Posted: December 6th, 2013 | Author: Nathan | Filed under: Free Music Friday | Tags: guster | No Comments »
One of my all-time favorite bands just released a new live album called “Live with the Redacted Symphony” that they are giving away for free on NoiseTrade . The album includes 7 classic Guster songs and 3 song from their most recent album, all performed live with a symphony orchestra. It’s pretty good stuff and it has me itchin’ to see these guys live again. I read recently that they have a new album in the works. I never really got into 2010′s Easy Wonderful, but they are one of those bands that has earned my loyalty and I will give a listen to anything they release.
Live with the Redacted Symphony Tracklist
2. What You Call Love
4. Two Points for Honesty
5. Fa Fa
6. This Is How It Feels to Have a Broken Heart
7. Lightning Rod
9. On the Ocean
10. Come Downstairs and Say Hello
Posted: December 3rd, 2013 | Author: Nathan | Filed under: Song of the Day | Tags: Simon & Garfunkel, The Milk Carton Kids | No Comments »
The Milk Carton Kids are a new folk duo, making some great Americana music in the vein of acts like Simon & Garfunkel or The Everly Brothers. The Ash & Clay is their third full-length record and the title track is our song of the day. If you like what you hear, their first two albums, Prologue and Retrospect can both be downloaded on their web-site for free.
Posted: November 29th, 2013 | Author: Nathan | Filed under: Book Reviews | Tags: Orson Scott Card, Science Fiction | No Comments »
With the recent release of the movie, and the current discounted price of the Kindle version of Ender’s Game being only $1.99, I thought it was time to share my review of this sci-fi classic. Don’t bother with the movie, it was a major disappointment, but if you haven’t read the book snag it now. It’s a fun and easy read.
I give this book 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
This is an incredibly engaging story. One of the best science fiction books I’ve read. What sucked me in was the dynamic and complex character of the young Ender Wiggin. It was really fun reading this for the first time almost 30 years after it’s original release. This book definitely was a pre-cursor for a lot of current and popular dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games series. And his understanding of what the possibilities for the future were with the internet was pretty incredible. A big component in the story was their “desks” which functioned very similar to how our tablets or laptops function today. But more than that it was a really fun story with a pretty satisfying ending, that leaves you with some interesting thoughts/questions on how much control you have over your influence on the world. Are you me
rely a by-product of your circumstances? And the theme of “games” is a pretty fun one to chew on. Like is it ok to be cruel to others, in the context of a game? Which is a stance that I have always taken. Anyway, it’s a real fun read that I definitely recommend
Posted: November 28th, 2013 | Author: Nathan | Filed under: Song of the Day | Tags: Arcade Fire, José González | No Comments »
José González has written a new song for the soundtrack to the film “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” The song is filled with as much emotion as you have come to expect from González, but rather than the hushed ballads, we get a rock anthem that you might find on an early Arcade Fire album. It’s even got the children’s choir sing-a-long chorus. I’m hoping that this means a new solo album is in the works for José.