Remember the Spaghetti: See-I & the Pimps of Joytime. Union Transfer. Philly. 1.7.12

There are four things to talk about: 1) the pulled pork sandwich at North Third 2) Union Transfer, Philly’s newest music venue 3) The Pimps of Joytime 4) See-I It’s best to run through this chronologically, so we’ll start at North Third. You probably only know about North Third if you live in Philly or ...

What’s up? My Legs! – praising the re-watchability of Forgetting Sarah Marshall

It was nice because it had nothing to do with Iowa, as last night I realized that Forgetting Sarah Marshall had reached the ultimate pantheon of re-watchability. It had reached the Shawshank Level- a level previously only occupied by Shawshank Redemption, old episodes of the Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Anchorman and morning episodes ...

Banana Bread Dreams & Egg Nog w/ Rum Wishes: Looking back at Christmas Memories

Christmas memories are like episodes of Madmen- face it, they’re all awesome, just in their own unique ways. There was one lovely Christmas in Maine when I was working at Bay Lines and pulled the Downbay PM shift, which in the days leading up to Christmas looked like one of the more desire able shifts, ...

Proper Rock Drums: Not To Be Denied!

Last night I faced both my mortality as well as my past self at the exact same time. And yes, opening lines don’t get much heavier than that. They just don’t. Look it up…the Google machine, the email maker, the YouTube producer…they will all tell you the exact same thing. Fact. Here’s the thing, playing ...

Top 5 1/2 Albums of 2011

I don’t buy as much new music as I used too. For years, I made weekly trips to Bull Moose in Portland to pick up a CD or two- sometimes three. Then I got into I-tunes and for a spell, foolishly bought more than I should simply based on the relative ease it took to ...

The Future of the Black Keys: two musicians, five questions, one concerned fan

Are the Black Keys selling out? This question has been stuck in my head since it was announced that their March tour date in Philly was at the big joint- the Wachovia Center. Why couldn’t they play the Tower Theater or the Electric Factory? Are they really that popular or is someone assuming they are ...

Loyalty Preserved: a review of The Roots’ undun

There are some albums out there that take a little while to get into. The Roots’ new album undun is one such album. The first time I listened to it I almost didn’t make it the whole way through and was a little disappointed because in my opinion- it was good, but lacking bangers. Banger ...

Constants in Consistency: My Relationship with Rustic Overtones.

My right foot is numb. I just spent a half hour watching clips of Rustic Overtones on YouTube. I should have picked a better way to sit before I started watching a couple of old Bill Withers’ clips before seeing what the old internet had for Rustic clips. No really, my right foot is dead ...

Thunderclaps of the Truth: a review of My Morning Jacket at the Mann Center in Philadelphia (8/23/11)

Jim James rocks a duster! There is a gorilla on drums! After last night’s show at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, I’m sold- My Morning Jacket are the truth. They are the next great American rock band. For a hot minute, I thought that band might be Kings of Leon- but they seem to be ...

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