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    That was a great show. Thanks for the...

    That was a great show. Thanks for the opportunity, Ashley! It was the first thing I thought of when I heard the sad news.

    My dad made sure I had copies of "Disraeli Gears" and "Wheels of Fire"...
  2. Thread: RIP Metro Pulse

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    For sure. There was a period there where the...

    For sure. There was a period there where the sales staff had even more weirdos and misfits than the editorial side, and that's saying something. (And partying with the sales side was taking your life...
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    Amen, sister.

    Amen, sister.
  4. Thread: Lazy voter

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    Why yes! ...

    Why yes!

    http://www.cityofknoxville.org/pension/

    My colleagues and I have tried to put all of it plain English. But if you have any questions, we will be glad to answer them.
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    Interesting. I don't know anything about Celtic...

    Interesting. I don't know anything about Celtic scholarship, but I've definitely absorbed the invading/oppressed Celtic meme over the years. If it is an 18th/19th century construct, it would make...
  6. That's nothing, when I was in Rome I discovered...

    That's nothing, when I was in Rome I discovered an entire abandoned stadium! Was it used for Roman baseball games? Roman arena-rock shows? We will never know.
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    The Sacrament ...

    The Sacrament

    http://d1oi7t5trwfj5d.cloudfront.net/2d/08/13272fc142b780d3e37f593792ca/the-sacrament.jpg

    Good, stripped-down approach to Jonestown. Ti West frames it as a horror film, and what...
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    In honor of Scots-Anglo unity -- Big Country...

    In honor of Scots-Anglo unity -- Big Country feat. Kate Bush.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba7GicJtH-A
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    I love Scotland -- I had a Scottish flag on my...

    I love Scotland -- I had a Scottish flag on my wall from childhood all the way through college. I wrote an elementary school paper about Robert the Bruce. I wrote a college entrance essay about West...
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    Ha! Well, it's true that the style takes a little...

    Ha! Well, it's true that the style takes a little getting used to. She switches up between second- and third-person, singular and plural, and moves backward and forward in the narration. But once the...
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    Back to the ostensible thread subject: This...

    Back to the ostensible thread subject:

    This weekend I finally finished Wolf Hall, which I've been picking up and putting down for something like a year and a half. That says less about the...
  12. Thread: UT football

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    To be clear, the mayor has already discussed this...

    To be clear, the mayor has already discussed this issue with Dave Hart and other UT officials. He may be asking for another meeting, I don't know.

    And one point in that VolQuest article:

    The...
  13. Thread: UT football

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    I'm not "The City," but a few points on this: ...

    I'm not "The City," but a few points on this:

    -- The amusement tax -- which at 4.5 percent amounts to $2.16 on a $48 ticket -- has been in place since the 1940s. It does not seem to have harmed...
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    Yeah it's been a while since I saw it but I...

    Yeah it's been a while since I saw it but I enjoyed its Fincherisms, the paranoid atmosphere. Ending is a letdown, as is almost necessary with that kind of story.



    It does. Kill List mentioned...
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    Oh, and Under the Skin. ...

    Oh, and Under the Skin.

    http://www.humortimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Scarlett-johansson-under-the-skin-reshoots-13.jpg

    Great, ambiguous sci-fi film. Moody, spooky, sad. ScarJo...
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    Kill List ...

    Kill List

    http://media2.giphy.com/media/h7hfKb6pYnYpq/200_s.gif

    My first exposure to Ben Wheatley, I obviously need to see more. Hard to talk about without spoilers -- and if you have trouble...
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    Boyhood ...

    Boyhood

    http://cdn.wegotthiscovered.com/wp-content/uploads/Boyhood-Ethan-Hawke-Ellar-Coltrane.jpg

    I was looking forward to this because I even like the Richard Linklater movies that other...
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    If this is the Blab, where is your Movie Thread?

    We used to have one of these a month, now no one can even be bothered at all. I understand. Everybody's busy. And with a summer offering the marginal highlights of the second Apes movie and Guardians...
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    Minimalism returns to hip-hop, via DJ Mustard. I...

    Minimalism returns to hip-hop, via DJ Mustard. I like this sound, so laid-back but a little tense at the same time.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s7TCuCpB5c
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    I found this via a fellow (suffering) Red Sox fan...

    I found this via a fellow (suffering) Red Sox fan wondering on FB if Junichi Tazawa's entrance music was a Japanese rendition of "It Wasn't Me." The answer is no, but close enough. Maybe you think...
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    Do you remember the moment you finally did...

    Do you remember the moment you finally did something about it?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0jNr6_sS8Y
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    I don't know much about these Aussies, but they...

    I don't know much about these Aussies, but they seem pretty good.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKqUueUQg9k
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    Do you remember lying in bed, with the covers...

    Do you remember lying in bed, with the covers pulled up over your head, radio playing so no one can see?


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJizV-d3sEQ
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    Yeah, the compositions are very similar -- you...

    Yeah, the compositions are very similar -- you could arrange the new album with walls of guitars and drums and screeching vocals, and it would sound a lot like their other stuff. They've always been...
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    And here's a funny thing -- eco-black-metalists...

    And here's a funny thing -- eco-black-metalists drop the vocals and blast beats and make a Tangerine Dreamy album of pulsating synths and guitars. I like it.

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