Much will be written about Lou Reed, the iconic rock musician, singer and songwriter who passed away yesterday. Rather than eulogize the man and his art, I’ll refer you to the New York Times‘ obituary, then write a few of my own thoughts and experiences.
Every so often, you see a band live and everything snaps into focus.
When watching a movie, nothing make me happier than seeing a well-executed scene or set piece. With that in mind, I’ve decided to post movie scenes that either gave me chills, made my heart race, or made things a little dusty. You’ll notice most of these clips involve a really good soundtrack.
A couple of parameters though. I tried to avoid any iconic scenes (“You can’t handle the truth!”) or climactic endings. Additionally, I’m no movie technician so I can’t really break down any of these scenes from any other point of view than that of a fan. Continue reading
What can be said about Captain Phillips? Well, for a start, it’s directed by Paul Greengrass; the man behind gut-punch 9/11 docu-drama United 93. It stars every man’s favourite every man, Tom Hanks, and it is based on a true story. One so high profile, I’d wager that 90% of those who watch the film will already know the ending. So how on Earth, even with such widely chronicled details of the event, does Captain Phillips manage to remain so bloody tense and stressful until the final credits!?
It seems as though this has been one of the weaker seasons for fall premieres. That being said, I have probably watched more network TV pilots this season than I have in years before. For what it’s worth, here’s my take: Continue reading
Maybe you’ve read the article David Byrne wrote for the Guardian about how the Internet will suck all creative content out of the world. I’m not sure I agree with him. I think creativity can be really enhanced by the Internet. I think creativity will take new forms because of the Internet. The old model of the music industry obviously no longer applies. But there are artists like Macklemore and The Weeknd using the Internet to reach audiences. I think in general, the Internet has made audiences much smaller–there’s so much content out there now. But is that a good or a bad thing?
David Byrne is down on Spotify, and I don’t blame him. But I use it to listen to music these days, for one reason–it makes it really easy to find new bands. Not only does it recommend bands to me based on what I’ve already listened to, but I can follow my friends and even music artists to see what they’ve been listening to. You can share playlists with people. There’s probably more it can do that I haven’t figured out yet.
My two favorite discoveries via Spotify:
How are you discovering new music?