Ryan Adams

Album Reviews | Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams (2014)

by Eric Mackon January 25, 2015
I don’t know a whole lot about Ryan Adams. In fact, the thing about him that has always stood out to me most is that he’s married to fellow singer Mandy Moore, who is probably better known for her acting these days than her brief moment in the sun as a pop singer during the […]
Led Zeppelin IV (Deluxe Edition)

Album Reissues | Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (2014) [Deluxe Edition]

by Eric Mackon January 24, 2015
Ah, the big one. I must confess that I am looking forward to the Physical Graffiti reissue in February the most, but I fully realize that IV is the deluxe edition people will probably care the most about — and It doesn’t disappoint. As with the previous three reissues that were released this past June, […]
Morning Phase

Album Reviews | Beck – Morning Phase (2014)

by Eric Mackon January 23, 2015
Morning Phase turned out to be a surprise nominee for Album of the Year, but considering 2014 was such a weak year for mainstream music, it certainly wasn’t shocking, especially given that Beck has gotten a nomination for Album of the Year — Odelay (1996) and Midnite Vultures (1999) —  or Best Alternative Music Album — […]

Movie Theater with Popcorn

Blog | My Favorite Movies, Dripping Out One at a Time

by Eric Mackon January 22, 2015
I have a lot of favorite movies. I’m sure you do, too. I have been blogging mostly about music for the past few years, and since I started the site by highlighting my favorite albums, I have always been meaning to highlight my favorite movies, as well. The problem has been that I just don’t have […]
The Oscars

Oscar Race | Full List of Nominees, 87th Academy Awards

by Eric Mackon January 22, 2015
Ah, the Oscar nominations. I refuse to actually get upset or excited about these anymore, since it has become increasingly clear that the Academy is just an aristocracy. (Two thirds of the voting body is over the age of 60.) If they don’t “get” the movies they’re supposed to, it’s almost to be expected, and it’s […]
Batman Begins

Favorite Movies | Batman Begins (2005)

by Eric Mackon January 21, 2015
“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy, and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I’m flesh and blood. I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol? As a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.” – Bruce Wayne The page was turned […]

Streaming Services

Blog | The Streaming Service Race: Activity Is King

by Eric Mackon January 18, 2015
I was reading an article on Pitchfork earlier and I came across an eye-popping and troubling stat: an indie artist named Nora Jane Struthers received a total of $19.02 in royalties after her last album received 116,000 spins on Spotify. For those of you too lazy to whip out a calculator, that means she receives $0.00016396551724 […]
Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Album Reviews | Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014)

by Eric Mackon January 14, 2015
I always thought my introduction to this album was somewhat strange. One of my favorite sites is Bill Simmons’ sports/pop culture emporium Grantland, and I first heard of Transgender Dysphoria Blues at the end of 2013 when Grantland’s music critic Steven Hyden mentioned that Against Me!’s new album was really strong. Then, on January 14, […]
2015 Golden Globe Awards

Oscar Race | Full List of Winners, 72nd Golden Globes

by Eric Mackon January 12, 2015
I watched the Globes telecast last night with considerably less knowledge about the films and shows nominated than usual, but somehow I have seen the winners for both of the best drama awards. It would appear I have some watching to do, though. We’ll know soon enough whether this is the first in a long […]

St. Vincent

Album Reviews | St. Vincent – St. Vincent (2014)

by Eric Mackon January 12, 2015
Editor's Pick
Easily one of the top albums of 2014, St. Vincent’s self-titled album received rave reviews and then got a considerable boost in attention when she was invited to sing “Lithium” during Nirvana’s unorthodox Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performance in which four different female singers replaced Kurt Cobain in the lineup. St. Vincent strikes […]

Blog | Favorite Albums List Update

by Eric Mackon January 10, 2015
In November 2011, I finalized a list of my 100 favorite albums and started presenting them, one by one, back when this site was (Yeah, that’s how long ago that was. It was just a free blog, so I bought the domain to mask having to call it Since that was more than […]
Stuart Scott

R.I.P. Stuart Scott (1965-2015)

by Eric Mackon January 4, 2015
I awoke this morning to the terrible news that legendary SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott has passed away from cancer. He will never be replaced. Scott was one of the last of the great SportsCenter anchors still remaining with the network — so many of the larger-than-life anchors (Dan Patrick, Rich Eisen, Keith Olbermann, Craig Kilborn, […]

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