If Your Memory Serves You Well
While many are familiar with The Band and some of their hit songs, few know the story of their rise to prominence. While The Band is known for backing Bob Dylan on some of his earliest electric tours and some of his greatest records, they had been along well before this occurrence.
A Pillar of Rock
In the world of the electric guitar, few guitars have been as influential to music and the innovation of the instrument as the Fender Stratocaster. In its more than 60 years of production, the Stratocaster has been used by many great players from various genres to create legendary music.
Odds and Ends
When one thinks of the history of the solid body electric guitar, Gibson is one of the first and most important brands that comes to mind. While guitars such as the Les Paul, SG Flying V, Explorer and Firebird were wildly successful either initially or eventually, Gibson also produced many guitars that are not as well remembered.
The Revivalists: Funky Rock and Soul
At a time when independent music is enjoying a great deal of exposure, new types of bands are arising from music cities across the country. In New Orleans, one such act is creating their own soulful, funky brand of rock to great acclaim. The Revivalists are a rock group consisting of David Shaw on vocals, Zack Feinberg on guitar, Ed Williams on pedal steel, Rob Ingraham on saxophone, George Gekas on bass, Andrew Campanelli on drums and Michael Girardot on keyboards and trumpet. With their large setup, the band has a very large and dynamic sound with many great subtleties.
Tig Notaro's "One Mississippi"
With the advent of many streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, many artists have been given the opportunity to create original content that might not otherwise be seen by audiences. Of the many original series available for streaming online, many, such as “F is for Family,” “Master of None” and others were created by comedians. With the creative freedoms afforded by internet services, streaming series are able to tackle issues and subjects that might not be readily approved on network television.
The Healing Angels
Released in December 2016, this program follows the life story of a woman named Prairie Johnson as she recounts her perceptions of the events therein. Prairie Johnson is portrayed by series creator Brit Marling. The series deals with issues of the supernatural and the idea of angels in a unique and often perplexing manner.
'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' Shows the Unqualified Success of a Team of Scrappy Rejects
'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' shows the Unqualified Success of a Team of Scrappy Rejects The Battered Bastards of Baseball tells the improbable story of an actor with a passion for baseball who realized his dream of fielding a professional baseball team through his steadfast efforts. Bing Russell was able to found the single-A Portland Mavericks without any affiliation to a Major League team and was only derailed when Major League Baseball decided to revive AAA baseball in Portland.
Viceland’s Abandoned Explores Decay and Rebirth in North America
This year Vice Media has introduced a new program to their Viceland Channel that explores all things abandoned in many parts of the United States and Canada. Hosted by Canadian skater Rick McCrank, the program Abandoned travels to places with abandoned structures and even entire ghost communities.
Political Correctness in South Park
Over the years, South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone have taken it upon themselves to address many controversial topics and social issues. From Scientology and Mormonism to homophobia and gender identity, South Park has tackled many issues that other shows feared to address and has done so in a way that considers all the possible angles. In a rare line of continuity between seasons, season 20 of South Park has begun where season 19 left off, in a divided society where political correctness has caused a tear between those who want social change and those who are content with society.