Celebrating 25 Years of ‘The Simpsons’

The Simpsons meeting their original artist renderings. Marioboards.

If you asked for my honest, humble opinion, I would tell you that The Simpsons stands as the greatest television series in history. Sure, the fans of Seinfeld or Breaking Bad around the world would disagree with this, but few shows have been able to command such an intense and dedicated following over such a long period of time. Their system was always topical humor while never falling to low-brow valleys in ways Family Guy or South Park have, and despite its not-so-gracious decline in quality over the years, there’s usually a diamond in the rough that serves as a reminder why The Simpsons is legendary.

That is, of course, my humble opinion. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy 30th Birthday ‘Grace Under Pressure’

The album artwork for 'Grace Under Pressure.' Bandwallpapers.

I have never been the biggest fan of Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis and their weekly radio program Sound Opinions, but there was one show a little under a year ago where they highlighted one of the greatest achievements a band can attain to firmly place them among the greatest ever: four consecutive excellent, classic albums.

We have seen it from legends like Led Zeppelin and modern giants like Arcade Fire, and most rock fans will tell you Rush’s stretch of albums between 1980 and 1984 place them in that company. It was the unique sound of a band mastering one facet of their sound, almost completely redefining it, and mastering the redefinition at the other end of the cycle. The end of the cycle was Grace Under Pressure. Read the rest of this entry »