Nerd Metal Fridays: Blind Guardian

Going old-school today with Germany’s Blind Guardian. For over 30 years they’ve been turning high-concept ideas into heavy-duty tunes and helping to define what today’s artists mean when they talk symphonic metal. Nerdy? Well they managed to make an entire concept album out of Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (Nightfall in Middle-Earth). If unironic songs about hobbits, […]

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Galaxy Jane Cruises On Rollerblades: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Skinned Knees

For those who think this is outside my blog’s purview, I want to point out that it is technically about travel.  I might not have traveled far, but, if you count shanks mare, it even involves two different modes of transportation. So there. I need to get my butt in gear and make some desperately […]

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Nerd Metal Fridays: Hammerfall

So after a crazy week here, I’ll leave you with some crazy music.  While HammerFall isn’t necessarily one of my favorites, they can certainly be bombastic fun if you’re in the right mood (they can’t swing a beat to save their lives though, making their cover of Detroit Rock City the most wrong-footed I’ve ever […]

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Sad week for B-Movie fans

Just saw that we lost Robert Z’Dar, he of the massive jaw, Monday night.  He’s probably best known for his turns as the titular Maniac Cop, but he turned his unusual looks (the result of cherubism) into an asset, playing villains in an astounding number of (mostly B, but sometimes mainstream) films over the years. […]

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