Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

For his devoted fan base, the release of a new album from Bruce Springsteen had, for many years, been a cause for celebration. Springsteen became known as an artist who was prolific in his songwriting and, at the same time – because his perfectionist tendencies ensured that he did not release an album until he…

Roy’s Things – 1/13/14

For many years, the late Larry King wrote a column that ran in USA Today every Monday. Comprised of a series of nonsensical sentences, few of which had any connection to the one prior or after, it was the only reason to purchase McNewspaper. In his honor… I remember when hot dogs at Gray’s Papaya were a…

The quest for pointlessness

So, a 40-year-old woman from Seattle named Beautiful Existence — and if that isn’t a cry for help, I don’t know what is — decided to eat only from Starbucks and its associated brands for an entire calendar year. And she did it. And now the story is exploding in the media. Woo fucking hoo. I’m pretty…

The best albums of 2013

After a prolonged period of debate, deletion, addition, confusion, discretion, absolution, and reflection, approximately 115 albums remained on the list of those released in 2013 that I would recommend. Admittedly, any attempts I made to organize that list (or a truncated list) of those albums into an easily digestible collection of albums that you should…