Chris O'Shea

Not the digital artist in England. Or the magician in England. I'm a Charlottesville-based freelance writer. No, I'm not moving to England.

You can contact me at coshea22[at]gmail[dot]com. I can also be found on Twitter. Thanks for stopping by.

Sep 5

Not sure how I missed Curren$y’s Drive In Theatre mixtape, but anyway.

"Vintage Vineyard" is classic Spitta. Dude always does his best work over laid back, sleepy beats like this great one provided by Thelonious Martin. Enjoy.


Aug 27

5 Thoughts While Lost in a Simon & Garfunkel Wormhole

  1. I was shocked to learn that Simon and Garfunkel wrote “Hazy Shade of Winter,” not the Bangles. I’m going to Google “Walk Like an Egyptian” after I’m done writing this because I feel betrayed.
  2. The Sound of Silence" (my favorite of the duo’s songs, narrowly beating out "Cecilia”) was originally titled “The Sounds of Silence.” The former fits the tone of the song much better than the latter.
  3. Simon & Garfunkel were not able to make “Wake Up Little Susie” — originally performed by the Everly Brothers — less annoying.
  4. 98 percent of my friends do not care about my thoughts on Simon and Garfunkel.
  5. The remaining 2 percent haven’t texted back yet.

Jul 31
One of XXL's finest moments.

One of XXL's finest moments.


Jul 24

Important. 


Jun 12
Today in casual racism. 

Today in casual racism. 


May 1

Apr 9
Officially worried about Billy Corgan.

Officially worried about Billy Corgan.


Mar 10

Feb 13
Amazing cover of The Black Panther, a weekly newspaper published by the Black Panthers from 1967 to 1980.
More here.

Amazing cover of The Black Panther, a weekly newspaper published by the Black Panthers from 1967 to 1980.

More here.


Jan 29

The first time I saw Ghostbusters I remember being extremely freaked out by this scene and the accompanying music. However, now that I bothered to research the song — a remix of Mick Smiley’s "Magic" — I’ve learned that it’s not creepy at all.

The magic Smiley is referring to is the feeling of falling in love, not what happens as a result of a ghost containment grid being deactivated by an overreaching, obnoxious lawyer. 

I also think it’s worth mentioning that Smiley was a bassist for Billy Idol and penned Lita Ford’s biggest hit, “Kiss Me Deadly,” a 1998 song that seems to indicate love can be an unintentional — and often unpleasant — consequence of living recklessly.  

That probably wasn’t worth mentioning. 


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