30Hz New Music Radar 2/24/17: Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

Welcome to February 24th. It’s 76 degrees here in Pittsburgh. Everyone thinks its spring and that just means that when it snows again — and it will snow again — they’ll all be in super duper bad moods. I prefer not to get too high or too low about this weather stuff. Either way I’ll still drink my iced americano because… Read more »

Platoon, Black Widow & Bon Jovi: This Week in 1987

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I’d intended to start this series from the beginning of the year. I wanted to highlight the films that ranked #1 at the Box Office in 1987 and then a lesser seen movie that maybe you’d missed. But here we are. It’s almost March and I’m staring at my first blinking cursor. 1987 was a hugely formative year for me. I… Read more »

30Hz New Music Radar 2/17/17: Maggie Rogers – Now That the Light is Fading EP

Welcome to February 17th. It’s pretty much President’s Day Eve already. If hearing President’s Day Eve doesn’t feel sobering, I congratulate you on being a stone-cold rock in a hail-storm. But about the music.    I’m scrapped for time, but seeing as how I’m trying to be consistent in recommending top-notch tunes week after week after week I can’t take… Read more »

30Hz New Music Radar 2/10/17: Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now

  Welcome to February 10th of the year we all turned to Tom Waits and whiskey for comfort.  Our psychological well being has taken a hit, but our attention to new music doesn’t have to. Good music, in fact, is the thing we all desperately need. I sift through the dozens of new releases each week trying to find you… Read more »

So Zatoichi is kinda like James Bond, except blind – Vol. 1

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This post about the Zatoichi films was originally posted at Cinema Shame. I’ve had this Zatoichi Criterion box set on my shelf. It’s a very pretty box set, filled with lots of movies, 25 to be exact. After procuring the set for Christmas some years ago, I watched the first Zatoichi film, The Tale of Zatoichi. What a superb film!… Read more »