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Feature: Scouting ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Feature: Scouting ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

[Image courtesy of FOX] by Trevor Johnson Thus far, we’ve had five episodes of the latest Michael Schur-Dan Goor TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. While each one has proved better than the last, there are still plenty of questions to be answered as things progress. As with baseball, TV shows are all about their sample size....

Review: Tancred – ‘Tancred’

Review: Tancred – ‘Tancred’

[Image Courtesy of Topshelf Records] TancredTancredTopshelf Records, 2013. by Chad Jewett In a review of “The Ring,” the opening track from Tancred’s eponymous album, I compared Jess Tancred’s falsetto to Jenny Lewis, while also stressing just how lazy the “female indie voice = Jenny Lewis” equation so often is. I stand by that point, not...

Feature: Your NBA Team Is Tanking: Buy A Grizzlies Hat!

Feature: Your NBA Team Is Tanking: Buy A Grizzlies Hat!

[Images courtesy of Mitchell & Ness, New Era] Your NBA Team is Tanking: Buy a Grizzlies Hat!by Chad Jewett By all accounts, 2014 is set to be the best draft class since 2003, with at least five players (Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Jabari Parker, and Andrew Harrison) expected to be franchise changers. So...

Feature: This Is Retrospective Clash

Feature: This Is Retrospective Clash

THIS IS RETROSPECTIVE CLASH  by Chad Jewett There have been several big, expensive reissues over the past decade that have forced me to forgo buying food on my lunch break and make do with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The long awaited Beatles remasters and the beyond-comprehensive archive purge of Darkness On The Edge Of...

Review: Into It. Over It. – Intersections

Review: Into It. Over It. – Intersections

[Image Courtesy of Into It. Over It.] Into It. Over It.IntersectionsTriple Crown, 2013. by Trevor Johnson Two years ago Into It. Over It. released Proper, the first fully conceived, full band release from the outfit. Normally, IIOI is immediately described as the brainchild and pen name of singer-songwriter Evan Weiss. Proper, however, unlike anything before...

Review: Their/They’re/There – “New Blood”

Review: Their/They’re/There – “New Blood”

[Image courtesy of Topshelf Records] Their/They’re/There“New Blood”Topshelf Records/Polyvinyl Records, 2013. by Chad Jewett This song’s root melody has me thinking of a solid half-dozen pop tunes, all of which are on the tip of my tongue, and all of which were probably huge R&B hits during the Clinton administration. Or maybe a Spin Doctors song?...

Review: Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’

Review: Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’

[Image Courtesy of Haim] HAIM‘Days Are Gone’ Columbia, 2013. by Trevor Johnson Every now and then we hear a song, maybe just a piece of a song, that reminds us of some nameless, faceless progression or melody, that calls back to a car ride with your parents. Maybe it was on vacation or maybe you...