Donald Trump: Four More Years?

President Donald Trump isn’t an unwitting, brainwashed assassin in the same way that Sargent Raymond Shaw was in The Manchurian Candidate. He’s worse. Donald Trump is real. And he’s being manipulated and guided by people who may have taken the time to read Richard Condon’s book or at least watched either John Frankenheimer’s 1962 film or Jonathan Demme’s 2004 re-make. During his first 11 months … Continue reading Donald Trump: Four More Years?

Manic Street Preachers

If you live in America, Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers are one of the better rock bands you’ve probably never heard of. As near as I can tell, it seems that 2010’s Postcards from A Young Man was the last album that had any physical distribution here in the United States. And streaming services are marginally better for what’s offered here in the states. Radio airplay has … Continue reading Manic Street Preachers

Microdosing LSD – UPDATE

Yes, I realize I just sent a rather long post but I found an article worth sharing in the event you’re left scratching your head thinking “What’s he off about? LSD? Is he an idiot?” Well, no. I’m not. Here is a brief article from none other than the Scientific American that speaks to growing studies around microdosing and its effects. Its conclusion? “Through straightforward … Continue reading Microdosing LSD – UPDATE

Intercepted Podcast Review Update

I recently reviewed The Intercept_ podcast Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill. In it, I briefly mention that in one episode they address America’s sketchy history of fucking with Latin America’s politic’s throughout history through military and financial manipulation and ultimately a kind of American corporate rape and pillage. In the event you are looking for evidence of this behavior, shortly after my review IN_ (The Intercept_’s … Continue reading Intercepted Podcast Review Update

Podcast Review: Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill is not your parents liberal journalism. The Intercept_ was founded in 2014 by First Look Media. A non-profit company funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and “…built on the belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and fiercely independent perspectives, are vital to a healthy democracy and a vibrant culture”. Its current editors are Betsy Reed, Glenn Greenwald and … Continue reading Podcast Review: Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill

Retro Review: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

The musical landscape on which Van Halen released their self-titled debut album in February of 1978 was diverse. The Bee Gees were at their apogee and Peter Frampton was the guitar god of the moment. A Sisyphean task if ever there was one because Van Halen was equal parts Black Sabbath and Rick James (with just a flare of Elton John). Sure, now we can say … Continue reading Retro Review: Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

Fleabag: Series Two (aka Season Two)

A few years ago, I made the bold claim that Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her show Fleabag would change television. I wasn’t entirely wrong. While the first series of Fleabag (Brits call seasons “series”) on Amazon Prime failed to create a groundswell, Hollywood did take notice. Waller-Bridge landed plum roles in Goodbye Christopher Robin and a sweet Star Wars franchise role as L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars … Continue reading Fleabag: Series Two (aka Season Two)

A Good Therapist

If you google “how to find a good therapist” you’ll get 170 million + results. That’s a lot. Results ranging from well, from everyone, everywhere and virtually every publication. I’m not exactly sure what that says about us. But as someone who has done some serious study in this field of “therapy” (that’d be on the couch side, not the educatin’ side) I wanted to … Continue reading A Good Therapist

Retro Review: Lone Justice – Lone Justice (1985)

Lone Justice came out of the LA Cowpunk scene that gave us X, Jason & the Scorchers and Social Distortion, to name a few. Fronted by whirling dervish Marie McKee (imagine a high energy Stevie Nicks in shorter dresses with a slight snarl) and backed by guitarist Ryan Hedgecock, bassist Marvin Etzioni and drummer Don Heffington, Lone Justice quickly made a name for themselves in … Continue reading Retro Review: Lone Justice – Lone Justice (1985)

Podcast Updates

Two big podcast updates for Tenderfoot TV’s Atlanta Monster and APM Reports In the Dark. This Sunday, March 23, cable network Investigation Discovery is airing The Atlanta Child Murders which will address some of the oddities and inconsistencies around the conviction of Wayne Williams for all of the child murders that took place in Atlanta in the early 1980’s. In season two of his podcast … Continue reading Podcast Updates

Three Reviews, One Post

Arrested Development, Season Five, Part Deux – Netflix The second eight episodes of season five’s Arrested Development dropped on Netflix on March 15. After an uneven season four (and uneven is being kind), both parts of season five remind us why Arrested Development remains one of the gold standards of the single camera comedy. While most of these performers have gone on to do other things, it’s nice to see them … Continue reading Three Reviews, One Post

Just In Case You’re Wondering

“Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s busy holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed. He’s making sure your imagination withers. Until it’s as useful as your appendix. He’s making sure your attention is always filled. And … Continue reading Just In Case You’re Wondering

Trip of Compassion

Trip of Compassion is an Israeli documentary about a clinical case study at the Beer Yaakov Mental Health Center that used MDMA (Ecstasy) as a treatment for PTSD. About 18 months ago a friend of mine sent me the Ayelet Waldmen book, A Really Good Day, about her experience micro-dosing with LSD. And thus began my journey researching the world of modern psychedelics. I even … Continue reading Trip of Compassion

An Open Letter to Mike Boudet from Sword and Scale

Hey Mike, Please forgive the informality, I realize we’ve never met. Well, I just heard that Wondery has parted ways with you and Sword and Scale, etc. Bummer. Sorry to hear that. In the spirit of full disclosure, I was a long time listener but stopped listening with any regularity about eight months (or so) ago. I had noticed a real change in your tenor … Continue reading An Open Letter to Mike Boudet from Sword and Scale

Leaving Neverland

Will Leaving Neverland finally dethrone the self-proclaimed King of Pop? Leaving Neverland, the two-part Michael Jackson documentary, directed by Dan Reed, is available on HBO. If you haven’t heard about it by now, you probably haven’t been paying attention. I wrote about this for TheLatest.com the other day but figured I’d expand on it a little more here. It focuses on the stories of two … Continue reading Leaving Neverland

Retro Review: Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life (1986)

Paul Rodgers (Bad Company), Freddie Mercury (Queen) and Steve Winwood are easily three of the most recognizable voices in classic rock. As a teen Winwood had hits with The Spencer Davis Group. After that, with Traffic, Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton) before returning to Traffic. Eventually, becoming a wildly successful solo artist. Suffice it to say, Steve Winwood casts a long shadow on classic rock. … Continue reading Retro Review: Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life (1986)

Podcast Review: Up and Vanished & Monster

With two seasons each of Up and Vanished and Monster, and a deal with the Oxygen network, documentary filmmaker Payne Lindsey, and his Tenderfoot TV banner, is fast becoming a singular force in both podcasting and true crime. A good documentary should tell a good story, maybe peel away layers on a forgotten issue or person and if they’re really exceptional, they can bring about justice or change. … Continue reading Podcast Review: Up and Vanished & Monster

Retro Review: The Silos – The Silos (1990)

We could spend days splitting hairs about the origin of Alternative Country but it’s worth noting that NYC based The Silos, built around Walter Salas-Humara and Bob Rupe, released their first album, About Her Steps, in 1986, when Alt-Country godfathers, Uncle Tupelo, were still in high school playing covers as The Primitives. In 1987, The Silos released Cuba and that led to being voted Rolling Stone’s Best New Artist of … Continue reading Retro Review: The Silos – The Silos (1990)

This Business with Jeff Bezos

Marshall McLuhan famously said “Control the media. Control the message.” Look, if the world’s richest man decides to blow up his marriage, and take nude photos of himself to share with his lover, that’s his business. Is it salacious? Yes. Newsworthy? Probably. Important? No. American Media Inc, the parent of tabloid newspaper The National Enquirer, acquired nude selfies of Jeff Bezos. At the same time, … Continue reading This Business with Jeff Bezos

Retro Review: BoDeans – Outside Looking In (1987)

I recently wrote about the awesome podcast The Session with Christian James Hand and I started to re-consider some older albums. I was curious to see if the albums, and the bands, have withstood the test of time. With the 1986 T-Bone Burnett produced Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams and being voted Best New American Band by the readers of Rolling Stone, Wisconsin’s … Continue reading Retro Review: BoDeans – Outside Looking In (1987)

Podcast Review: The Session with Christian James Hand

If you’re a music nerd, of which I gleefully admit I am, a song isn’t just a song, it’s your sustenance. You want, need, to know everything about the song or the band. Names like George Martin, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, and Tom Dowd mean something to you. Before he was known as a headphone entrepreneur and billionaire, Jimmy Iovine was a producer. I would … Continue reading Podcast Review: The Session with Christian James Hand

Review: The Two Fyre Festival Documentaries on Hulu and Netflix

If you’re above a certain age and/or oblivious of pop culture, you probably have no idea about the fiasco that was the Fyre Festival. It was conceived as a high-end/exclusive concert on a remote Caribbean island. For a price, a very steep price, the hoi polloi could hang out & party with the rich & famous (or at least social media famous). Well, that was … Continue reading Review: The Two Fyre Festival Documentaries on Hulu and Netflix

Review: True Detective Season Three

The first season of True Detective is the television equivalent of Guns-n-Roses first album “Appetite for Destruction“. As Guns-n-Roses knows all too well, no matter how good anything is that follows, it will never be that good. Nic Pizzolatto’s intelligent and dark detective series finally returned for a third season on HBO this past Sunday. Season three is top lined by Academy and Golden Globe … Continue reading Review: True Detective Season Three

Being an introvert is not an illness

I’m not exactly sure why, but some people still consider someone who is an introvert as having some sort of ailment. I know this because I’m an introvert and just had that conversation two weeks ago . . . for the umpteenth time. Having just met this person, who is a friend of a friend, we found ourselves sharing a cab on our way to … Continue reading Being an introvert is not an illness

My Play: The Salt Pit

In October of last year, my short play The Salt Pit was selected to be part of the Emerging Artist Theater’s New Writer Series. Once again, my good friend Elizabeth Burkhard Directed the play and Produced it with me. Elizabeth Bell was the Stage Manager, Sherry Martinez was the Costume Designer and Jake Haven Parisseas was the Violence Coordinator. We also cast an amazing group … Continue reading My Play: The Salt Pit

Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

It would seem as though the holiday season is not only a time for Santa Claus and Krampus but also for Charlie Brooker to release a new installment of Black Mirror. This year Netflix and Charlie Brooker dropped an interactive movie titled Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. In a nutshell, an interactive movie (or TV show) allows you to navigate, with the aid of your remote control, … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

As we’re firmly ensconced in the Peak TV era, choosing the Top 10 television shows is almost a fool’s errand, but why not give it a go? In no particular order: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) – If you liked the first season (and you should) you’ll enjoy the second. If you’re unfamiliar with the significance of summer vacations in the Catskills (the Borscht Belt) … Continue reading Top 10 TV Shows of 2018

Investigative Journalism . . . not dead yet.

It’s no secret that journalism has taken it on the chin for the past 10-15 years. With media consolidation and downsizing it’s not a big secret that most journalism has become either polarizing or inane and finding anything objective can be challenging, at best (an insanely reductive sentence, I am aware). That’s not to say that objective journalism doesn’t exist, it does (Media Matters, PBS, … Continue reading Investigative Journalism . . . not dead yet.

A Modern Day Tammany Hall . . . But None of the Benefits

What was Tammany Hall? Unless you’re from New York City, lived here or have an odd interest in 19th century NYC politics, I suspect you would have no idea what Tammany Hall was. In short, it was a NYC political organization (affiliated with the Democratic Party), incorporated in 1789 and dominated New York City politics from about 1854 through about 1934. At the height of … Continue reading A Modern Day Tammany Hall . . . But None of the Benefits

A Sh*t Show

It’s been a shit show in Washington D.C. for many years now. Yesterday’s veiled attempt at Congressional empathy reached a new and divisive low.  The Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh senate interviews.  On the one hand you had a brutal, gut wrenching and credible story from a woman who clearly lives with the horrible memory of an event no woman (or man) should ever … Continue reading A Sh*t Show