Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy

If Bruce Springsteen ever wrote an epic punk rock opera about his manic depression, this is exactly what it would sound like. And who but a manic depressive in a manic state would write a 29-track album? After hearing an interview with Stickles about the making of this album he exposed himself as a pretty…read more

HUMANS: Season 1

Oh A. I., why do you haunt my life so? I feel like I mention that movie in every third one of these things I write. I’ve mentioned it in movie reviews, book reviews and album reviews. And now a television review. Because, well, that movie had an effect on me for some reason, despite…read more

True Detective: Season 2

Oh Vince. Vince, Vince, Vince. You poor, poor man. To watch you stretch and struggle through this thick, incomprehensible dialogue in this thick, incomprehensible show was painful for all of us. We were waiting for you to turn to the camera, breaking the fourth wall, throw a Vince Vaughn “who me” shrug and tell us…read more

Kool Keith / L’Orange: Time? Astonishing!

Even as I started this album I couldn’t remember if I was firing up an MF Doom or a Kool Keith joint. The first couple tracks did very little to remind me, as Doom could easily slip into these scratchy, sampled funhouse tunes without much effort. But this, when listening to the rhymes and their…read more

The Bone Clocks

I’ve been a fan of David Mitchell over the years. I loved his mystical sci-fi stuff (Cloud Atlas) and his kind of spiritual, magical realism stuff (Ghostwritten) as well. I even went with him when he moved on to a straight coming of age story (Black Swan Green) and on to historical fiction (The Thousand…read more

Albert Hammond, Jr.: Momentary Masters

Once the pinnacle of hipster, this former Stroke has slipped mercilessly into the background. But that mercy is not ours, it’s his. To get out from under the shadow it the “it” band in any guise, even 15 years later has to be a feat greater than most others. Like an aging supermodel who once…read more

J.G. Melon – Greenwich Village

I was last at a J.G. Melon — obviously the original Upper East Side location — back when a burger was just something you got on a paper plate with an American lager and a grease-stained check at the end of the meal. And J.G. Melon was the one joint on the Upper East Side that…read more

Edge of Tomorrow

Rating (out of 5): ***½ There is something inherently amazing about Tom Cruise. He’s the most insecure cocky guy on the face of the planet. At least that’s how we see his characters play out on screen. His jaw and posture is all bravado and cocksureness, but even in his moments of supreme superiority his…read more

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment: Surf

There wasn’t an underground rapper hotter than Chance the Rapper in the past couple of years. I mean, besides all these Drakes and Kendricks and whatnots that you might hear on the radio. In my indie world, he was the man. Acid Rap is a great album (even making my top albums of 2013 list) and…read more

Dr. Yen Lo: Days With Dr. Yen Lo

More spoken word than rap, this so-called doctor sounds like a sleepy Def Poetry Jam participant doing his thing over MF Doom flourishes. His flow is very samey-samey throughout, laid back and kind of stoney, mixing and matching words in what seems like random ways, saying stuff without saying anything in particular. But smartly so. His references…read more

Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy

If Bruce Springsteen ever wrote an epic punk rock opera about his manic depression, this is exactly what it would sound like. And who but a manic depressive in a manic state would write a 29-track album? After hearing an interview with Stickles about the making of this album he exposed himself as a pretty…read more

HUMANS: Season 1

Oh A. I., why do you haunt my life so? I feel like I mention that movie in every third one of these things I write. I’ve mentioned it in movie reviews, book reviews and album reviews. And now a television review. Because, well, that movie had an effect on me for some reason, despite…read more

True Detective: Season 2

Oh Vince. Vince, Vince, Vince. You poor, poor man. To watch you stretch and struggle through this thick, incomprehensible dialogue in this thick, incomprehensible show was painful for all of us. We were waiting for you to turn to the camera, breaking the fourth wall, throw a Vince Vaughn “who me” shrug and tell us…read more

Kool Keith / L’Orange: Time? Astonishing!

Even as I started this album I couldn’t remember if I was firing up an MF Doom or a Kool Keith joint. The first couple tracks did very little to remind me, as Doom could easily slip into these scratchy, sampled funhouse tunes without much effort. But this, when listening to the rhymes and their…read more

The Bone Clocks

I’ve been a fan of David Mitchell over the years. I loved his mystical sci-fi stuff (Cloud Atlas) and his kind of spiritual, magical realism stuff (Ghostwritten) as well. I even went with him when he moved on to a straight coming of age story (Black Swan Green) and on to historical fiction (The Thousand…read more

Albert Hammond, Jr.: Momentary Masters

Once the pinnacle of hipster, this former Stroke has slipped mercilessly into the background. But that mercy is not ours, it’s his. To get out from under the shadow it the “it” band in any guise, even 15 years later has to be a feat greater than most others. Like an aging supermodel who once…read more

J.G. Melon – Greenwich Village

I was last at a J.G. Melon — obviously the original Upper East Side location — back when a burger was just something you got on a paper plate with an American lager and a grease-stained check at the end of the meal. And J.G. Melon was the one joint on the Upper East Side that…read more

Edge of Tomorrow

Rating (out of 5): ***½ There is something inherently amazing about Tom Cruise. He’s the most insecure cocky guy on the face of the planet. At least that’s how we see his characters play out on screen. His jaw and posture is all bravado and cocksureness, but even in his moments of supreme superiority his…read more

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment: Surf

There wasn’t an underground rapper hotter than Chance the Rapper in the past couple of years. I mean, besides all these Drakes and Kendricks and whatnots that you might hear on the radio. In my indie world, he was the man. Acid Rap is a great album (even making my top albums of 2013 list) and…read more

Dr. Yen Lo: Days With Dr. Yen Lo

More spoken word than rap, this so-called doctor sounds like a sleepy Def Poetry Jam participant doing his thing over MF Doom flourishes. His flow is very samey-samey throughout, laid back and kind of stoney, mixing and matching words in what seems like random ways, saying stuff without saying anything in particular. But smartly so. His references…read more

Wilco: Star Wars

More than anything I just wanted the put this album cover on my site, as I don’t really have any affinity for Wilco beyond a little dalliance with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot back in the day. I’ve always found their music to be highly overrated and kind of the middling adult contemporary buzzy auteur stuff that middle-aged…read more

Catastrophe: Season 1

How are we supposed to know shows like Catastrophe exist? I never saw a single ad for it. I don’t even recall seeing a promo for it on Amazon, and I’m on that site at least once or twice a day looking for like socks or marital aids. I mean does Amazon care about the success…read more

Odd Finds: Farmersonly.com

So I took Hipster Jr. down to a soccer tournament in in South Jersey somewhere. It was originally supposed to be at Fort Dix, which is also in South Jersey somewhere, but apparently there have been some security concerns on army bases of late and having 8.5 billion 8 – 16 year-olds running around in…read more

Bully: Feels Like

I suppose this is what Hole would have sounded like hadn’t Kurt written all of their songs. So like later Hole when Courtney had exhausted all of the Cobian originals and definitely put her own Cali swag on things. This may sound like a negative thing, but there are certainly worse things to aspire to…read more

The Happiest Hour

It’s not enough that I walk into work every day and feel goddamn ancient. Then I have to go to an early bird dinner for a drink and a burger and have to be bombarded with the needling chatter of the young. Like tables and tables of them. And they’re all so peppy, and the guys…read more

Sweet John Bloom: Weird Prayer

I suppose I like my rock and roll bratty. Or just a little more on the brash, less serious side. That’s why I’ve always shied away from bands like Radiohead and the like, as there seems to be a self-seriousness there that I find off-putting. I like music that comes with almost a wink and…read more

Wish I Was Here

Rating (out of 5): *** This is a movie that feels eerily similar to Garden State. I’m not sure why… Oh, wait, I totally know why! It’s a Zach Braff joint — the second Zach Braff joint, once again about a slightly nebbishy guy who can’t get his shit together. But this time he’s got…read more

Community: Season 6

Community is/was always a hard one to categorize. It wasn’t one that came up a lot with anyone I knew and I rarely, if ever, brought it up outside of the context of my own brain. It was much like Scrubs in that way (and many other ways). I could get into it as much…read more

Then We Came to the End

So we all remember reading Bright Lights, Big City and its mind-bending use of the second-person narrative structure. You felt immersed in a very drugged-out kind of way. It was familiar, yet foreign. But somehow it worked perfectly for the story. And now, in this book, we have the first-person plural approach. And while it…read more

Interstellar

Rating (out of 5): ***½ For a very large film, this thing felt remarkably small. Maybe it’s the silence of space or the oddly myopic view of the world we’re exposed to, but for a movie that is essentially about the end of the world, the thing seemed ready to go out with a small…read more