Music Monday: Radical Face – Ghost

Album: Ghost by Radical Face

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Ghost

Released: March 1st, 2007

Band Info:
Radical Face is the stage name of musician Ben Cooper who released his first official studio album in 2007. His music is noted for the use of acoustic guitar, soft and layered vocals, and storytelling within the lyrics. He has released four studio albums, all of which carry concepts within their songs and the last three are part of a single story called The Family Tree. An independent artist, Radical Face primarily tours outside of the United States due to the popularity of his music in the rest of the world; however, he does play some isolated shows and went on a more extensive North American tour in 2013. His most recent work has been on a film score, another full-length record, and a series of EPs.

Ben Cooper
Ben Cooper a.k.a. Radical Face

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The Book of Eli (2010) – Review

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Directed by Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes (credited as The Hughes Brothers)

Written by Gary Whitta

Cast: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, and Gary Oldman

Length: 1 hour and 58 minutes

Genre: Action, adventure, drama

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.” Continue reading “The Book of Eli (2010) – Review”

Leman Russ: The Great Wolf – Review

Leman Russ: The Great Wolf  by Chris Wraight

Cover illustration by Mikhail Savier

Published in 2016

Pages: 171

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“The night was clear of cloud, lit only by a scatter of blue-white stars above the towering flanks of Krakgard.”

Leman Russ: The Great Wolf, by Chris Wraight, is the second book in the Primarch series by the Black Library. Named after the leader of the Space Wolves Legion, the novel tells the tale of a duel between Russ and one of his brothers, as well as the events that lead up to it. A story about siblings, legacy, and the intentions behind great undertakings, Leman Russ: The Great Wolf  transcends a simple tale of battle to create a compelling narrative. Continue reading “Leman Russ: The Great Wolf – Review”

Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Review

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Directed by Steven Spielberg

Written by Robert Rodat

Cast: Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Edward Burns, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Jeremy Davies, and Amanda Boxer

Length: 2 hours and 49 minutes

Genre: Drama, war

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:
“Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U. S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.”

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The Norse Myths – Review

The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Wood engravings by Jane Lydbury

Published in 1980; 2016 5th Printing by The Folio Society

Pages: 336

Genre: Mythology

 

Disclaimer: This review will be different from the norm in that it is split into two parts: a standard, albeit shorter, book review and a specific review of this Folio Society edition. I am endorsing this product through my own volition and belief in its high quality.

 

Part I: The Story

“Burning ice, biting flame; that is how life began.”

Though such brutal conditions often factor in creation myths, the beginning of the world as told in The Norse Myths, by Kevin Crossley-Holland, reflects the temperament of both the people and land that shaped the stories. Comprised of over thirty Norse myths retold with vigor, the book collects the most famous and influential of the remaining myths that have survived the vigorous strain of time and its attempts to steal knowledge so easily forgotten. Continue reading “The Norse Myths – Review”

Music Monday: Atmosphere – When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Album:When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold by Atmosphere

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When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold

Released: April 22nd, 2008

Band Info:
Atmosphere is an American hip hop duo from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group consists of rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis) and has released eight studio albums since its formation in 1989. Well known within the Twin Cities rap and hip hop scene, Atmosphere is a founding act from the record company Rhymesayers, which is also based in the Twin Cities. The duo came to critical success after the release of their 2008 album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold, which features varying samples and instrumentation as well as strong storytelling within each song.

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Ant and Slug of Atmosphere

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