Concerts/Two Musicals/Co Writes/Blah Blah Blah...I did co-write a song for Jordan Smith, winner of The Voice that will be coming on his record. I'm disappointed in you, if it's Saturday and it's hockey season, you know where I'll be.

Truth. Lastly, in Adele's "Hello" she's calling from "the other side." Is this a Star Wars reference?
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"ADELE, I AM YOUR FATHER!"

Thanks John. Now I can tag Adele and Star Wars and get some more hits.


COVER-ON-DEMAND Matt Sucich is a prolific singer/songwriter who hails from Prince Akeem land AKA Queens. Last year, he dropped a bunch of singles and compiled it into an album entitled Stripping For The Blind/A Short Form Collection of Songs. A full A-Sides interview and performance will "air" later this month, but for now enjoy Sucich in our sub-series "cover-on-demand" in which he puts his own personal spin on a Counting Crows tune.


Video Premiere
A-Sides doesn't premiere music videos often, but when I/we do it's usually for good reason. Below is the new vid from LA indie band Banta for their single "Someday." The song is off their full-length debut album Dark Charms, which drops April 15 (urgh! tax day!) The video, directed by Justin Bauer , is just as striking as the song, which comes off as very Stevie Nicks to me, and melikey. Of the video, lead singer Sharaya Mikael, said, "I've been a fan of Justin Bauer's visual art for sometime. We were very excited that he wanted to work with us. He doesn't typically direct music videos, so this was a fun experiment on all sides.
I feel like he was able to visually capture the essence of the song, in this tension of waiting for the next thing, but it never really seems to get there quick enough. Its a bit of a tease."

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The Mighty Tor - Miller Breaks Out with "Carter and Cash"

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 12:36 PM

Now, I walked this line right next to you
With every step, the closer that we'll get
Caught, in a fever that's so pure and true
We'll paint the town, until it all burns down

- Tor Miller, "Carter & Cash"

The love story of Johnny Cash and June Carter is something for the ages - so much so one can imagine the pair making music in the heavens for a crowd of David Bowie and all the legends who walked this earth. They're likely kissing a lot, too. Too cheesy? Probably, but I'm sticking with it. Anyway, rising singer/songwriter Tor Miller captures their kind of undying love in his recently-released single "Carter & Cash" (see the official video above). Expect the song to propel him toward household-name land. The Brooklyn artist's rise has been fast and sort of inevitable. He cut his teeth playing piano bars, and hone his skills at the Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at New York University. Two years ago, he was signed to Glassnote Records, left school, dropped an EP, spent last summer touring with fellow wunderkinds James Bay and George Ezra, and here we are. The 22 year old, who has been on the road for quite awhile (and will continue to be), will release his debut album later this year. Buzz follows this guy everywhere, and rightfully so. We pinned him down for a quick interview earlier this month, and next month, he'll grace us with an A-Sides performance. Read on, and keep an eye out for Miller.

"Carter & Cash" is brilliant on so many levels. How'd it come to you, and how have you found the response thus far?
Thank you! I was in a serious relationship, or I guess as serious as they come at 19, right before I signed my record deal. As the momentum in my career picked up, I started traveling more frequently. During my trips I kept a journal, which my girlfriend and I would pass back and forth, whenever we reunited. Our passages would end with the tag 'like Carter and Cash' or some variation of that. I was in LA, thinking of how I missed her and decided to write "Carter & Cash."

That's quite lovely. You've been writing songs and honing your skills well before you dropped this Headlights EP. Talk to me about your evolution from there to here.
Well, I have met many writers and got great insight into other people's process'. I have also accumulated much more life experience in the interim as well. So, I find there is more variety in subject matter with my most recent batch of songs.

Buzz can be a funny thing - propelling an artist's career or overhyping them into oblivion. You're heading toward the former. How have you stayed grounded as your star begins to rise?
I don't really pay attention to much of that, and I still feel relatively unknown so grounding is not much of an issue. [Laughs]

To check out more of the interview, and to view Miller's upcoming tour dates, click here.

A-Sides' "Delve Into Twelve" Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the "Delve Into Twelve" based on the following contributing factors: songs I'm playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released -- think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my toddler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my infant.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and...

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A-Sides 'Cover On Demand' -- Filter's Richard Patrick Channels Oz and Bowie; Vancouver Artist Seeks Toronto Chick

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 2:58 PM

Welcome to a new addition to thisisasides.com "Cover-on-Demand." This segment asks artists to perform a song stuck in their head on the fly - whether it's a line, a verse, or the whole darn song. During the course of an interview, which will "air" later this month,...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Skylar Grey Shoots a "Cannonball"; Free Pizza for Everyone

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 10:41 AM

For years, Skylar Grey has been the go-to artist to collaborate with. Everyone from Eminem to Diddy to Moby. The singer/songwriter is also as in-demand for her songwriting skills - arguably more than Cabbage Patch Kids were in the 1980s and the app-enabled BB-8 toy was during Christmas. Last year, the five-time Grammy nominee released an inspiring new single "Cannonball" featuring alt-breakout artists X Ambassadors, and will release a new full-length later this year. She also toured with that band, by the way, toward the tail end of the year.

A-Sides caught up with Grey right before the holidays by phone as she was vacationing in Hawaii. This very jealous interviewer found her to be extremely down-to-earth, and psyched to have new material come our way.

"Cannonball" is an awesome track. Talk to me about how your collaboration with X Ambassadors came about.
They're my label mates, and really great guys. They're so talented and just so genuine.

You've been fortunate to collaborate with so many artists in various genres. Do you find yourself being sort of a sponge and learning from artist to artist?
Every collaboration, I learn something different. Sometimes it's what not to do, but it's never a waste. That's how you learn about yourself and grow. It's good to go and do those things, and then come back to your center and use what you've learned.

Do you ever pinch yourself? Not everyone can say they worked with Dr. Dre, Nicki Minaj... I mean I'll stop there. The list just goes on and on.
It's just been such a journey with a lot of ups and downs. I've been working professionally since age six. It's an interesting life. I'd been working on [my career] for years, and then suddenly overnight, this is my life.

For more with Grey, click here.

Hey everybody, Free Pizza!
Not really. The band that goes by that name hail from Boston, and their brand of pop are just as satisfying as a slice. The band (Jesus Vio, Santiago Cárdenas, and Rory MacMurdo) took a break for a bit, but will be back with a new album soon enough. In the meantime, you can listen to their Kool is The Rool EP. Anyway, the band filmed an A-Sides session late last year, and you can see it below. You can also hear it as well unless your speakers are off.



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A-Sides' "Delve Into Twelve" Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the "Delve Into Twelve" based on the following contributing factors: songs I'm playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released -- think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my toddler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my infant.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Peppa Pig (and Her Muddy Puddles) Take the Show on the Road

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 11:46 AM

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Most parents of a toddler or preschooler know how excruciating some of their kids' choices in television shows can be. It may be amazing and fun for them, but as an adult, it's hard to sit...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: #OscarsNotWhite - Hypothetical Nominations That Should've Happened Since 2000

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 10:23 AM

Will and Jada aren't going. Spike Lee will be courtside at the Knicks. Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent want Chris Rock to step down as host of this year's Academy Awards. I get it. I really do. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is on-point. The voters dropped the ball last year when they failed to give a nomination to anyone of color in major categories. Ditto for this year, and years before this and last year.

Having said all of this, each nominee these past two years in top categories have been deserving. It's not as if Will Smith was snubbed for Concussion in place of David Spade for Joe Dirt 2. Snubs happen. But to flip it back to the start, something clearly needs to be done. Below, I've compiled a list of nominees of color over the last 15 years that should've received nominations and even won the statue. Before you read my choices (and feel free to put yours down in the comments section below), I'll say this: anyone who is asking Rock to step down is wrong. If ever you want your voice to be heard on these colorless omissions, Rock is the guy. Anyway, read on and weigh in.

Best Picture
Antwone Fisher
Creed
Fruitvale Station
Hotel Rwanda
Straight Outta Compton

Best Actor
Chadwick Boseman - Get on Up
Michael B. Jordan - Fruitvale Station
Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis
Derek Luke - Antwone Fisher
David Oyelowo - Selma

Best Actress
Sanaa Lathan - Love & Basketball
Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Belle
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez - Tangerine
Adepero Oduye - Pariah
Michelle Yeoh - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Supporting Actor
Benecio Del Toro - Sicario
Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
Jamie Foxx - Ali
Samuel L. Jackson - Django Unchained
Jason Mitchell - Straight Outta Compton

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis - Antwone Fisher
Shareeka Epps - Half Nelson
Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Thandie Newton, Crash
Ziyi Zhang - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Director
Ryan Coogler - Fruitvale Station
Ryan Coogler - Creed
Guillermo del Toro - Pan's Labyrinth
Ava DuVernay - Selma
F. Gary Gray - Straight Outta Compton

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About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille.

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: R&B Star Monica Puts Us on 'Red' Alert

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 5:44 PM

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Legs. ZZ Top sang about them. Models get big pay days for them. Lt. Dan didn't have them. Obviously, this is a silly way to start off an article, but here we are. It's a...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: RIDLEY F'N SCOTT!?!... and Recognizing the Oscar Forgotten

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 9:31 AM

What a sad "Oscar" morning on so many levels. News broke that the great Alan Rickman had passed away, and to a much lesser degree, so many talents were snubbed by the Academy when the nominations were read this morning. By the way, how Rickman was never nominated for a gold guy is beyond me. I mean he's Hans Gruber! Colonel Brandon! Snape! Anyway, back to the nods, I'm cool with some minor omissions but what on earth did Ridley Scott ever do to anyone? The guy was the frontrunner. This was supposed to be his unofficial lifetime achievement award this year! The Martian director got left out and that's just plain out of this world. Get it? Yeah, it was a lame attempt at playing with words but still. C'mon!

Also lame? Another colorless list of nominees when there was a deep pool of talent to choose from. Anyway, as I do each year (more for myself since I rarely get comments for these posts), I'm putting together my "Forgotscars" -- a list of additional nominees that won't get any gold but deserve at least a well-intentioned post by this guy (points to self) as a way of saying "thanks."

No winners here just recognition. I've asterisk'd the ones that hurt the most.

BEST PICTURE
Ex Machina *
Inside Out *
Sicario
Straight Outta Compton
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

BEST ACTOR
Michael Caine - Youth
Johnny Depp - Black Mass
Samuel L. Jackson - The Hateful Eight
Michael B. Jordan - Creed *
Will Smith - Concussion

BEST ACTRESS
Emily Blunt - Sicario *
Blythe Danner - I'll See You in My Dreams
Lily Tomlin - Grandma
Bel Powley - The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road * (I mean, it got nominated for everything else).

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About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille.

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Top Films and Performances of 2015; 10 Achievements the Oscars Better Not Forget

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 12:12 PM

Last year -- Oct. 21 to be exact -- hordes of fanboys celebrated Back to the Future Day, which was the date in which Marty McFly traveled to save his children in Back to the Future Part II. Well, fittingly, the cinematic year of 2015 was all about going back in time. Some of the year's best films and performances were creatively derived from 1970s and 1980s classics (ie. Star Wars, Creed, Mad Max: Fury Road. Rather than elaborate beyond this, I'm just going to plow right into my "tops" of last year. Everyone put out a list of "bests," and yes, I'm going to be "that guy" who right another. Hey, at least I'm doing it in a gimmicky kind of way, right? I'm posting my top 20 performance and top 15 films of the year. Get it? 20 and 15 as in 2015. I'm original, unique, and awesome. Um, no. Anyway, read on (the performances aren't in order but the films are) and weigh in below.

A-Sides' Top 20 Performances of 2015
1. Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
2. Matt Damon - The Martian
3. Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl
4. Sylvester Stallone - Creed
5. Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
6. Brie Larson - Room
7. Jacob Tremblay - Room
8. Benecio Del Toro - Sicario
9. Emily Blunt - Sicario
10. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
11. Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road
12. Samuel L. Jackson - The Hateful Eight
13. Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
14. Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn
15. Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
16. Paul Dano - Love & Mercy
17. Michael Keaton - Spotlight
18. Rooney Mara - Carol
19. Harrison Ford - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
20. Daisy Riley - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

A-Sides' Top 15 Films of 2015
1. Inside Out
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
3. Ex Machina
4. Creed
5. The Martian
6. Kingsman: The Secret Service
7. The Hateful Eight
8. Spotlight
9. The Revenant
10. Sicario

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About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille.

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Another Person Making Oscar Predictions!

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 11:27 AM

I used to be obsessed with movies -- I arguably still am, though it's impossible to get to the multiplexes when you have two small kids. That said, each year when the Oscar nominations are announced, I'm automatically transported back to a time when I lived my life vicariously through the movies. I remember in high school, I'd videotape (aging myself here) the nominations, head off to school, and wonder all day who got nominated. I'd then come home from school and watch the announcements. Remember, this was a time before the Internet so there were no instant PDFs on websites with a full list of nods. I remember showing up late to college courses just so I could watch the announcements -- traditionally held on Tuesday mornings -- live. One time I even watched the nominations at the campus center during breakfast live on my, wait for it, Sony Watchman. Anyway, "Oscar Tuesday" was a big deal, and Joel Siegel of Good Morning America always was part of the big day.

Today, it's easier to catch the nominees. They're streamed live and all of the nominees are posted within minutes online. It sure beats having to wait until the next day to read them in the newspaper. Anyway, with my nerdism fully revealed, as I've done since 1988, here are my predictions of the Oscar predictions. This year is probably the wildest year in decades in that there's no clear frontrunner. While my gut tells me Spotlight and Mad Max: Fury Road will lead the pack with seven or eight nominees altogether, I'm not sold either will win Best Picture yet. But, let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Let another guy tell you who's getting nominated - knowing full well that this year will provide a ton of shocking snubs and huge surprises. Case in point: I'm not even sure Oscar favorite Sylvester Stallone will be nominated. He failed to earn a Screen Actor's Guild nod, and let's face it now that Oscar voting wraps up before the Golden Globe winners are announced, the latter show is pretty much irrelevant in swaying voters. Remember, Scent of a Woman would've likely never picked up a Best Picture Oscar nod had it not won Best Picture at the Globes in 1993. Nerd alert! Anyway, read on right here.

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A-Sides: My Top 65 Pop Moments of 2015, From Daisy Ridley to Ridley Scott

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 12:41 PM

What a weird, often sad, poignant year 2015 has been in pop culture. It was the year of Bill Cosby's demise, Taylor Swift's continual rise, the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner, and the unstoppable power of the force. It was a year of pizza rats, "whips and nae naes," surprise box office bombs (Steve Jobs, Terminator: Genesys, Entourage... the list goes on, and Adele, Adele Adele. Rather than rehash the pop culture stories beaten to death (here's lookin at you Rachel Dolezal) and the sad, sad, sad world in which we live in, I'm just going to focus on my three pop loves: music, TV, and film. Here's my top 65 "pop" moments of the year, which is Swift-free. Arts asides, let's try to love each other more, and hurt each other less. Live love. Love life.

All That Was Good in 2015 (Pop Culture Edition) (In semi-order)
1. J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens - what an amazing feat to capture that old Lucas magic!
2. The brilliance of Inside Out from start to finish.
3.Ex Machina - the film and Alicia Vikander (AKA the actress of the year).
4. Everything about Master of None. The "Nashville" episode, in particular, is perfection.
5. U2's Innocence + Experience Tour - their best in decades
6. Everything about The Leftovers Season 2
7. The cast of Spotlight.
8. Everything about Creed especially the shocking Oscar-worthy performance by Sylvester Stallone.
9. Welcome to rock royalty Elle King.
10. Miley Cyrus' performance of "The Twinkle Song" on Saturday Night Live.
11. Jon Hamm finally winning an Emmy for Mad Men
12. Drake one-upping Seinfeld's Elaine in the "Hotline Bling" video.
13. The final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
14. The return of Modest Mouse.
15. The fearless Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl
16. The brilliant cast of Transparent - especially the Pfefferman kids.
17. Joywave's "How Do You Feel Now?
18. The next generation of Star Wars actors.
19. Lebron James and John Cena in Trainwreck.
20. Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Bear in The Revenant
21. Everything about Kingsman: The Secret Service.
22. Rachel McAdams - the only saving grace of True Detective and subtly powerful in Spotlight.
23. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - quite easily the most underrated film of the year.
24. Mad Men's finale, notably Peggy Olson's final scene and Don Draper's moment of zen.
25. The Mad Max guitarist.
26. The Hateful Eight's final chapter.
27. Broadway's Hamilton, which I can't get a ticket to but am sure it belongs on this list.
28. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay in Room.
29. Benecio Del Toro and Emily Blunt in Sicario
30. The lovely final episodes of Parks and Recreation.
31. Kyle Mooney on Saturday Night Live.
32. The final montage of Late Show with David Letterman synced with Foo Fighters' stirring performance of "Everlong."
33. Saying "Hello" again Adele.
34. The New York Mets winning the NL Pennant (humor me).
35.The emergence of songwriting hitmaker Justin Tranter AKA Semi Precious Weapons front man.
36. The "confident" Demi Lovato, who just killed it this year.
37. Tom Cruise holding his breath in Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation.
38. Lady Gaga's gut-wrenching "Til it Happens to You."
39. Ridley Scott probably, finally, and deservedly getting his first Oscar next year for his work on the terrific The Martian.
40. U2 bringing out Eagles of Death Metal on stage in Paris.
41. Michael Harney on Orange is the New Black.
42. Larry David as Bernie Sanders on SNL.
43. Michael Pena in Ant-Man.
44. Catfish and the Bottlemen's "Cocoon."

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Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille.

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Young Rising Sons & The Mosers Represent Garden State Well; Zack Biss is "Brand New"

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 1:04 PM

New Jersey isn't just about "The Boss," Bon Jovi, and Fort Lee lane closures. There are a ton of great bands (and great things) to come out of the Garden State, and I've got two more reasons to forget all the turnpike traffic and focus on the positives. Young Rising...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Lera Lynn's "Lasting" Impression; Cereus Bright Get it Folkin' Right

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 1:42 PM

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Look, the second season of True Detective got crushed by critics and fans alike. It just wasn't that good and was light years away from the first season. That said, it had its moments -...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Travis Barker Finds "Bright Side" of a "Horrific" Life in New Memoir

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 4:48 PM

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When done right, autobiographies can be masterworks of literature. They can take you inside the mind of a person/personality, and intimately let you into their lives. Most times, however, they follow a template and come off as formulaic story without the Clara Peller...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Playing "Mind" Games With Knox Hamilton; Sharing "Holidays" With The Lonely Wild

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 1:19 PM

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A year ago, Knox Hamilton played A-Sides and I called them the next big thing. Their song "Work it Out," at the time, had been reaching near-Adele levels on alt-rock radio...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: RAC and the Art of the Remix

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Yesterday morning started off wonderfully for me. My near-four-year-old son woke me up with a "good morning" naked from the waist down after going "potty," and handed me a small piece of chocolate for "lunch" and shove it in my mouth. "It tastes good dada!" It did. André Allen Anjos'...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Oberhofer Live in "Chronovision"; Can't "Get Away" From Paperwhite

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 12:19 PM

Listen to a few tracks from Oberhofer's Chronovision, and you may be tempted to recreate Gary Numan's "Cars" music video (I dare you), or Robert Smith your hair. OK, maybe not but the album will definitely transport you to the 1980s New Wave world -- though there's a...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Everclear 'Sparkle' On; Practicing Heresy With The Toadies

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 10:52 AM

A month ago, so much was made about Back to the Future Day. As most of us know (there's exactly six people in the United States who may not), in Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly travels to the future - Oct. 21, 2015 - to save his...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: A Tuesday Trifecta with Budding Stars Coeur de pirate, Cady Groves, and Goldford

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2015 | 9:27 PM

Béatrice Martin is an International star. We're talking David Hasselhoff levels here - especially in her native Canada. Known as Cœur de pirate, the Montreal singer/songwriter has had #1 hits on Canadian radio, her music videos have scored millions of hits on YouTube, and she's sold out shows...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Turning a 'Corner' With Nico & Vinz's Corner; Get 'Gone' With JR JR

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Tag teams in professional wrestling aren't what they once were. Back in the 1980s, you had The British Bulldogs, The Hart Foundation, The Killer Bees, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Brutus Beefcake, and so many more. Tandems were king in that decade. It isn't so much anymore. In the world...

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