Unfucking Elvis: Way Down in the Jungle Room

I downloaded the comprehensive box set of all the Elvis studio albums that came out earlier in the year (talk about thankless work) and I had to refer to several different websites to even figure out what the hell each album was. When Elvis finally Read More …

All Lives Matter, But That’s Not What We’re Talking About: The White Flight Away From Discomfort

Where do I even begin? How about the 60’s, when racism ended once and for all? Never mind the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. or the fact that it took until 1997 for a majority of Americans to stop viewing interracial relationships unfavorably. Or, Read More …

Bathroom Boogeymen and Feel Good Legislation

One of the favorite pastimes of legislators and other public officials is making up problems and offering expensive solutions to them on the taxpayer’s dime. It’s not a bad racket. It certainly gets them out of doing an honest day’s work for a little longer. Read More …

I Went to a Trump Rally and All I Got Was a Headache

I wasn’t aware that Donald Trump was deciding to come to Indiana until the night before the rally. I had some free time before work and it sounded attractive in the same way an out of control dumpster fire in Terre Haute captivated me for an Read More …

Thoughts on Big Ears: Day Two

My experience at the second day of the Big Ears Festival was sonically diverse, to say the least. After grabbing lunch, I began the day spending an hour in an installation created by  Laurie Anderson to showcase the late Lou Reed’s interest and influence in Read More …

On Tin Whistles and Failure

I didn’t know much about my great-grandfather, my namesake. Still don’t, in fact. Growing up, I was told he hailed from Ireland. The promise of America lured him over. Before he left, he married a woman named Sarah. I dug a little deeper and dragged Read More …

[Review] The Beatles Remastered: A Hard Day’s Night

  Originally featured on Medium.com/@carrickmcdonald, December 15, 2015.  The first chord of “A Hard Day’s Night” has more vitality than anything from The Beatles’ first two albums. If that’s not enough, the song also introduces a couple of recurring tropes that will appear in various Read More …

Masculinity is A Cancer

Thoughtless adherence to gender roles for no real reason is the cancer that’s killing us all. A question posed to me all the time is whether or not I would allow my hypothetical son to act feminine and do feminine things. This is always accompanied by a sneer and a “correct” response so studied it might as well come from a cue card. Read More …