Radiohead: Last of the Greats

Rock n roll is dead. Sure, there will always be musicians playing and producing what can be categorized as “rock music”. But Rock n Roll – the cultural force, social movement, the music itself – faded to black some time around the turn of the millennium. But it had a good run. 50 years of youthful rebellion, 50 years of sound and fury. Rock n roll changed the world. It helped end the Soviet Union, and helped cross the “color line”, which lead to the civil rights movement. Perhaps most important, rock n roll inspired a generation of kids to...

Why Rihanna Matters

Rihanna turns 29 today. 2-9. Remember that bare-bellied girl who arrived out of nowhere with “Pon De Replay” way back in… 2005. She’s grown now… barely! She still showing up at awards just for the kiki, as she did last Sunday at the 59th Grammys, with a diamond-encrusted flask no less. More like the Jammies! Rihanna is my exact same age. Well, I’m two months older, being born on the butt-end of 1987, but we grew up together. Sure, I’m not as sexy, stylish, poised, or in the same galaxy when it comes to wealth and fame, but I feel...

Living the Life Unwell

“Anxiety”, “Depression”, “Substance Abuse”, “PTSD”. Whatever it can be attributed to, for much of my life, I’ve been mentally and emotionally volatile. To be honest, I feel mentally ill on any given day, if only because I compare myself to other, more normal people, people who appear unscathed by trauma, “happy”, “carefree”. But even people who have lived fairly rough lives seem more emotionally stable than me. What gives? It’s hard to know what people think – or know – about mental illness, because we still, well, we just don’t talk about it. Attempting to do so often elicits blank...