Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I have been absent for a little while. Among the things I have neglected to mention here are that I am writing about three shows for the AV Club now.
Prime Suspect: A show that's neither good nor bad nor just a kid like you. Sorry for the undeserved Leon Payne/Hank Williams reference.
The Simpsons: A show that has become defiantly not good. The commenters there remind me why I used to always avoid AV Club comments like the plague.
Avatar: The Last Airbender: I've resumed season two coverage here.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Satellite Rides (2001), and Blame It On Gravity (2008). Like Wreckless Eric, The Old 97's are a power pop band masquerading as a flavor of country. As a power pop band, they are pretty good if never hands-down great. As an alt-country outfit, they're a bar band. The best of these is Satellite Rides, which abandons most of the country for some pure pop hooks.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
In which I review three great episodes before our TV Club Classic Avatar coverage goes on hiatus for a few months.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
At The AV Club: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Episodes 2.7 and 2.8 plus Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis
In which I review "Zuko Alone," which is my favorite Avatar episode, and "The Chase," which is pretty well close.
In which I review the latest episode of Inspector Lewis.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Bubblegum music is the naked truth! Some folks don't take these songs seriously, but you can hear a whole lot of punk and post-punkish pop in them.
In which I cover Return to Omashu and The Swamp. In the comments, I mention my recent health problems.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Music Library: Nirvana, No Age, No Man/No Man's Band, NoMeansNo, NOMO, Norman Blake, Notwist, Nouvelle Vague, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Nouvelle Vague - "Too Drunk To Fuck." French cabaret-style cover of the Dead Kennedys song. Yawn.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
In which I discuss the first two episodes of season two of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which includes the hilarious "The Cave Of Two Lovers."
In which I discuss the HBO documentary on Gloria Steinem called Gloria: In Her Own Words.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Music Library: New York Dolls, Gary Newcomb Trio, Joanna Newsom, Ney Matogrosso, Nick Cave, Nick Drake
The Gary Newcomb Trio - The Gary Newcomb Trio (2008). An Austin-based country-pop trio that featured a pedal steel player in the traditional guitarist's role and my pal Brandon on bass, The Gary Newcomb Trio are a fun listen. Recommended.
Ney Matogrosso - As Ilhas single (1974). Apparently this guy is a sort of Brazilian Klaus Nomi, with a stage show featuring absurdist outfits and a outlandishly high singing voice. These two tracks are rather like Brazilian chamber pop.