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Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1d ago

Laughing Matters: Louis C.K., “Of Course, But Maybe”

Sometimes comedy illuminates hard truths with a pointed urgency that other means can’t quite achieve. Sometimes comedy is just funny. This series of posts is mostly about the former instance...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1d ago

That Championship Season: Community, Season Two

It is dizzyingly appropriate that Community was a television series that eventually got swamped by its own behind-the-scenes backstory. From early in its run, Dan Harmon’s creation discarded...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 3d ago

CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 67 – 65

67. Psychedelic Furs, “Heartbreak Beat” Columbia Records really wanted new music from Psychedelic Furs. In 1986, the band were unlikely beneficiaries of the John Hughes teen movie factory, w...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 4d ago

From the Archive: Dreamgirls

The proper way for me to raid my own writing history to align with the major release this weekend entails unearthing my original radio review for the animated classic Beauty and the Beast, f...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 5d ago

One for Friday: An Emotional Fish, “Grey Matter”

An Emotional Fish formed in Dublin, Ireland. That seems all the justification that’s needed for sharing this song today. For all those who are going to take today’s quasi-holiday as an excus...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 6d ago

The New Releases Shelf: In Between

When I was writing music reviews for Spectrum Culture, I sometimes felt obligated to volunteer for the new releases from bands who had banged out tunes at club shows staged before some of my...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1w ago

Now Playing: Kong: Skull Island

When sitting before a modern aspiring blockbuster, I often feel like I know what the pitch must have sounded like as the filmmakers cajoled a major studio into giving them piles of money to ...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1W ago

Great Moments in Literature

“Barrett watched the wrangling without pleasure. It all seemed impossibly dull and dreary to him, this quibbling over the phraseology of a manifesto. That was essentially what he had expecte...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1W ago

Collet-Serra, Davis, Heisler, Levine, Lewis

Lion (Garth Davis, 2016). The feature debut from Garth Davis — who has major cred in my book for directing half of Jane Campion’s great Top of the Lake — looks like the same achingly earnest...
Drilling Holes in the Wall · 1W ago

CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 70 – 68

70. Public Image Ltd., “Rise” John Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten, is not someone who most would instinctively refer to as a folk musician, but that’s exactly how he sees himself. “W...