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Jimmy Eat World / Minus The Bear Show Review

In: Music, Topher

The things I put up with to see good music. Wednesday night, one of my favorite bands of all time, who I consider to be severely underrated, came to Melkweg in Amsterdam: Minus the Bear. Unfortunately, they were the opening band for Jimmy Eat World. As this isn’t 2001 that didn’t really boost my interest in the night.

Some back story. Minus the Bear has been playing out of Seattle since the early 00s, evolving out of groundbreaking hardcore bands Botch, and Kill Sadie. Their earlier albums had more of an element of humor in the song and album titles including “Bands like when you yell ‘Yarr!’ at them”, “Hey, Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked” and “Thanks For The Killer Game Of Crisco® Twister”. These titles are sort of ironic, as they don’t prepare you for the intricate guitar work, and meaningful lyrics. Later albums are less juvenile in title.

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Book Review: The Hunger Games

In: Dan, Random Reads

Three nights. That’s all it took me to start AND finish Suzanne Collins’ first of a trilogy of novels, The Hunger Games. I must start with an astounding thank-you to my friend Mitch for giving me this book as a birthday gift. Clearly my twenty-seventh year of reading is going to be a good one if this trend continues. I am struggling to find the words to describe the power this book held over me. When working, showering, eating, I was constantly drawn to want to be reading and learning what the next pages of Collins’ words had in store for me – the avid reader in my soul.

Her miraculous way of weaving the words together to build an unforgettable plot and female protagonist character, Katniss Everdeen, are still blowing my mind as I type this sentence. Although this book takes place in an alternate reality; the world/country of Panem – continental North America after it has been destroyed by nature’s worst natural phenomena due to the hand of man, the devastating potential reality of the situation seeps through. The concepts of what civilization will eventually evolve into are shocking plausible, based on today’s current newsworthy war and nature stories. This new continent of sorts is divided into twelve districts, controlled by a distant Capital. After a devastating uprising by the joining and united districts that ends in a crushing defeat, they are left in constant control and neglect by the Capital. (Yes, this is my feeble attempt to describe the plot without viciously giving away any key points of the story).

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Toilet Paper Roll Art, WTF???

In: Donovan, Random Reads

At first glance, I thought that someone had way too much time on their hands. Upon further inspection, I came to the conclusion that the artist is sorta of a genius. Anastassia Elias is a French artist, who creates portraits, scenes and various collages normally. Recently it’s been her creations using toilet paper rolls that have attracted interest lately.

I remember creating dioramas back in the day for school projects and recall how much I hated doing them. The amount of patience this woman has to use tweezers to manipulate paper shapes within the toilet paper roll is amazing. She cuts out small paper shapes first, before placing them in the roll. By selecting paper the same color as the roll, it gives the illusion that the figures are a part of it.

view a few more of my favorites after the jump

Glee’s Kurt Has A “Teenage Dream”

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Glee’s back with a brand new episode this week and it looks like Kurt Hummel will finally be getting a love interest. The episode titled “Never Been Kissed” marks the debut of Blaine, played by Darren Criss. Kurt meets Blaine, an openly gay student at Dalton Academy, and two become fast friends. Looks like the rumors of a McKinley High student transferring to another school are true. Judging by the snazzy uniform Kurt is rocking, it seems McKinley’s sole gay student is jumping ship.

For Darren’s first number, he jumps into an a capella version of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream“. He is joined in the number by a whole whackload of Dalton Academy boys. Yum. The two boys at either end in the picture above look like appealing jailbait. I’m loving the stripped down version of Katy’s hit. It gives it a more innocent vibe, fitting for the Kurt’s first love affair. It’s a welcome change from Perry’s screaming. Check out the full number below.

watch Darren Chris serenade Kurt after the jump

Mila Kunis is one lucky girl. If Justin Timberlake was my friend, I’d give him my benefits anytime and any place. The two incredibly sexy duo are starring in an upcoming romantic comedy directed by Will Gluck. “Friends With Benefits” also features Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Patricia Clarkson in the ensemble cast. The film isn’t expected to hit theaters til next summer on July 22, 2011, but the studio released a trailer to wet our appetites.

While filming, rumors ran rampant that the gorgeous leads were getting super friendly with one another, on and off the screen. I can’t speak for off, but they are definitely heating things up on screen. If I were them, I’d be extremely tempted to get it on. Just look at them. Timberlake and Kunis look scorching hot scantily dressed. It’s wise for Screen Gems to release the trailer, since Timberlake is super hot right now coming off “the social network“. Not much is given away in terms of plot from the trailer, but it definitely creates a buzz. I know I’m super intrigued and can’t wait for next summer.

view the trailer after the jump

Sports Stud: Zach Parise

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!

As you may or may not know, each Saturday I’ll be highlighting one of the many studly men in sports and giving you a brief peak into their world. This week I chose to highlight a man from hockey. Born in Minneapolis, MN, this naughty little New Jersey Devil named Zach Parise is 26 years old and plays left wing, as well as an alternate captain on the team. Parise was also an alternate captain for the United States team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, scoring the tying goal late in the gold medal game, which sent it into overtime. That was intense! As you know, they ended up getting the silver medal after fellow hottie, Sidney Crosby brought Canada to victory. Earlier on, he had scored both of Team USA’s goals in 2-0 quarterfinal win over Switzerland as well.

He’s been argued to be one of the best players in the league right now. Last year, during the 2009–10 season, he played in 81 games for the Devils, finishing with 38 goals and 44 assists. Not bad if you ask me!

More sexy pics after the jump…

Rihanna Reveals Her Kinky Side In “S&M”

In: Donovan, Music

When I first heard a snippet of this track from Rihanna’s “Loud” CD preview, I was immediately hooked. Well, the internet gods must’ve heard my prayers, because the song in its entirety was leaked shortly thereafter. Me thinks it was leaked intentionally as its rumored to be the third single from the album.

“S&M” is a Stargate-produced track and co-written by Ester Dean. With that sort of pedigree behind it, “S&M” has Top 10 smash hit written all over it. The song sounds like an electro-pop version of “Disturbia” with a pinch of “Sexy Bitch” added for fun. Rihanna’s lyrics are a tad frisky and saucy. She sings about various sexual acts that involve whips, chains and all that fun stuff. My, oh my, aren’t we a “Rude Girl”. Here’s a few lines from the sexy track:

“I know I’m bad but I’m so good at it” and “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me.”

If it is indeed the third single, I can already imagine the video. Rihanna with a bunch of scantily dressed or should I say undressed men in black leather. Of course, a few hot dance moves thrown in for the gays and little girls to mimic with their friends.

listen to the track after the jump

First Look of Gwyneth Paltrow On Glee

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Even though Gwyneth Paltrow’s guest appearance doesn’t occur for another couple weeks, Fox released a trio of teaser images. Paltrow will play a substitute teacher who fills in for an ill Will Schuester, on the seventh episode, aptly titled, “The Substitute“. Next week’s episode titled “Never Been Kissed“, looks really good too. A week without Glee, is a week too long, in my opinion.

According to earlier reports, the Oscar winner is singing Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You“. Since it’s Glee, the track will be sanitized for a family-friendly audience and renamed to “Forget You“. Maybe they’ll give the track a country feel, since Paltrow is staring in a country film later this year. I, for one, can’t wait to see the flick which also stars Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester.

Given the new images released by Fox, it’s likely Paltrow will be singing two songs. I just don’t see Cee Lo’s track fitting with the “Singing in the Rain” themed set. Whatever the song is, I’m loving the rainy set. Rumors do say it’ll be a mashup of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and “Singing in the Rain”. Gwynie looks effervescent in her all-black attire.

view more pictures from Gwyn’s guest spot after the jump

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