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Blogcritics Editors’ Picks: February 22 through February 28

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Here’s this week’s cream of the crop. Congratulations to the chosen ones. Read and enjoy!


Music Editor Connie Phillips chose:

CD Review: Hank Williams III – Straight To Hell by John Owen
In this article John Owen takes a look at the CD within the framework of the entire Hank Williams legacy, not only for this artist, Hank Williams III, but the shadow of his grandfather and father that the artist has to live with. He gives it all from the hip, the good, the bad, and the ugly and all the other country colloquialisms that he says are rampant on the CD.

Sex Pistols Snarl at Rock Hall Induction by Eric Olsen
A superb look at the “angriest rock band” ever and their diss to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. An outstanding blend of news and commentary by Eric Olsen.

Take Cover, My iPod’s on Shuffle! by Dave Nalle
Dave Nalle not only gives a glimpse of what is stored on his own iPod, but goes further, giving us a reflective look at the first ten songs to come up when the contraption is set to shuffle. Without censoring himself, he freely admits to his “guilty pleasure” music and sparked an equally interesting conversation among the commenters discussing the contents of their iPods.

CD Review: The Post Office Gals – Esbeohdes by Yohan Brohamsky
In this review, Yohan Brohamsky starts off by telling us why, in his opinion, this band will probably never get the recognition it deserves. The article then goes on to explain exactly why it is deserved in unique and outstanding voice and reason.

CD Review: Bombay Dub Orchestra by gypsyman
Another exceptional review by gypsyman, in this article he looks at not only this CD, but world music as a whole, and offers his thoughtful and well expressed opinions on why this one just doesn’t quite make the mark. There is also a suggestion as to where to turn for music that does.

Comfort Food and Rare Groove by Koranteng
I absolutely loved the creativity involved in putting this article together. The complete menu of comfort foods, all of which are song titles, incredibly good song titles at that, makes for an enjoyable read.

BC Radio Editor DJRadiohead chose:

CD Review: Jenny Lewis And The Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat by Duke De Mondo
The Duke goes beyond just praising or panning an album. He gives the listener a description of sounds and emotions as well as detailing the listening experience.

The Seeger Sessions? Say it Ain’t So Bruce by Glen Boyd
Bruce Springsteen’s moves are always studied, leaked, and subject to change. Glen discusses the latest rumors and what it might mean for Springsteen fans.

The List of the Moment, Volume Five by Sadi Ranson-Polizzoti
This weekly column is always a good read and features an eclectic mix of songs.

SciTech Editor Lisa McKay chose:

CD Review: Unjustly Overlooked Albums Blood and Chocolate – Elvis Costello and the Attractions by Gordon Hauptfleisch
Okay, I admit it. I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with Elvis Costello. My prejudices notwithstanding, this is one fine assessment of a particularly fine album, written by someone who clearly understands the man and the music.


Books Editor Natalie Bennett chose:

Octavia Butler, Champion Science Fiction Writer and Certified Genius, Dies at 58 by Steven Hart
The writer beautifully blends a short account of the author’s work, with an expression of his personal appreciation, and a taster of her work for those who have missed it up until now.

On Writing and Self-Publishing: Part 4 by John Spivey
There’s an anecdote in this post with which I think many writers can sympathise. A head of a book distribution company is asked if he has read a letter. The answer is: “You know I don’t read things.” This post explores some of the problems of the publishing industry, and its obsession with easy categorisation. Yet it is also a deeply personal expression of frustration.


TV Editor Joan Hunt chose:

TV Review: The Apprentice Kicks Off With Trump 101 Right Back In Session by Eric Berlin
He thought he was a little rusty, but EB’s proven otherwise as he tackles bad wigs, big bucks, and the Big Guy in the boardroom.

TV: Review: Project Jay by Don Baiocchi
I would read anything by Don. If he wants to try to rewrite the phone book, I’m so there! Don’t read unless you’re alone, otherwise you’ll get stares as you giggle to yourself.

Executive Producer Eric Berlin chose:

Movie Review: Sour Grapes by Aaron Fleming
Aaron Fleming is one of the truly unique and wonderful voices to grace the electronic pages of Blogcritics. His flair, wit, and at times acerbic savvy are on full display here, delving into the genius dark corners of Larry David’s genius dark mind.


Culture Editor diana hartman chose:

Living & Learning Democracy: What About the Children? by Lori Mortimer
Lori casts a noteworthy light in the shadows between how Americans hope others conduct themselves and how Americans conduct themselves.

Executive Producer Eric Berlin chose:

New York Story: Real Estate Mania by Elvira Black
I thoroughly enjoyed this insider’s foray into the New York worldview (is there any other?), gentrification, real estate, and the ever-shifting sands of time that change all things. Even and perhaps especially New York City.


Politics Editor Dave Nalle chose:

Iraq, It Didn’t Work by RJ Elliott
A riveting first-hand account of one conservative’s change of mind on the Iraq situation in the context of recent events.

As Maryland Radically Liberalizes Voting Laws, Media Remains Silent by David Flanagan
A great look at an important change in local politics in one of the most interesting states for local politics in the United States.

Asst. Politics Editor Mark Schannon chose:

Questions About UAE DP World Port Deal by Kathy Gill
Very thorough, complex analysis of the deal, raising important questions about unmentioned ports, the timing of various critical issues, and connections between the administration and the company.

Letter to George Bush: Wiretaps and Public Gullibility by gypsyman
Raises questions, some of which have been asked before, but the sheer mass of unanswered questions are powerful and the tone is reasonably balanced.

Misconceptions About the Ports Deal by Dave Nalle
Excellent point-by-point analysis of the major issues that people have raised. It’s all the more interesting when compared to Kathy Gill’s posts. Good to have both sides. In fact, Dave and Kathy should do a debate post!


Sports Editor Matthew T. Sussman chose:

Winter Olympics TV Coverage: A Contrived Dialogue by Cameron Archer
Cameron Archer has never been tougher on Cameron Archer as he interviews Cameron Archer on the Winter Olympics coverage of CBC versus that on NBC. I’ll be honest, this shtick seemed a bit dumb and clichéd at first, but as the story went on it gelled nicely. The chemistry between Cameron and Cameron was sublime, and his summation of CBC’s commercials and NBC’s affiliates should give Americans a good overview of how the Olympics were portrayed in a country that doesn’t exactly dominate the Summer Olympics. Also, when Cameron writes in bold, he can be a real dick.


Gaming Editor Ken Edwards chose:

Is the World Ready for Major League Gaming? by Number One
We already have the World Series of Poker, why not the World Series of Gaming? Only I don’t really want to sit and watch a frag-fest on ESPN. Regardless of what you may think, gaming is growing.

Xbox Review: 25 to Life by Matt Paprocki
25 to Life isn’t just stupid. It’s a combination of stupid and dumb, creating a new term for itself: stumb. This game is so bad, but this review is too good to pass up.

Nintendo DS Review: The Rub Rabbits! by Sean Dwyer
Warning: Continuous stroking, blowing and poking could lead to unwanted attention in public places. Yes this is The Rub Rabbits! we are talking about here. Did I mention that the Japanese title translates to “Where do Babies Come From?”


Sci/Tech Editor Lisa McKay chose:

A Tragic Case of Technoamnesia by Diane Kristine
A shout-out to the technically challenged. Diane entertains us while telling us that you don’t exactly have to belong to the Geek Squad to set up a personal video recorder.

Disruptions In The Fourth Estate by Daniel M. Harrison
Relative newcomer Harrison hit the ground running this week. Among his contributions, this interesting speculation about the future of journalism and the role of the Internet. Bloggers feature heavily, of course.[ADBLOCKHERE]

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  • My dear Connie,

    Where is that, now famous, thanks to you, dear Connie, comment on, “Thank god for Radical Islam” gone? I wanted to see it myself to believe your surprise at it or its bland content, also as to why a simple comment by this simpleton, yours truly, reached the stratosphere?


  • Scott Butki


  • Scott Butki

    For what it’s worth, editors, I just clicked on editor’s picks from the leaderboard page and was taken on a time machine back to Nov. 4

    Congrats to those picked this week.

    This may be a dumb question but does anyone know else have a problem when printing out B.C. items with it cutting off on the sides? Is there a way around that?

  • DJ, thank you for the nod, good sir! and what a great, diverse range of opinions and exceptional writin done wound up in this wee corner o’ the web!

  • Thank you for the Editor’s Pick, Sussman. I didn’t know about it until I was mailed a comment spam for an article I didn’t even write.

    About that “dumb and clichéd” bit: I couldn’t think of a format that’d be any better for the article – Headline-style one-sentence overviews would seem rushed and other formats came across as too dry. I’m well aware that self-knowing cliché isn’t much better than regular cliché, but I try to make something work any way I can.

  • Thanks for the mention, Dave! 🙂

  • Natalie-
    Thanks for picking my work. I do appreciate it.

  • Thank you for the pick DJ Radiohead.

    I’ve only been a BlogCritic for a week and I already feel the love.

    Things weren’t quite so warm and fuzzy when I published the story on Bruce Springsteen’s decision to make his next record a folk music tribute to Pete Seeger titled The Seeger Sessions over at BTX… a message board for the Springsteen fan publication and website. In fact, it triggered an avalanche of comments and over 600 views at last count.

    Most of the posters there disagreed with my opinion that Bruce’s decision to record an album of covers by the folk icon…which would be his second folk influenced album in just over a year if the expected May release date holds…is ill-advised, with the clock ticking rapidly down on the possibilty of a final tour and album with The E Street band.

    Many of the comments we’re also pretty nasty, which actually surprised me as being a little out of character for Springsteen fans.

    And just for the record, yes I know who Pete Seeger is, I did attend college (though I admit I never graduated), and I will be 50 years old in May okay?

    But I’m definitely feeling the love here at BlogCritics…so again, many thanks from this humble, if aging, scribe.

    Glen Boyd

    #23 on the DayPop Top 40 for 03/01/06 !!!!!

  • Thanks so much, Eric–I had a ball commenting back and forth with you (and others who took time to comment as well)!

  • Thank you Connie and thank you Mark. I don’t like writing negative reviews about stuff, but that disc was just such a waste of great music.

    In the letter, I tried to make it from a friend pointing out some problems another friend is having, and being hopeful that they would take it that way. I hope that’s how it came across, and judgeing by your balance comment, Mark, it may just have done that.

    Thanks again to both of you, and well done everyone else…

    If anyone who has been selected,would like, or maybe Lisa you and I could work something out that it could be grabbed from here, I’ve resurected Temple’s old banners that he had made which people could use as links on the post that was pick of the week. It’s a one by two box black with red border box and two gold stars, that simple says, Blog Critic Editors Pick of the Week/ the week in question, and enough room for you to add in your title.

    I’m hosting the images at Flickr for myself, but what I could do for others would be just to send them the jpeg and they could host it like a photo and put it on their homepages and build in a link back to their post on B.C. It’s good publicity for everyone involved.

    Lisa I could do a generic one up which you would only have to add the date to each week and than people could download it straight from this page.

    Damn I do go on and on don’t I.


  • Thanks, diana! I’m so glad you liked my article — I didn’t think anyone read it.

  • Outstanding work putting this together Lisa, the state of editors’ picks is strong indeed !

  • Aw, Joan, that’s so nice. Thanks!

  • In the spirit of Academy Awards week (is Oscar still King?): It’s an honor just to be nominated, (but this is better). Thanks.–GH

  • Hey Congrats to all! Especially you newcomers – bravo!

    and a special little shoutout to the MondoBoys – you know who you are – good job!