In Defense of Girls and Lena Dunham

I know, I know. So much praise and criticism from entertainment and feminist bloggers has dominated the pop culture discussion of the new HBO series Girls since the pilot aired on April 15, that we get it. She’s a voice of a generation! No! She doesn’t speak for me! So what else is there to say? Plenty. Driving back from D.C. yesterday, I was excited to catch Fresh Air’s interview with Lena Dunham, the creater, producer and star of Girls. It was the first time I heard her address the serious criticism toward the show that it doesn’t include any people of color as characters: I wrote the first … Continue reading In Defense of Girls and Lena Dunham

Listen Up: Alabama Shakes, ‘Boys And Girls’

Already heralded as a band to watch in 2012, Alabama Shakes – a bluesy, soulful rock quartet – will officially release it’s debut, Boys And Girls, tomorrow in stores, but why wait until then? The entire album has been available for a week now for free, thanks to the good folks at NPR. And I’ve been loving what I hear. Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes’ singer-guitarist, is subtle, commanding and powerful throughout Boys And Girls’ 11 tracks that mostly last 4 minutes or less. The entire album is polished, captivating and drenched with emotion. In the words of BUST magazine: Their … Continue reading Listen Up: Alabama Shakes, ‘Boys And Girls’

Three Sunday TV shows you’re probably not watching, but should.

Here at Rhyme et Reason, we like our TV shows: Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Dance Moms, Ringer, and Real Housewives come to mind. So, I’m going to add a few more shows to the list that I’ve recently started obsessing over and I think are worthy of watching on Sundays. (Feel free to disagree, dear reader, and comment below!) Get your remotes ready!   Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC  (a.k.a. #Nerdland) Melissa Harris-Perry is breaking all sorts of barriers on cable TV where mostly white male pundits, journalists and politicians dominate weekend political talk shows, and I love every minute of … Continue reading Three Sunday TV shows you’re probably not watching, but should.

Friday Night Sounds: a playlist for the weekend

Ugh. It’s mid-winter and I’m feeling it. Nevermind that we haven’t had an inch of snow! Cold nights, eight hours of sunlight and bare landscapes have put me in an introspective and contemplative mood, which seems fitting for this weekend’s bleak forecast of snow, sleet and rain. Tonight’s playlist reflects my mood with introspective and dreamy lyrics, simple arrangements (Eddie Vedder’s “Longing to Belong”) and pared down sounds for a quieter time of year that draws me inward. Click here to open in Spotify!  Curl up in a warm place away from the cold and listen to: Woodkid Asa Regina … Continue reading Friday Night Sounds: a playlist for the weekend

Friday Night Sounds: a playlist for the weekend

  Happy Friday! This week’s playlist is all about big, lush sounds (hello, new Florence + The Machine!), soulful covers of classics and danceable beats. It’s a little heavy on the theme of love, but what songs aren’t?  We have… Yeah Yeah Yeahs The Big Pink Amy Winehouse  Temper Trap Rihanna and RetR favorite – V V Brown Click here to listen on Spotify! And for more good music, check out last week’s playlist. Continue reading Friday Night Sounds: a playlist for the weekend