Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl (TV-G)
Stephanie Beatriz, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
I know, I know, do you really need to hear the Encanto songs again? Yes! This filmed concert of the songs of Encanto as presented at the Hollywood Bowl is a delightful celebration featuring the original vocal talents from the Continue reading “At the Sofaplex 23/01/26”
The Matter of Everything, by Suzie Sheehy (Knopf, 320 pages)
If you’ve been on this planet for more than two decades and have decent health insurance, you’ve probably had an X-ray at some time. However, you may not have given any thought as to how the technology came about Continue reading “The Matter of Everything, by Suzie Sheehy”
keep calm stay home, A Theme For… (Give/Take Records)
I know how much a good percentage of my readership loves The Beatles, even if I don’t so much. I only bring it up because the artist in question here, London-based composer Oli Morgan, is the mastering engineer at legendary Abbey Continue reading “Album Reviews 23/01/26”
Life on Delay, by John Hendrickson (Knopf, 272 pages)
Since childhood, journalist John Hendrickson has had a severe stutter — or, as the condition is formally known, severe “disfluency.” His stutter was so pronounced that once, in a school play, he had been assigned to say three words: “place,” Continue reading “Life on Delay, by John Hendrickson”
We Are Scientists, Lobe (Masterswan Recordings)
You may remember this New York City-based indie-rock band first surfacing in 2005 with their debut LP With Love And Squalor, a sturdy record that did well for sounding like a cross between Killers and Tokyo Police Club (I know, there’s not a Continue reading “Album Reviews 23/01/19”
Strange World (PG)
Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid.
This Disney animated feature introduces us to Searcher Clade (voice of Gyllenhaal), who, when he was a kid, was forced, like it or not, to join his famous father, Jaeger Clade (voice of Quaid), on his explorations to find a path beyond the Continue reading “At the Sofaplex 23/01/12”
If starting (or restarting) an exercise program is one of your new year resolutions, Christopher McDougall can help you achieve it.
McDougall, a former war correspondent for the Associated Press, fell into a second career when he started writing about running. His 2011 book Born to Run had the effect Continue reading “Born to Run 2, by Christopher McDougall and Eric Orton”
Heroes and Monsters, Heroes and Monsters (Frontiers Music srl)
You get why this is a stupidly named band, right, like, I don’t have to explain that there’s a really great band called Of Monsters And Men already, and Lana del Rey has a song called “Gods & Monsters,” right? (Am Continue reading “Album Reviews 23/01/12”
Great Short Books: A Year of Reading — Briefly, by Kenneth C. Davis (Scribner, 448 pages)
In the early stages of the pandemic, Kenneth Davis grew tired of doomscrolling, but he wasn’t up for reading long books. As a compromise, he began to read a collection of tales set Continue reading “Great Short Books: A Year of Reading — Briefly, by Kenneth C. Davis”
Winery Dogs, III (Three Dog Music)
On Feb. 26, 2023, The Winery Dogs will be at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire. They’re something of a rebirth of the hard rock superband Mr. Big, which older people will remember as an act whose main spotlight was on former Talas Continue reading “Album Reviews 23/01/05”