In honor of Record Store Day: Which character on ‘Mad Men’ would have the coolest record collection?

As Mad Men counts down to its final episode next month, I can't resist speculating what the gang at Sterling Cooper and their (un)loved ones might have listened to at home. Mad Men takes place during the heyday of the long-player and the hit 45, after all. Read more [...]

2014 in review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ — what a difference a mixtape makes

How did Guardians of the Galaxy become the biggest hit of 2014 in the U.S.? These characters weren't exactly household names. Writer-director James Gunn's many jokes helped, undoubtedly. But the movie's secret weapon was a humble cassette tape. Read more [...]

‘A Short History of Decay’: Is it time to ban indie rock from soundtracks?

Out now on DVD and streaming on Amazon and iTunes: The generic indie-rock songs heard in A Short History of Decay seem so randomly, haphazardly placed that you'd think a blindfolded music supervisor jabbed at a timeline in Final Cut Pro, and that’s where the songs landed. Read more [...]

Today is Record Store Day: On Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith, and vinyl discoveries

My recent chance discovery of a classic Patti Smith 45 at an indie record store in Silver Lake epitomized everything I love about vinyl records. Today is Record Store Day — time to make some great discoveries of your own. Read more [...]