The StewOver Podcast 2.0:The Karate Kid Drives a Monster Truck Edition

On this week’s StewOver Podcast Ed, Dave, Chas, and Burner discuss movies, TV, and technology. Subscribe to the StewOver Podcast This week we front load Dave’s favorite topics: We discover Ed’s complicated relationship with John Rhys Meyers. We discuss the Crypt Keeper’s new movie, Last Vegas. There is universal love for Jordan Peele’s Obama impersonation. Ed celebrates the joys of living in Indiana We discuss the Google Glassholes taking over San Francisco We have another exciting round of Sports Debate with Ed and Chas (soon to be renamed) All that and we experience the many dramatic mic collapses of...

The StewOver Podcast 1.0: Tuna Boat Kickstarter Ed...

On this week’s StewOver Podcast Ed, Dave, Chas, and Burner discuss movies, TV, and technology. Subscribe to the StewOver Podcast This week we begin anew: Dave takes a pass on thick British accents. We digress on a little loved or remembered video game. We give Roland Emmerich...

Classical Music – Why you must listen to Beethoven (part 2) Oct04

Classical Music – Why you must listen to Bee...

Its been awhile since I’ve added to this series of articles. But because of the non-stop stream of emails demanding for more classical music tidbits I am finally returning to finish the work that I began (*please note this may or may not have actually happened). Because...

Ambient Noise – A Look at Today’s Top Film Composers Aug28

Ambient Noise – A Look at Today’s Top ...

An (Extremely) Brief History of Film Music in America and featured composers John Williams In a departure from my rundown of Classical music history I’ve decided to write about some music people may have actually heard before – film music. In this new series (or dare I...

Classical Music – This is NOT the way to listen to it Aug14

Classical Music – This is NOT the way to lis...

So this week instead of continuing on my journey through the history of Classical Music I am going on a sidebar and addressing a rather alarming piece of news that fellow Stewover editor Kristin shared with me the other day. Basically, the author to the immensely popular “Fifty...

Why You Must Listen to Beethoven (Part One) Jul18

Why You Must Listen to Beethoven (Part One)

So, lords and ladies, we have arrived at last to what I believe to be the high point of the history of music. This week we will delve into the composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. Now don’t worry. I don’t honestly believe that because I say all sorts of great things about this...

Greatest Game of 2004: World of Warcraft

Wow and Back Again, and Again… So, in High School I played video games, a LOT of video games.  In college I played video games, but not as many.  In grad school I rarely played more than online poker but it would seem I had for the most part “grown” out of my video game...

Why You Must Listen to the Confusingly Named “Classical Period” of Classical Music May16

Why You Must Listen to the Confusingly Named “Classical Period” of Classical Music

Welcome to another attempt at cracking the rather large nut that is understanding classical music. We left off with J.S. Bach and the end of the Baroque era. Now if you weren’t confused already, historians thought it appropriate to designate the period between 1750 and 1830 as the “Classical period.” This is the era we will take a look at today. But Ed, I thought you were talking about classical music this whole time? Good observation! For reasons unbeknownst to even one as knowledgeable as yours truly, the term “classical music” has been adopted to refer to all of music that can be considered “high...

Why You Must Listen to LATE Baroque Music Apr11

Why You Must Listen to LATE Baroque Music

Late Baroque and the End of an Era This is part three in my series discussing some of the more interesting parts of classical music throughout history. As I stated in my first article, there is plenty of mediocre and painfully boring classical music, but at the same time there is so...

Classical Music: Why You Must Listen to Baroque Music Mar22

Classical Music: Why You Must Listen to Baroque Music

What the hell is Baroque Music? This is the second part of my most likely futile efforts to convince all of you philistines to listen to more classical music.  Early Baroque and the birth of opera Baroque is a term used by historians to describe, if somewhat negatively, the heavily ornamented music of the period from roughly 1600 to 1750.  The best way to describe what I am talking about is to think of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Now think of the “Star-Spangled Banner” as sung by the late Whitney Houston.  The liberties that Whitney took by adding notes, extending  phrases, and essentially showing off her singing...

Prepare for Epic Reading: “A Song of Ice and Fire” Feb08

Prepare for Epic Reading: “A Song of Ice and...

Everyone and their dearest mothers have watched the first season of Game of Thrones on HBO.  Most people got sucked in the same way I did, after watching the incredible first 10 minutes.  The show has been categorized as “Lord of the Rings for adults” or “fantasy for people...

Why I Don’t Watch Sports Jan12

Why I Don’t Watch Sports

Being a non-sports guy in a sports guy’s world So the other week Dave posted an article about why he watches sports, which got me thinking about my own entertainment viewing philosophy.  Before I begin, let me say that I completely get where Dave is coming from and understand...

Classical Music: Why You Must Listen – Part 1 Jan04

Classical Music: Why You Must Listen – Part 1

This is the first of many articles to convince skeptics, naysayers, and country music listeners (scoundrels all of them!) why they should turn down the Bieber and turn up the Beethoven. First of all, let me say that I believe in only two types of music:  good music and bad music.  Is all classical music good music?  Absolutely not.  In fact, even Mozart wrote some bad music.  Now some may argue about what defines good and bad music, but here are two general guidelines that I think are pretty hard to disagree with. Is it boring? Is it pointless? Notice that I left out anything about the way the music sounds.  That is because good...

Album Review: “The Greatest Video Game Music” by the London Philharmonic Orchestra Nov30

Album Review: “The Greatest Video Game Music...

Admit it– every time you hear someone walking by whistling the Tetris  theme song, you smile to yourself.  Or if you hear a friend of yours pluck out a few notes of the Super Mario theme on the piano, you are most likely beside yourself with childlike excitement.  If either...

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