Best Albums 2000-2009 pt.4

4 Jan

Putting together a list of best albums is difficult enough to do for just one year, but I have always wanted to do a whole decade because it makes me reflect on albums that I still listen to today, have forgotten because they didn’t stick with me long-term or have known all along that they are my all time favorite.  I spent more time determining the order of albums then I did picking which to include among the 30, agonizing which album was better than the other.  It was a fun exercise and might even lead to further “best of the decade” lists so I hope you enjoy!

11-15

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Going Quiet

11 Dec

After the completion of my “Top Records of The 2000’s” list, In Place Of Real Insight will be going quiet for the forseable future.

I started the blog so I could write about some stuff that I wasn’t able to at my original Blog  FOH.  I was hoping for more reader interaction and a good open forum for discussion about different things but never got that.  People were reading but not interacting, which was a let down but I am not going to make excuses or whine about it.  It is what it is.

I am going to refocus my time back on FOH and try to build it back up to what it used to be.  It was a moment of pride to know at one point that we had 22,000 readers per month and I would love to have that again.  Please feel free to follow my work over there (i write under the name Cal Meacham) and maybe some day I will bring this blog back.

~Troy

Best Albums 2000-2009 Pt. 3

6 Dec

Putting together a list of best albums is difficult enough to do for just one year, but I have always wanted to do a whole decade because it makes me reflect on albums that I still listen to today, have forgotten because they didn’t stick with me long-term or have known all along that they are my all time favorite.  I spent more time determining the order of albums then I did picking which to include among the 30, agonizing which album was better than the other.  It was a fun exercise and might even lead to further “best of the decade” lists so I hope you enjoy!

16-20

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Best Albums 2000-2009 Pt. 2

2 Dec

Putting together a list of best albums is difficult enough to do for just one year, but I have always wanted to do a whole decade because it makes me reflect on albums that I still listen to today, have forgotten because they didn’t stick with me long-term or have known all along that they are my all time favorite.  I spent more time determining the order of albums then I did picking which to include among the 30, agonizing which album was better than the other.  It was a fun exercise and might even lead to further “best of the decade” lists so I hope you enjoy!

21-25

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Best Albums 2000-2009

1 Dec

Putting together a list of best albums is difficult enough to do for just one year, but I have always wanted to do a whole decade because it makes me reflect on albums that I still listen to today, have forgotten because they didn’t stick with me long-term or have known all along that they are my all time favorite.  I spent more time determining the order of albums then I did picking which to include among the 30, agonizing which album was better than the other.  It was a fun exercise and might even lead to further “best of the decade” lists so I hope you enjoy!

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Television Trending

21 Nov

Trending Upward:

The Walking Dead 

I would be the first to admit that this show was treading water for the first few weeks with the “find Sophia” plot line that never seems to end but with one week to go before our mid-season break, it has finally found its stride.  Last nights episode found some strong character development and some drama that was actually entertaining.  It wasn’t another find Sophia plot line and we finally got to see some of the other character growth that I have been waiting for.  Glenn is such a likable guy, it is nice to see him getting some more face time and finally see Dale grow a bit.  I would still like to see more happen from episode to episode because we were plodding along for so many episodes there but The “farm” days are coming to a head with next weeks episode.

American Dad

I really, really disliked this show when it first came out.  Over the last month I have caught a few reruns on Adult Swim and found myself hooked.  I dug into my Netflix a bit and found that the show started taking shape in about the 3rd season so I decided to watch the most current season from week to week.  Last nights episode was quite funny but I would never have come to enjoy this show if I didn’t come to embrace Roger and Stan for the odd ball’s that they are.  They drive this show and I am glad that I gave it another chance.

 

Trending Down:

South Park

From week to week you never have a clue what you will get from the South Park boys, but I have found that more times than not it has been below average.  From the first half of the season I enjoyed “Humancentipad” and “Royal Pudding” but not since the Season 14 finale “Creme Fraiche” have I laughed out loud in the way that South Park used to make me laugh.  The most recent episode was far better than the really bad “A History Channel Thanksgiving” but is nowhere near up to par with their good stuff.

Boss

After a great debut episode and a solid second episode, this show has reverted to the “hey look we are a pay cable channel show” attitude with lots of useless nudity and a plot line that is crawling at this point.  Kelsey Grammer is the only thing carrying this show from week to week as it is struggling to intrigue.  I am not quite sure if it is too many working parts in too many different plot lines or the slow movement of the central plot that is slowing down the show.  It is pretty disappointing considering how much potential the show had, I hope it can turn things around.

Set Your DVR

20 Nov

Tonight, PBS will be showing part 1 of their 2 part, three and a half hour documentary on one of my favorite all time directors, Woody Allen.  As part of their “American Masters” series this film promises to cover all aspects of the master writer, director and actor that is Woody.

From the PBS site: “This is the Woody doc everybody has been waiting for, and I am delighted that this creative giant is finally assuming his rightful place in the American Masters library,” says Susan Lacy, series creator and executive producer of American Masters.

American Masters – Woody Allen: A Documentary chronicles the trajectory and longevity of Allen’s career: from his work in the 1950s-60s as a TV scribe for Sid Caesar, standup comedian and frequent TV talk show guest, to a writer-director averaging one film-per-year for more than 40 years.

You can read more here – Link

Woody Allen: A Documentary premieres nationally Sunday, November 20 from 9-11 p.m. (ET/PT) and Monday, November 21 from 9-10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings) as part of the 25th anniversary season of American Masters.

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