A Halloween treat from the Addams Family

A Halloween treat — the Addams Family getting down to the Human Beanz’s finest moment. Happy spook day.

So Good Soul Revue’s Halloween Playlist

  I won’t lie — this episode was a whole lot of fun to put together. There’s a wealth of Halloween songs out there, and no excuse for falling back on the same one or two over and over. By far the best find this week was the audio archive at vincentprice.org, which is where … Continue reading

The past isn’t dead, it’s buried alive

**Updated, see end of post I try not to post too often on copyright issues, even though it’s something I read about pretty much constantly, but if you want to know why I’m genuinely worried about where ownership culture is taking us, here’s pretty much the best (read: worst) example I’ve seen in a long … Continue reading

Stream the RZA’s Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack

I haven’t listened all the way through the album yet, so this is presented largely without commentary, but the soundtrack to RZA’s new martial arts epic The Man with the Iron Firsts is sounding pretty phenomenal so far, and the whole thing is streaming via Bandcamp (see above). The movie itself looks halfway promising, written, … Continue reading

So Good playlist, October 16 edition

A bit more all-over-the-place this week, going from classic blues to garagier modern goodies and a relatively downbeat last 45 minutes to suit the weather. The spotlight this week was on offbeat girl group pop, which is why Dolly Parton makes an appearance and why you might’ve heard the most disturbing single the Crystals ever … Continue reading

So Good Soul Revue: Funding Drive edition (updated)

**NEW PLEDGE LEVEL ADDED If you pledge $500 (!), you’ll get Commonwealth’s Ambassador pass: You and a guest into every event at Commonwealth for a full year, no line, no cover. And considering they just announced a James Murphy DJ set next month, it’s safe to say there’ll be some darn good events. So, the … Continue reading

Seven Psychopaths: Of puppy dogs and exploding heads

Seven Psychopaths is a very clever movie. Some are going to say it’s too clever — that’ll happen any time you explicitly comment on the medium you’re working in, really. And Seven Psychopaths does comment on its medium. A lot.

So Good playlist: October 9

Some really solid stuff in this week’s show. New tracks from locals Joanna Borromeo and Dragon Fli Empire were both great, and the SonReal and Rich Kidd track sounds like a potential crossover hit to me. I’ll try to talk about all of those in more detail on here in the next few days. But … Continue reading

The Impossible trailer: A tragedy of the white and privileged

Don’t worry, this isn’t the start of “cultural sensitivity watch” on The Consumption. But just take a look at the trailer for The Impossible (which is playing in front of The Master) and tell me it doesn’t make you at least a little uncomfortable. Of all the stories that can be told about the tsunami that hit the … Continue reading

Some thoughts on The Master

(Spoiler warning, inasmuch as the movie can be spoiled) Some filmmakers, you automatically give the benefit of the doubt. Before The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson already had somewhere between three and five masterpieces under his belt (Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood are hard to argue against, and I’ve heard cases made for Punch Drunk Love and Hard Eight); … Continue reading