While visiting my cousins’ years ago, in New York City, I got a broader exposure to music. In between, uh, “cigarettes”, I also got a brief history of the E Street Band. Including who Steven Van Zandt, Miami Steve and Little Steven was. Somehow Little Steven’s first solo album, Men Without Women, came out, made its way onto the turntable and one of my cousins … Continue reading Retro Review: Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul – Men Without Women (1982)
I recently began writing for the Italian news site, InsideOver. One of the articles I wrote was about the Green New Deal (Top Five Myths – they’re not really the top five, but . . . ). In any event, I also have the article on HERE. And in keeping with the tradition of new ideas realllly pissing off old white men (especially ideas from … Continue reading Green New Deal
Even though I’ve called the East Coast my home for well over half my life now, I am a Midwestern boy through and through. One of the many traits we Midwesterners carry with us, no matter where we hang our hat, is our work ethic. It’s solid. It’s certainly something I’ve carried with me through the years and it’s definitely something I look for in … Continue reading Soul Asylum
One of the primary argument’s for globalization was that it would bring many aspects of the world closer. Be it political, economic or cultural, in essence, globalization would make the world “smaller”. And yet, as recently as 20 years ago, the world seemed so big. Especially in the search for good music. Perhaps I am waxing nostalgic, but it seemed you had to work for … Continue reading Globalization & Music — The World Got Smaller, But Better?
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?
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
The Seven Things I Learned Microdosing LSD About a year ago, a friend of mine sent me Ayelet Waldman’s book A Very Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage and My Life. Unfamiliar with her work and having no idea what microdosing was . . . until I read the back. What the …? Even though I had given up drugs a long … Continue reading Microdosing LSD
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
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)
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)
Suicide and addiction are both serious mental health issues. If you’ve reached a certain age your life has probably been affected by one or the other, maybe even both. And the truth is there’s never going to a perfect time to ask for advice or help. You just gotta ask. We’re at what is arguably the most polarizing point in recent memory. Certainly in my … Continue reading When to Ask for Advice or Help?