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Post-Youth Music (and Post Malone)

As I drove my daughters to school this morning, I had SiriusXM’s 90s on 9 station playing. “Comedown” by Bush came on, and Grace (my 4 year-old) asked me what the song was called. She does this all the time, [...]

February 15, 2019 Blog, Music


It’s time for the annual check-up into my life, and this year told through the prism of three bands. Here we go… *** Before our kids were in full-time day care, we spent a lot of time with them. I [...]

August 28, 2018 Blog, Music


It’s me, delivering psychosis Over the phone to you I’ve colored your world blue Ten thousand miles from you I’m sinking all alone Treading new waters Where is my buoy? “Sleep” by Lagwagon I’m not entirely sure Kristin and I [...]

August 28, 2017 Blog, Music

Nostalgic Pointlessness

some…BODY once told me… As someone who founded a website that featured pop culture criticism and analysis virtually every day, it pains me to write this: So much of pop culture writing is pointless. Whether this is by accident, or [...]

March 30, 2017 Blog, Film and Television, Music


I’m starting to wonder if anyone ever truly and fully grows up. I don’t know if adulthood ever completely takes in anyone because some of the neural pathways you set seem so irrevocable that you never change. Or perhaps it’s [...]

March 27, 2017 Blog, Inside My Head, Music
Jon Eks turned 35 this week, which means he can run for President. Here's his 35th Birthday Mix CD.


I turned 35 this year. That means as of last Sunday I am legally eligible to run for President of the United States of America. I have no plans ever to do this, but for whatever reason I’ve always measured [...]

August 30, 2016 Music


I’ll admit to not understanding the Taylor Swift thing in the least until very recently. Until that “Shake It Off” song stormed everyone’s consciousness earlier this year, I couldn’t even name you a single Taylor Swift song. In fact, outside [...]

September 22, 2015 Blog, Inside My Head, Music


If you’ve read me for a long time, you know every year around my birthday I create a new mix CD to mark the occasion. This tradition started accidentally, but evolved into something I spent way too much time thinking [...]

August 29, 2014 Blog, Music


It’s Monday as I write this. I’m at work, I’m getting nothing done, my email program has decided it no longer wants to cooperate, and I’m good and hungover. I’m a sentient Garfield cartoon. The good thing about a shit [...]

April 8, 2014 Blog, Booze, Music, Sports


If you haven’t watched Jimmy Fallon say goodbye to Late Night by singing “The Weight” with The Muppets, please do so. I’ve embedded it here for you. Go ahead, I’ll wait: In a review on NPR, Linda Holmes had this [...]

February 11, 2014 Blog, Booze, Film and Television, Music