Ma Dukes on WABC in NYC

My mom appeared on a little news piece for WABC news in NYC about people with pre-diabetes. She’s awfully cute, watch it here.

Long Way Down

This past month, Fox Reality Channel aired Long Way Down, a reality show following actors Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trip from Scotland to South Africa. Hate reality shows? You might actually like this one. Read my review here.

What the fuck happened to Kings of Leon?

I, for one, would love to know. Since their debut, Youth and Young Manhood, and especially on their second album, Aha Shake Heartbreak, I championed these Southern-rock-via-post-punk good ol’ boys. But their new album, Only By the Night, is inexcusably bad. Find out why here. Let’s remember the good old days.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman, the 1985 film from director Hector Bebanco, was released on DVD and Blu-Ray this week. The nuance of the story and the impressive acting of stars William Hurt and Raul Julia made me sorry I had waited almost 25 years to finally see this movie. Read my review here and watch the trailer below.

Deerhoof Offends Maggie

Deerhoof’s new album, Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars), takes off where The Runner’s Four left off, as I explain in my review for Blurt Magazine. I would call this record one of their best, perfectly melding their classic rock and pop sensibilities with their most art-damaged rock.

Dallas Observer Reprint

It just came to my attention that my War on Drugs review was recently reprinted in the Dallas Observer. This album is definitely in my top five of the year. If you haven’t checked them out yet, please do so immediately, and read my review here.

Karl Blau

Karl Blau‘s latest, Nature’s Got Away (Kelp Monthly), came out a few weeks ago, but my review is running today. Blau makes charming twee-influenced indie pop that is as intelligent as it is playful. This is normally not my bread and butter, but this album hits me in all the right spots.