Twenty years ago was the beginning of a love affair I had with a girl. It’s not like that. It actually had its genesis twenty-five years ago, when the terrible film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was released. Overall it’s an uneven experience. While Paul Reubens and Donald Sutherland give great performances with middling material, … More Soundtrack of My Life: “Full of Grace” by Sarah McLachlan
I don’t talk or write about film much because I knew I could never write about film as well as Roger Ebert. I’m not talking about his ability to give quick blurbs and four stars. I’m talking about his ability to express, pretty accurately, how I felt about these films. He was a far, far … More It Was Always About the Movies: Roger Ebert (1942-2013)
Hello dear reader! Another year has flown by and I am pretty sure it was not as miserable as my mind made it out to be. Despite the self-inflicted torture of unrequited love I have decided to mire myself in, I found happiness amidst the anguish. It was a fabulous year in music, and 2013 … More Happy New Year!
I have had a day to think about what I wanted to say about the death of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck yesterday at the age of 91. I am now going to attempt to see what I can say, and if it makes any sense to anyone but me. I grew up playing piano. The … More Dave Brubeck
The power pop classic #1 Record is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. As 2012 winds down and I get buried under some mediocre, some bad, some amazing records released this past dozen months, I want to re-post my 100 Favourite Albums post. Big Star came in 49th on the list. It could have easily placed higher. … More Revisiting #1 Record by Big Star
This ended up being way harder than I thought it would be. At the end of November, I wasn’t happy with my preliminary list, but knew two potentials were being released shortly and that it would change the line up. Then when I locked it down, the list just felt wrong. So I did something … More The Best Twenty Albums of 2011
I could say something. But really, all I can say is that I played on my grandparents Mac as a child and I would die without my iPod. And Steve Jobs gave me both of those things. So thank you, kind sir, for the music.
It is completely irrational. They’re only a band. Many other bands I love have broken up. Many of those bands have gotten back together for reunion tours. I didn’t even cry when the Smiths disbanded, when I was a child and more prone to overreaction. But when the news of R.E.M.’s break-up came over my … More This Could Be the Saddest Dusk I’ve Ever Seen
My TV season was a wash. I spent the better part of the last half of 2010 watching things from the UK simply because American TV SUCKS. Music was pretty uninspiring outside of maybe thirty albums I heard that didn’t make me want to top myself. And every books list is praising Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom … More So Long, 2010- Hello 2011 and A Better Year
I noticed an uptick in page views earlier when I began to refine the piece I was writing about Stevie Wonder while listening to my slightly (very) warped vinyl copy of Talking Book. Checking stats led me to see that there was a high number of people clicking through from Roger Ebert’s magnificent blog, where … More Thank You