Category Archives: music

James Bond, Indie Rock, Gun Control and Newtown

I’ve done time in prison for being sensitive, so forgive me when I tell you that my much-anticipated viewing of “Skyfall” with my brother was excellent but fell short thanks to something I did not suspect: the carryover of emotion from the world of fact to cinematic fiction. Loved the characters and look of the… Continue Reading

This Bird Has Flown: The ‘Hawk Set To Shut Its Doors Forever

This Bird Has Flown: The ‘Hawk Set To Shut Its Doors Forever

I’ve had far too much time to think about the Jan. 12 closing of the Mohawk Place, which is a shame because its obituary and the stories that go with it deserve to be cluttered, tipsy, loud and disjointed. So this is about a building, friends and a man who refused to let them down…. Continue Reading

Power Ranking The Senses: A Clear No.1

There are two pair of opposing forces that I’ve come to understand as sharing the title of the most dynamic battles shaping my first 30 or so years on Earth. One is best saved for specific conversationalists in my life and certainly not to be dealt with in an unannounced blog post. It wouldn’t exactly… Continue Reading

REVIEW: “Wrecking Ball”

The Boss would prefer you get off his lawn. If you loved when Clint Eastwood attempted to personify gristle in “Gran Torino,” Bruce Springsteen is bringing that silver screen feel to slick black vinyl with his new record, “Wrecking Ball.” While I’m not going to tell you it the best thing he’s ever done, I’m… Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Brief Balladry For A Broad Street Bully

If you hate when I do anything un-sports-related, just head here for my post-Super Bowl podcast, “The Late Nick Mendola, Seas2Ep3” on Audio Buffalo via There’s a new entry amongst the art aiming to be athletic in addition to aesthetic, and it’s found on John K. Samson’s “Provincial.” The frontman of Canadian post-punk heroes… Continue Reading