Tuesday 22 Jul
 
 

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0

Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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DVDs for Dad make for a no-brainer gift


Rod Lott June 8th, 2010

Father's Day is June 20, and if your dad is like most red-blooded American males, it's a good bet that gifted shiny discs to feed into his DVD or Blu-ray player won't be met with disdain. Here are nin...

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"Royal Pains: Season 1"
Among USA's original series, "Burn Notice" gets most of the love, but "Royal Pains" shouldn't be ignored, either. Mark Feuerstein stars " and charms " as Dr. Hank Lawson, rebuilding his personal and professional life in the Hamptons, living with his quirky brother (Paulo Costanzo). The show's first 12 episodes are contained within three discs, complete with commentaries and outtakes. Mirth and medicine has never been mixed so well, so if your pop digs USA's "Psych" and "Monk," prescribe him this, too.



"Z Rock: Season 2"
It's not quite "Spinal Tap" " or even "School of Rock" " but the IFC series "Z Rock" manages its share of jokes and jams. These 10 eps center on heavy metal outfit ZO2, a real band whose members essentially play themselves, and pay the bills by gigging at kids' birthday parties by day. The laughs come from the raunch, and several name musicians cameo. If Dad has a collection of ratty concert tees, this show might punch his ticket.



"Pulling John"
Sly Stallone, you've just been pwn3d! "Over the Top" is no longer the greatest arm-wrestling movie ever made! That honor " albeit in a subgenre of, well, two " goes to "Pulling John," a documentary of undefeated world champion John Brzenk who's grappling with possible retirement at age 40. Like similar docs "Anvil" and "The King of Kong," this one will have you cheering ... and perhaps even tearing up (although your secret is safe with me if that happens). Your father may have taught you the art of arm wrestling; here's a chance to pay him back.



"The A-Team: The Complete Series"
Melinda Culea fans, represent! All five seasons of NBC
 
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