Music Monday: “Into the Ocean” by Blue October

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Into the Ocean”
Artist: Blue October
Album: Foiled (2006)

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Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Review

Shaun of the Dead (2004) Poster

Directed by Edgar Wright

Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Cast: Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Penelope Wilton, Peter Serafinowicz, Lucy Davis, and Dylan Moran

Length: 1 hour and 39 minutes

Genre: Comedy, horror

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.” Continue reading “Shaun of the Dead (2004) – Review”

On the Subject of Collecting Vinyl Records

Collecting vinyl has become synonymous with the hipster identity in recent years, often conjuring the image of snotty, upturned noses talking about how “it sounds better on vinyl.” I’m not here to debate the sound quality of hi-fi versus lo-fi, or digital versus analog. Instead, I want to dive into my personal journey toward collecting vinyl and what I find to be the most interesting aspects of the hobby.

1. Hipster Meme
¿por qué no los dos?

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Music Monday: Coheed & Cambria – Year of the Black Rainbow

Album: Year of the Black Rainbow by Coheed & Cambria

Album Cover
Year of the Black Rainbow

Released: April 13th, 2010

Band Info:
Coheed & Cambria is an American progressive rock band that was formed in 1995 in Nyak, New York and released their first full-length album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, in 2002. Fraught with line-up changes in the mid-late 2000’s, the band currently consists of founding members Claudio Sanchez (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards), Travis Stever (lead guitar, backing vocals), Josh Eppard (drums, keyboards, backing vocals), and bassist Zach Cooper who joined the band in 2011. Coheed & Cambria are known for their use of odd time signatures, concept albums based on a science fiction story by Sanchez, and their rabid fanbase. The band has released eight studio albums; the first seven albums all focus on the Kilgannon family and their role in the war to save the worlds they live on from the evil Tri-mage Wilhelm Ryanwith, while 2015’s The Color Before the Sun is the only non-concept record. The band returned to the sci-fi concept with their newest album, Vaxis – Act 1: The Unheavenly Creatures, which was released on October 5th.

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Coheed & Cambria circa 2010

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Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut (2004) – Review

Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut (2004) Poster

Directed by Richard Kelly

Written by Richard Kelly

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daveigh Chase, Holmes Osborne, Mary McDonnell,  James Duval, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Patience Cleveland, and Patrick Swayze

Length: 1 hour and 53 minutes

Genre: Drama, science fiction, thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.” Continue reading “Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut (2004) – Review”

Xenos – Review

Xenos by Dan Abnett

Published in 2001

Pages: 314

Genre: Science fiction

“Hunting the recidivist Murdin Eyclone, I came to Hubris in the Dormant of 240.M41, as the Imperial sidereal calendar has it.”

To someone who has never read a story taking place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, this sentence probably sounds like a bunch of gibberish. Despite this, Xenos, by Dan Abnett, contains a compelling mystery at its heart, which quickly overcomes any confusion by the reader. Taking the main character Eisenhorn from the hibernating world of Hubris, into the fourth dimension in search of a demonic text held by corrupt aliens, the novel sets up a series of books in a universe where war is the norm and intrigue lurks around every corner. Continue reading “Xenos – Review”