Rockin’ the Mausoleum

Do your research. Or, you can be like me, in which case you won’t do your research. Then you might find yourself, as I did on February 12th 2016, in an incredibly wonderful and shocking situation. That was the night Steve Taylor & the Danielson Foil rolled into Philadelphia to shake the foundations of PhilaMOCA,…

Powderkeg of Awesome

Jagged Leaves is not your typical Brooklyn-based band. Their sound is unique, and not just for the sake of being unique. Songs are folky and alternative but with a “garage band” edge that is not typical. Their debut album, Nightmare Afternoon, gives listeners a good taste of what the band has to offer. And there…

Follow Friday

Happy Good Friday! I’ve gathered yet another selection of social media personalities who are awaiting your add. Oh, and they’re all Jameses (…Jamesi?). Instagram James Lynch James is an extraordinary photographer. Enjoy his uncanny ability to capture the great outdoors. "Vast" Sorry for not posting often, there's been a lot going on and I haven't…

THE NEW “IMPRISONMENT RATE” AND “RIGHT-SIZING” THE PRISON POPULATION

Yesterday the Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project released a report entitled “The Punishment Rate.” It is an excellent piece that offers a fresh new way of looking at the scale of imprisonment in America. Traditionally, analysts have tended to focus in on the prison population as a rate per capita (i.e., the number…

Short, Dark, and Handsome

I woke today to the sad news of the death of Malik Isaac Taylor, better known as Phife Dawg, of A Tribe Called Quest. A critical part of not the group’s success, Phife was an important part of my music history. From the first time I heard Tribe’s music I was a fan, and they…

Follow Friday

I’m pumped about this edition of Follow Friday! See what you’ve been missing! Instagram Dads With Attitude I love being a dad. But sometimes, my kids drive me a bit bonkers. This guy knows what I’m talking about. My reaction when my kid wakes up in the middle of the night for the fourth time.…

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Friday is here! Start your weekend off right with these social media finds… Instagram The Adventuring Adventurer When we need a funny, nerdy meme to brighten our day, the Adventuring Adventurer comes to our rescue! So my brother and I text random Star Wars junk to each other whenever we see something we know will…

And It Was Called “Yellow”

“Giallo” (or the plural “gialli”) is the Italian word for yellow and is used as a descriptor for the subgenre of Italian murder mystery films. It is so named after the yellow spines that identified Italian thriller novels on the shelves. Gialli are the predecessors to the slasher films of the 80s and 90s. Notable…

A Four Minute Reason

Okay, okay, so it is a three minute and twenty second reason. Lay off. I’m new here. When I signed on to write, our fearless leader, thepaintedman, asked me what I’d been listening to lately. My response was “The Weakerthans, nothing but The Weakerthans.” Or something close to that. Every few years, I jump headfirst…

Follow Friday

Feed your inner foodie with these flavorful finds on this week’s feature of Follow Friday! Instagram Homemade Don’t just let your eyes do the feasting. You can take a look AND order using the Homemade App. The best part is that these are places local to those in NYC, Philly, and other major cities across…

LEAD ABATEMENT AS A “JUSTICE REINVESTMENT” STRATEGY

Insiders to the U.S. prison reform movement are now familiar with the term “justice reinvestment.” For those unfamiliar, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) is a movement that began nearly a decade ago as a framework for reducing America’s exorbitantly high incarceration rate, which is unprecedented both in historical and comparative terms. The out of control…

Women: Often “Miss Treated” By Doctors

All chronic illness sufferers, whether male or female, experience frustration when dealing with the medical system. But if you’re a woman, whether you realize it or not, your struggle is going to be much much harder. First of all, women are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases that are life-long and that greatly affect one’s quality…

Hell

Hell is place just next door The burning beds of suburbia White washed fear mongers Patriotic pencil pushers Racist redneck scoundrels Hell is a place down the street Heroin veined child’s play Playground shooting range Candle light vigil litter box Graffiti church door locked Hell is a place forgotten Under overpasses zoom Alley head giving…