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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Behind the Curve

I fell like I am behind the curve on this one, but this week I discovered the band Yeasayer. Holy crap, are they catchy as hell. They have a very 1980s New Wave sound, only with a modern feel. All I know is that I have not stopped listening to them since Thursday.

The band hails from Brooklyn NY, and have been around since 2006/2007. Their discography consists of three full length albums, and a couple of EPs and live releases. I've included a live performance that Yeasayer did on the Jools Holland program. It really does a nice job showcasing their sound. 

Here's the weird part. I came across Yeasayer from my own iTunes library. I was listening to my iTunes library on shuffle this week, and Yeasayer came on. I have no idea how I got their music... It's almost like the musical gods wanted me to have these music as a gift.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I Want To Do This

My cousin Matt posted this a few days ago on Google+. It makes me want to buy boxes of Lego Bricks, and try to re-create my favorite album covers.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Finale of How I Met Your Mother *Spoilers Withing

The series finale of How I Met Your Mother caused quite a bit of controversy when it aired a few weeks back. The controversy came about at the end of the episode where lead character Ted resumed a romantic relationship with Robin. The woman whom he chased for the entire length of the series, and who you knew since the pilot episode was not the mother of his children.

Many fans where upset about this for a number of reasons. I will not discuss all of the reasons here, because the Internet is a crazy place, suffice it to say, the general outrage comes from what many people feel is a step back for the Ted character. I know I'm in the minority, but I really enjoyed the ending. Let's face it, the Ted/Robin relationship is the relationship that was the crutch of the show. It's also the relationship that had the most emotional weight. So the fact that we the viewer got closure on this relationship was nice.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the mother, who was brilliantly played by Cristin Milioti. I would of loved to of seen more of her, but again this wasn't the relationship that viewers were emotionally invested in. However the aspect of How I Met Your Mother that I respect the most is that the creators had their ending in mind since the beginning of the show. Knowing that it would be unpopular (the mother dies), they stuck to their guns, and told the story that they wanted to tell. In this age of the Internet, if your show isn't named Breaking Bad, fans don't necessarily allow storytellers to tell their stories with out criticizing them to high heaven.

For me the legacy of How I Met Your Mother is that of a very good sitcom, that showed love how it really is. Completely irrational, all over the place, and sometimes changing. This show wasn't your typical romcom. And that is what makes it so refreshing.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The End of an Era 
Last night at WrestleMania XXX the unthinkable happened. The Undertaker and his mythical winning streak at WrestleMania came to an end by the beast incarnate Brock Lesnar. Being a lifelong Undertaker fan, I was completely devastated by this loss. For so long, The Undertake has been built up as the deadman. The man who feels no pain. The man from the dark side. The one babyface that was truly unstoppable. But last night's loss reminder us that just like the man, the character is not invincible.

I am not sad anymore over the Undertaker's loss. It was a great story told. And that's the best part. For so long the Undertaker was the beast of the WWE. All who challenged him were defeated. As a fan, we just always assumed the Undertaker would be there. Well there is a new beast patrolling the WWE landscape, and that is Brock Lesnar. I am anxious to see which hero will challenge Lesnar next, and try to avenge the Undertaker's defeat. What will be the new stories told?

Watching WrestleMania XXX live was beyond amazing. Witnessing 75,000 people hushed with Lesnar's victory might be one of the greatest WrestleMania moments ever. It was absolutely amazing. But what made WrestleMania XXX so special were the stories told. I've always maintained that at its core, professional wrestling is nothing more than opera.

Performed in front of millions on a weekly basis, the WWE tells stories that take the viewer on a roller coaster of emotions. They surprise you. They anger you. They ultimately give you hope. And that's exactly what happened last night. From the end of the streak, to John Cena facing his demons, to the underdog Daniel Bryan emerging victorious, it was a night to remember. 

WrestleMania XXX will go down as one of the greatest WrestleManias ever. Thank you WWE for the wild ride, and the stories told. And thank you to the Undertaker. The greatest wrestler of all time! If last night was truly his last match, he has given us a legacy that will never be duplicated.