xx Debut Album: A Track-By-Track Review

August 14, 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of The xx debut album. The self-titled collaboration between Romy Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie xx is an astounding effort from the U.K. dream pop group. xx blends intimacy, minimalism, and musicality at an extraordinary level that resonates a decade later.

Netflix True Crime Documentaries

Watching true crime stories is an intense viewing experience. The violence of the acts are enough to provoke nausea, frustration, and grief. Here are true crime documentaries on Netflix that make you wonder WTF?

The Black Keys Let’s Rock: Track-By-Track Review

The Black Keys are back. Five years may not be a ridiculous absence for some bands, but Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach were everywhere in the beginning of the decade. Three career-changing records over four years vaulted the band into the elite tier of music acts. The ensuing half-decade turned out to be a long time for album number nine to come to fruition: The Black Keys' Let's Rock. 

Meryl Streep Salvages Season Two Of Big Little Lies

The first season of Big Little Lies was a tough, yet addictive watch. The complex lives of five women in Monterrey, California exemplified great drama. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the HBO series featured a strong cast headlined by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz. To create a second season, Moriarty had to scrape together a new story beyond her book. The end result was a product that fell short of the first iteration with one exception: newcomer Meryl Streep.

Funspot – The World’s Largest Video Arcade

The Funspot Family Fun Center in Laconia, NH boasts the world’s largest arcade. It is the kind of brag that usually meets reality when you walk through the door. I braced myself for a letdown. Instead, I found a host of vintage video arcade games and pinball machines. It turns out that Funspot is also the American Classic Arcade Museum. With each turn I found a throwback game and discovered an unexpected yesteryear wonderland.

What Kind Of Music Do I Take On A Road Trip?

What kind of music do I take on a road trip? This question might be priority 85 for most people. This is something I spent more time on than planning the route (or really anything) from Philly to Lake Winnipesauke, New Hampshire. The ten-hour, six-state, 437-mile drive is a long time. Podcasts are not really an option. I listen to baseball and pop-culture podcasts. My wife prefers current event and true crime podcasts. Music it is.

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