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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

Adulting

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.

Thirty-five

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

Thirty-four

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

Thirty-three

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
Flashback

Flashback

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
Joy

Joy

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
Merry Eksmas

Merry Eksmas

Merry Eksmas, everyone! That photo is of me as a college radio DJ spinning tunes during the prime hours of Midnight – 2 am on Wednesday mornings. Quality real estate indeed, and totally reflective of my DJ prowess. I’m not [...]

December 25, 2013 Blog, Music
Approval

Approval

I did not shop on Thanksgiving. One of the reasons was that I am in support of the retail employees who have to come in on what was once a sacrosanct (and scarce) day off, and do not appreciate the [...]

December 3, 2013 Blog, Music
Thirty-two

Thirty-two

Having set this up earlier this week, let’s dive right into it. I used to call this feature “Songs to Close Out Your Summer” when I wrote it for Cru Jones Society, and I think I was probably a bit [...]

August 29, 2013 Blog, Inside My Head, Music