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Metal for Friday: Monster Magnet, “Space Lord” [video, 2 versions].

I was never a huge Monster Magnet fan, but I admit there’s a soft spot in my heart for their most popular album, Powertrip, which came out in 1998. The heavy, … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

My open letter to Hollywood: enough superhero movies! Stop it!

Dear Hollywood: You and I have been friends for a very long time. Since I was born, really. Movies have been such a huge part of my life, and although … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · 4 Comments

The spaceship that stayed home: the storied career of the shuttle “Enterprise.”

Thirty-seven years ago today, on August 12, 1977, a flight of an experimental aircraft occurred over the California desert near Edwards Air Force Base. The pilot’s name was Joe Engle, … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Last Wacken, Chapter III: Dusty Sunset and a Stairway to Heaven.

This is Part III of my Wacken Open Air 2014 diary. Chapter I is here, Chapter II is here. THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014.  7:00 AM. It’s hard to sleep very late … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Metal for Friday: Avantasia “Reach Out For The Light.” [video]

I’m back from Wacken Open Air, and so many of the great songs I heard there are still ringing in my head. This is one of them. “Reach Out For … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Last Wacken, Chapter II: An Epic Norwegian Saga of Camp Supplies and Dusty Beer Gardens.

This is Part II of my Wacken Open Air 2014 diary. The first installment is here. WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014. 6:50 AM. On the platform at Hamburg Hauptbanhof. Yes, it’s … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Going both ways in Mexico: Y Tu Mamá También and bisexuality.

Not long ago I re-watched Y Tu Mamá También, the wonderful 2001 film by landmark Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón. This film has always been one of my favorites since the first time I … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mud, beer and metal: a taste of Wacken Open Air camp life. [video]

As you may have noticed, I’m going to Wacken soon. If you read this blog regularly you know that Wacken Open Air is the biggest metal festival on Earth and … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: Rhapsody “Emerald Sword” [video].

I’m starting to think about Wacken, where I will be 2 weeks from today. It’s extremely rare for me to start thinking about Wacken so late. In most of the 11 … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday, and the 4th of July: Iced Earth “Declaration Day” [video].

Today is, of course, Independence Day, and the beginning of the Sabbath, and the first full day I’m back with my husband in a long time. So obviously I will be celebrating … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment
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