HBO’s Game of Thrones: “The Children”

Sunday's episode was 66 minutes of incredible television, and in my view probably the best all-around episode the show has ever done. It also made numerous significant departures from the books, in my view largely for the better--aside from one conspicuous absence.

TMBG Countdown #2: Birdhouse in Your Soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhjSzjoU7OQ First release: Flood, 1990 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.)   I mentioned I saw the band this past Sunday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg? They did...

Narnia Review: being in the closet can be fun!

Went and saw The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe last night with my friend Alex. Not bad; very faithful to the original book, with a few cheesy chase scenes...

The Babadook: Monster-as-Metaphor, Mostly to the Good

Jennifer Kent's "The Babadook" is hands-down the best horror movie since "Let the Right One In." Where it goes wrong is sometimes treating its monster more as allegory than reality.

TMBG Countdown #7: James K. Polk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9SvJMZs5Rs First release: Factory Showroom, 1996 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) Have I mentioned that I tend to favor the nerdiest songs? A muscial summation of the presidential...

TMBG Countdown #21: Robot Parade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFg5eWbFxEw First Release: TMBG Unlimited (2000) (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) Originally written for graphic design group The Chopping Block, and featuring lyrics (according to the...

How to be a Good Hotel on a Marathon Weekend

It's marathon season, which means time for runners to book hotels. Actually, it's late September, which means marathon accommodations will be hard to find in many cities. If you're running and haven't booked your stay yet,...

TMBG Countdown #9: Fingertips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXmBs1OppXw First release: Apollo 18, 1992 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) I was thirteen years old in 1992, a nerdy kid, and They Might Be Giants was one...

TMBG Countdown #15: Spider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmQYICF7ExU First Release: Apollo 18, 1992 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) The Johns claim this song originated as an afternoon playing with a sampler, which...

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