May 132013


Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

I know that film adaptations of books should not be judged against their source material.  I know that movies are movies and books are books and paintings are paintings and so on, and I will try to spend a fair portion of this review assessing Baz Luhrmann’s latest film on its own merits, but I will probably also stoop to comparing it to the source novel by F. Continue reading this entry

Aug 292012

THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. Their website describes THEESatisfaction’s works as “funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip.” To me, this is some of the most sonically interesting music of the year so far. Continue reading this entry

Jun 072012


Directed by Wes Anderson

Starring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Francis McDormand, Bill Murray

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking

On the fictional island of New Penzance in the 1965, a pair of socially isolated preteens form a relationship after a brief encounter backstage at a small church production Benjamin Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludde.   Continue reading this entry

May 242012

A few weeks ago, the President of the United States announced that he stands in support of Gay Marriage, and the internet has been abuzz with the topics of gender-identity, human rights, and a plethora of related issues since. Many voices, both ignorant and educated, opinionated and nonplussed, have taken it upon themselves to broadcast their point-of-view (or lack thereof) across their various social networks, message-boards, and other internet hangouts. Continue reading this entry

Mar 062012

The Mill and the CrossMany movies have attempted to use the film medium to explore the mind of the artist. Some visually blur the separation between the artist and their work as a way of demonstrating how life imitates art or vice versa. The results are often interesting and bizarre (Barton Fink, Synecdoche New York, Black Swan). In The Mill & The Cross, Polish director Lech Majewski experiments with many of these same ideas, but with one fundamental difference. Continue reading this entry

Feb 032012

One Twenty-Two and an Eight

Written by Nate Gass
Recorded & Produced 2009-February 2012 by Nate Gass
Featuring additional percussion by Jay Jenison

A couple years ago Jay came over to my apartment and we recorded samples around the living room and kitchen. These samples sat neglected on my computer until last Friday. I made a goal to utilize these samples and complete 1 song within a week. Continue reading this entry