The Zombies, Elephant Stone
March 17, 2013
There's something about The Zombies that has always set them off from the other bands of the British Invasion. Maybe it's the orchestral, minor chords, or the ethereal breathiness of singer Colin Blunstone's delivery, or the impeccable timing ... More >>
Tookie's and Stomp's aren't the only Clear Lake-area spots I visited recently. I finally made it out to Nobi Public House last weekend, after near-comically exaggerated exhortations of "How have you not been yet?!" from my beer-loving friends.
How indeed? Nobi is smashing. If it were closer to my h ... More >>
Dwight Yoakam, Mike Stinson
December 21, 2012
When most of us are sick and fighting seasonal flu and cold systems, we retreat to a warm bed with cold pillows and Netflix.
Few of us could go onstage in skintight blue jeans and shake our asses for two hours, but that's what Dwight Yoa ... More >>
Robert Claude Powell of Alvin is a dude who's serious about renting movies -- he won't let anything get in his way, including pesky doors, apparently, because he was arrested after allegedly throwing a barstool through the glass doors of Allstate Video Monday.
According to The Police News, Powell j ... More >>
I've reached the point with television shows where I rarely watch them in first run anymore. I find it much easier to satiate my TV thirst if I sit down and plow through an entire series on Netflix or DVD over the course of a few weeks. It's what I did with The Wire, it's what I intend to do with Br ... More >>
Bob's Burgers entered Fox's Sunday evening programming quietly last year, filling the void left by the cancellation of King of the Hill. It looked as bad as Fox's other non-Simpsons/Family Guy animation (see: The PJs and Sit Down, Shut Up). And pun-filled reviews like this one from Entertainment Wee ... More >>
House of Blues
April 6, 2012
"Real G's only; don't fuck up my alphabet." -- Childish Gambino, "It's On"
Childish Gambino is Donald Glover and Donald Glover is Troy from a television show called Community and Troy from a television show called Community is funny as eff and that's g ... More >>
Every year, it happens. The Valentine's Day procrastinators come out of the woodwork, desperately scrambling for flowers and chocolate at the very last minute. This past Sunday, my mother -- who is a private chef -- received an email from a man who wanted her to cook a romantic dinner for him and hi ... More >>
Our TV viewing area!I arrived home yesterday evening to find that my cable had gone out. To be fair, it could have been out for days. I have no idea. Such are the perils of owning a Roku box and living off Hulu and Netflix instead of basic cable. Either way, I had no means of watching Top Chef th ... More >>
There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch all of them, one at a time.
Are you not entertained?
The overwhelming majority of reality shows -- like, for example, Ghost Adventures -- positively beg for ridicule. The participants usually run the gamut from a ... More >>
The first man to ever leave the Earth and venture into space was a Russian cosmonaut named Yuri Gagarin, who, if he hadn't died at the young age of 34 in a plane crash he would be 77 years old today. Garagrin was launched into space on April 12, 1961, and orbited once around the planet in 108 ... More >>
THE SANDLOT??? Oh yeah: Read onA few weeks back, Jeff Balke chronicled the five `80's movie scenes that spurred his age group's sexual awakenings. The movies that "caused a stirring in my loins" as he said, at that precocious young age where the world is an awfully confusing and sexy place. ... More >>
I can vouch for the fact that this movie is every bit as disturbing as the poster would lead you to believe that it is.Animated GIFs have been around, clogging up the Intertubes, for nearly as long as Netscape Navigator, the first browser into which the moving Graphics Interchange Format (GIF ... More >>
Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward's new book about the President's management of the Afghanistan War, exposes some pretty significant divisions between Obama's civilian advisers and the U.S. military on strategy concerning what is now America's longest war:
Book excerpts published yesterday sugges ... More >>
Anthony Bourdain is a man who requires little introduction. The author of Kitchen Confidential -- the book published almost exactly 10 years ago, which catapulted him to fame -- and host of popular TV shows like A Cook's Tour and No Reservations, Bourdain is the prototypical bad-boy chef, Marco Pier ... More >>
Right around this time next week, we'll be having the ultimate Chef Chat with none other than everyone's favorite culinary iconoclast: Anthony Bourdain.
On September 20, Jones Hall and the Society for the Performing Arts is hosting Bourdain as he comes to Houston for a one-night-only speakin ... More >>
Trouble just seems to find him"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster." -- Henry Hill at the beginning of Goodfellas, when it was all about greed, excess, and privilege"Today, everything is different. There's no action. I have to wait around like everyone else. C ... More >>
The CW is, by all generally accepted standards of measure, a horrible
network. Just about every show is aimed at that unfortunate segment of the
pre-adolescent population whose parents can't afford basic cable, so instead
of several hundred channels of garbage programming, these poor kids are
fo ... More >>
She Said's music listening habits have become so lazy thanks to the Internet. She can barely bring herself to pay for a full CD any more when there's so much awesome music for free online. She can't even remember the last time she bought a full CD in the concrete, plastic wrap and all.
That said, ... More >>