February Album Reviews

  Paul McCartney – Kisses on the Bottom Kick off your shoes, pour a glass of wine or tea, light a fire. If allowed, the light, romantic mood of Kisses on the Bottom can sweep you away into a past you quite possibly never lived. For this record Paul McCartney stepped out of his role […]

Ayn Rand: Like a Zombie, She’s Back!

She’s back! Like a laissez faire zombie, 29 years after her death philosopher/ novelist Ayn Rand has risen from the grave. A movie adaptation of Rand’s 1957 tome Atlas Shrugged opened on tax day this year, propelling her original novel onto Amazon’s bestseller list, and this week the DVD is released. Tea Partiers, libertarians and […]

Graffiti is Street-Art! / No, It’s Vandalism!

Graffiti is Street-Art! / No, It’s Vandalism!

Pro A couple of years ago, when graffiti was just graffiti, and street artists were just vandals, I really hated it all. But things change, and for whatever reasons, my view of graffiti has changed too. The other day I was driving on the 110 freeway coming home from the beach. I actually wasn’t doing […]

In Celebration of OK Go’s Music Video Mastery

In Celebration of OK Go’s Music Video Mastery

In the years since MTV decided to focus more on trashy reality shows instead of music, bands and artists have had to release videos to iTunes, YouTube, Vimeo, and the like, but they rarely have anything close to the same kind of impact or “watchability” as they did back in the heyday of the craft. Suddenly, out […]

Rube Goldberg Machines – The Best Videos

Forget about cats jumping on trampolines, cute Asian kids dozing off, or local news anchors not realizing their microphone’s hot when expressing their true opinions regarding their co-workers, there’s no more perfect match for YouTube than videos of Rube Goldberg machines. They’re short, visually-compelling and force you to watch them over and over just to […]

Do the Bruce Springsteen Workout with these “Dancing in the Dark” outtakes

Remember the classic video for Bruce Springsteen‘s Dancing in the Dark? The one with a young Courteney Cox (not Cox-Arquette, mind you) dancing around joyfully while a white-shirted Boss semi-awkwardly flailed his arms around onstage? Take that iconic, ultra-80s moment and imagine it without a crowd, stage, or Cox. Imagine Bruce just standing in a room, […]

Star-Spangled Salutes

Star-Spangled Salutes

It’s that time of year again…the time to gather with friends and family and barbecue meat, drink (American) beer and randomly engage in loud chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”, preferably in the most unorthodox of locations. The word ‘spangled’ may not be used very much everyday conversations anymore, it was around when the people in charge […]

Harpsichord Mania!

Harpsichord Mania!

The harpsichord was the Humphrey Bogart of baroque instruments, until 18th century innovation produced the piano and brought its near-death. It lay dormant in basements and opera halls, until the 20th century when its tone bashfully attempted to fill in empty spaces in pop, vocal, and jazz tracks. When the dark and melodramatic step-sister of […]