March 2022 in Summary: Slap Happy

CODA - Family

Other considerations for this update’s title were “What Did the Five Fingers Say to the Face?”, “Will Smith is the New Moe”, and “My Parents Are Deeeaaaaad!!”, but I ultimately decided to instead pay homage to the German/English avant-pop band Slapp Happy that did two albums with Henry Cow (Desperate Straights and In Praise of Learning). Check those out if you like experimental, jazz-flavored progressive rock.

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February 2022 in Summary: Oscar Scramble

Portopia - Ring

Because the nominees for “Best Picture” have been announced, my goal for this month is to see all ten films before the awards ceremony. Now, as a full disclosure, unlike last year, I simply don’t have the time to review all ten films, but I will still write my annual “Worst to Best” list. As such, I’ll save my thoughts for them when I release that list.

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December 2021 in Summary: The Iceman Cometh

Donkey Kong Country 3 - Christmas

Happy New Year! So, 2021 has come to an end. I know a lot of people were disappointed in how it wasn’t the deliverance from 2020 they hoped it would be, but with the presence of vaccines and an absence of a potent COVID-19 variant that can completely dodge them, it was still better than 2020.

Well, if nothing else, 2021, like 2020, was a remarkably great year for music. Seriously, those artists have been firing on all cylinders lately. I was a bit skeptical about the whole vinyl revival, and while I do get the appeal, one undeniably positive impact it had on music is that it got artists to begin thinking about how to put their work in an album format. I find one’s body of work tends to be stronger and more cohesive if you can translate one’s talent to the album format.

I also apologize for the lack of reviews, but, I will have a review of Donkey Kong 64 ready to go for next week.

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