Category Archive: ideas

The Year End List That Never Was

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here. But the fact is, I’ve been doing A LOT of writing in 2017. More than I ever have before. I finished draft three… Continue reading

I’ve Finally Found Pop Music and Now I Live In ‘Madonnaland’

I’ve been listening to a lot of Madonna lately. When I tell friends and coworkers this, they act surprised because they know my Titus Andronicus tee-shirt and my affinity for discovering the faces… Continue reading

November 9th: The Greatest Playlist You’ll Ever Need This Inauguration Day

It starts with “Big Trouble” by Man Man, with very unsettling, dissonant, horns on the off beat song. It’s the kind of intro that leads you into the villain’s lair. You’re not quite… Continue reading

The Wave Of The Future: Music Writing Can Be Anything You Want It To Be/I Love Kendrick Lamar Now

Last year, when I was really into making lists, writing and avoiding my job, I made an “Overrated Albums of 2012” list. (You can read it here.) I also spent a lot of time, during… Continue reading

I’m All Out Of Love With The Music Internet

Dear Music Internet, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years devoted to you. I became involved with Music Twitter and my obsession over releases, news cycles, album reviews and… Continue reading

My Love For Dr. Dog Is A Massive, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Easy Beat Or Go Home

I remember my very first interaction with Dr. Dog. I was a freshman in college and learning my way around our campus radio station. On the overly-heavy studio door was a bunch of… Continue reading

What Have You Been Listening To Lately? Nothing. (Actually, Not Really.) Also, I Have A Bone To Pick With Haim

I want to ask myself what I’ve been listening to lately. But there has been a drought. And the Internet seems to agree. I hadn’t made a mid-year year-end list only because I was busy… Continue reading

An Actual Personal History/Manifesto: The Story Of The Blog, Our New News Vessel

I have this really intimate relationship with writing. Ever since I started writing “seriously” it’s always been immediate. Let’s start from the beginning. When I was a junior in college, I spent a… Continue reading

Reasonable Doubt: Marketing Big Hip Hop

I thought hip hop was supposed to be rebellious. You know, that it would Take A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. But now it seems that Big Hip Hop has become what… Continue reading

Devon Powers Explains, There Is No “New Boss”: There Is No “New” Narrative

Since the last time we spoke, Patrick Stickles “publicly” “attacked” me on twitter about the review I wrote of his show. It was awesome and ended well. I think we’re friends now. (When… Continue reading