Music

Music

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley

Brain Nuggets - July

Brain Nuggets – July

Here is your latest bowl of cranial chunks. Grab a spoon and dig in. Peter Jackson has made it official. The unnecessary cash-grab of stretching the 300 pages of The Hobbit into two movies is now even more unnecessary as it will become three movies. We already knew that he was adding characters into The [...]

Worshiping the church of Spotify

Worshiping the church of Spotify

I was once a devout follower of the church of Pandora. I suffered through the streaming caps, endured the songs I had no interest in hearing because I had already skipped over too many. My days were full of unanswered questions like “How is this artist at all similar to the suggestions?” and “Why can’t [...]

Hans Zimmer's The Dark Knight Rises Score

Hans Zimmer’s The Dark Knight Rises Score

James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer collaborated on the scores for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. For The Dark Knight Rises, Hans Zimmer is finally allowed to fly solo and he soars. Their work on Batman Begins was atmospheric and at times evocative of being in a cave surrounded by bats. In that regard, [...]

5 Kurt Cobains Who Lived

5 Kurt Cobains Who Lived

Paul McCartney’s new music video “My Valentine” ran in front of The Intouchables when I saw it. Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman starred in the video that Wally Pfister shot, proving that McCartney is still relevant at the age of 70. The song was decent, but not memorable and my mind immediately wondered what new [...]

May Brain Nuggets

May Brain Nuggets

Here is your latest helping of brain nuggets; dipping sauce is optional. The Avengers has made a billion dollars in record time. I see fans on the internet asking if Joss Whedon will use the money he made from this movie to make a second season of Firefly. Sadly, that won’t happen because Nathan Fillion [...]

Bring Out Your Dead: On Deceased Celebrity Endorsements & Performances

Bring Out Your Dead: On Deceased Celebrity Endorsements & Performances

Since a deceased Tupac artificially performed at Coachella via hologram, similar performances are being discussed with other deceased artists. TLC has confirmed that “Left Eye” Lopez will join their tour. The Beach Boys will be playing alongside videos of Carl and Dennis Wilson. Queen is thankfully turning down requests to perform with a virtual Freddy [...]

March Brain Nuggets

March Brain Nuggets

Occasionally I have a “nugget” that isn’t worth a full column. From time to time I might assemble these chunks in the way that processed meat becomes pink slime. I mean, I will serve up Grade A genius distilled into bite-size pieces. Enjoy! I had the privilege of asking Edward James Olmos about Blade Runner [...]

Top 25 Movie Songs from the 80s

Top 25 Movie Songs from the 80s

I spent some time thinking about 80s movies and remakes recently. The readers also really seemed to enjoy Ellie’s 20 Iconic Objects in Movies. I wanted to quickly give you a fun list of the top 10 songs taken from 80s movies. I ended up spending three days on the list and couldn’t just give [...]

The Similarities Between 'Phantom Menace' & Nickelback

The Similarities Between ‘Phantom Menace’ & Nickelback

Two weeks ago I was sincerely excited to bring my daughter to see the re-release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which is somewhat odd given that the movie is nearly universally hated. It certainly helps that this was my daughter’s first opportunity to see Star Wars in a theater surrounded by [...]