Fin: Obama and “The Interview,” Serial non-listeners against Serial and many, many sixth boroughs

I don’t get these people blaming Barack Obama for the “Interview” cancellation. What did you want him to do, force the release to proceed? Any action he could have taken would have exceeded his powers as president- and if he’d done anything, Obama would likely be criticized by all the same people for “overreaching.” (The more »

‘Smash’ making unlikely Broadway debut in June

The people behind ‘Smash’ had a plan. Create a popular TV series about the creation of a new Broadway musical, “Bombshell,” about the life of Marilyn Monroe.  Assemble huge talent behind the scenes, including executive producer Steven Spielberg and songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Write original songs, cast popular actors, and give the more »

8 rock albums that made me feel super-good in 2014

I listened to a lot of stuff this year, but upon reflection, eight albums really stood out. Here’s the part where I tell you what they were and why.

12 indie holiday songs for your December

My favorite part of the holiday season is getting to listen to holiday-themed music without people judging me. And while the classics like Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole are always nice, I tend to be more partial to indie holiday songs. So, if you’re looking to branch out past “Frosty The Snowman”, I’ve compiled a list of 12 indie holiday songs, both originals and covers. Don’t worry, I didn’t include Fiona Apple’s “Frosty the Snowman.” If you want that, you can do that on your own time!

Fin: Barack and Boyhood, Hitler and @dogboner and “Jeopardy” in Jeopardy

“Boyhood” is President Obama’s favorite movie on the year. And come on, it’s obviously because of the scene where that lady gushes over him (Hollywood Reporter) I enjoyed the AV Club’s list of the best movie scenes of the year, and it contains some good ones, but come on: The best movie scene of the more »

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomes… Green Day?

What’s the difference between the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? In the latter, stars from the ’90s actually get in. And if the Rock Hall had the drug prohibitions Cooperstown does, there’s no way Green Day would have had a chance. Then again, neither would many other musicians more »

Fin: Aaron Sorkin’s misplaced capo, mishearing Metallica and no one left to parody

An underrated part of the awfulness of The Newsroom‘s finale was that terrible musical number- at a memorial service- in which the Jeff Daniels character who never had hinted for a second that he was a musician was granted the opportunity to sing a long, long song. My favorite part: Daniels started off playing guitar, more »


Hannah Abrams’ 10 best songs of 2014

To celebrate, I rounded up 10 of my favorite songs from this year. Trust that this was no easy task, and I completely expect you to RESPECTFULLY disagree.


Bose eyes music streaming service

Bose is reportedly looking to compete with rival Beats on another front: Streaming music. According to music technology news site Hypebot, Bose is looking to launch a “next generation streaming music platform” and is “moving quickly” to do so. How do we know? They placed an ad, according to Hypebot: Bose is currently advertising for a Senior more »

I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a Monster: Steve Miller Band set for Monster CES Concert

Monster Products has announced the featured performer for its annual Dealer Awards at International CES in Las Vegas- and it’s the Steve Miller Band. “Some may call him the Space Cowboy, some the Gangster of Love – some may even call him Maurice, but at this year’s CES Monster Retailer Awards, the legendary Steve Miller more »

Fin: Bob covers Frank, “Boogie Nights” goes oral and the 2015 TV graveyard

Bob Dylan doing an entire album of Frank Sinatra-associated standards sounds more like a comedy sketch than an actual project. I’m into it, though. In fact, its makes me feel like grabbing a guitar and spending the next hour crooning Sinatra songs in a Dylan voice (Vulture) Four words: “Boogie Nights” oral history. I’m surprised more »


On the Gear VR headset: A virtual reality Coldplay concert

Samsung announced earlier this week that its Samsung Gear VR headset, developed in conjunction with Oculus, was now available. If you heard that, you were probably wondering where the content was going to come from. The answer is now clear: Coldplay. NextVR, which describes itself as “a technology company that captures and delivers live and more »