The Rundown: Ranking of Montreal’s Albums

For the better part of two decades (yes, it’s been that long), Kevin Barnes has been writing and recording music as of Montreal.  Whether he’s playing with his bandmates or going at it alone, the band has become one of the most influential and entertaining indie pop groups of the last decade.  With 13 LPs …

Review: Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes

Matt Kindt is far and away my favorite creator in comics today!  His work is not only consistently amazing, but also dense, beautiful, complicated, and different.  There is no one else like him.  His monthly series from Dark Horse, Mind MGMT, is the book I most look forward to every month, and his book, 3 Story, completely …

Review: Arrested Development – Season 4

“This is…weird.” So went my first thought as I began watching the Season 4 premiere of Arrested Development on Netflix this Sunday.  After being off the air for 7 years, most fans thought this day would never come.  So when it was announced many months ago that its return was imminent, the reaction from fans …

What We’ve Lost

I have a staple question when I’m getting to know someone.  Whether it’s a girl I’m dating, a coworker, a random person at a bar, or a friend of a friend, the question never changes:  what is the greatest television show of all time? You can discover a lot about a person with this question.  …

Review: Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Be weary of hype.  At its best, it creates the right amount of excitement for an album, but at its worst, it will leave you feeling bewildered and confused.  Has there been a more hyped album in the last half decade than Random Access Memories?  Probably not.  Is it justifiable?  Somewhat.  Anytime an artist as influential …

Review: Bates Motel – “Midnight”

In the season finale of Bates Motel, stories got wrapped up, and we finally got a glimpse into what the future holds for young Norman Bates.  We begin with Norma who, hot off the heals of having her life threatened by Abernathy in last week’s episode, heads straight to Sheriff Romero’s office.  Her exchange with …

Review: Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

In the age of instant information, a band can rise and fall in no time at all.  Yesterday’s hype can and does turn into today’s afterthought more often than not.  Vampire Weekend is one of those bands who many had heard of before actually hearing, due to the plethora of acclaim and excitement that they generated before ever releasing …

Review: Bates Motel – “Underwater”

There was a lot of set up this week on Bates Motel, and not too many new revelations or surprises.  In the aftermath of last week’s finale, Officer Shelby’s decaying corpse is hauled off and Sheriff Romero doesn’t really seem to care that much, despite Norma’s urging.  Nor does he seem to care about the …

Review: Justice – Access All Arenas

I had the pleasure to see Justice in 2012 on part of their world tour in support of their amazing 2011 album, Audio, Video, Disco.  Over the years, I’ve only been to a handful of electronic music shows (Crystal Castles, Girl Talk, Skrillex), and they all had one thing in common; their inability to deviate from …