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Metal for Friday: Grave Digger “Rebellion” featuring Hansi Kürsch and Van Canto. [video]

To honor the people of Scotland and their historic vote yesterday–about which I’ll have more to say tonight–I thought the first Metal for Friday since my return from my research … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

My DVD wallet: Comfort movies for an extended trip.

As many of you may know, I have just returned from a month-long trip to Boston to do research for my dissertation project, Ten Years of Winter. If you read my … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Some of my work is being adapted…into a heavy metal concept album! Meet Rekator.

In the above video, you will see my friend Karl from Germany (he featured rather prominently in my recent Wacken 2014 diary) introducing and promo-ing his new music project, which … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

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 · 5 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
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