Archive for March 2012

Madonna's "MDNA": Not Worth the Hype

Madonna's "MDNA": Not Worth the Hype
You how sometimes you start reading a book and it’s not that good, but you feel guilty ditching it because everyone else likes it and you feel like you should too? That’s how I felt about Madonna’s new album, “MDNA.” After a couple days of listening, I just wasn’t enjoying it, so I gave myself... Read more »

Famous Boy Bands: Past and Present Gems

The Monkees - The formation of this band was 100% calculated for the t.v. show bearing the same name, and the group is back at the forefront of our minds with the sad passing of Monkee Davy Jones.  With timeless hits such as "I'm a Believer" and "Last Train to Clarksville," their place in history is solid.
With the advent of One Direction, boy band du jour, it caused me to ponder boy bands of days gone by.  But first, let’s consult The Official Source for Everything (Wikipedia) for a definition of boy bands: A boy band (or boyband) is loosely defined as a popular music act consisting of only male singers.... Read more »

New Music: The Shins, Andrew Bird and One Direction

Andrew Bird: “Break it Yourself” – Andrew Bird is a local boy having graduated from Lake Forest HS and then getting an undergrad degree in violin performance from Northwestern (pretty much the same as my degree).  I tried him out after noticing “Break it Yourself” on iTunes’ Top 10.  He has a unique sound, combining... Read more »
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The Hunger Games Soundtrack: More Than Just Taylor Swift

The Hunger Games Soundtrack: More Than Just Taylor Swift
On the eve of the release of the movie where all the kids kill each other (The Hunger Games, in case this is your first exposure to any form of media in several weeks), may I offer an alternative? The soundtrack! A well crafted movie soundtrack can be like a good mix tape, if you’re... Read more »

The Oprah Interview with Lady Gaga: Not What You Might Expect

The Oprah Interview with Lady Gaga: Not What You Might Expect
Well, I hunkered down to watch Oprah’s interview with Lady Gaga tonight expecting to get some great material for poking fun.  I’m not a huge Lady Gaga fan, and frankly Oprah drives me a little nuts, so it seemed like a match made in heaven.  I don’t want to go so far as to say watching... Read more »

Why I May Never Love Another Bruce Springsteen Album

Why I May Never Love Another Bruce Springsteen Album
Last week I began listening to Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “Wrecking Ball.”  I became an avid fan as a fresh faced, decidedly not from New Jersey teen, and while Bruce and I parted ways a bit for a time, I was excited to hear what he had to offer.  My response?  Meh.  It wasn’t bad,... Read more »
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New Music: Bruce Springsteen, Lyle Lovett and Robert Glasper

Here is what I’ve listening to this past week: Bruce Springsteen – “Wrecking Ball”.  I’m a Bruce fan from waaay back in the eighties.  If you are pining for the days when Bruce was sneaking down to the river with Mary, you might not like this album.  Our man is disillusioned with the state of... Read more »