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On meeting Matlock

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I met Matlock on the same day they picked a Pope.  I’m pretty sure this was my consolation prize from God to make up for him not picking one of my Pope nominees (i.e. my favorite Catholics: my Dad, Brett Favre, or my pals’ 8-month-old son Mikey) and instead picking an old Argentinian nazi. I…

Episode 7: It’s Probably Just Going to Be an Ewok Dance Party with Jar Jar Binks in Space, With Maybe Some Pod Racing Thrown In

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To begin with: I’m not saying that these new movies couldn’t be made. It could all be Jar Jar Binks backstory, or it could be some crappy animated or all CGI Jawas and Ewoks In Space Christmas-type trilogy.  People would go see it. Kids would probably like it and they’d make a ton in merchandising. …

October: What’s Been in Heavy Rotation

Whenever I finish a good novel, or immerse myself in a fantastic new album, there’s always this immediate but thankfully temporary feeling I get for a few days–it’s the fear that I’ll never discover something as good ever again. This is obviously patently false, and to be fair, pretty ridiculous. But realizing this got me…

Women, Whiskey, & Guitars: Autumn Porch Songs

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Sure, Hank Williams could sing a superbly sad country ditty. How he was lonesome, or how he had been done wrong. The man had it down to a damn science. A science, to be fair, that I love.  But there’s just something different about a sad country (& alt-country, folk, and/or americana) song sung by…

Easin’ Into Autumn Songs

Somehow it’s September 20th already, and Summer seems to have finally breathed its last hot & humid death rattle into the cool-but-i’m-still-surprised-by-this-every-morning-until-late-October-air. This time of year is also known around these parts as Blazer Weather.  To celebrate this yearly downshift into the lower 60′s, on Spotify I have an old Songs-That-Remind-Me-Of-Fall playlist that I listen…

Songs Dominatin’ the End of My Summer 2k12

It’s that time again, folks. Here are some recent songs that have been in constant rotation. They’re all pretty different but I like to see such train-wreck transitions between genres. Keeps it interestin’.   Twin Shadow – “Run My Heart” Almost every review I’ve read of Twin Shadow’s music incorporates some sort of reference to…

Is Amber Estes Actually a Brilliant Satirist?

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The other day, I wrote a pretty scathing diatribe about Amber Estes, whose “How to find that perfect husband at college” article has sparked jaw-dropping disbelief and outrage among all your facebook friends lately. I’ve revisited Estes’ piece several times in the past few days, mostly to read the comments section. The comments alternate between…