Daily Archives: September 9, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Review

Compared to its predecessor, “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises” is a longer and less appealing film. Among comic book movies it rates fairly high, but ever since “The Dark Knight” and the equally engaging box office hit “Inception,” audiences have come to expect more from director Christopher Nolan. Sadly, his third and final installment in the Batman franchise is lackluster on almost every level, from visual effects and cinematography all the way down to basic plot points.

Music Review: Passion Pit’s ‘Gossamer’

There are few albums that are as good and catchy as Passion Pit’s “Gossamer.” Like Passion Pit’s debut, listeners might tap their feet less enthusiastically once they stop and listen to the lyrics. This was a cute trick on their first album, mainly because the depressing themes in the songs were generally veiled behind clever lyrics that required some work to decipher. On the new album, though, front man Michael Angelakos hits the listener over the head with his depression in every song. If the lyrics were well written and thought provoking, it would be nice to stop dancing and listen to them. They are not, so the best advice to give listeners of this album is to stop thinking about it and keep on dancing.


Microbrewery Spotlight: Golden City Brewery, The geologists’ haven

Even amongst Coors employees, Golden City Brewery (GCB), the second largest brewery in Golden, is a local favorite. The tasting room is located in a carriage house built in 1890 and is just three blocks south of Washington Avenue on 12th street in the historic downtown district. According to Andrew Taylor, a founding investor and 1974 Mines alum, the company has grown to full capacity since it opened in 1993, in large part due to the establishment of the company’s beer garden.

Music Review: Kind of Blue

With a legendary influence on jazz, rock and classical music for over 50 years, and often referred to as the greatest selling jazz record of all time, “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis is an album that can be appreciated by seasoned jazz listeners as well as those that are new to the genre. Davis and his sextet recorded the album in New York City during March and April of 1959 and released it a few months later in August. What has made “Kind of Blue” so unique and historically significant is its use of modality – implementing a series of scales as opposed to rapid chord changes. Davis had experimented with modal jazz during 1958, but “Kind of Blue” was the first album he prepared based entirely on modality. The goal was to allow the musicians more freedom to create, and they do that from the very first track, “So What.”

Alara: Chapter 13

A steady downpour drenched Telloc, Marna and the ten men huddled behind them. Telloc told himself it was rain, even though rain had scarcely touched their world’s surface in twenty years. Real rain wouldn’t have smelled like sulfur or stung like a low dose scrambler beam. Telloc held up a hand, commanding a halt. He could feel the men’s relief at being able to stop their trek through the muck even if the pungent scent of decay steaming up from the ground made their heads spin. Telloc pulled the hood of his jacket tight over his head, wiping away the liquid obscuring his watch. Eleven thirty was flashing a bright, neon red.

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