20 Years Ago: No Doubt’s ‘Tragic Kingdom’ Sparks a Ska-Punk Frenzy

No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom turns twenty today. I considered writing something about the album myself, but considering I was only 2 years old when it came out, I figured I’d leave that to people who actually know a lot more about the album than I do. Diffuser.fm has a great write up on it and I recommend also checking out the one over at Stereogum

Happy birthday, Tragic Kingdom!

20 Years Ago: No Doubt’s ‘Tragic Kingdom’ Sparks a Ska-Punk Frenzy

Jalen & Jacoby Launches as National ESPN Radio Primetime Show

Jalen & Jacoby has been an enjoyable podcast since I’ve been listening to it. It’s great for them to be getting a boost on the national level. Not only will we be getting Bill Simmons back in the podcast world soon, but now we’ll have 5 days a week of Jalen & Jacoby. It’s a lot, especially as someone who already subscribed to a ton of podcasts, but I’m excited for it and to see how they manage having to cover a much larger amount of content.

Jalen & Jacoby Launches as National ESPN Radio Primetime Show

Apple: You’ve Seen It All Before, and Nothing Else Like It

On Wednesday, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, in San Francisco, the company was in full force with its fall showcase, announcing a variety of new products including a very large iPad, a new version of its Apple TV set-top box, and, of course, a couple of new iPhones—the 6S and the 6S Plus. But what was most striking was not the newness of the products. Instead, it was the fact that we’d seen most of this film before: about ninety per cent of what Apple revealed has already been shown by Google, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft.

Mind you, this is not a new skill that Apple has acquired. In fact, some of the company’s biggest hits were simply a rethink or tweak of an old idea or two. The iPod wasn’t the first MP3 player, and Apple certainly didn’t create the first smartphone. The company also didn’t invent the first tablet, and when it introduced its new one this week, the main selling point was that Apple had enlarged an object that it had recently shrunk.

It’s nice to see Joshua Topolsky writing again after a brief break from his time at Bloomberg. His podcast, Tomorrow, is also a great listen if you’re interested.

Apple: You’ve Seen It All Before, and Nothing Else Like It

Labor Peace in Our Time: How the NBA’s Money Train Could Keep Chugging

When Bill Simmons left ESPN, and consequently, Grantland, before his contract was up, I was skeptical about the future of the site and if the content would still be as strong. Zach Lowe is one of the few writers I really follow on the site and he’s done a fantastic job in the NBA offseason. This is a great piece on the NBA lockout that many thought would happen.

Labor Peace in Our Time: How the NBA’s Money Train Could Keep Chugging

The Firebird Band New Album (www.firebirdband.com)

Chris Broach of Braid has a new side project that he’s working on called The Firebird Band. The band will be producing their first album since 2006 with Will Yip, who has essentially recorded the who’s who of pop punk (The Wonder Years, Koji, and Citizen just to name a few). It would be awesome if you could check out the Kickstarter campaign and help in any way you can! 

The Firebird Band New Album (www.firebirdband.com)