Conservative Politics, News, and More

Welcome to the brand-new Lowering the Boom!

If you’ve been following my adventures in conservative politics and the new media, then you might know that this is my third website since last July. That isn’t ideal, of course– not if you want to draw readers to your blog. But my life changed so much in 2012 that the moves were necessary. To anyone who got lost in the shuffle, my apologies.

Between November of 2011 and November 6, 2012, I was a Herman Cain supporter, a Rick Santorum grassroots volunteer, worked for Restoring America Project PAC, wrote and edited at Tea Party Tribune then worked for Americans For Prosperity. In the meantime, I started writing for Integrity, which consists of blogging for their business clients’ websites.

Here at Lowering the Boom, you’ll find conservative-themed images, stories and commentary. But don’t expect to find a lot of snarkiness. It’s just not something I’m good at.

– Becca Lower

Recent News

Labor Day Weekend Arts Capsule – August 31

TV films of the weekIt’s not you, baby, it’s me. Here’s your new Weekend Arts capsule. Say you’re not mad

NY Daily News: Sheila E. confirms engagement to Prince, describes niece Nicole Richie’s adoption in new memoir 

NYT: At DuArt, Thousands of Unclaimed Films

You may not have heard Howard Stern’s ‘Robin Williams’ story from August 18. Worth a listen.

I got Netflix about a week ago (no cable since the move west), so will be catching up on movie watching. Soon, I’ll have a review of a recent film I watched. I’m also planning on watching more documentaries, which I’ll write about in a future post.

While we’re on the subject… via Paste: A handy list of movies leaving Netflix’s library starting September 1st.

The Wrap: Martin Scorsese Planning to Direct Movie About The Ramones

This isn’t his next project, but the article hints (subtly) that it may be released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s debut record (2016).

Billboard: Album Sales Hit A New Low
That’s it. Record executives are finally admitting that streaming is the death knell of the mega-hit album.

So, this seems like a creative project worthy of support: A photographer is compiling a book, Art Desks, which captures images of artists and other creatives at work, which includes the state of their desks and apparently some of their cats as well:

Just an aside- my fave title of the participants: ‘Director of Identity and Outreach, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’. How cool is that, seriously?

Make sure to stay tuned for my next post — Lowering the Boom turns 2-years-old! In case you missed my last post, here’s a preview of the new Interpol album. See you…

Related: At the Movies with Siskel & Ebert review, ‘Ghostbusters’

Popcorn graphic, image credit: Mirror UK

First New Album From Interpol in 4 Years — Free Streaming

Interpol

Image credit: The Guardian UK

Now a three-piece, and after a four-year hiatus, New York’s Interpol return in early September with a new album ‘El Pintor’ (and something of a sunnier demeanor. See the Guardian UK interview below).

Earlier this summer, two of the new songs acted as a teaser for the full album. Now the whole thing is streaming for free (courtesy of NPR).

Take a listen!

If you just want one of the teaser tracks, here’s the video for the album opener, “All the Rage Back Home.”

H/T Stereogum

Related: The Guardian UK: Interpol on supermodels, surfing and (not) hanging out with the Strokes

Video: Flashback,1991: Siskel & Ebert ‘Review’ a Film Parody Made By Howard Stern


After watching a YouTube of a “Siskel & Ebert” review for ‘Murphy’s Romance,’ a James Garner/Sally Fields film I remembered fondly, I spent a few hours over the weekend watching old episodes of “Siskel & Ebert.”

Then I came across this bizarre mismatch of an interview: both Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel appeared on Howard Stern’s Channel 9 tv show, along with sidekick Robin Quivers, in 1991. Howard and his gang had made a parody short film based on the Robin Williams/Robert DeNiro movie ‘Awakenings,’ and asked the vaunted reviewers for their honest opinion.

There’s a version of the full interview in one video here.

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