Over the weekend, I caught up on Best Picture Nominee Bohemian Rhapsody (more on that later). Given that I was six when Freddie Mercury died, I never had the chance to catch the arena rock band live. The movie did allow me the chance to revisit one of my favorite live albums: the Queen + Paul Rodgers record Return of the Champions.
2019 is not Netflix’s first dance with the Academy Awards, but it is the company's most significant year at the Oscars. The streaming service is up for 15 nominations in some of the industry’s most important categories.
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.
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.
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.
I will try to approach the next eleven months with an open mind, but my favorite album of 2019 might have been released just eighteen days into the year. Singer-songwriter Steve Gunn’s The Unseen In Between is an incredible record that I can’t stop listening to.
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:
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.
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.