Sean McCarthy is a freelance journalist and an old media news junkie.
Get Clowned: Donald Trump, the Insane Clown Posse, and Nathan Rabin's Family Dispatch | 1 Nov 2016 // 8:35 PM
"I feel like Trump and his ideology are about punching down... Whereas Insane Clown Posse, they're about punching up."
Laying the Groundwork: An Interview With Saul Williams | 24 Jul 2016 // 9:00 PM
Poet/musician/auteur Saul Williams discusses the influence of Haitian post-apocalyptic art on his music, artist and listener responsibility, and more.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree | 14 Sep 2016 // 8:30 PM
Much of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 16th album was created before tragedy struck Nick Cave's family, but that loss permeates through every track.
Blackalicious: Imani | 1 Nov 2015 // 7:05 PM
Blackalicious's first album in 10 years (part 1 in a trilogy) is an unflinching look at family dynamics. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the genre of dad-rap.
Requiem for Perfection: R.I.P. iPod Classic | 16 Sep 2014 // 5:00 AM
Last week, Apple answered the question "Why mess with perfection?" by quietly killing off the iPod Classic.
A Strange Invitation: Ranking the Beck Albums | 26 Feb 2014 // 3:00 AM
A coffee house fixture in Los Angeles, Beck nearly got lost in the deluge of alt-rockers with his left-field hit "Loser". Then his follow-up album put him in the category of musical visionary. Ranging from barely-contained chaotic works to seamless masterpieces, here are his ten best efforts.