November 2014 Playlist

November is an interesting month when it comes to music and myself. I usually spend it checking out albums I missed over the year after seeing end of the year lists from other editors and for my own list. I also rekindle my ties with other tunes that remind me of Thanksgiving, family and friends. This year, I listened to some older music for nostalgia’s sake, some newer music for my list and some music to hype me for the only concert I attended in November.

Tyson Stevens passed away on October 19th from an apparent heroine overdose. For those of you that did not know who he was, he was the ex-lead singer for Scary Kids Scaring Kids. The band called it quits in 2009, but they still played a prominent role in my adolescence and meant a lot to me. I cherry-picked some tunes from all their releases to start out the month of November.



Check out this picture off of Scary Kids Scaring Kids’ old Myspace profile. Bring back any memories?

A week or so into the month, I really got into the new Pianos Become the Teeth album, Keep You. Even though I heard a lot of good things about it, I was worried because I read that they abandoned their heavier sound for something more melodic and for lack of a better word “mature”. I’m all for a band evolving especially if it results in an album like Keep You. Expect it on my end of the year list!


I added in some Seahaven because even after seeing them in late September with Balance and Composure, I could not get them out of my head. I only own Winter Forever, so I primarily jammed to songs like “End of the World” and “Save Me”. I really like the sound they put out and expect big things from them in 2015.


The only concert I attended in November was RL Grime in Lincoln, Nebraska. I spent a lot of the month listening to his debut album, VOID, which dropped on the Tuesday (11/17) before the show. I think the album is great and seeing RL Grime live is something that everyone needs to experience, fan of EDM or not. The concert was unbelievable! My friends and I got into the front row for his entire set.


Title Fight releases details for their third LP!

After weeks of cryptic posts to their website, Title Fight released details on their third LP, Hyperview.


(Artwork done by the wonderful John Slaby. He has done all of Title Fight’s album/EP artwork.)

Releasing February 3rd, via Anti- Records, it will surely be on my 2015 end of the year list, if not top it like Floral Green did in 2012.
Check out the video and lyrics for their first single “Chlorine” below!

Here’s the lyrics to “Chlorine”

of a violet view
Felt it fade
Was it too soon?

You can’t hold it in

Poison in your mood
Chlorine eyes from you

Found your place
in a model face
Fell into
the violent daze

You can’t hold it in
Pour out
all your emptiness

Poison in your mood
Chlorine eyes from you
Decorated blue
Opening a wound


Netflix titles coming and going as of December 1st!


Available 12/1

A Knight’s Tale (2001)
Almost Famous (2000)
American Beauty (1999)
Bewitched (2005)
Jewtopia (2012)
Knights of Badassdom (2014)
Madison (2005)
Out of the Clear Blue Sky (2012)
Out of Time (2003)
The Out-of-Towners (1999)
Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Turbo FAST (New episodes)

There are some great additions to Netflix on this list. Almost Famous and Wolf of Wall Street are must-watch movies! Enjoy!


Wolf of Wall Street – Available 12/9


Almost Famous – Available 12/1

Available 12/3

Oculus (2014)
Son of God (2014)

Available 12/5

Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way (2014)

Available 12/6

American Horror Story: Coven
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Super-sized version (2013)
Ava & Lala (2014)
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

Available 12/8

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 3)

Available 12/9

I Am Ali (2014)
Drive Hard (2014)

Available 12/10

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

Available 12/11

The Village (2004)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Available 12/12

Broadchurch (Season 1)
Marco Polo (Season 1)
Nick Offerman: American Ham

Available 12/13

Don’t Blink (2014)

Available 12/15

Jake Squared (2014)

Available 12/18

Ragnarok (2014)
The Honourable Woman (Season 1)

Available 12/19

All Hail King Julien

Available 12/20

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Extended Edition (2014)

Available 12/22

Dark Skies (2013)
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

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Available 12/23

The Trip to Italy (2014)

Available 12/24

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2014)

Available 12/25

Good People (2014)

Available 12/27

Child of God (2014)
Labor Day (2013)

Available 12/28

Behaving Badly (2014)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (Season 3)
I, Frankenstein (2014)
Maron (Season 2)
Jessie (Season 3)

Available 12/30

Last Weekend (2014)

Leaving Netflix on 12/1

1941 (1979)
The Apostle (1997)
Audrey Rose (1977)
The Believers (1987)
Better than Chocolate (1999)
Blood & Chocolate (2007)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Chaplin (1992)
The Choirboys (1977)
The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
The Cold Light of Day (1996)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
Cry-Baby (1990)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Double Indemnity (1944)
En la Cama (2005)
Event Horizon (1997)
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
First Knight (1995)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Foreign Student (1994)
Free Men (2011)
Funny Lady (1975)
The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947)
The Girl from Petrovka (1974)
Going Berserk (1983)
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
House of Voices (2004)
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
I’m Not Rappaport (1996)
Imagining Argentina (2003)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Ishtar (1987)
Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)
Joe Kidd (1972)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Killer at Large (2008)
King of the Hill (1993)
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Magic Trip (2011)
Magicians (2007)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Monkey Shines (1988)
Mr. Mom (1983)
‘night Mother (1986)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Opal Dream (2006)
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
The Other Side of the Mountain, Part 2 (1978)
Our City Dreams (2008)
The Paper Chase (1973)
Paradise Alley (1978)
The Parole Officer (2001)
The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
Prairie Love (2011)
The Presidio (1988)
The Promise (1979)
The Proposition (1998)
Reds (1981)
The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
School Ties (1992)
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Spice World (1998)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Swashbuckler (1976)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
They Might Be Giants (1971)
The Untouchables (1987)
The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Walker (1987)
Year of the Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live (1997)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Tech giant, Google, drops out of the phone market with sale of Molorola to Lenovo

Google sells Motorola to China-based company, Lenovo, for $2.91 billion. Google just bought Motorola for over $12 billion two years prior.

What does this mean for the tech world? Well, Motorola was making great strides becoming part of the American based company, Google. They had already built a huge factory to build phones in Texas and were making their 2013 line-up of gadgets out of Texas.

This bodes well for China’s Lenovo, who has been in the market for a smart phone entity for quite some time. It is said that they bought Motorola in hopes of winning over the American consumer, since their success is primarily in Europe and China.

At first glance, people assume that Google lost a lot of money, but they ended walking away from this smelling like a rose. They lost plenty of cash, but it is said that they bought Motorola as a way to gain leverage in their ongoing patent suits with Apple. Although, the gamble did not pay off, if it would have, they would have shocked many tech-enthusiasts around the world. With Google exiting the phone market, there have already been rumors that the biggest OEM in the world, Samsung, has agreed to lay off on all the custom bloatware they attach to all of their phones to give Google’s mobile OS a sleeker experience. Either way, it seems like this deal was the best thing that could happen in the mobile technology world.




Billion dollar video game franchise, Gears of War, is bought by Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft has bought the rights to the goliath video game IP, Gears of War, from the game’s developer, Epic Games.


According to, Microsoft’s statement reads that the tech giant has placed “Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, BC will take over development of the Gears of War franchise and that Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the Gears of War franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward.”

The IP debuted during the 2006 holiday season with Gears of War. The original Gears of War game sold over 6 million units since release on November 7th, 2006. Over the last 6 years, the franchise has produce 4 games, selling over 22 million units, according to the USA Today.

According to, Black Tusk Studios was developing “the next Halo” during this acquisition. What does this mean for “the next Halo”? Is it going to get a new developer or be shelved? How confident is Microsoft in Black Tusk Studios to take the reins of one of gaming’s last-gen giants? Can they turn the IP around unlike Epic Games?

Official Godzilla Trailer Released!

I grew up watching this lizard terrorize cities and fight gigantic moths and hydras. The tone of the film is said to be serious, which is what I have wanted. The vibe and setting of horror is going to be something like how us, Americans, felt during 9/11- shear terror. Going back to a similar look as the lizard that smashed big screens in 1954, Godzilla is sure to please movie-goers this May for his 60th birthday.

Starring Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad).

It’s sad that this is WB and Legendary’s last collaboration, but finally, Hollywood may just get Godzilla right! If you’re like myself and want a great dissection of the official trailer, hit up for their rewind theater on the trailer.

Decade Long Study in the UK a Positive for Gamers

A study was done in the United Kingdom that has been accepted by Open Access showcasing that video games and television are not linked to negative social behavior. This is not going to  put an end to the discussion that violence based video games and films are bad for a child’s upbringing, but it sure does help the argument that these things are not linked.

Over 11,000 children took part in the study over the ten years it was in affect.
More can be read here on

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Lecture at Drake

After seeing the “The Most Astounding Fact” video narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson on YouTube and enjoying him on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast this summer, I decided to check him out. There really isn’t a way one can go about truly evaluating his credibility as an award-winning Astrophysicist without being astrophysicists themselves. But when he spoke at Drake it was like he smoothly explained his thoughts on the universe in Laymen’s terms and I was wide-eyed and open-jawed (and drooling) the entire time. Although an astrophysicist, his focus was on education and the origin of the universe. He made it apparent to me that you really need to study what you want to study. He said that an educated man in something that he doesn’t truly love is no better than someone who never attended a higher education. Since the lecture was at Drake, he emphasized how lucky everyone was for having access to higher education. He didn’t change my views on religion and my beliefs about what happens after death as they were already aligned with his (we are created from star dust during the big bang and evolution), but he did help me evaluate what I wanted to do with my education. I changed my minor at Iowa State University the next day. And have considered deeply as to if I want to change my major.