Believe it or not, I watched the pilot for “Gotham.” Here are some feelings and thoughts that I came up with and then typed:

1.) Good start, then less good, and then both bad and good. But not “so bad it’s good.” Just flip flopping. I thought they handled the Wayne m-rder really well, and that kid’s scream alone in the alley was awesome. I liked the introduction of Bullock and I liked the early bits of showing Jim Gordon as both composed and badass. All of this happened in the first 10 minutes. From there, then we get the “story” which isn’t much of a story. I am willing to give this show the benefit of the doubt and assume that the pilot has a TON of heavy lifting to do early on, so there’s lots of set-up to handle. They did it in a largely entertaining way, it’s just they were doing it better at the beginning before they started in with the whole “Remember these past events” type scenes. Continue reading ‘Random Thoughts: “Gotham”’

I have never been a fan of Lebron James. I’ve always kind of found him boring, and I finally figured out why: he has no rival. He exists in a vacuum of his own talent. The only thing he ever needs to overcome (it would seem) is his own insecurity. And talent on its own isn’t compelling.  Continue reading ‘Lebron James Is Boring’

A friend recently sent me a copy of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” insisting that I listen to it.

I barely got through it.

Of course I’ve heard “Thriller” all the way through before. I think. I’m pretty sure. I think, given the amount of times I’ve heard the hits through my life, I’ve probably lapped the album over and over again. Despite never owning the album until recently, it was a clear part of my childhood. Mostly due to ubiquity, but there you have it. I also consider “Billie Jean” to be The Best, and I constantly rework the chorus to “Wanna Be Starting Something” to fit my daily activities (such as “Wanna Be Carvin’ Pumpkin” or “Wanna Be Fartin’ Something”).

But all of that aside, this album… I can’t do it. And I think I know why:

That musical period — the big rock and pop of the early 80’s — is my least favorite period.

The years between 1981 and 1991 showed the rise of U2 (one of my least favorite bands), Bruce Springsteen (who got started earlier, but became a super-duper star at this time… either way never did it for me), as well as the low-point of the Rolling Stones. The Ramones struggled, the Clash broke up, Van Halen used synth keys AND broke up, and KISS took off their make-up. David Bowie and Mick Jagger made the video for “Dancing In the Street,” arguably the most embarrassing duet since “The Girl Is Mine” by Jackson and McCartney. On the other end, I never got into Metallica, or the underground hard core and punk scenes, or any of the bands mentioned in “This Band Could Be Your Life.”

…I think, technically, “Dancing” is more embarrassing because of a.) the video, b.) the clothes worn in the video, c.) the fact that these were once titans of the industry who clearly seem lost in their strange homoeroticism, and d.) the video again. BUT this last trip through “Thriller” reminded me of how awful (awful awful AWE-FULL) “Girl is Mine” remains. All the things embarrassing (yes, I’m embarrassed for the people involved while I passively listen) elements of “Girl is Mine” actually trickle their way through the remainder of the album, specifically synthesizer. Truth be told, as much as I enjoy “Wanna Be Starting Something,” my eyes almost rolled out of my skull when those “horns” first popped up. Sooooooooooo shitty.

Oh, there are many band and albums I enjoy from this period. “Purple Rain,” much of the early R.E.M. albums, and lots of singles. But there’s always things to enjoy in things you claim they don’t enjoy (like how I hate U2, but I can still list 8 songs I like). I think that era was the height of the pop single, with artists producing radio-friendly hits which play for a few minutes before changing to another artist.

I’m not sure where this leads me other than away from “Thriller.” Maybe someday I will feel differently. But I don’t know how differently I’d have to feel to allow synth horns.

A-Hole Cartoons


I recently came across an irritating cartoon. This one.

Political Cartoon

It irritated me for a number of reasons, mostly for the fact that it assumes people with a liberal arts degree look down on those who go to trade schools (or anyone, for that matter). It actually proves its own ignorance in a couple of ways.

First off, it assumes a grand generalization, which makes them an asshole. Continue reading ‘A-Hole Cartoons’

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are basically “Please Love Me” outlets. I’m totally unique that way. You probably post stuff out of the goodness of your heart, and you don’t want those luscious internet kisses in the forms of “likes” and stars and re-tweets and shout outs. Good for you.

Bad for me. But also good for me. In a weird brain flux, I decided to Tweet for a couple hours about the Hives, one of my favorite bands. And it paid off: long story short, their official feed gave me a shout out. Actually they told their fans I was “on fire tonight,” which feels great.

The whole story, in a long nutshell: Continue reading ‘The Hives and Twitter Power’

I made a serious leap this weekend, when I bought (used) the Nirvana box set “With the Lights Out.” It’s a collection of demos, live cuts, alternate takes, B-sides and oddities. It’s natural for a popular-yet-defunct band to release such sets, but they’re definitely not for everyone. So why did *I* get it? And what does that say about me that I can’t stop humming “Sappy?” Continue reading ‘Demo Tracks: The Gateway to Fanship’

Here are some movies about bands, rock music and the like which I enjoy. Some have authoritatively been called “Great” others have not. I make no apologies for it. It’s just a list, in no particular order. Continue reading ‘I Like Movies About Rock Bands/Rock Music’


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