I wrote last summer about my five favorite music podcasts, which is a surprisingly thin category for podcasts, though there are still no doubt some great ones. 2014 brought about the debut of Song Exploder, the latest great podcast from Jessie Thorn’s family of Maximum Fun.
Whoops! Apologies for the misleading headline, but I meant to type “App”. For some reason that just didn’t feel right when referring to a new release from Radiohead. However, as per usual, Radiohead broke new ground today with a new way to strike the fancy of their fans. PolyFauna. An app that was born from what the band decided the song “Bloom” would look like if it were a visual medium rather than a song. Here is what the ever-so wordy Thom Yorke posted on Dead Air Space, Radiohead’s website, this morning as the band’s announcement for the new app:
Like every first Sunday evening in February, most Americans were glued to their television two nights ago, transfixed on the most-watched event of the year: The Super Bowl. But what is normally a guaranteed night of non-stop entertainment, was quickly turned into a 4 hour snooze-fest after the Denver Broncos simply decided to sit this one out. An odd choice in games to not show up for given that it is, ya know, the Super Bowl, but everyone needs a break once and again I guess. So what could make TV’s biggest night even worse? The backup entertainment options, those being the commercials and the infamous Super Bowl halftime show, offered up almost zero entertainment value as well (aside from a surprisingly hilarious effort from Jimmy John’s and an incredible two part comeback performance featuring Stephen Colbert from the Pistachio company, after the horrendous attempt of comedic relevancy with the “Cracking Gangnam Style” disaster of of 2013). When it is all said and done however, I guess the least surprising of the three disasppointments was in fact the halftime show. I suppose that is what you get for booking whom fellow LxL’er Wes, has deemed “the modern day Frankie Valli” (Bruno Mars) with a band that hasn’t actually been relevant for almost eight years (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
This just looks like the worst movie of 2013.
A couple weeks ago we listed our top ten movies of 2013. With watching all the Oscar contenders, I have movies on the old brains. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to music soon, but I wanted to share some disappointments, or general disagreements I had with the public at large on several 2013 movies. Overall, I would say it was one of the best years in movies in recent memory. Just the fact that films like Rush, The Spectacular Now, Dallas Buyer’s Club and Catching Fire didn’t crack our list yesterday in any form says a lot about the overall slate of great releases this year. But with the good comes much bad. Not all of the movies on this list are terrible; I just have a patent problem with either the film itself or generally what is being said about it. Please note these views are mine alone.
Saving Mr. Banks
This movie sucked the absolute joy out of Mary Poppins. I can only postulate that the above average views the Mr. Banks received were due to Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson being involved. On top of that, this is probably the one and only time I have wished a movie was more formulaic. Instead we got a P.L. Travers lousy with daddy issues and making everyone’s life a living hell because of it. On top of being a drag, the parallel storylines had almost nothing in common to tie them together. Good riddance and I pity any child who had to sit through this film thinking they were getting a magical bit of Disney fun.