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Podcast Review: Stuff You Missed in History Class

The number one spot from How Stuff Works podcast suite belongs to “Stuff You Missed in History Class.”

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HowStuffWorks.com puts out some of the best podcasts, hands down. Last month I turned readers on to Stuff Mom Never Told You, which is rated as the second most popular podcast on the website. The number one spot belongs to “Stuff You Missed in History Class.”

If you haven’t figured it out already this podcast is about history, and while it is not exclusively American history, many of the episodes discuss American and/or European history topics. It is appropriately named Stuff You Missed in History Class, because the show’s topics tend to have an air of obscurity like “The Princess who Swallowed a Glass Piano” or “The Story of ‘Happy Birthday to You’” aka stuff you never learned about in history class. Typically the podcast focuses on anomalous topics like the ones mentioned above, but they also deliver an unbiased whole truth on more familiar topics. Notable historical figures Catherine the Great, Jim Bowie and Mozart have all earned their own reputable titles: “Lovers of Catherine the Great,” “Jim Bowie: Blades, Battles, and the Alamo,” and “The Death of Mozart.”

Stuff You Missed in History Class, specializes in delivering history without overloading the audience or burdening the listeners with the audacious task of deciphering the vocabulary and analysis used by history snobs. History tends to be gruesomely boring (for most people). Add to that the mountain of tiresome facts and many people inevitably make a conscience effort to avoid history. This podcast does not partake in any of these aversions. Short, sweet, and to the point, it delivers the facts, fun tidbits, and the big picture of history.

– Genevieve Ackley

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Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™

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Zen Studios has concocted a ruse of amusement, it’s a trap—of fun. Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™, established by the critically acclaimed animated TV show on Disney XD, Star Wars Rebels™, releases endorphins chock full of nostalgia and bliss. With all of the Star Wars talk going on as of late, it’s nice to get in your daily need of pew pew! Stormtroopers assemble and try to take down the hero of Lothal, the whole mission thing is a bit nuts. This pinball table goes to a galaxy far far away by delving into an age that has yet to be traversed by the films. Zen studios gets the balance of the force just right, do not try to get this table, do it.

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Pinball FX-2 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Zen Studios does it again with Pinball FX2 – Marvel Avenger’s: Age of Ultron. This table is available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Avengers Assemble! Age of Ultron quenches a thirst for adventure you didn’t know you had. Players assist Iron Man in finishing his most aspiring venture to date. The profound and climactic soundtrack will rip you out of the comfort of your chair and into the Age of Ultron. Enjoy this audacious addition to the Avenger’s universe, Thor’s might is on your side. The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow make a gargantuan attempt at arresting the nefarious Ultron. Pull yourself together and check out this game, you can’t afford more mistakes. The god of thunder favors you.

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Shaking the Habitual, The Knife | Album Review

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By The Knife

Shaking the Habitual is something every person needs more of in life. Stepping outside of boundaries and entering a new experience can have a confounding effect on the senses. Rhythm and movement resonate from the deepest depths of the soul and project outward in an array of vibrancy. 

What starts off like a indigenous ceremony quickly changes to a post apocalyptic nuclear wasteland by the third track, “A Cherry on Top.” Then, finding semblance in a 19 minute interlude, “Old Dreams Waiting to Be Realized,” the brother-and-sister duo reemerge in ritualistic fashion with the deep bass line of “Raging Lung”. Ending with an unsettling aptitude, Fracking Fluid Injection precedes the final track, Ready to Lose; providing insight to a larger contextual effect this album has in a world seeming “Full of Fire.” 

Although difficult to fully embody the composition of electronic and aboriginal noise heard in The Knife’s new album, Shaking the Habitual, any movement to the music is sure to conjure emotion. At times, the May release represents a more archetypal sound in the art of music. 

Tying together components of old and new, the Swedish duo creates a spellbinding effect with the first track, A Tooth For an Eye. Amalgamating dominant instrumentations, subtle synth lines and underlying vocals, A Tooth For and Eye entices the listener with something seldom projected over the airwaves. 

Coming off a seven year hiatus, the duo can predominate with an electronic influence, but, ultimately the seamless transition across a spectrum of sound grasps the ear. Delivered in its entirety, the lasting impression might leave one feeling like a participant of a seance.

— Rob Donovan

 

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