The Top 10 Shoegaze Bands of All Time, or, The Godlike Genius of Shoegaze

I’m still buzzing from the Ride show at the Warfield. “Cool Your Boots” has been running through my head non-stop for a week (although there was a break, at least in my sleep, when I had a dream which involved listening to Cedric Im Brooks). Since the show, I’ve been listening to a lot of shoegaze … Continue reading The Top 10 Shoegaze Bands of All Time, or, The Godlike Genius of Shoegaze

Female Experimental Filmmakers: A Noncomprehensive A-Z

There are almost as many types of experimental films as there are experimental filmmakers. Many of them come to film from different directions than conventional filmmakers — weaving together psychology, painting, dance, poetry, literature, theater, sculpture, and other fields. This being Women’s History Month, I thought I’d have a crack at compiling a list of … Continue reading Female Experimental Filmmakers: A Noncomprehensive A-Z

Exodus shocker — the latest Hollywood Bible cartoon isn’t very realistic

The other day I found out that some people are outraged by the casting in a Hollywood film — in this case Ridley Scott‘s latest effort, Exodus: Days of Future Past (or whatever its full title is). They’re apparently so upset that they’re boycotting it, which is something I do with all but one or two Hollywood … Continue reading Exodus shocker — the latest Hollywood Bible cartoon isn’t very realistic

Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle

Pour one out for the Cat & Fiddle — another pub lost in the Southland… Somewhere I don’t want to be If in the bar of your dreams every centimeter of wall (and ceiling) space is covered with banks of televisions flashing seizure-inducing commercials unblinkingly stared at by backwards-capped man-children guzzling plastic pitchers of thin macrobrew … Continue reading Swinging Doors — The Cat & Fiddle

One Album Wonders: Trader Horne’s Morning Way

The vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948 but the 45 inch single remained the primary market for the music industry until the dawn of the album era, which began in the mid-1960s. During that period, for any number of reasons, many fine musical acts released only one studio album — Perfect for completists on a budget! This series examines … Continue reading One Album Wonders: Trader Horne’s Morning Way

Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Philadelphia Snapshot

GROUND TOUR OF THE NORTHEAST AND QUEBEC – PHILADELPHIA The author in Philadelphia (image courtesy Una Zipagan) I recently visited Philadelphia for the first time as a stop on a sort of Grand Tour of the Northeast and Quebec, which I undertook following my sister’s graduation from Princeton. To date, the only states that I haven’t visited in … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Philadelphia Snapshot

As Not Heard on Pandora — After fourteen years, the best music streaming site is still deeply flawed

“Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.” “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ― Cicero, Letters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12 Pandora Internet Radio is an amazing service. Since joining in 2008, it has introduced me to more great music than the AM/FM radio, my friends, … Continue reading As Not Heard on Pandora — After fourteen years, the best music streaming site is still deeply flawed