'Sound & Color'

Listen to the newest song from Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes are the band you forgot to make your favorite band to three years ago. You’ve probably heard of the rootsy Americana band from Athens, Alabama. Their stellar debut Boys & Girls went Gold and it spawned three official singles that made it to some sort of chart; most notably their breakout hit “Hold…

All the Birds, Singing

‘All the Birds, Singing’ reviewed

Evie Wyld’s second novel, All the Birds, Singing, reads like it is trying to be a great literary work to be studies in classroom. There is repetition of symbols, dialogue, and imagery. Over and over again. There are the birds, people moving like snakes, the rain, and the quote the human eye senses movement before all else.

Station Eleven

‘Station Eleven’ reviewed

Station Eleven is the best novel I have read this year. The 2014 genre-bending, post-apocalyptic, award-winning effort from Emily St. John Mandel was the seventh book I have read in 2015. Admittedly, I didn’t think it would be as good as it was, and I only picked it up because it was so highly recommended.…

Best Picture Plus/Minus

The statistical best Best Picture

There are a lot of arbitrary lists out there giving a ‘definitive’ ranking of the best, and even worst, Best Picture winners. Some of these boil down strictly to preference. A lot take a look at the dominant field they won against. For instance, there was a big hoopla over Crash winning the Oscar in 2005 over…

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Five best Super Bowl XLIX commercials

This was probably the greatest Super Bowl in recent memory. At least the greatest last half minute. But let’s take a look at the five best commercials from the event. I’m going to stay away from trailers for films, because that’s a different ballgame. 

The Girl on the Train

‘The Girl on the Train’ reviewed

I decided to mix things up for my last book of the month. I picked up a hot thriller – so hot that some have claimed it’s the most gripping book of the genre since Gone Girl. I’m not so certain that Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train is going to be the runaway hit that…

AT40

Top 5 from AT40 – January 2015

At the end of each month, I’m going to take a look at the current American Top 40 and pick my favorite pop songs of the moment. Just because I really think my opinion is that important (sarcasm) and because I just want more consistent posts here.