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Scott H. Biram Roars on New Disc

Posted by Greg on Feb 26, 2017 in Music

Anyone who has been following the career of Austin singer/songwriter Scott H. Biram knows he’s never been one to shy away from songs about faith. Additionally, he’s never been one for hired studio hands either. So it is no surprise, that his latest, The Bad Testament (Bloodshot Records), released this past Friday, features more songs about faith and very few, if any, studio hands. Read more…

 
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Top 20 Films of 2016

Posted by Greg on Jan 25, 2017 in Movies

Now that the Oscar nominations are out, it’s time for me to put together my list. Now admittedly, I did not gat around to seeing as many films as I wanted to this year and unfortunately have yet to see many of the major movies garnering awards attention but hey there are only so many hours in the day. Foremost of those omitted and not yet seen are: Arrival, Moonlight, Silence, Hell or High Water and Lion. So perhaps this is a flawed list but below are the top 20 films I saw this year.

1. La La Land
2. Manchester By The Sea
3. Toni Erdmann
4. Fences
5. Patriots Day
6. Sully
7. OJ Made in America
8. Hacksaw Ridge
9. Jackie
10. 20th Century Women

11. Hidden Figures
12. Nocturnal Animals
13. A Man Called Ove
14. Hail Caesar
15. Hunt for the WIlderpeople
16. The Witness
17. Hooligan Sparrow
18. Captan Fantastic
19. Florence Foster Jenkins
20. Loving

 
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Top 30 Albums of 2016

Posted by Greg on Jan 24, 2017 in Music

Well, I’m a bit late on this, but this blog just got reactivated after a two year hiatus. Forgive me. I’ll do my best to try and write in here more regularly. Listed below is my Top 30 albums of the year. Okay, I’ll admit it: I have not heard every album released in 2016, even the many buzzed about ones. However, I have listened to quite a few and below are the top 30 albums that most impacted me during 2016. Feel free to chime in below in the comments section. Reactions are more than welcome.

1. Lori McKenna – The Bird and the Rifle.
2. Dawes – We’re All Going to Die
3. Maren Morris – Hero
4. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
5. The 1975 – I like you when you sleep….
6. All Sons and Daughters – Saints and Poets
7. Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
8. Aiofe O’Donovan – In The Magic Hour
9. Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent
10. Margot Glaspy – Emotions and Math

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Coldplay’s Ghost Stories

Posted by Greg on Jun 30, 2014 in Music

Ghost Stories, the new album from British chart-toppers Coldplay is by far the band’s weakest lyrical album. Then again, Chris Martin has never been a master wordsmith/lyrical charmer. But for all the lyrical deficiencies, the band’s new disc is sonically their most daring and at times, one of their most rewarding. But, make no mistake about it, Ghost Stories is more than anything, a Chris Martin solo record. Nowhere on the disc does it feel like Coldplay as a band are contributing. Oh sure there’s a rhythm section and guitars but who can really hear it amid all the humming of the machinated noises and studio tricks that absolutely drench this album. If you told me Martin recorded this in his bedroom, I’d be hard pressed to think otherwise. Read more…

 
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Charlie Strong at Texas

Posted by Greg on Jan 8, 2014 in Sports

Far be it from me to call myself an expert about college football, but every now and then something catches my eye and makes me wonder. There is no doubt that former Louisville head coach Charlie Strong is a first-rate football coach, but he won at Louisville in a conference with only a handful of top-flight coaches and rosters. Folks like Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy and Art Briles are proven winners and have been stalwarts in the Big 12 for at least the last half-dozen years. Add what Kliff Kingsbury is doing in Lubbock and Strong has his work cut out for him. Read more…

 
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Nick Saban vs. The Media

Posted by Greg on Dec 14, 2013 in Sports

All weeklong ESPN created a mountain out of a molehill. The mountain you ask? Nick Saban’s contract extension sat on his desk unsigned. WHOOP DEE FREAKING DOO. Why is this news? Last I checked, Saban leads a pretty busy life. Now that the Tide have a few weeks off before the bowl game, recruiting has taken precedence in his life. Why oh why does the media have to create this absolute non-story out of something so freaking trivial? Because it sells? Because it’s a slow news week? Because they so BADLY want him to take Texas job?

Saban has said time and again he has learned the lessons of the Miami Dolphins debacle and that his family feels content at Tuscaloosa. Why can’t we just take the man on his words and WAIT until it’s actually a story. Lordy me, sometimes ESPN royally irks me. This week was one of those times.

 
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A brief opinion about the Zimmerman trial…

Posted by Greg on Jun 27, 2013 in Op-Ed

Being a Central Florida resident, it’s near impossible to escape the George Zimmerman trial. With a low volume of work on my plate this week, I’ve found myself glued to the George Zimmerman trial. I am not proud of this statistic, but sadly it has been much of what I’ve watched since Monday. To be fair, I’m a Jack Bauer Republican who firmly supports the right to bear arms and defense. That being written, I still feel like we have a gun-crazy culture and that far too many people wield weapons that shouldn’t. Moreover, I’m a devoted pacifist and cannot ever fathom picking up a concealed weapon. Read more…

 
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American Idol Notebook, Vol. 1.

Posted by Greg on Mar 14, 2013 in Music, Op-Ed

I was pretty disappointed to learn that last week American Idol advanced the mediocre Paul Jolley and failed to advance Elijah Liu, but I am esteemed by the enormous amount of female talent. In many ways this is a big year for American Idol. A female hasn’t won since Jordin Sparks and the most talented finalist hasn’t won since Jordin’s year as well. Read more…

 
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Vinnie Caruana Needs a Sedative

Posted by Greg on Feb 26, 2013 in Music

Someone tell me whose idea it was to give this guy the chance to create a solo record. Good grief. City By The Sea is Vinnie Caruana’s debut solo effort and if these are the best six songs he can muster, then quite frankly, maybe I Am the Avalanche was a better career choice. The EP does have its charms. Album closer “Kingwood” has a jaunty organ, “Boy, You’re in Heaven” is string-laden, while “City By The Sea” has some luminescent piano work. For those that like singalongs, there’s a couple of those too. Read more…

 
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Foals’ Holy Fire is One Big Letdown

Posted by Greg on Feb 13, 2013 in Music

For the last half-decade, many have told me to listen to said British band. Being the curmudgeon that I am, I refused. I figured I’d go to the band on my own when I felt ready. As it happens, their new album Holy Fire was sent over and so I decided to listen. I guess now I felt ready (whatever that means). So, three listens. Time for a verdict.

All I can say right now is over-freaking-rated. Read more…

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