Better Than This

Being honest about the struggle of these two realities in the current political landscape makes my heart beat increase a bit. It’s scary to stop in the middle of this quickly moving stream to take a beat and try to figure out my surroundings and at times even question them, but I think it’s necessary.

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On Daenerys Stormborn and Art Criticism at the Speed of Light

On Sunday night, May the 12th, twitter was alight with takes as hot as the fire pouring forth from Drogon’s maw. While I do think there are some valid criticisms of the pacing of the show this season, and the show-runners’ arbitrary choice of limiting their remaining time, I also am not so sure we should collectively decide the quality of a work by midnight after it airs and in a group project setting.

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83. Teresa Lee and the Return of Hywel

We met Teresa downtown to catch her after her last screenings of "I Think She Likes You", a short film she co-wrote and stars in, but unfortunately for all involved every location we picked kept getting shut down after a few minutes so our chat with her only ended up lasting about 16 minutes (They are sixteen solid minutes though).

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What Avengers Endgame Can Teach Us About Worthiness

Endgame hit me at a strange time. I knew who the characters were. I knew why I should care about them, but I didn’t have over a decade invested into these heroes like so many other viewers did. I think because of this and the excellent writing team, I couldn’t help but see the story through the lens of the struggles in my life as a creative.

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The Fire Escape Flashback Friday Series: Priyanka Aribindi

Past guest, Priyanka Aribindi, is frustratingly young and successful. Remember that name folks because she is an absolute badass and total star. A lot of you might recognize her name based off of her “What a Day” newsletter for Crooked Media or her frequent cameos on various Crooked shows.

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82. Thrones so Dark

Out on the fire escape Colter and Pete are rejoined by Hywel hailing from all places Des Moines. Hywel is introduced to our new game, but then the tables are turned on the other lads and hilarity ensues. Who will win the Blazer Bucks? Hard to say. The cinematographer for Game of Thrones episode The Long Night has us wondering what other artists could blame their patrons for bad equipment calibration.

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Three Arguments to Not Delete Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

I read Jaron Lanier’s book (see below) A few weeks ago, and I think it has some very salient points. However, I will rebut some of it here in the following arguments.

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Things That Make Us Feel At Home: Downtown NYC

Lower Manhattan is one of the more interesting city subsections I’ve ever seen. In an area that would fit inside almost every other American city, you have Greenwich Village, Chinatown, Alphabet City, SoHo, Little Italy, The Bowery, Battery Park, Two Bridges, Tribeca, South Seaport… I think you get the point. A quick walk down Houston, Bleeker or Canal from river to river will show you massive swings in neighborhood styles. These are the spots you should stop by while you are exploring.

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Easter Brunch in the Big City

I woke up this morning after Easter feeling an immense sense of gratitude, something I wish I would make myself realize more often. I sat down on the couch to write, listening to my friends Lowland Hum play on my stereo and simply felt grateful to have the community I have. My wife and I have spent the last fifteen years cultivating an insane and unfortunately rare group of friends who are all talented, loving, and supportive people. Six of those years have been dedicated to building that community in NYC. Our Easter lunch for a few friends turned into nearly twenty people on our roof eating and drinking till late in the evening.

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Home on the West Coast

This past week i wrapped up my semi-annual trip to California (read Schwarzenegger pronunciation), and I have done some thinking about the things that make me most comfortable in that strange western land.

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80. James Carbonetti

Colter and Pete sat down with James (Jimmy) Carbonetti of Caveman and Carbonetti Guitars at the Guitar Shop NYC. We talked wtih Jimmy about starting an instrument building business and a band in the same year, growing up on Roosevelt Island and the inevitability of change, especially in New York (and how that's okay). We also play a little sample of famous Japanese jazz trumpet player, Terumasa Hino.

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How Can The City That Never Sleep Contain So Many Dreams

After six years living in NYC I wanted to try to talk a little bit about the way I feel about this place. I believe in place.  Where someone is, is an incredibly important factor. The ideas of “home” and “belonging” are tricky to think about, and for me even trickier to express. Like I said, I have lived here for a while now, but It has yet to feel like Home; “H” Home. This is me trying to work that out. Pretty sure I still haven’t quite figured it out, but I think I’m getting closer.

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Past Guest Roy Wood Jr. Gets B'ham Based Pilot Rolling

A few weeks back Roy Wood Jr. joined us out on the fire escape to talk all things Birmingham and the entertainment industry.

During the episode Roy told us about the possibility of shooting some projects back home in B’ham, and it is looking like that will be a reality according to the news this week.

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