Sideways, 16 Years Later

Sideways, 16 Years Later

I want to like Sideways, I really do. Alexander Payne's 2004 film, which tracks Paul Giamatti's Miles and Thomas Haden Church's Jack across a bachelor party tour of California wine country, spends much of its runtime celebrating writing and creation. It's just the kind of movie someone who writes a blog that is partially about [...]

The Queue: Head Automatica, Lights and Michelle Branch

The Queue: Head Automatica, Lights and Michelle Branch

The Queue is a recurring excuse for me to talk about songs or albums in short form. This week I examine a catchy Head Automatica track, my slow-growing love for Canadian pop star Lights and a great finale from Michelle Branch. Let’s investigate. Head Automatica – "Laughing at You" Head Automatica's 2004 debut Decadence is, [...]

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor and the Surrender of Power

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor and the Surrender of Power

Hank Green's A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is a complex story. An alien hive intelligence, the perils of social media celebrity and a talking monkey are among the natural headline fodder of the plot's explosive adventure. Beyond that, it's legitimately astounding that Green managed to release a book in mid-2020 that is so keenly attuned to [...]

The Guilt of Bad Albums

The Guilt of Bad Albums

By the time Third Eye Blind released Ursa Major in 2009 it had been six years since the band's last album (2003's Out of the Vein) and nine years since the band's last substantial hit ("Never Let You Go"). The only people who cared about Ursa Major were the people who cared about Third Eye [...]