Many moons ago, I put in lots of hours doing all kinds of bullshit at an auto parts store. The main thing I took away from that job, however, had nothing to do with auto parts and everything to do with the new country (or as I like to call it, nu country) station that I had the displeasure/pleasure of listening to all day long.Read More
This list was inspired by one posted on a Village Voice blog last year. While perusing that list, I was struck by how tired all the choices seemed. Sure, a lot of their picks are really pretty sad (Joy Division, Elliott Smith, Billie Holiday), but there’s just so much more compelling music out there than the fucking Counting Crows and Bon Iver. To me, it was a bit of a disservice to both sadness and music, so I present you with my version instead. I did my best to stay away from more well-known music (except for a handful of well-deserved but recognizable choices), but everything is subjective, so, you know, whatever. Here goes nothing.Read More
Often maligned as being “just for kids,” films marketed towards children usually don’t get serious consideration as important works of cinema. For many, a good kids’ movie is one that doesn’t have parents taking a matinee nap, or - more recently a trend - is littered with enough “adult humor” to lend endless DVD loops a modicum of tolerability.
Whether these are current favorites, nostalgic favorites, or just interesting films worth talking about, here are a handful of kids’ movies that the adults at Optimism Vaccine have taken care to give the consideration they deserve. Enjoy!Read More
For the first installment of Why Did I Buy This?, Nativity in Black II leapt out at me because it deftly combines two wonderful things: Black Sabbath and unnecessary cover songs. As if that wasn’t good enough already, this cassette also bears the weight of a remarkable nu metal presence.Read More
Nu metal, heavy music's most maligned subgenre, has been a consistent source of joy in my cold and bleak life. When there's nowhere else to turn, I can always look at pictures of Fred Durst with Australian fauna or feel weird about how attractive I actually find Wes Borland. But I’m not actually here to talk about Limp Bizkit today. Instead I’m here to share “the amazing true story of an out-of-control rock star, his devastating addiction to drugs, and his miraculous redemption to Jesus Christ.” The out-of-control rock star? None other than one of nu metal’s most famous guitarists: Brian “Head” Welch.Read More