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

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

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

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

Murs: Have a Nice Life

The humble brag isn’t a good look for a rapper. That’s how Murs starts off this album with an odd God-centric track that basically talks about his comfy life, his faithful wife and his willingness to create radio-friendly music. Look, I’m no cheerleader for the G-man, but when athletes basically say, “I’m not great, I’m…read more

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I’ve heard surprisingly little about this show from just about anyone. Granted, I think people only discuss TV on Twitter these days, and I have next to no time to follow those conversations. But even my reliable Podcasters (for whom I have all sorts of time) have barely mentioned this thing, despite it being from…read more

Clarke’s Standard – Midtown

Formerly the location of goodburger, P.J. Clarke’s decided to go into the same business and open an old-fashioned burger joint, complete with ice cream and milkshakes, paper hats and vintage decor. But like sized and updated for Manhattan. Which means that at certain hours, the tiny area that holds the herds of Manhattanites hungry for a…read more

Mad Men

I had an on-again, off-again relationship with Mad Men over the years. I watched the first couple of seasons live, but grew weary of the relentlessly bleak nature of the show. Bleak not in a Walking Dead type of way, but more so in the depravity of human nature the show showcased. That depravity was…read more

Waxahatchee: Ivy Tripp

I want to like this. I do. The same way I wanted to like PJ Harvey and some of those woman-fronted college radio rock bands from back in the 90s. I just can’t get past the meandering melodies of the whole thing. The lack of hooks. The lack of anything to grasp other than a…read more

Built to Spill: Untethered Moon

Built to Spill sound like a band out of time. I mean people just don’t make music like this anymore. And that’s not a sentimental statement, but more so an indictment of the current state of indie rock. To be fair, though, very few bands made music like BTS even when slightly spacey guitar rock…read more

Trance

Rating (out of 5): *½ This movie is such an amazingly over-engineered pile of crap, it’s shocking that Danny Boyle didn’t Alan Smithee the shit out of it. Like drown it in the bathtub and leave it for dead (but then hypnotize himself so he didn’t remember drowning it in the tub). I had honestly never…read more

BXL East

Hot damn the Belgians love their beer. I mean they probably love chocolate just as much, but this joint doesn’t trade in the sweet stuff. Instead this hole-in-the-wall cafe deals in the briny and the sudsy. And by that I mean moules frites and beer in great abundance and great variety. And this, to my…read more

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

I’ve read a bunch of Murakami over the years and am starting to wonder if, like Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King before him, I have moved beyond him and would be better off leaving his tales for the young and less jaded of our world. It’s not that I now dislike or don’t appreciate Murakami, it’s just…read more