SOTW Roundup: 12/2/2012 – 12/8/2012

After three months of unemployment, I finally landed a job. One month into it and I already want out. It has nothing to do with the work, although the work is less than fulfilling. In fact, I love working. In addition to having a full-time job, I work a part-time job in radio and spend…

SOTW Roundup: 11/25/12 – 12/1/12

The Kansas City Chiefs made headlines again this year, and like all the other headlines this season, it wasn’t pretty. I’m of course talking about the Javon Belcher murder/suicide. Since this made national headlines, I’m assuming you know the story. If not, here you go. Per standard protocol, Twitter blew up, and in true nature…

SOTW Roundup: 11/18/2012 – 11/24/2012

Thanksgiving is behind us, which means it’s time to think about Christmas, effective immediately. Americans would start Christmas the day after Thanksgiving with Black Friday. This year, Walmart decided to start Christmas before the enzymes in your body could breakdown the turkey and pumpkin pie in your digestive system by having Gray Thursday. A recent…

SOTW Roundup: 11/11/12 – 11/17/12

Israel and Hamas are going at it. I could spend this time talking about the horrors of war and—really—what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Or I can talk about how this is happening—not coincidentally—a month before Apocalypse 2012: The Mayan Edition. Instead, I want to discuss how Occupy Chicago had a protest march in…

SOTW Roundup: 11/4/12 – 11/10/12

Que “Hail to the Chief” The abortion that is known as a presidential campaign year is now over, so everybody can breathe a huge sigh of relief…unless you’re a conservative/republican. In that case, you will probably be stewing in hate for another four years. This past presidential election revealed how divided this country truly is.…

Saving Conservatism

President Obama winning a second term is the biggest, most important win in decades for a group that desperately needed it. The type of group that had been downtrodden, beaten to a pulp by their leaders and needed that one sign to say it was time for hope and change. The type of people who…

SOTW Roundup: 10/14/12 – 10/20/12

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, is National “Demand Radio Diversity” Day. What is that? Well, I’m glad you asked. Inspired by the documentary film “Corporate FM” (www.fmfilm.com), Soundtrack of the Week has decided to put together a day where everyone calls their favorite local radio stations and demand they play more local and indie artists. Essentially,…

SOTW Roundup: 10/07/12 – 10/13/12

      I’m going to spend this time to rant about the evil corporation known as Time Warner. Time Warner has done a superb job of having a near monopoly on local cable television and Internet services. They are quite aware of the stranglehold they have on the market; their terrible customer service reflects…

SOTW Roundup: 09/30/12 – 10/6/12

There is something out there that brings an entire city together. This thing also causes wars between separate cities. It’s a multimillion-dollar industry whose success in individual battles is dependent on the general running the army. I’m talking about sports. Kansas City is widely known as a major sports town…mostly because we have nothing else…

Defending Tim Burton

Today, Alex Pappademas wrote a piece for Grantland outlining Tim Burton’s career, and how the director has slowly morphed into a also-ran cover-artist. I’ve seen this type of thought process before, so I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that this storyline is being regurgitated after every new Burton project that every hates is coming out. The same…

SOTW Roundup: 09/23/12 – 09/29/12

Being single is either the greatest thing or the worst. It all depends how easy it is for you to meet someone. For those that are drowning in a tsunami of sex, the single life probably isn’t all that bad. For those of us that have trouble getting a halfway decent person to give us…

SOTW Roundup: 09/16/12 – 09/22/12

As of this writing, I’m still recovering from a Saturday night that should only be reserved for people with a record contract. This was a night where stripping naked in a shared hotel room to take a bath at 3:00am may not have cracked the top 5 most Keith Moon-esque thing I did Saturday. With…

The Danger of Democratized Art

Let me tell you why music sucks. That’s something I’ve been trying to explain for quite a long time, yielding very poor results. Obviously, I still think I’m right, and that modern music is lesser of an art form than that made when my parents were my age, but attempting to tell people why is…

SOTW Roundup: 09/09/12 – 09/15/12

Summer is finally over! Maybe not officially, but the weather change is the barometer I measure by rather than arbitrary date a few people decided on. Actually, it’s not that arbitrary. It has something to do with the sun…and Earth…and probably Jesus or something. We had a brutal summer here in the Midwest. There were…

SOTW Roundup: 09/02/12 – 09/08/12

I was going to spend this time talking about the need to constantly backup your hard drive since I fried mine by 18-months worth of downloading porn stock projections. Instead, I want to talk about something that reared its ugly head the other day: 9/11 conspiracy theorists. These people do not offend me because they…

Diaries of the Unemployed (Part II)

When we last got together, I was freshly unemployed. I was a little worried due to the statistics that are out there. At the same time, I was a little optimistic since I have a 15-week severance package. Well, six weeks have come and gone, so it’s time to start Part 2 of Diaries of…

SOTW Roundup: 08/26/12 – 09/01/12

After a one-week vacation in Dallas, the SOTW Roundup is back! I’m using the term “vacation” loosely considering I have been unemployed since the end of July. This was the first time in god knows how long since I have left Kansas City. I learned two things while I was away. The first thing I…

The Two Sides Of Lance Armstrong

The day I thought would never come: Lance Armstrong is revealed to be a fraud. That sentence right there will get about half (so roughly, two) of the people reading this to exit their browser. Lance defenders will simply toss up that the 7-time Tour de France winner has never failed a drugged test. Very…

SOTW Roundup: 08/12/12 – 08/18/12

Election week is just right around the corner! Actually, it’s over three months away, but close enough. Usually, this is the worst time of year, but every now and then something awesome happens. You know, things like suggesting rape can either be legitimate or illegitimate, and that the female body has the ability to tell…

Concert Review: Toadies and Helmet

The Toadies and Helmet made their way to the Beaumont Club in Kansas City during their national tour together with opener Ume on August 12th.  Although the two headliners hail from the ‘90s, the crowd at the Beaumont included a mixture of young and old. This dichotomy of youthful energy versus maturity would later be…