Putting the Cult in Culture
Rubblebucket Tours for "Omega La La" LP, Sings Omega Lullabye for Evie

Rubblebucket Tours for “Omega La La” LP, Sings Omega Lullabye for Evie

I was already off work this week, attempting to help the wife keep our almost 3-week-old daughter from sabotaging sanity and sleep alike, but it was Rubblebucket that really made my week. It’s one thing to take perverse joy in the knowledge that your coworkers are handling all the “TPS reports” without you, and another...
Hunting for Musical Easter Eggs: An Interview with Indie-Rock Icon Mitch Easter

Hunting for Musical Easter Eggs: An Interview with Indie-Rock Icon Mitch Easter

Mitch Easter’s name suits him well. His records are obscure, hidden in record shops all over the world like so many Easter eggs. In the ’80s, he fronted the North Carolina-based jangle-pop outfit Let’s Active, and released an EP and three full-length records. While iTunes and eMusic offer a few isolated songs from my favorite Let’s...
When Films Speak in Tongues: On Fighting Foreign Film Phobia

When Films Speak in Tongues: On Fighting Foreign Film Phobia

Just as the people who witnessed the disciples speaking in tongues at Pentecost were alarmed, most people seem to be somewhat afraid of foreign films. “The film is in Chinese?” they say, as if I have just said, “The film wants to eat Neapolitan ice cream out of your hollowed-out skull.” “Yes, the film is in Chinese,”...
The Cinemaddict on Harmony Korine's "Mister Lonely"

The Cinemaddict on Harmony Korine’s “Mister Lonely”

You would think I would find it endearing when independent filmmaker Harmony Korine makes an appearance in a documentary on Norwegian black metal (Until the Light Takes Us), but nothing could save that meandering, formless film from mediocrity. I wanted to find it fascinating – this was a documentary about Satanic black metal bands who...
An Open Letter to KC Artist DJG About "Inception"

An Open Letter to KC Artist DJG About “Inception”

Photo above by DJG (www.djgdesign.com). “Deer” DJG*: Remember two years ago when The Dark Knight came out and we called it The Dork Newt?  We thought it was a snoozer, and we suspected the film critics were raving simply because the film featured the recently deceased Heath Ledger.  Although I have generally liked Christopher Nolan’s...