2012 has been quite a year for music. Alternative darlings broke out in a big way, taking over most of the radio. Giant albums from returning artists gave us critics something to lavish over throughout the year. 2012 was also the year that Youtube became a major player, helping push viral artists like Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy to the forefronts of the American subconcious. Without further ado, here is HST’s favorites of the year. [Read more...]
With this month’s book club (ok, we don’t really have that kind of time sensitive structure), Heather, Lauren, and Zach sit down with A. Lee Martinez’s Monster, a book concentrating on the hidden world of demon/creature catching going on right under the common folks’ noses. (For a spoiler free review, read Heather’s solo write up here) [Read more...]
The word monster makes me think of the three things. First, of dancing along to the monster mash as my classmates and I scampered around the Halloween themed obstacle course constructed out of mats, ropes, and scooters in my elementary school gym. The day when the gym lights were turned off, ghoulish music blasted, and the obstacle course stood fully erect made for best gym class all year, and not just because it meant a brief reprieve from square dancing (with boys…eeew…cooties!) or other equally gut wrenching activities invented for the sole purpose of torturing us youngins (uhhh, volleyball? Anyone? Ok so maybe I just have sensitive wrists). The second thing monster brings to mind is Monsters Inc, which is by far the greatest Pixar movie in existence. Anyone that doesn’t want to curl up in the blue fuzzy arms of “Kitty” (a.k.a. Sully) is just dead inside. And finally, who can think of monsters without thinking of Lady Gaga? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Gaga, but she wears dresses made of raw meat! If that is not horrifying I don’t know what is.
The Fall is coming up on us soon, and with a new season comes great new music (Jacks Mannequin, Common, Drake, and Coldplay just to name a few). But until Autumn gets here, and in celebration of this past summer, we decided to put some of our favorite songs into one giant post. Just a note here: some of these songs are not from 2011, but still was enjoyable to listen throughout the blistering heat of this summer. Please feel free to post some of your favorite songs below, we’d love to get some feedback. Hope you enjoy the list, and check out these songs before the years up!