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.
There are few decades-long constants in moviegoing. Even the longest-running film series experience casting changes and dud story arcs. Pixar’s Toy Story continues to defy the normal Hollywood decline. Twenty-five years after its debut, the franchise has cranked out yet one more entertaining film.
I was not looking for a coffee shop during my New Hampshire vacation. The free coffee at the hotel got the job done. During a trip from Meredith to Weir’s Beach, I could not help but stop at Lake Winnipesaukee’s Mello Moose Coffee House. It looked like a friendly place for a cup. Not only was it amiable, but the shop also turned out to be my first experience drinking Nitro Cold Brew.
This is the first post in my new series about coffee houses in the Philadelphia area. Coffee is an everyday comfort. Coffee houses are as much a part of a community's culture as any bar or corner store. They get us going in the morning. They are essential for meetings, minglings, and the fabric of a neighborhood. As myopic as the daily coffee run can be, sometimes coffee is more than a regular boost. No more important coffee is served than the java from Narberth's new business: GETCafe.
The movie Yesterday imagines the unthinkable: a world without The Beatles. Starring Himesh Patel and Lily James, the Danny Boyle film just asks that you consider a world sans the Fab Four for two hours. Watching the removal of the band's immeasurable contribution to culture is a tough ask. They have been everywhere for over 50 years. It turns out that it is a fun way to appreciate John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Late Night tackles the rare big screen subject of a prime time talk show. A queen of comedy is playing out the string as her long-running chat series continues a ratings slump. Even the comedian's husband acknowledges that the show is bad. The threat of cancellation forces the host to shake up her writing staff with a little diversity.
The Black Keys are about to release their ninth album. The record, Let’s Rock, is the band’s first since 2014. Before Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach add another hit LP to their discography, here are the 10 most essential Black Keys songs:
HBO always plugs great music into their TV shows. It is impossible to watch the smash drama Big Little Lies without noticing the song from the opening credits. The song is "Cold Little Heart" by Michael Kiwanuka. It is a perfect choice for the show's theme music and a brilliant start to Big Little Lies.
There are few athletes more controversial than Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter was a generational lightening rod. He was a two time war hero, an enemy of the press and the fans, philanthropist, and curmudgeon. He was also one of the best hitters ever. He is the perfect subject for a film, but no Ted Williams revue could come close to touching his life. Such is the PBS documentary American Masters: Ted Williams.