Book Review: Hell at the Breech Jun05

Book Review: Hell at the Breech

The Essentials Hell at the Breech, by Tom Franklin (368 pages) $5.18 on Amazon, $8.00 on Kindle Description from Amazon In 1897, an aspiring politician is mysteriously murdered in the rural area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat. His outraged friends — —mostly poor cotton...

Book Review: Better Oct11

Book Review: Better

The Essentials Better: A Surgeons’s Notes on Performance, by Atul Gawande (288 pages) $9.66 on Amazon, $9.99 on Kindle Description from Amazon The struggle to perform well is universal: each of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But...

Listen to this: Music from the Hearts of Space Oct05

Listen to this: Music from the Hearts of Space

When I was a child, my father would often wake me up early to go with him to a flea market, stamp or coin show, model train show, or baseball card show. Besides giving me numerous hobbies, these trips also gave me Music from the Hearts of Space. This was a radio program that aired...

I Celebrate Their Entire Collection: Rod y Gab Jul31

I Celebrate Their Entire Collection: Rod y Gab

[Welcome to the fourth installment of “I Celebrate Their Entire Collection,” Stew Over’s feature on the bands we love. Today we look at Rodrigo y Gabriela (aka Rod y Gab).] The first time I heard Rodrigo y Gabriela was on XRT, one of the few decent radio stations left...

How have you never seen…Billy Madison? Jul26

How have you never seen…Billy Madison?

[Have you ever heard someone say “I’d pay good money to be able to watch that movie again for the first time?” Well, that’s the idea behind these articles. One of the Stew Over editors has missed out on a famous piece of entertainment.] In today’s...

Board Games With Scott

[In my recent introductory post on board games, I let you know that you’d see a series of posts from me on my favorite board games. Before we launch into that, however, I wanted to take the time to recommend a great resource if you’re having trouble learning a new...

Book Review: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter May21

Book Review: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

The Essentials Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin (304 pages) $10.19 on Amazon, available on Kindle for $9.99 Description from Amazon “In the 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were boyhood pals in a small town in rural Mississippi. Their worlds were...

Listen to This: A Life Well Wasted May18

Listen to This: A Life Well Wasted

If you’re looking for an extremely well done but different type of podcast on video games, look no further than A Life Well Wasted. Unfortunately, the podcast has been on hiatus for over a year as the creator, Robert Astley pursues a music career. All six of the episodes,...

I Celebrate Their Entire Collection: Metallica [Parental Advisory, Explicit Content] May07

I Celebrate Their Entire Collection: Metallica [Parental Advisory, Explicit Content]

[Welcome to the third installment of “I Celebrate Their Entire Collection,” Stew Over’s feature on the bands we love. I caution you, Tipper Gore would not approve of the language in today’s post.] It’s time to stop fucking around. Enough of this shit about love, and I’m tired of talking about hipster bands. The only Explosions Effect you’ll read about today is the one that blows your arms off. The only love you’ll experience is your heart’s final beats as a badass guitar solo melts your face. That’s right, kids, it’s time to talk about the best metal band in the entire fucking...

I Celebrate Their Entire Collection: HEM Mar27

I Celebrate Their Entire Collection: HEM

[Welcome to the Second installment of “I Celebrate Their Entire Collection,” Stew Over’s feature on the bands we love.] I was first introduced to HEM through an ad for Liberty Mutual. I concede that this is an odd place to discover a favorite band. It was through this...

Music’s Leading Ladies Mar07

Music’s Leading Ladies

The last couple weeks on Stew Over, we’ve started exploring our feminine side. Kristin asked why women are so harsh on shows that star women and Lisa reviewed one of her favorite books, which is based on women in the Bible. Even I got involved looking at The Hunger Games, which as...

I Celebrate Their Entire Collection: Explosions in the Sky Feb16

I Celebrate Their Entire Collection: Explosions in the Sky

[Welcome to the first installment of “I Celebrate Their Entire Collection,” Stew Over’s feature on the bands we love.] I was first introduced to Explosions in the Sky through the television show Friday Night Lights. Well, technically, I first read about the band in a Bill Simmons ESPN “Mailbag” exchange. A reader noted that EitS, who wrote the soundtrack for FNL, “can make any normal experience  epic,” and termed this the “Explosions Effect.” I decided to find out if EitS truly made the mundane feel epic. Almost four years later, after purchasing all their CDs and seeing them in concert, I...

Listen to This: Top Score Jan31

Listen to This: Top Score

I’d like to provide a friendly public service announcement. If you like video games or video game music, you should be listening to the Top Score podcast presented by Minnesota Public Radio. The show’s host, Emily Reese, conducts intelligent interviews with the composers...

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