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Hello! I'm Nick! I'm a fact junkie who knows quite a bit of random knowledge when it comes to music, video games, movies, and tech.

The Postal Service 'Give Up' Ten Year Anniversary Edition Review

April 14th, 2013 6:13am EDT
the postal service
The landscape of music has changed drastically in the last ten years; the internet has allowed countless bedroom producers to become big name recording artists (i.e. M83), indie bands like Modest Mouse, Wilco, and the Flaming Lips are all stars in their own right, and groups like Fun. have broken completely into the mainstream.

“Give Up” may not be the genesis of this shift, but it certainly marks one of the most important releases of the last ten years, and perhaps the most influential one.

The Postal Service was the side project of Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello ...
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Review 'Overgrown': James Blake Delivers Solid Second Record

April 9th, 2013 8:10am EDT
James Blake
There was cause for concern when James Blake announced that his second album was titled "Overgrown." Blake has always been famous for his sparse sound, with layers of sound existing so far apart that the distance can practically be measured with a yard stick. Despite the album title, though, Blake has retained his signature sound, and only really minimally expands on it here; delivering a very solid second record that may lack surprises, but makes up for it in terms of overall sound quality.

Blake has always straddled the lines between dubstep and R&B, and his fragile voice brings to mind ...
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Downloadable Delights: Ten Essential Albums From March 2013

April 4th, 2013 9:57am EDT
David Bowie
In the digital age of music, it's easy to miss some of the best releases of any given month because it seems like these days, so much music comes out at the same time. With that in mind, here are the ten albums from March 2013 that you may have missed or ignored that should be obtained, as they were the best releases of the month.

10. "The Next Day" - David Bowie

David Bowie took 10 years off after releasing "Reality" in 2003, and it felt like 10 years too long. "The Next Day" contains his best songwriting since the Berlin era in the early 80's, with stand out tracks like the incre...
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'The Walking Dead' Recap: Season 3 Finale Brings Closure To Best Season So Far

April 1st, 2013 10:52am EDT
Walking Dead Season 3 Finale
Season three of The Walking Dead has without a doubt been the strongest season of the show so far, and so the stakes were high for the finale. Most expected an intense battle between the Governor and Rick's prison group, but what we instead got was a somber and subtle one that managed to successfully wrap up the entire season, and in many ways the entire show. Honestly, this could have probably been the series finale, not just the season one.

The episode began with the Governor torturing Milton for betraying him by burning the zombie pits. He then sends Milton into the torture room that An...
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10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

March 17th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't "live...like there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...
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'The Walking Dead' Recap: 'Clear' Is Best Of Season So Far

March 4th, 2013 10:15am EST
clear
This week's episode was far and away the best episode of season three yet. That's a bold statement to make, considering how strong the season has been on a whole, but this episode stood out for many distinctive reasons, most notably for the way it developed three of the shows most important characters.

The episode begins with Rick, Carl, and Michonne in the process of making a run when they pass by a hitch hiker, who they refuse to stop and help. Their SUV gets stuck, and they get attacked by walkers, which they easily clear out. Rick and Carl have a great father and son bonding moment whe...
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David Bowie's 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' Proves That He Hasn't Aged A Bit

February 27th, 2013 9:30am EST
David Bowie - The Stars
"Where Are We Now?" is amongst the most beautiful, tender, and heartbreaking songs that David Bowie has ever released. The song is contemplative and mellow, and many fans of the Thin White Duke worried that his new album was going to be tamed and mellowed by his age. After all, almost nothing has been heard from Bowie since his heart attack ten years ago, and people really began to worry that the end was nigh for Bowie's recording career.

Luckily, "The Stars" is a triumphant return to form, a rocking anthem that would have fit on many of Bowie's 70's hit records, and shows that Bowie hasn'...
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'The Walking Dead': 'I Ain't A Judas' Recap

February 25th, 2013 9:30am EST
aint a judas
There are many beloved characters on the show "The Walking Dead." One of them, however, is not Andrea. So, the fact that this episode was devoted almost entirely to her was both frustrating and just plainly annoying. But anyway, less criticism and more recapping.

The episode began with Carl and Hershal yelling at Rick because he has effectively lost his mind, and Rick didn't really seem that overly upset about it. He himself has probably realized that he's losing it, and hopefully realizes that he now needs to get his act together.

The fact that Merle is now at the prison is not popular w...
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'The Walking Dead' Recap: 'Home'

February 18th, 2013 10:20am EST
merle and daryl
"The Walking Dead" is a very good at starting an episode off very slowly and making it seem like almost nothing is going on before suddenly breaking into all out action. This week's episode, "Home" was no exception to the rule, with about 80% of the episode consisting of dialogue with an awesome Daryl zombie killing marathon in the middle and a fantastic action filled ending.

Let's get down to the talking and dialogue bit first. The episode began with Rick once again seeing Lori (and this time we got a full view of her face!) and immediately leaving the prison to follow her ghost outside o...
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'Parks and Recreation' Recap: "Emergency Response"

February 14th, 2013 11:23pm EST
ben leslie
"I've only seen three movies in my lifetime, 'Bridge on the River Kwai,' 'Patton,' and 'Herbie: Fully Loaded.'"

This week's episode of "Parks and Recreation" was the perfect example of how great this show can be when everything comes together, and specifically when every character on the show is played to their utmost strength.

Leslie finds out that she needs to raise $50,000 dollars to turn lot 48 into a community serving park, and decides to have a gala to raise the money. However, she is almost immediately taken out of the process of planning the gala by a government test of Pawnee's e...
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