Monday, September 28, 2015

Song of the Week: Castaway

Earlier this year Blues Traveler released a new album called "Blow Up The Moon". I find the album a big appointment overall. True, it's supposed to be more of a collaboration album than a Blues Traveler album, but I don't like most of the collaborations. The first 3 or 4 songs are OK (just OK), but the rest aren't very good.

"Castaway" is probably the best song on the album (the title track isn't too bad, either), but that's not saying much.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Last Five Books I Bought

It's been a while since my last "Last Five Books" post. I typically say the last five books and why, but any regular reader of this blog will know the whys when they see the authors.

The Killing Kind by, Chris Holm. People who have read this blog, know that I've been promoting Holm for a while now. I can't wait to see what he does in a different genre. The only thing holding me back from tearing into this right now is the fact that I'm halfway through Ron Chernow's Washington: A Life.

The Cartel by, Don Winslow. Again, regular readers know I love Don Winslow. This sequel to The Power of the Dog would have been my next read if I had finished Washington before The Killing Kind came out.
The Devil's Game by, Sean Chercover. The sequel to The Trinity Game.
The Sun Also Rises by, Ernest Hemingway. A few years ago I read all of Hemingway's short stories and got to realize why many consider him among the greatest writers of the 20th Century. I haven't gotten around to many of his novels, so when I went to his home in Key West this summer, I picked up one of his novels in the gift shop.
The Man in the High Castle by, Philip K. Dick. I was blown away by the pilot for Amazon's series based on this book, so I had to read the original source material. I found the pacing to be a little off and the tension wasn't as great as the show, but it was an interesting read. I can't wait to see the Amazon series (starting November 20, 2015).

Monday, September 21, 2015

Song of the Week: High Minded

While listening to WBGO's Blues Hour one Friday afternoon, I heard a song from Jarekus Singleton that I thought was great, so I decided to find out more. After self-releasing album in 2011, The Jarekus Singleton Blues Band was signed to a contract with Alligator Records and released the album Refuse to Lose in 2014. A mix of blues, hip hop, and funk, the album launched Singleton as someone to watch on the blues scene. Almost all the songs on the album are great, but my favorites are "Hell", "Sorry", and "High Minded".

"High Minded" was the song I heard on WBGO, so that is going to be our song of the week.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Song of the Week: West Coast Blues

Let's ring out August with some Oscar Peterson. He was one of the greatest pianists of the 20th Century.

Friday, August 28, 2015

MST3K Friday: Girls of MST3K VII

"I declare this movie suddenly great!"
"Is this really an appropriate place for the soft core porn music?"

Monday, August 24, 2015

Song of the Week: Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart

I had planned to quietly have every song of the week for August be jazz, but then Chris Cornell released a single for his new album Higher Truth. The first single, "Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart", is pretty good and if the rest of the album is around this quality, it'll be a lot better than 2009's terrible Scream.

Friday, August 21, 2015

MST3K Friday: Gamera

"Hey Sandy Frank; isn't that when you drop your hot dog at the beach?"