Posted: November 25th, 2013 | Author: Nathan | Filed under: Album Reviews | Tags: The Avett Brothers | Comments Off
I give this album 4 out of 5 stars.
Last month The Avett Brothers released their 8th studio album and the first one I have really loved since 2007′s Emotionalism. While still produced by Rick Rubin, who also produced their previous two releases, I and Love and You and last year’s The Carpenter. I never really loved I and Love and You, it has some well crafted songs, but it feels overproduced. In a lot of their early albums there’s some roughness in their voices and they often sound a little out of control, and that chaotic feel is part of what makes the early Avett Brothers albums so compelling. And then The Carpenter was even more disappointing to me, it had a similar sound to Love and You, but none of the melodies or lyrics that pulled at my heartstrings. So when I heard that Magpie and the Dandelion was also produced by Rubin and that the songs were recorded at the same time as The Carpenter (my least favorite of all their albums), I was less than enthused. Despite the recent disappointment, the Avett Brothers have produced enough quality work that they have earned my trust, and so I gave Magpie a listen the day it came out and haven’t been able to stop listening to it since. I absolutely love this album. It’s a return to the simple acoustic songs I love. This album could have easily been packaged as The Gleam III & IV. My current favorite track is the gorgeous “Bring Your Love To Me.”
Posted: November 23rd, 2013 | Author: Nathan | Filed under: Film & Television Stuff | Tags: the muppets | 1 Comment »
It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights…it’s time to watch the trailer for Muppets Most Wanted. So thrilled that the Muppets are making a comeback. I was a big fan of 2011′s The Muppets. I thought it captured the essence of what made those films so magical and gosh-darn hilarious. It did a great job of paying homage to the wonderful legacy of the Muppets I knew and loved as a child, while bringing them into the 21st century. And with Nicholas Stoller back as a writer and Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords) writing the music again, I’m pretty hopeful that the magic will continue. And while I’m sad that Jason Segel won’t have anything to do with this film, I’m prettysure Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey will be able to pick up the slack. The film is set to hit theaters on March 21st and just released a new trailer that reveals a slew of celebrity appearances that fans can look forward to.
Posted: November 22nd, 2013 | Author: Nathan | Filed under: Song of the Day | Tags: Hey Marseilles | Comments Off
If you don’t love this song upon first listen, please don’t give up on it. It’s one of those songs that just gets better with every listen as you really dig into the lyrics and the melody. It’s a gorgeous song that I know I will be enjoying for years to come. Hope you love it as much as I have.
Posted: November 20th, 2013 | Author: Nathan | Filed under: Comedy, Film & Television Stuff | Tags: Bill Cosby, featured, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon | Comments Off
Bill Cosby made an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday Night and it was absolutely hysterical. The highlight of the episode was a hilarious bit where Cosby auditioned The Roots to play at his funeral. Not sure if it was, but it felt pretty unscripted. Questlove and the gang genuinely seemed caught off guard by their interchange. Cosby is truly one of the greats. You should check out the full episode and then look out for “Far From Finished,” his first concert film in over 30 years to air on Comedy Central this weekend.