Author Archives: Erik

Mea Culpa of a Sellout

In the mid 1990s, the student body at the middle school I attended abided by a set of rigid faction politics that seemed completely normal at the time. Superficially, an outsider might perceive your standard clique dynamics at play, but … Continue reading

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Like Moths To Tragedy

A few years ago, an out of breath friend called me with a story about how he was “just involved in a car accident”. The story, told mostly through forward-inching narration peppered with dramatic huffs of anxious relief, featured my … Continue reading

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Why that Ted/Magic Mike meme makes no sense.

On June 29th, the world of summer cinema saw the release of Ted and Magic Mike.  Ted is a Seth MacFarlane(vintage Family Guy, American Dad, newer and considerably less funny Family Guy) raunch-comedy about a CGI teddy bear(voiced by MacFarlane) … Continue reading

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Why did the pedestrian cross the road?

If you’ve ever driven a car around a modestly populated area, you’ve probably encountered this:  you’re driving, you happen upon a crosswalk, you see a couple of pedestrians eager to cross, you let them. Then, in a turn of events … Continue reading

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Sad that Whitney Houston Died? Yeah??? WHY DO YOU HATE OUR SOLDIERS???

Inevitably when a famous person dies, there’s always the counter-reaction after the initial wave of sympathy.  After the sincere mourners have gotten all of their “pain” out of the way, there’s always the folks right behind them who somehow need … Continue reading

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The “Rick Ross Award” For Best Rick Ross Guest Verse

Drake(feat. Rick Ross) – Lord Knows It sort of defies logic how consistently compelling Rick Ross is.  His presence in the industry borders on oversaturation.  His lyrical content rarely strays from trap talk and boasting of wealth excess.  And still … Continue reading

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Best Alexisonfire Album By A Band Who Is Not Alexisonfire

Architects – The Here and Now Architects’ prior release Hollow Crown was a satisfying hodgepodge of modern metalcore.  The album saw them straying further from their “mathy” roots while taking on chunkier riffs and melodic singing.  You’ve seen this dance … Continue reading

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The “Regina Spektor Award” For Album I Genuinely Love, Which Will Incidentally Ingratiate Me To Females

Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials Lungs, though I just about forgot almost all of it, delivered one indelible impression:  this broad has got some pipes.  Ceremonials charmed the pants off me with its unrelenting huge-ness.  Just about every song … Continue reading

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The “Own Worst Enemy” Award for Album By a 2011 Critical Darling That Was Left Off Most Year End Lists

The Weeknd – Thursday Given how stark and refreshing House of Balloons was, it’s not totally surprising that its follow up sort of came and went.  “High For This” was just beginning to being circulated on Entourage commercials when Thursday … Continue reading

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