If you missed it last week, I'm on Jamieson Cox's... →
Portland beer notes
Complete with my woefully inadequate commentary from the breweries on my phone. Reporting! These are just the good ones. Rogue Dead Guy Ale: 4 / 5. Really nice standard ale. Rogue Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Lager: 3.5/5. Smoky. Ninkasi TD IPA: 3.5/5. Crisp, hoppy. Solid. Amnesia Slow Train Porter: 3.5, maybe 4. Really nice. From a great, tiny brewery playing country music. Amnesia Dubble Whammy:...
What we talk about when we talk about what we talk...
Twitter reaction last night was mixed, with some viewers calling “The Phantom” dull or disappointing, but I found it riveting TV being the populist medium it is, online recap culture is by its very nature a mix of straightforward reader service, water cooler commenter pandering and the occasional deeper thought. Yet Seitz is working as an actual TV critic; it surprised me that he...
Don and Megan
When their relationship began in Season 4, it was with the flash of young promise, free of demand, free of the strings tying Don to his old life. The first time they sleep together, Megan tells him she knows what she’s getting into — and she won’t ask anything further from him. Then they get to know each other. She’s perfect with his children, effortlessly motherly without...
The new Kitty Pryde EP is out today →
It’s pretty amazing, not going to lie.
What did you think of "Mad Men"?
I felt more emotions during the half-season of “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” I watched first. This is not a knock on “Mad Men.”
swinters: Fiona Apple | Every Single Night [music video] Holy shit. As if the song alone wasn’t amazing enough. I don’t think I actually enjoyed watching this, but I love how fucking crazy it is. Still not feeling the song much, either, but I’m sure it’ll make sense in context.
Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta II
All the fiance bros wear polo shirts with undershirts! What is happening in the south?!
chamberlain: Chambaland - “Semi Charmed Call”...
Fin Fan Foom
I think, in general but especially online, people are so used to everyone else having a self-centered, faux-objective opinion that being presented with earnest questions or the chance for a reasonable discussion looks like a big scary monster in purple pants.
#i'm on my snob
Bracelets are one thing, but I can’t get behind the #menswear trend of wearing your summer camp lanyards with your $1,000+ Italian suit. Wear a watch. I like it when men’s clothing choices are utilitarian, or at least make sense together — this is why I don’t like jackets with shorts, either. If it’s cool enough for a jacket, wear pants. If it’s not, you...
Studio version of “Cowboy Boots” is bringing tears to my eyes. Jens for President.
"Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta"
I’m two episodes in. I love this show: sassy, ridiculous Southern families with cranky grandmas, a dramatic decision, happy endings, lots of pretty sincere feelings. It’s great television. P.S. I’m getting married in three months, y’all!
What's a "music blog" in 2012?
Zach referred to a handful of sites, including Consequence of Sound and Beats Per Minute, as “blogs” in his soundcast today, prompting a little Twitter debate. I think another term would be more appropriate. Some brief history: In the early days of online indie-centric music writing, there were a handful of websites doing similar things: Pitchfork, Stylus, Cokemachineglow, Tiny Mix...
Jeremy Larson (Consequence of Sound) and Zach Hart... →
Can’t wait to listen to this presumably epic podcast. Jeremy’s one of the sharpest young writers/editors I know. Zach is… a force of nature.
R.I.P. Ray Bradbury
He was one of my favorite writers as a kid, which I suppose means he still is. I had the chance to meet him a couple of times, once during a book signing in Ventura and again at an event in honor of my grandmother, who he had become friends with. She got a remarkable holiday card from him every year with a fresh piece of writing. In his last years, he didn’t let his medical difficulties...