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The Quest For Kickass: Episode 1

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Summer will be upon us soon, and your evenings will soon be bombarded by the usual late night scene.  Picture this:  You are sitting at a bar with your friends which has been playing the Top 40 on the radio all night long, and yet somehow seems to play the same six songs every time you’re there.  You see a giggling group of fresh graduates heading over to the jukebox and know you’re about to be subjected to about a half hour’s worth of Justin Bieber.  That’s about the time you decide it is time to hit the old dusty trail.    What I’m saying is sometimes you have to make your own night, and sometimes to that end you need your own handy playlist of music; your “kick ass” mix.  But Kickass comes in many different flavors and they don’t always mesh.

So, during the month of May, I will be giving you my suggestions for a variety of songs to fit any mood in what I have dubbed my “Quest For Kickass”.  

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The State of Metal

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Music and Comics

It’s been this way for a long time.  Hell, it’s been this way for as long as I can remember.  Heavy metal music gets no love from terrestrial radio, television, the big awards shows, or really anything that is considered “mainstream” media.  I get it, heavy metal can certainly be an acquired taste.  It isn’t always the most accessible music out there.  However, it is still a form of art.  It is still music.  Yet, metal gets so much disrespect and disdain.
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Cultural Osmosis: The Ubiquity of Video Game Music

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Well this week I decided to take a break and rather than do something which required a whole lot of research, I’d rather just spew my opinion at you for a few hundred words.  Except I’m calling it an “Editorial” to give it a vague sense of authority.  After all if you say “I read some dude word vomit his opinion online” it sounds like you wasted your time, but if you say “I read this fascinating Editorial” it sounds like you’re an intellectual and discerning person who drinks the finest coffee and is a delight at parties.  But of course, as you’re on this site, we already know you have good taste!  So what is my Editorial about? Well it’s part of a potentially recurring series of Editorials I’d like to do examining how certain music has become part of our culture.  Music (and perhaps some comics) that have become a staple of our human existence.

And as a treat to myself, this week I’m looking at how certain video game music has become a part of our society.  Continue reading