Waxing Musically Nostalgic with Michael Z. Land (and Bajakian and McConnell)

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of Michael Z. Land, the justly-famous composer whose musical influence on my youth was both vast and unforgettable. … What do you mean, “He’s not famous?” … What do you mean, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS???” Here. Listen to this: Actually, hang on. That’s a bit [Read More…]

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SSF: “Bill Bonner, Vintage Photo Archivist”

Looking back through my smallish (but rapidly expanding) collection of shorts, I recognize something that I’ve known for some time: I gravitate greatly towards animated shorts. That’s not going to change — because STILL A KID! — but I can also promise that live-action shorts will crop up from time to time (especially sci-fi ones). The [Read More…]

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The Stunning Images of Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Stalker”

A few days ago, a friend and I watched Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker for the first time. As I’ve remarked in the past, I love Tarkovsky. I find him brutally, brutally difficult — almost hopelessly obscure, undeniably challenging, deeply metaphysical. And Stalker is certainly no exception. I have thousands of ideas about what it means, and exactly [Read More…]

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SVS: “Silverado”

Remember a few weeks ago when I recommended The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, even though I wasn’t quite sure why I love it so much? Well, today’s I’m recommending another Western. But this time, I know exactly why I love it. It’s not groundbreaking. It’s not profound. It’s not particularly “Influential” or “Complicated” or “Inspiring” [Read More…]

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One of the Best Baseball Stories EVER Is Finally Over

Yesterday, one of the most fascinating, most inspiring, most inscrutable baseball players in recent memory finally decided it was time to hang up his cleats. View image | gettyimages.com Rick Ankiel has retired. A quick backstory: Rick Ankiel was a “can’t-miss fireballer.” In 1999, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball [Read More…]

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Sam Rocha’s “Late to Love”

That’s Sam Rocha. One-time Patheotte. Academic. Soul-Singer. And most of all, a soul-searcher. He’s got a Ph.D. And a Kickstarter project for a SoulBluesJazzFunkFolk/Gospel album called “Late to Love.” An album that takes its name from St. Augustine’s “Confessions.” A project with the stated intention of making “the craft of the music its main priority.” The soundtrack of a [Read More…]

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Appropriate Title? There Is None.

Elizabeth is always reminding us Catholic Patheosi to be thoughtful about our post titles. Well, I thought about this one for a couple of days, and finally decided that there is no title that could possibly prepare you for this musical …thing. None. Why am I posting it, you ask? Just look at it. That’s [Read More…]

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SVS: “The Secret of Kells”

The Secret of Kells is one of my favorite… …no, wait. I’m going bigger than that. More confident. Let’s try again. *Ahem* The Secret of Kells is one of the finest animated films in recent memory. Period. (It’s also the first film I watched in New York City. And by “first,” I mean “only.”) Sprung from the fertile [Read More…]

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Sonic Wonders with Trevor Cox

I don’t listen to the radio much. I live in a small town, so I’m never driving anywhere for more than about 5-6 minutes at a time. And I walk to work, so there’s no “commute listening” that goes on. (I do listen to podcasts all the time, but that’s a) different, and b) a [Read More…]

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Prepping for The Oscars

This Sunday will be the 86th running of the Academy Awards — or as we like to call them in my house: “The Annual, Soul-Crushing Opportunity To Be Reminded That Roger Deakins Doesn’t Have A Golden Statue Yet And Probably Won’t Get One This Year, Either.” No, I’m not bitter. Not at all. (OK, yes I [Read More…]

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