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Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma [REVIEW]

Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma [REVIEW]

I enjoyed this book immensely. There are some small economic philosophy issues, but it mixes perfectly my interests in finance, political science, history and economics. Most of the book is Sharma covering specific countries or at most regions. This leads to some of the chapters feeling like general overviews rather than detailed analysis, when the […]

Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich [REVIEW]

Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich [REVIEW]

It’s hard to distinguish between which pope did what especially since they all keep so many of the same names, but this book does what it’s supposed to do, which is give an overview of the entire papacy which in turn gives you some insight on European and Italian history. If this book doesn’t make […]

Kanye West’s Yeezus [REVIEW]

Kanye West’s Yeezus [REVIEW]

So I had a bunch to say about this album, but it turns out Lou Reed said it already. Pretty much this is how I feel about Yeezus: Lou Reed’s Review of Yeezus

We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic by Foxygen

We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic by Foxygen

This is one of my favorite albums of 2013. I’m late on the Foxygen train, but in today’s internet culture the eclectic listener will often be late when his ears aren’t listening to as much indie or metal or whatever I haven’t been listening to as much as something else. This here is an important […]

Capital by John Lanchester [REVIEW]

Capital by John Lanchester [REVIEW]

What an absolutely wonderful book. It was like what Don Delillo was trying to do with Underworld except successful at it. If I had one small complaint, it’s that maybe there could have been a bit tighter plot and there were no characters representing the white or black middle class. Other than those two things, […]

Les Misérables [REVIEW]

Les Misérables [REVIEW]

People love to start their conversations about Les Misérables with how much they hate musicals. Then if they’ve seen Les Misérables they qualify their first statement with a “but I loved Les Misérables”. I doubt these people have seen many musicals and I’ll have to admit I don’t have a ton of experience with them […]

Queeens of the Stone Age …Like Clockwork [REVIEW]

Queeens of the Stone Age …Like Clockwork [REVIEW]

I like rock music, regular rock and roll whether classic or modern. There isn’t a whole bunch of it that is relevant right now. There’s that annoying poppy sort, like Nickleback. There are some semi-grunge bands that are working hard putting out new albums but not putting out “new music”. Then there’s what the internet […]

Star Trek: Into Darkness [REVIEW]

Star Trek: Into Darkness [REVIEW]

How do you like your eggs? Poached? Scrambled? Sunny Side Up? How about your Star Trek? Character driven? Sciency? Explory? Detectivey? How about if because of how successful Star Wars was I took Star Trek made a whole new timeline and instead introduced a world of only action? I mean action packed action? Very very […]

Kanye West Yeezus Samples Mix

Kanye West Yeezus Samples Mix

The people have already graced us with a mix of the songs Kanye used on his new album Yeezus. It’s a good listen if not for any other reason to see how eclectic Kanye is. Listen here on mixcloud.

Hip Hop Trifecta Three New Albums In June By Four Great Artists

Three weeks in a row and three albums by four of my favorite hip-hop artists. Each of the albums are from completely different spheres of hip-hop, so there’s plenty for the narrow minded listener to disagree with me! Good month for things I like. Thieves Banquet by Akala The first album has already been released, […]

The Help [Review]

The Help [Review]

The Help is one of those stories that needs to told. It’s a plus when the acting and directing were superb. The screenplay was adapted adeptly creating a powerful and incredible film. As an American it’s important to never forget the way “the land of free” treated a group of human beings for so many […]

The Skin I Live In [Review]

The Skin I Live In [Review]

This movie works as far as weirdness is concerned. If you’re looking for that European style, that show don’t tell kind of film then Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In is for you. It was most certainly for me. Sometimes European films can get so pretentious with their pacing that it slows down the […]

The Descendants [Review]

The Descendants [Review]

This film was wonderful. Everything about it was great. The pacing, the acting, the moral questions and the awkward coloring of who is and who isn’t the protagonist and antagonist were all enjoyable, heart wrenching and original at the same time. George Clooney continues to choose great movies to be a part of in this […]

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt [REVIEW]

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt [REVIEW]

If this book did one thing it made me not look down on psychology as much as I had before. Haidt presents morality in a way the kept my eyes on the page and although like most social scientists he goes crazy with naming things, the ideas embedded in the book keep you interested. I […]

Atoms For Peace Stream Full Album Online- Radiohead Red Hot Chili Peppers Supergroup

Atoms For Peace Stream Full Album Online- Radiohead Red Hot Chili Peppers Supergroup

What’s better than Thom Yorke and Nigel Goodrich from Radiohead going off on their own to release a new album? Well that would be adding Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the mix. Atoms for Peace are streaming their long waited album online, you can listen to it below and then you can […]

Jozef Van Wissem – I Simply Did Not Know Who He Was…

Jozef Van Wissem – I Simply Did Not Know Who He Was…

…sort of sucks this whole music is available everywhere crap. Strolling through my daily blog reading and music listening I came across this article from NPR music telling me how prolific Jozef Van Wissem was over the last decade. He plays the lute. Being the kind of person I am and not knowing anything about […]

Desaparecidos Release New Music – Anonymous / The Left Is Right

Desaparecidos Release New Music – Anonymous / The Left Is Right

Connor Oberst is once again giving us a taste of his “post-hardcore this is not Bright Eyes” band Desaparecido. Oberst progressively gets more and more leftist. And while I still prefer some of the older Bright Eyes stuff and the first Desaparecidos album, Oberst is consistent enough to continue listening to what he puts out. I’m […]

Best Albums of 2012- The List

Best Albums of 2012- The List

I suppose I should write more about each of these and it should be noted in a different mood I might make a slightly different list, but for posterity’s sake here it is: Top Ten All Together 1- Heems “Wild Water Kingdom” and “Nehru Jackets” 2- Cattle Decapitation “Monolith of Inhumanity” 3 Brother Ali “Mourning […]

Noctourniquet by The Mars Volta [REVIEW]

7. Noctourniquet Well the Afro-section of the late and great At The Drive-in have released another convoluted modern-prog masterpiece/boredomfest. Strange sentence there huh? Is The Mars Volta’s new album a masterpiece or a boredomfest? It certainly can’t be both. That’s where you’re wrong. Actually I just told you that you were wrong for effect, you’re […]

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

2. It’s rare I don’t finish a book, but here’s an example of that rare anomaly. I gave Rant a 2 because it’s likely that ‘ol Chuck there had some cool, weird, surprising ending. Unfortunately getting to that cool, weird, surprising ending is contingent on getting through the annoying, boring, uninteresting beginning. I didn’t read […]

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