An interview with Josh Hagquist, guitarist/vocalist for screamo band, The Beautiful Mistake, discussing the new record, "You're not broken. I am", pandemic hobbies and beer.
Episode 3 of a series of record "reviews" where the author shares their thoughts & memories about an album, instead of the technical aspects. The subject of today's article, "Diary" by Sunny Day Real Estate.
Earlier this year brother-fronted indie rock band Honyock released the #13 EP. This slice of indie rock, Americana and pop will put you in a good mood and remind you of simpler times. What follows is an interview with the band.
Episode 2 of a series of record "reviews" where the author shares their thoughts & memories about an album, instead of the technical aspects
The author reflects on the album "Clarity" By Jimmy Eat World
"Two Tramps in Mud Time" is one of the finest persona poems in the Robert Frost collection. As with much of Frost's work, the poem is full of double entendre and is both playful and serious.
Hardcore punk veterans, the Blamed, recently released "The Church is Hurting People" through Indie Vision Records.Vocalist Bryan Gray took some time to answer some questions about the new record, and about life in general.
Poor Old Lu was one of the premier underground christian alternative rock bands of the 1990's. I recently caught up with vocalist Scott Hunter to find out what he's been been up to int he nearly twenty years since the band last played a gig.
Post-Metal trio, Snow Burial, out fo Chicago, Illinios, recently released Ostrava on Prosthetic records. Here, ben Bowman talks about the album, hte band, and his favorite dance moves.
"Flower Gathering" is one of the finest early poems in the Robert Frost collection. This simple poem is about so much more than walking around and looking for flowers.
Heavy Metal Music can serve as a powerful voice about the dangers of environmental destruction. This piece makes the argument that heavy metal has a lot to say on the subject. The song, "Mammals in Babylon" by Cattle Decapitation is Deconstructed.
Jangle pop veterans, the Ocean Blue, recently released a new record, "Kings and Queens/Knaves and Thieves." Here is an interview with guitarist and primary songwriter, David Schezel, discussing The Ocean Blue, music in general, and death row meals.
Indie rock outfit, The Rocket Summer, is set to release "Sweet Shivers" on August 2nd. Bryce Avary talks about the new record (and what's next) in this revealing interview.
Hailing from Los Angeles, Amo Amo just released a debut album of fun psychedelic pop that will leave you in a good mood. Learn more about the band in this interview.
On June 7th, San Francisco based shoe gaze/drone rockers Slowness released their latest album "Berths." Here is an interview with band member Geoffrey Scott.
Seattle-based indie rockers, Death Cab for Cutie, have an impressive roster of albums. Some are classics and some are forgettable. In this article, I rank each album and EP from best to worst.
Ted Boone's debut sci fi novel, Langford's Leap, is getting great press and great reviews. Learn more about him and his process-- and the novel-- in this revealing interview.
Taking the Head of Goliath recently released a brutal Christian death metal record. Vocalist Jake Martin recently took the time to answer some questions about the music, about faith, and about pizza.
Kyle Crane has played drums on many of your favorite records. Now, he throws his his significant talent behind a solo project, with many of his close friends, including Conor O'Berst and Blake Millls.
Nate Allen has been making music for a decade in a half. From raucous acoustic based punk to folk, here, he discusses his latest project, Good Saint Nathaniel.
An interview with Kerry Alexander of Minneapolis based group, Bad Bad Hats.
Imagine making a different choice. What would the outcome look like then? Would it still be tragic?
While their dad performs at a Bible camp and their mom gossips with the staff, two little boys find refuge in building a fort up in the mountains, with unexpected consequences.
Juno Award winners, Dear Rouge are about to embark on a tour. Their new record, "Phases" has been getting great reviews. Danielle McTaggart is interviewed here.
For more than thirty years, Christian hard rockers, Bride, have been creating no holds barred music that is both unashamed and thought provoking.
My personal top forty favorite albums of the 1990's. Ranging from the wildly famous to the most obscure.
Orlando, Florida progressive death metal outfit, Monotheist, is back with a brutal new record. Founder and guitarist, Prophet, sits down and discusses the record-- and music in general.
Portland, Oregon based new wave duo, Camp Crush, are set to release a new EP on May 18th, 2018. Find out what dance moves they are good at, among other things, in this chat with vocalist Jen Deale.
Portland, Oregon's Pop Funk Rockers, The Adio Sequence, are back with a brand new record titled Then and Now. Lead vocalist Travis Williams talks to us about that and a host of other topics.
As a listless young couple debates whether to have a child, a visit to a boss' fancy home unearths the rot at the core of their marriage.
A review of the cult novel, Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney.
The Debut poetry collection by Craig A. Hart. Published in 2013, The Magician of Wrigley Street.
Karaoke is a fun and entertaining pastime . . . but it starts with having a good host. These three tips should help you as both a karaoker and a karaoke host (KJ).
Released on September 24th, 1991, Nirvana's "Nevermind" remains as relevant today as it was when it was released. here, the author shares his thoughts on the impact of record.
Scottish songstress KT Tunstall talks about her new album, the rigors of the road, skinny dipping, mini golf, puppies and dinosaurs. Contains audio.
A Review of a performance by Neo-soul band Fitz and the Tantrums at the Oregon Zoo Amphitheater on 8/19/16.
A look at the universal theme found in works by Raymond Carver, Billy Collins and Alice Walker.
A brief look at the themes and ideas behind Raymond Carver's story. Cathedral
A look at and analysis of Jamaica Kincaid's short story, "Girl"
A look at the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, Shadow of a Doubt, told shown through drawings and text. The primary focus is on Uncle Charlie, the villain of the film.
An analysis of the poem, the Filling Station, by American poet laureate, Elizabeth Bishop.
A relatively nregative review of the third and final installment in the dark knight series
The author writes a letter to his six-year-old self, explaining the origins of his emetophobia.
What is Creative non fiction and how does one write it?
Eating healthier and smarter doesn't mean sacrificing taste.
Advice on getting a tattooing, a description of the process, followed by the authors' personal stories. Includes lots of pictures and videos. If you plan on getting a tattoo, you must read this article.
The white van speaker scam... don't be a victim!
An overview of the life of Kurt Cobain (Feb 20th, 1967- April 5th 1994).
installment seven in an ongoing music review series. This one features songs Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ryan Adams, Mayer Hawthorne, Muse, Anberlin, The Cure, Radiohead, Five Iron Frenzy and He is Legend
A five year old observes the Challenger explosion and struggles to make sense of it.
a short biography of musician Freddie Mercury, vocalist of Queen, including his childhood, rise to fame, and early death.
a reviews of the novel I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells. Its a YA novel marketed to adults. This is a problem.
Poetry tips. Using endstopepd and enjambed lines, using found poems to practice.
Another article with writing tips. This one says, essentially, "Don't be anonymous".
Joe Paterno and Penn State are guilty of sexual abuse, even though they were not the one's committing the physical act. Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator for the Penn State Nittany Lions Football team has been found guilty of 45 of the 48 charges levied against him and will likely spend...
A short sketch on the god Chronos, the personification of time.
a poem where the poet was clearly just having fun with words!
A Review of the British dramedy film The Full Monty.
questions about hell and the afterlife, but are there any answers to be found?
An article about making an impressive seafood meal (includes a soup)
an old man on the beach, enjoying his daily routine and his afternoon nap
Dr Denton: a quack, a hack or....?
A question of whether perfect research is possible is discussed. Einstein's Theory of Relativity is referenced, and two bloggers using the same title are cited.
Pericles, the tyrant who gave us wonderful art and architecture.
an analysis of the novel "Frankstein" using other myths and legends and quotes from the novel itself
Catal Hoyuk was an ancient city in modern day Turkey. It resembled an ancient apartment or condominium complex. this piece seeks to answer some questions about the city. A quick yet informative read.
A poem I wrote in high school turned into a song about a friend I had who as contemplating suicide.
i had a bird that flew away
train stations are neat=o/ Here's a bio of Portland, Oregon's Union Station
a poem of self righteousness, hubris, and all that good stuff.
an analysis of the dying all ages music scene in Portland with some proposed theories. (original date of publication, October 31, 2012).
remembering my grandfather through the smell of pipe tobacco
an interesting take on Genesis Chapter 3
James Jones' final book, and third in his world war 2 trilogy stinks.