Kurt Vonnegut: Look at the Birdie

Look at the Birdie is a new, posthumously published collection of short stories by late, great author Kurt Vonnegut. I always feel it's a little disrespectful for works to be published without the permission of their authors after their deaths, but I couldn't resist reading new material from my favorite author of all time. And... Continue Reading →

Contrast Podcast: Festive Fifty (34-50)

You can hear the voices of both Muruch writers Brendan and Vic in the first installment of Contrast Podcast's Festive Fifty. Brendan introduces "King of the Dogs" from Iggy Pop's Préliminaires and Vic intros "Nice Very Nice" by Kurt Vonnegut & Dave Soldier from Ice-9 Ballads, which is on both her 2009 Top Albums and... Continue Reading →

Muruch's Best of the Decade: Albums

In addition to my usual year end lists, I've also compiled Best of the Decade lists. Following are my favorite albums that were released between 2000-2009... Muruch's Best of the Decade: Albums 25. Muse: The Resistance This is one of those albums that has classic potential, and I expect to move its way up the... Continue Reading →

Muruch’s Best of the Decade: Albums

In addition to my usual year end lists, I've also compiled Best of the Decade lists. Following are my favorite albums that were released between 2000-2009... Muruch's Best of the Decade: Albums 25. Muse: The Resistance This is one of those albums that has classic potential, and I expect to move its way up the... Continue Reading →

Muruch's Top 15 Albums of 2009

It’s that time of year again! Following are my Top 15 Albums of 2009. As usual, I tried to balance the order of the list between what I personally perceive as artistic merit (quality of songwriting, vocals, and instrumentation) and basic listenability (how many times I played the album throughout the year). I’ve included some... Continue Reading →

Muruch’s Top 15 Albums of 2009

It’s that time of year again! Following are my Top 15 Albums of 2009. As usual, I tried to balance the order of the list between what I personally perceive as artistic merit (quality of songwriting, vocals, and instrumentation) and basic listenability (how many times I played the album throughout the year). I’ve included some... Continue Reading →

Muruch’s Top 5 Books of 2009

Well, my Best Books of the Decade list wore me out, so my year end book list will be brief. Click the titles to read my reviews - except #5 and #3, which are Amazon links... Muruch's Top 5 Books of 2009 *Honorable mentions to two books I read and loved for the first time... Continue Reading →

Muruch's Top 5 Books of 2009

Well, my Best Books of the Decade list wore me out, so my year end book list will be brief. Click the titles to read my reviews - except #5 and #3, which are Amazon links... Muruch's Top 5 Books of 2009 *Honorable mentions to two books I read and loved for the first time... Continue Reading →

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