The North Remembers

The first episode of the second season of Game of Thrones premiered this Sunday. With blood, sex, and politics all converging across the realm of Westeros, this season promises to be as exciting and dramatic as the first.

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Winter Is Coming

It only took two episodes of Game of Thrones to convince HBO’s executives to renew the fantasy series for a second season. Riding the wave of hype following this successful first season and a slew of awards and positive press, will series creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss be able to live up to the titanic standards set by their first season triumph?

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Tim and Eric Stay Weird on the Big Screen

The style of comedy in Tim and Eric’s feature length film is as over the top as always, throwing all conventions out the window in favor of their own trademark absurdist humor. This film is unlikely to win over any who have previously scorned the duo’s work, but fans of Tim and Eric and fans of eclectic comedy in general will find plenty to love here.

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Singer Jonny Craig’s Heroin Addiction Exposed

Today an anonymous blog posted a stupendous amount of insider information regarding Jonny Craig’s whereabouts and drug use, and things are looking grim for the future of the enigmatic vocalist. The source claimed to have provided large sums of money to support Craig while he spiraled out of control into a lifestyle of homelessness and drug abuse.

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The Lack Long After: Pianos Become The Teeth’s Haunting Triumph

The Lack Long After chronicles the process of loss and despair with agonizing detail. It is driven by Kyle Durfey’s passionate vocal styling and lyricism as he explores the depths of the pain he experienced as he watched his father wither and eventually pass away at the age of 57. The album examines life, death, loss, coping, and recovery without an ounce of pretense or the veil of metaphor. It is direct, often uncomfortably so, in displaying the struggle of overcoming the crushing sorrow of losing a loved one. Hauntingly beautiful and incredibly real, this album sets a new standard for honesty in music.

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The Guitarist’s Bottomless Toolbox

Courtesy: Pozadia
There are almost 206,000 free apps on the mobile market today. Of the paid apps available, by far the highest percentage (about 27% or nearly 112,000 apps) are priced at $0.99. We are conditioned to expect cheap applications, so more expensive apps are often overlooked; after all, they are outside of our comfort zone. I know I never would have spent $10 on a guitar application just to add convenience to my play time if I hadn’t had the $100 Apple Store gift card that came with my newly purchased MacBook via a back to school promotion. Even with my surplus of app money, purchasing Agile Partners’ GuitarToolkit felt strange. Would it really work better than the dozens of similar $1-2 apps on the market? After having and using the app for several months, the answer is indefinitely yes. GuitarToolkit simply contains enough content to deter me from looking elsewhere for any of my mobile music tool needs, and with a wealth of useful, user-friendly features, it could potentially revolutionize the way guitar players learn, practice, and play.

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Five Anticipated Albums—2012

Kay Kay
2011 was a terrific year for Eric Harsh’s music taste. Great albums spanning all of his rather disparate favorite genres were released consistently throughout the year. The Dear Hunter’s Color Spectrum filled his need for ambitious progressive rock, while emotional punk bands La Dispute and Pianos Become The Teeth released truly great albums towards the year’s end. From post-rock to post-hardcore, 2011 was chock full of excellent music, and 2012 looks to be keeping pace. These five albums promise to continue last year’s trend and make 2012 another tremendous year for music.

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