You know what? You’ve got spunk. I hate spunk. (at Browne Popular Culture Library)
Everything next year will just have to suck a little harder
This has to be one of the most entertaining “Best/Worst of the Year” features I’ve come across in a long time. I particularly enjoyed all of Sheffield’s “Pre-Thicke era” choices. Well worth the read.
First Listen: Lea Michele - “Cannonball”
After conquering broadway in Spring Awakening and dominating the charts with the cast of Glee, it was only a matter of time before Lea took a shot at pop stardom (in all honesty I’m surprised it took her this long to do it). ‘Cannonball’ serves as her first official single off her upcoming debut album Louder, and it’s kind of everything I expected from her. I’m not going to be blasting ‘Cannonball’ on repeat but that’s not to say it’s entirely bad. I’m sure her fans will flock to this one, but I don’t really see mainstream audiences latching onto it like they did with Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ or Miley’s ‘We Can’t Stop’. If you like what you hear, you can purchase a copy of it right now on iTunes by clicking here.
As the original post noted, this is certainly not terrible - but who is the intended audience? Even to an avid (note: young) “gleeks” this track pales in comparison to what we’ve already heard in a fairly strong year of Pop Music. Not to mention for someone who has a background in Broadway, this is hardly as vocally dynamic as one might expect - so there goes appealing to a potential theatrical fanbase too - and with production so safe it may only find heavy rotation on AC stations… as a result, the only place I can imagine someone hearing this song is in the waiting room at their next dentist appointment.
I guess I’m not missing much by not logging on to Twitter.
My alma mater, the Catholic, Jesuit Xavier University, just sent me a letter asking me to donate to their pledge drive. Instead I wrote this letter back.
While my good friend, Andrew Short, is a talented comedian - this is one of the few times he won’t make you laugh. Although this piece is particularly relatable to me, (as someone who has spent the majority of their academic life in Catholic school) I find his remarks apply to the secular realms of higher education just as well. His expertly crafted letter is well-worth your time.
Like I Never Love You Too Much | Nathaniel Jams
ANNNNND WE’RE BACK! LET’S DANCE!
Some Luther Vandross and a little JT will definitely set this party off right. Nathaniel Jams' new mash-up is so smooth…
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show was about a woman in her thirties living her life. Not within the context of her perfect marriage, or her continued wacky attempts to sneak into her husband’s show, or her quirky adventures as a mom/witch. It was, comparatively speaking, real. She worked, she dated. She threw terrible parties. Her friendships were of obvious and incalculable value. She was graceful, clumsy, timid, brave. She developed before our eyes. Mary Richards can’t be described in one sentence. And that is the point. That is what makes her a feminine icon.
Back during those nights of “Block Party Summer”,The Mary Tyler Moore Show didn’t make me a feminist. What it did do was show me a woman who lived her life according to what she determined was best, who was a challenge to define by anything other than the shades of her character. It trusted that that would be compelling enough.”
—Erika Schmidt, “There’s Something About Mary” (Bright Wall/Dark Room, Issue #3)
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