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“Blue Valentine” falls short

“Blue Valentine” falls short

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in “Blue Valentine,” as Dean and Cindy. Their marriage is on the rocks and after the death of the family dog, issues slowly come to a head as they both reflect on their past as a couple. This all occurs over a two day period. After they drop their […]

Two albums you may have missed (and shouldn’t)

Two albums you may have missed (and shouldn’t)

NOFX: Punk in Drublic Many people have never heard of NoFX, which is downright insulting to musical history.   Easily one of the greatest punk bands of all time, and definitely one of the biggest influences for the countless other punk descendents, NoFX is criminally underappreciated. Despite a rather recent release of newer stuff, this […]

This week in music

This week in music

Opera, sexy songs, and amazing songwriters rule the week.  Here are some of the highlights: Opera comes to the Colonies Quiz time: Which cosmopolitan American city was the first to host an opera?  New York?  Boston?  Philadelphia?  Atlanta?  Nope.  According to The San Diego Opera Company, the first opera performed in the United States, “Flora,” […]

This week in music: higher education from the music geek

This week in music: higher education from the music geek

It’s Super Bowl Week, and although it is a time when music, entertainment, and sports collide, it’s not the only thing that happened this week in music history. The Day the Music Died This week in 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper, three of the biggest stars of their day, were killed […]

“Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood” is a solid game

“Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood” is a solid game

    Every action gamer out there loves feeling like an unstoppable killing machine, that’s why game series such as “Halo,” “Gears of War,” and “Assassin’s Creed” are top sellers world-wide. “Assassin’s Creed,” received its latest installment, entitled “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood,” last November, and continues the series’ theme of historical intrigue and ancient conspiracies in […]

Death Metal from the cartoon world: Dethklok’s new album

Death Metal from the cartoon world: Dethklok’s new album

        I love metal. Metal is the music of the soul, given that the soul in question feels the need to rock harder than a landslide, and is as brutal as the night is black.  And when I say brutal, I mean bone-crunchingly ferocious, like a viking with rabies. With the aforementioned […]

ECOS film series draws a crowd

More than 80 people came to the opening film for the Ecology Center of the Siskiyous winter film series last Wednesday, more than any of the showings last year. “Dirt” provided a comprehensive, and sometimes comical, look at what was described as the largest living system on our planet, urging veiwers to pay a little […]

Book review: “Under the Banner of Heaven”

Book review: “Under the Banner of Heaven”

From the highest peak in the world to the untamed forest of the last frontier, John Krakauer has kept readers enthralled with heart wrenching tales of bravery and heroism. “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith,” takes us to an equally untouched and dangerous surface. Mormonism, America’s fastest growing religion with 11 […]

This week in music: higher education from the music geek

Musically speaking, many exciting things happened this week in history.  Here are a few of my favorites: Story of the Week: Patricia Anne Boyd – Rock Muse This week in 1966, George Harrison married Patricia Anne Boyd.  Unlike Jenny (867-5309), L-O-L-A Lola, or Eleanor Rigby, Patricia’s name doesn’t show up in any song, but she […]

Movie Review: “The King’s Speech”

Movie Review: “The King’s Speech”

    What do you do if you are the king of nearly one-quarter of the world’s population and, finding your empire poised on the brink of one of the most pivotal episodes of the twenteieth century, you can barely make your way through a single sentence? The importance of voice is revealed in “The […]