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

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

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

This Business with Louis C.K.

So, Louie C.K. dropped by The Comedy Cellar the other night to do a few minutes. 18 months ago, that wouldn’t have been news outside of the comedy world. Today? It’s somehow as newsworthy as an American leader kissing the pinky ring of a Russian leader. And that seems disproportionate. Look, what Louie C.K. did was despicable. There is no doubt about that. I mean, … Continue reading This Business with Louis C.K.

We Need to Talk About Twitter

I don’t like social media. While I have a presence on all of them, I am only moderately active on LinkedIn … and like almost anyone, I only use Instagram to waste time. Facebook? I don’t engage. Google+? Is that still a thing? Tumblr? I’m not a transsexual adult performer so I don’t really use it. Twitter? Ah yes. Twitter. Of the (current) social media big … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Twitter

Podcast Review: The Great God of Depression

The Radiotopia Showcase series presents The Great God of Depression, a five episode podcast. In his 2017 Netflix special 3 Mics, comedian Neal Brennan details his lifelong struggle with depression. I recently outed myself as having battled clinical depression for decades. Last week, in The Hollywood Reporter, media executive Paul Greenberg shared his success story with ECT in treating his depression. It’s fair to say that opening up about clinical … Continue reading Podcast Review: The Great God of Depression

This Business with Les Moonves

Of all the people who have been accused of sexual improprieties, CBS head honcho Les Moonves comes as kind of a shock. At least outside looking in. He always seemed the perfect example of media mogul. Unless you’ve been in a cave, Moonves was, allegedly, far from perfect. Even if a fraction of what is alleged is true (as of this writing the count is up … Continue reading This Business with Les Moonves

Review: Who Is America? on Showtime

This past Sunday, the new Sacha Baron Cohen show, Who Is America?, debuted on Showtime. If you don’t like satire, you won’t like this show (just wait, they’ll re-boot Two and a Half Men). If you like satire, you’ll love it. This show won’t bridge any cultural or political divide that currently exists. But, is that the job of a comedian? No. Is Who Is America? brutal? Yes.  Is it unfair? Perhaps.  Is it … Continue reading Review: Who Is America? on Showtime

Net Neutrality … Again

The past 1 year, 168 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes and 38 seconds (as of this writing) has seen a cavalcade morons march (or goose step, take your pick) into Washington. You might even say Washington is home to a League of Morons. It’s also no secret that the current administration, regardless of educational pedigree or class status, has the intellectual wisdom of an article … Continue reading Net Neutrality … Again

Podcast Review: In the Dark

Journalism is a tough racket. It always has been and it’s been made even more so with the explosion of the digital world, the never-ending media conglomeration and the polarization of political ideology. Today’s news appears to exist only in two worlds, one serves as propaganda and the other as a weak platform for resistance. Neither is ideal. Neither is representative. Because traditional news media … Continue reading Podcast Review: In the Dark

Review: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette on Netflix

Last weekend I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch and I stopped on Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special Nanette. I read the little intro and determined I just wasn’t in the mood to pay the attention needed to watch and listen to an Australian stand-up comedian. So I settled on Portlandia. A few days later, blogger Bob Lefsetz wrote a missive about Nanette … Continue reading Review: Hannah Gadsby: Nanette on Netflix

Review: Season Two of Goliath on Amazon Prime Video

The first season of Amazon’s Goliath was good. It was like a typical David E. Kelley show … but with swear words. In the second season, Kelley passes the showrunning duties to Clyde Phillips (Dexter) and Phillips raises the bar considerably. Not so much with the swear words but with the story and the performances (although there are still plenty of swear words). The 2017 … Continue reading Review: Season Two of Goliath on Amazon Prime Video

This Business With Roseanne Barr

Are we really surprised? Seriously, are we so surprised that Roseanne Barr said something idiotic and despicable? She’s been this way her entire career. Her comedy was mildly amusing, at best, but there seemed to be something cooking under the surface (turns out it was hatred). Barr’s comedy comes from and is delivered with vitriol. We’ve had “angry” comedians in the past, like Richard Pryor … Continue reading This Business With Roseanne Barr

An Open Letter to People Who Walk Their Dog Without a Leash

Dear neighbors who walk their dog unleashed, Hi! I’m the guy with the tan pit bull mix named Rufus. I want to take a moment and ask you to walk your dog with a leash. No, I get it. Your dog is amazing and well-trained. You’ve been through extensive training and your dog knows a slew of verbal commands. Your dog is a service animal … Continue reading An Open Letter to People Who Walk Their Dog Without a Leash