Rock Band Karaoke: Weezer’s The Teal Album

Rock Band Karaoke: Weezer’s The Teal Album

At the north end of downtown Ann Arbor, sitting on Main Street between a coffee shop and a catering company, there's a German-themed restaurant called Heidelberg. The first floor features a traditional dining room while the basement is a rathskeller where you'll find a bunch of twenty-somethings trying to drink das boot. Above both of [...]

Into the Breach with Billie Eilish’s dont smile at me

Into the Breach with Billie Eilish’s dont smile at me

Because I had planned poorly, the Vek—burrowing, alien kaiju—came swarming out of the dirt. The war was over, I had lost. With Earth thoroughly doomed, I took my one surviving pilot and abandoned the timeline, jumping through a rift in time and hoping to do better in an alternate universe. That sequence, on loop, is the [...]

The Sound of the Season: Empty Houses’s Holiday

The Sound of the Season: Empty Houses’s Holiday

I'm not particularly proactive when it comes to holiday traditions. While I'm partial to a Thanksgiving dinner, I'm certainly not going to prepare it. Though I'm fond of Christmas lights and decorations, I don't know that I've ever bought any. For the most part, I rely on those around me (*cough* my wife *cough*) to take [...]

Ocarina of Our Time: The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Ocarina of Our Time: The 1975’s A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

The Nintendo 64 was the first video game system that really and truly impressed me. The flat graphics of the 16-bit generation were, from my adolescent viewpoint, limited but the N64 presented games in three dimensions, changing what video games could be and allowing for a previously inconceivable level of immersion. And while the Sony [...]