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April 1, 2011 / Ryan Cohick

April Fools’ Day 2011 guide to online pranks

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It’s that time of year again: April 1. The day when the Internet explodes with April Fools’ Day pranks. Here’s a rundown of what to watch out for this year. Be warned: If you’d rather stumble across these pranks on your own, stop reading now.

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February 14, 2011 / Ryan Cohick

Radiohead announces new album ‘The King of Limbs’

The King of Limbs

Source: thekingoflimbs.com

Sometimes staying up all night has its advantages.

Moments ago on Twitter, Radiohead announced their eighth studio album, titled “The King of Limbs.”

The best part about this announcement is that the album will be available for digital download this Saturday, February 19, 2011. Yes, you read right: Fans all across the world only have to wait six days to hear the highly-anticipated new album.

February 1, 2011 / Ryan Cohick

New music that I’m really digging: Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim

Source: Matt & Kim's flickr photostream

The other day, I was watching yet another rerun of “Last Call with Carson Daly,” and the musical guest was a group called Matt & Kim. I was initially under the impression that I had never heard of them before, which meant I would listen but probably wouldn’t be all that interested (music takes a long time to sink in for me sometimes). But then, going into commercial, a clip from one of their songs was played and I instantly recognized it. If you listen to WXPN or Y-Rock at all, you’re bound to have heard a nice little ditty called “Daylight.”

Upon further investigation, “Daylight” is definitely not the only good song by Matt & Kim. It turns out the Brooklyn-based dance-punk duo has three albums full of some awesome music. Read more…

July 12, 2010 / Ryan Cohick

The Felice Brothers and Long’s Park make for a perfect evening

The Felice Brothers

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If I didn’t know what a perfect evening outdoors was before, I do now. Picture it. The temperature is in the upper-70’s, the humidity is low, there’s not a cloud in the sky and the sun is shining brightly as it gets set to sink below the horizon.

This was the setting Sunday night as I took a seat on a blanket laid out on a perfect patch of grass at Long’s Park to see the Felice Brothers in concert.

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July 4, 2010 / Ryan Cohick

A conundrum as Y-Rock on XPN suffers cutbacks

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I’m still trying to wrap my brain around this, but I just discovered that the weekly “Y-Rock on XPN” programming on WXPN out of Philadelphia is being canceled. This means that Y-Rock won’t exist at all over traditional FM airwaves. Fortunately, for now, it looks like Y-Rock will still be available via livestream on the net and as XPN’s HD 2 station.

In addition to the cancellation of programming, prominent members of the Y-Rock team, such as Josh T. Landow, are being laid off.

In light of this news, I’m faced with quite the Catch-22: Is it worth becoming a member of XPN if the station is chipping away at what I like and admire most about it? More after the jump…

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April 1, 2010 / Ryan Cohick

Plenty of online pranks for Aprils Fools’ Day 2010

Google goes Topeka

Source: Google.com

I’ve seen so many April Fools’ Jokes today, I decided the perfect place to tell you all about them would be to write a quick blog post. But act fast, because I’m sure the jokes won’t last past 11:59 p.m. tonight.

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March 23, 2010 / Ryan Cohick

She & Him’s ‘Volume Two’ is pure delight

She & Him

Source: sheandhim.com / Autumn De Wilde

I’m trying my new blogging format today, where I write more often (and more for me) while staying short and simple.

Today seems like a good day to get this idea rolling since I just finished my first listen of She & Him‘s newly-released “Volume Two.” Like “Volume One,” the album is sweet and simple. It’ll make you smile from beginning to end.

It’ll take a few more listens until I can determine if this album impresses me as much as the first, but I’d say Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are on the right track. At this point, “In the Sun” and “If You Can’t Sleep” stick out to me more than the rest. “If You Can’t Sleep,” like “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” did on “Volume One,” closes the album with a slightly different sound than the rest of the tracks, utilizing only vocal backings and Deschanel softly singing. Rather than a spiritual, though, it’s a lullaby this time around.

If you liked “Volume One,” you’ll definitely like “Volume Two,” perhaps even more so over time.

Have you gotten the album yet? Share your thoughts on it in the comment section below.

January 3, 2010 / Ryan Cohick

‘Avatar’ is this generation’s ‘Star Wars’

Avatar

Source: avatarmovie.com

Think back. Remember that first time you saw “Star Wars” and how it filled you with awe, joy and the feeling that the good guys will come out on top? Although I wasn’t able to experience “Star Wars” in theaters when it was fresh and new (only later when it was remastered), James Cameron’s “Avatar” filled me with a sense of exhilaration that’s hard to come by these days. In fact, I’d be willing to go as far as to say that “Avatar” is the “Star Wars” of this generation. This epic that establishes a world and then pits good against evil is everything George Lucas should have done with Episodes 1, 2, 3 of his saga.

(Note: Although I can’t guarantee a spoiler-free post, I will try to refrain from giving major plot points of the movie away.)

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January 1, 2010 / Ryan Cohick

‘Real World D.C.’ kicks off

'Real World D.C.' cast

Source: MTV.com

We’ve heard 23 groups of young adults announce “This is the story of eight strangers…” With that many seasons, how can a show like “The Real World” remain entertaining and worth watching? By staying original and sticking to a simple, but proven, formula: Throw eight people that come from different parts of the country and backgrounds into an awesomely decked out house and see what happens. If the first episode of “Real World D.C.” is any indication, this could be a really good season.

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November 9, 2009 / Ryan Cohick

First impressions: ‘The Road’ is paved with ominous suspense

The RoadDo you carry the fire? If the world ended today, would you be one of the good guys? Or would you resort to cannibalism to survive? And if you fall in the middle, would you be able to spot the difference between good and bad around you in order to survive?

What if the world had come to the brink of annihilation and left behind survivors to deal with the aftermath? Between Point A and Point B, Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” winds through a conceivable desolation of the earth, providing plenty of barren yet horrific imagery along the way while creating a level of suspense that could bring an end to life around every corner.

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