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We like to watch… and listen… and read.. and play… and sometimes all the above at the same time. Here’s where we share our take on movies, music, and other media by those who not only enjoy it, but also create it.

The Blue Agave

Posted On December 1, 2015By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

The Blue Agave: The Ultimate L.A. Soundtrack

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Former MCA Records Operative… If Hollywood ever sets a James Bond movie in L.A., The Blue Agave should do the all music. Indeed, their cover of “Besame Mucho” would make a killer 007 opening credit sequence. (Take a listen at the bottom of this post.) The Blue Agave’s eponymous debut album takes you on a sonic cruise across Los Angeles: primarily Spanish-language vocals amidst layers of surf guitar, retro lounge, mariachi, and killer rhythms. As The Blue Agave describe themselves, “sexy, soulfulRead More
Cat prints photo by Emir O. Filipović

Posted On November 29, 2015By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

Read ‘Em And Reap: The Best Books For Marketers And Entrepreneurs

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Professor; cat-prints photo by Emir O. Filipović… So you’d like to learn more about business but can’t take a class right now. Or maybe the idea of school gives you nightmares about forgetting class until the final exam. (Been there, dreamed that.) No problem. While I teach college courses, I understand the need to fly solo. So I compiled this business reading list to educate, enlighten, even entertain. Academic vs Commercial Most of these books are light enough for beachRead More
by XDL, Filmmaker… Why do particular films and actors succeed when many believe they’re undeserving? You’d be surprised how many people in Tinseltown lose sleep over that question. My answer: Hollywood is a branding and marketing mechanism, and once the gears get moving, it’s there to perpetuate content. The trick is to get the gears moving, and therein lies the art of it. Every now and then the mechanism takes steps to protect itself. An example: Avatar. This was not a particularly good movie. It wasn’t horrid, but the filmRead More
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Posted On October 9, 2015By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

Be Gone Oh Ye Pride And Ye Prejudice — And Bring On The ZOMBIES!

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Likes To Think He’s Cultured But Digs On Watching The Walking Dead… I blame Jane Eyre. Although it’s supposedly one of the great works of literature, having to read it for my 10th grade English class made me feel like I was locked in an attic somewhere, going totally mad as the pages plodded on, while screaming, “OH COME ON, JANE – JUST STAND UP FOR YOURSELF ALREADY AND PUNCH SOMEONE!” Who knew I was a budding feminist atRead More
Fear The Walking Dead

Posted On September 21, 2015By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

“Hate Watching”: The Dark Side Of Binge Watching

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Recovering Hate Watcher… I recently fell in love with a new term. And, thankfully, it’s not “sharing economy.” “Hate watching” has been around for a few years (yeah, I’m slow on the uptake). In case you’re not familiar with the term, that infinite fount of wisdom knowledge hearsay, Wikipedia, defines it as “watching a television show while simultaneously hating its content or subject.” I may have to update that definition, because it should include movie sequels and, more significantly, two keyRead More
lushalicious

Posted On August 27, 2015By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

Totally Lushalicious: The Making of a New Word

by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Amateur Neologist; word and illustration by Claire Barry… As a writer, I love learning new words and phrases. I recently came across “vegetarian inclined,” which describes omnivores who are eating less meat for health reasons. (Count me among them — and wow, do I miss bacon.) Then, the other night, I had a dream where an attractive woman tells me she likes men with “gypsy necks”: perfectly smooth flawless necks that look like “wisps of smoke that have been cutRead More
Fix It In Post - Fixing

Posted On August 23, 2015By XDLIn Media

Fix It In Post, Take 1: Fixing

Editor’s Note: We sought out our multi-talented friend XDL to give us his take on life as a creative professional — specifically, as a film editor working in Hollywood. Here’s the first with more to come.Read More
Firefly

Posted On May 19, 2015By Freddy Tran NagerIn Media

Like Tears in Rain: How Sci-Fi Series Go All to Hell

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Still Hurtin’ Firefly Flan… When “Battlestar Galactica” concluded, some fans lamented that the series had to end, but others were thrilled that it departed on a good note. Compare that to the fans of “Lost,” who screamed “WTF?!” after its later episodes.Read More