The Ten Albums That Influenced Me

There is a Facebook "challenge" floating around that is bringing attention to the artwork of album covers. Each thread calls on readers to “post the covers of ten albums in ten days; albums that have had a big influence on you and that you still play. Be honest. No explanation, just artwork.”

What Saturday Night Live’s Finale Says About SNL’s Trump Problem

Saturday Night Live closed out their forty-third season last night. The episode, which was hosted by Tina Fey and featured Nicki Minaj as the musical guest, was emblematic of the variety show’s entire season. The SNL finale placed politics and cameos in the forefront of its show for yet another episode. They doubled-down on mediocre material that was a desperate attempt to put a lasting political stamp on the season. It was almost as if SNL was openly admitting that they cannot help themselves: they have a Trump problem

Courtney Barnett Captivates At Union Transfer

It is not often that you can go to a show where the audience is hearing mostly new music and does not get restless. Usually a longing for familiarity kicks in at some point. The concert at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer on Wednesday night was not your typical show. Courtney Barnett mesmerized a sold-out crowd that hung on every word and chord for an hour and a half. 

Review: Marty Thompson’s Romantic Stories

It is not often that you find an album that was recorded on a pink ukulele on the Bavarian Alps, but Marty Thompson can lay that unique claim to his new LP, Romantic Stories. The LP will be Marty Thompson's second. Romantic Stories has traces of a Bavarian influence, but mostly contains a rock and country sound.

Music Monday: George Harrison’s “It Don’t Come Easy”

“It Don’t Come Easy” is a staple of Ringo Starr’s long career as a solo artist. The catchy single was released early in Starr’s post-Beatles tenure and remains one of his most recognizable solo tracks. There is a lesser-known version of the song by a different Beatle: George Harrison. When you listen to George Harrison’s “It Don’t Come Easy,” the song changes completely. Even though the track superficially sounds the same, Harrison created a deeper and more enduring piece of music.

Mother’s Day Music: Queen Of Jeans’ “Walk Like An Egyptian”

Today is Mother’s Day. Even though it is one of the most important holidays of the year, it is tough to hunt down Mother’s Day music. The Intruders, Pink Floyd, and LL Cool J all have music about Mom, but none of those artists made a fun music video with their mothers quite like Philadelphia’s Queen of Jeans.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Deserved One More Season

Fox took a hatchet to their comedy lineup on Thursday. The network canceled three sitcoms from their 2018 lineup, The Last Man On Earth, The Mick, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The cancellation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine led to an online outcry. After five seasons, the series had developed a faithful following that was disappointed the series would not be returning. Late Friday evening, NBC rescued Brooklyn Nine-Nine by picking up the series for a 13-episode sixth season. Brooklyn Nine-Nine deserved one more season. Brooklyn Nine-Nine earned a chance  to end on its own terms.

Nine Inch Nails Are Making You Buy Physical Concerts Tickets Again

The music industry has gone through a retro-revolution lately. Vinyl record sales have trended upwards for twelve years. Even cassettes are making a comeback as a collectible. The ticket buying experience might be the next part of the music business to look to the past. Industrial rock gods Nine Inch Nails are doing yet another avant-garde concept: they are making you buy physical tickets and you will have to wait in line to do it.

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