Conan’s New Podcast Is Comedy Gold

Conan O’Brien has spent parts of four decades in television. I have been a fan since the mid-2000s, using Late Night as an excuse to procrastinate while writing college papers. Despite the vast comedy brilliance that has brought more laughter to me than any other late-night host, Conan's new podcast Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend is the perfect medium for the comedian.

With The Return Of True Detective, HBO’s 2019 Lineup Poised For Monster Year

In January, HBO answered its biggest question mark of the year with the return of a series in need of a rebound. Thankfully, the new True Detective is good again. Led by Mahershala Ali, the show is recapturing its magic with a similar story arc that made season one successful. True Detective is not the only show in the premium channel’s powerhouse year. HBO’s 2019 lineup will offer an incredible list of must-see TV.

Steve Gunn Shreds His Way Through Union Transfer Set

I am fortunate to live in a city that is a regular tour stop for a host of bands. I am even luckier to be in an area that has a tremendous homegrown music scene. One truly special Philadelphia-bred musician, Steve Gunn, played a show at Union Transfer on Saturday night.

10 Thoughts On The 2019 Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations for the 2019 Academy Awards were announced today. There were a few surprises and snubs, but overall most of the nominations went as expected. More posts will follow as I catch up on a few films, but here are my ten initial thoughts on the 2019 Oscars:

Sound City’s “Mantra” – Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme’s Brief Supergroup

Six years ago, Dave Grohl released his documentary Sound City on January 31, 2013. The film was not only notable for its exploration of the famous Van Nuys studio's history, but for its soundtrack. In some instances, the Sound City soundtrack tied into work that was created in the studio. In others, it was just an excuse to bring great performers together.

Music Monday: Punk Newbies Starcrawler

Last week I caught the end of a great new song as I was flipping from station to station on my way home from work. I had no idea what the rest of the track was, but its rush of guitars and anthemic reach made me want to listen to everything from this new band. Just like Milo Green last November, the last few notes of Starcrawler’s “Hollywood Ending” were enough to hook me.

Smart TV: Amazon Prime’s Jack Ryan, Mrs. Maisel

After years of fighting the urge to subscribe to another streaming service, I finally signed up for Amazon Prime in December. Two early binges of Amazon content revealed that Prime's exclusives trump Hulu and rival Netflix. With a trove of films and series like A League Of Their Own and The Lord Of The Rings in development, it will be hard to unsubscribe.

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