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EP of the Week: Mark Erelli – Jackpot EP

Posted by Greg on May 12, 2021 in Music

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Anyone who has read this blog for some time knows how much we enjoy the music of Mark Erelli. Given that fact it might come as a surprise to learn that it took us 3.5 months to listen to his latest EP Jackpot. Boy was that a mistake on our part. Read more…

 
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Song of the Week: Counting Crows – “Elevator Boots”

Posted by Greg on May 12, 2021 in Music

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Despite being a fan of nearly all of their pre-albums, we have to admit we’ve been pretty sour on the last couple of Counting Crows albums. Underwater Sunshine felt too self-indulgent while Somewhere Under Wonderland just felt thin and ho-hum. It’s been a long seven years since then but Adam Duritz and crew have returned with aplomb in the form if “Elevator Boots.” Winsome, roost and deeply felt “Elevator Boots” is arguably the band’s strongest lead single since “You Can’t Count on Me.” Read more…

 
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Pardon our silence yet again…..

Posted by Greg on May 5, 2021 in Op-Ed

…..we’re steadily working at trying to get more posts up this year. We’ve hit a wall since April and have found ourselves quite busy. Most of April was spent celebrating my 40th birthday and shuffling between doctor’s appointments. I’m once again working through some speech therapy issues, sinus issues and of course this Wegener’s disease. This is a passion project after all and one can only post when feeling said passion. The passion lately is for film, but that’s not to say we are not shining a light on music. To that end, there’s been a lot of great music released in the last few weeks that has our interest piqued and we’re hoping this month will be more productive from the blogging side of things. Those of you that read this blog faithfully know how to reach me, so feel free to drop a line. Would love to hear from our readers. Until then, stay safe and please remind your loved ones how much they are loved as often as you damn well can.

 
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Song of the Day: Bright Eyes – “I’ve Flirted With You All My Life” (Vic Chesnutt cover)

Posted by Greg on Apr 3, 2021 in Music

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When not reviewing music and film, you can find me lifting weights at a local gym. My personal trainer Garrett is a Cleveland-bred recording artist who just might be the biggest Bright Eyes fan I’ve ever met. During yesterday’s session he introduced me to a Bright Eyes’ cover of Vic Chesnutt’s mortality ballad “I’ve Flirted With You All My Life” and well, the listening experience was otherworldly. Read more…

 
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Hootie + The Blowfish Streaming Event Set for April 23

Posted by Greg on Mar 30, 2021 in Music

Our favorite 90s band (and still a perennial favorite in the SITH household) Hootie and the Blowfish will broadcast the final date on their 2019 Group Therapy tour on April 23 at 9 p.m. EST. The streaming event partners Hootie and the Blowfish with Sessions, an initiative co-founded by Pandora founder Tim Westergren.
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Short of the Day: Learning Tagalog With Kayla

Posted by Greg on Mar 26, 2021 in Movies

Learning Tagalog With Kayla (Teaser) from Kayla Abuda Galang on Vimeo.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Spoilers ahead.

As we continue gushing about SXSW (trust us, you’ll be hearing about SXSW for weeks from us), we want to shed light on a short film that floored us. Learning Tagalog With Kayla begins exactly as it sounds. Read more…

 
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Eddie Huang’s Boogie Disappoints

Posted by Greg on Mar 25, 2021 in Movies, NYC

We’ll just come right out and say it. We’re Focus Features junkies. Ever since the boutique, art-house film group started releasing films in 2002 we’ve done our part to try and see as many Focus Feature films as possible. It started with Far From Heaven and 18 years later we’re still trying to watch whatever they put in front of us. While they’re still prone to mistakes we can say we like at least 75 percent of what they’ve released to date. Read more…

 
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NYC’s Simone Drops “Boy Of My Dreams”

Posted by Greg on Mar 25, 2021 in Music, NYC

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We’re always on the lookout for an artist that is just under the radar. Someone ready to make a big splash. Someone on the precipice of something truly great. Enter New York singer-songwriter Simone. At just 16, she sounds wise beyond her years and precocious enough to take the alt-pop world by storm. Read more…

 
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Potato Dreams of America is a Winning and Charming Film

Posted by Greg on Mar 24, 2021 in Movies

Potato Dreams of America: Back To Russia from Catherine Joy on Vimeo.

We’re still trying to process and review all of the films we saw as part of SXSW’s 2021 Film Festival. However as the more time passes the more we’re beginning to realize that might be a tall order. There is one film though we’re quick to review and recommend: Potato Dreams of America. Read more…

 
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Doc of the Day: Joe Buffalo

Posted by Greg on Mar 23, 2021 in Music

Joe Buffalo | Official Trailer from Amar Chebib on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Joe Buffalo won the 2021 SXSW Audience Award for Best Documentary Short.

Documentary short films when done well do everything a non-fiction short story might do: they introduce you to a character, reveal said character’s story, detail a battle the protagonist has overcome and in the end leaves you feeling informed, educated and asking more questions. These aren’t questions that leave you trying to dot the I and cross the T. Instead these are questions that make you want to dig deeper into the protagonist’s story more now than ever before. Read more…

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