Favorite Live Shows of 2012

Date December 12, 2012

As a result of certain life events due to transpire next year, I may not be going to concerts / festivals at the same rate I used to, so it’s a good thing that I went all out this year. This was my first year I went to Bonnaroo in addition to my usual Pitchfork [...]

Cover: Chromatics – “Ceremony” (New Order)

Date December 6, 2012

I’ve been in blog hibernation the last couple weeks (I’ll use the excuse that I’ve been working on year-end lists) but I’ve been snapped out by Chromatics‘ gorgeous cover of New Order‘s “Ceremony”, from Johnny Jewel’s Black & White mix. Chromatics and New Order are a perfect match given both their affections for dreamy synth-pop [...]

New Order @ Aragon Ballroom (10/21)

Date October 29, 2012

I’ve always appreciated New Order as a groundbreaking dance-pop band and one of the most consistent hit-makers of the 1980′s, but in the last five years my love for them has increased dramatically. I now count them among my very favorite bands of all time, so having the chance to see them live (even sans [...]

Debut Album, Opening Track Mix

Date June 10, 2010

I was listening to NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast last weekend and heard¬†their discussion about the best opening tracks ever.¬† Much of the talk was about the first impression the opening track left on you and how that set the stage for the rest of the album, which got me thinking of the best opening [...]

For John Hughes, a righteous dude.

Date August 7, 2009

As you have all heard, John Hughes, 80′s teen-film legend, died yesterday and for anyone who grew up watching his films it feels like a small part of our childhood is now missing. I was just entering the world during his prime years (’84-’86) but I still felt his impact. He was obviously highly influential [...]

iTunes Playlist Review: Darjeeling Limited

Date October 25, 2007

I’m finally going to get the chance to see my most anticipated movie of the year tomorrow: Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited. I’ve heard mostly good and some bad things about the film, so I’m going into it optimistically especially since I love all of his films. One thing I’ve heard is that the movie [...]