Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #2 The Wonder Years

Alright, let me try this as a Daniel Stern voiceover: “It was the fall of 2011. I was a fresh-faced college graduate living in my parents’ basement. My girlfriend had moved back to college, and I was stuck listening to Adele and Katy Perry fifty times a day on the radio like every other kid…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #3 Harry Potter

Seven books. Seven horcruxes. Seven Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers. It’s an important and recurring theme in the series. I was tempted to rank the series #7 on my Top 100 Everything for that reason alone. (Plus, you know I love the number seven.) In that spirit, here is my Harry Potter story in…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #4 Bruce Springsteen

It’s basically impossible to succinctly describe Bruce Springsteen artistic output. He is large, he contains multitudes. The Boss has released 18 studio albums over the past 45 years and developed a reputation for unsurpassed, marathon live performances. His commitment to heartland rock is easy to parody; it’s also key to his expansive creative achievement. Springsteen…

Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #5 Mass Effect

When I think of Mass Effect, I think of synthesis… And not just because of that word’s prominent role in the series conclusion. There are so many layers to a video game, especially a story-based RPG, that it’s reductive to say “this game works because of X.” And I’ve certainly been guilty of this. When…

Adam Schlesinger: In Memoriam

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Adam Schlesinger, the absurdly talented and prolific songwriter, died yesterday from coronavirus complications. Go to hell, COVID-19. Schlesinger, best known for co-founding Fountains of Wayne and co-writing over 150 songs for the musical-comedy TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was 52. He had been churning out songs and musical projects for more than 25 years for…

Song of the Day: “Clair de lune” by Claude Debussy

I don’t know much about classical music, but I know I love it. Saying “Clair de Lune” is one of your favorite classical songs is a bit like saying “Yesterday” is one of your favorite Beatles songs. It’s such an unchallenging opinion that it has almost no meaning. But I love it. I really, really…

Song of the Day: “Modern Major General (Salarian Style)” from Mass Effect 2

There’s no business like… Show Tunes Review Week business Mass Effect 2 is my favorite video game of all time. It’s absolutely brimming with great characters, phenomenal writing, and surprising moments. A lot of them are dramatic, like Jack’s breakdown during her romance scene, or semi-intentionally hammy, like Shepard shouting “this store discriminates against the…