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Music Monday: Ingrid Michaelson

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Ingrid Michaelson has become a bit of a perennial popster. Her songs don’t consistently reach the top 10, but the lady never. stops. working. Her husband, Greg Laswell, has the same kind of work ethic. When he’s not recording, his mixing sound & producing. He shows up on this album, pairing up with his wife on the track Wonderful Unknown.

If by chance you haven’t happened to hear any of her post “Be OK” music, rest easy. “Be OK” was cute the first time, and then it just droned on because every mom & every radio station in America thought it had to be played every hour on the hour.

Every album since then has been pretty solid though. This one is no different. In fact, there are plenty of duets on this album, if by chance you want a little break from All-Ingrid-All-The-Time.

Ingrid actually filmed & edited her own lyric video for that song she recorded with Greg. Lyric videos are largely a fan-made phenomenon thanks to YouTube, but when you want it done right, you do it yourself apparently.

The lead single, “Girls Chase Boys” is a direct homage to the Robert Palmer video for “Simply Irresistible.”

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Click any of the above photos, or click here, to preorder the album which comes out tomorrow.

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Want Your Own GoT Dragon Eggs?

Game of Thrones fans, ever wonder what making your own metal dragon eggs would entail? Well, Poland-based Rextorn have shown us how! Well, sort of…

Fans of the show themselves, the exceedingly talented metalworkers recently uploaded a video of their process in creating said eggs! And from what I’ve gathered, it was no easy task. According to the website, they work in “the most difficult field of metalwork – the repoussage.”

Think that’s impressive or maybe even want to buy your own dragon egg? Take a gander at their website and browse through their other work, too: http://en.rextorn.com

Told you GoT fans are crazy-talented, didn’t I?

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Shopping Nerdy, Shopping Dirty

Just a little while ago I pointed out the similarities between some of Nasty Pig’s latest duds and a certain vigilante hero. Well, the New York fashion line is dipping into some clearly nerd-inspired apparel once again!

The Delorean Jacket, named after the famous time-traveling car from the Back To The Future trilogy is sporting some serious 80′s deco on a track jacket frame.

And I could swear this other new line of tops & bottoms is inspired directly from 70′s Nightwing instead of current Nightwing. You decide:

Classic Nightwing:

Artist: SavarkDicupe

Streamline by Nasty Pig:

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Karen Gillan’s Hair May Appear in Star Wars?

The ever-dorky and beautiful Karen Gillan was recently interviewed by Collider where the former Doctor Who companion revealed all that gorgeous red hair of hers, once shaved for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, was made into a wig and is now property of “the Star Wars people!”

COLLIDER: Was it just very liberating to shave your head, or did you have any moments of tears while they were doing it?

GILLAN:  No, I was laughing hysterically.  It really hit me when I woke up the next morning.  That’s when I was like, “Oh, my god, where’s my hair?!”  But also, everyone kept me in good spirit.  Everyone was laughing and telling jokes.  Marvel are the best company to work for, they really are.  They treat you really well.  They made my hair into the most incredible well-made wig and they gave it to the Star Wars people.  It’s just so funny to think that my hair is made into a wig, next to all these Star Wars monster heads in a warehouse.  I thought that was really funny.

Admit it, if you’re a fan of hers, you’re totally going to be keeping an eye out for red hair/wigs, aren’t you? Lord knows I am!

Read the rest of the interview at Collider and catch Karen’s latest horror flick, Oculus, which is in theaters tonight!

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Dirty Doppelgängers: Cute & Shaggy Twins

When Tayte Hansen burst onto the CockyBoys radar last month, I knew he had a familiar face. Problem was, he’s not a dead ringer so it took me a hot minute to filter through my mind-grapes to figure out who it was he reminded me of. Making the task even more difficult was the fact that the person my subconscious was looking for has changed his hairstyle in recent roles, so my facial recognition software was thrown off. But, never fear, because I’ve pegged the lookalikes:

If you’re familiar with the Joss Whedon show “Dollhouse”, you’ll probably remember Fran Kranz. Really cute guy, big nose, good teeth and eyes that seem to perpetually have the sun shining in them. He later went on to star in Cabin In The Woods & Much Ado About Nothing, and a little-seen but really quite good movie called The TV Set. In that show he had longer hair, much like Tayte’s. So, take a look and tell me if you concur that these two could (have at one time, hair-wise) been doppelgängers:

I know the eyes aren’t the same, but the way their strong jawlines and wide smiles are framed by the floppy hair strikes me as a strong enough similarity that I wouldn’t mind getting between both of them. Sign up here to stay informed of Tayte’s debut.

 

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Game of Thrones Fans Are Crazy-Talented

It’s no secret that the Game of Thrones fandom has some of the most talented people I’ve ever seen (not that I’m trying to poo-poo over any/all other fandoms). But, seriously, GoT fans are srsly crazy-talented!

YouTube is riddled with videos of fans playing their own renditions of the opening theme (mostly) and, really, it’s just brilliant!

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The Rains of Castamere by Taylor Davis and Peter Hollens

Metal version

Theme by CHVRCHES

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Weekly Pull List: 4.9.14

This week, I’m highlighting 2.5 bats & a zombie. Specifically, Batgirl, Batman Eternal, last week’s Detective Comics (I’m only counting it as half since it’s a week late) and Walking Dead.

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Detective Comics #30

The series that launched the Batman is returning ever so slightly to its pre-New 52 noir feel.  It’s the first time in a long time that the book has felt like it’s own entity instead of a panel-tested what’s what of the Batman universe.

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Batman Eternal #1

This weekly – yes, weekly – series is an attempt to jump ahead into the future of Gotham and tell grittier stories that don’t mesh well with the current continuity. It is actually a pretty promising premise, and it’s attracting a who’s who of creators to give Gotham a punch to the guts on a more frequent basis.

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Batgirl #30

This one is an in-betweener. Written by Marguerite Bennett – the same writer who filled in for the Zero Year issue of Batgirl – this issue seems to set up another future supernatural threat to Gotham all while memorializing Richard Grayson. Now, this is pure speculation, but my guess is that the Editorial Board brought her in to write this issue to further fuel speculation that Dick actually died at that hands of Lex Luthor in Forever Evil #6, but I’m still not convinced that they’re going to write Dick out that easily. Especially so soon after Damian’s death. It’s possible, but I think highly unlikely.

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Walking Dead #125

I gotta say, after the mindfuck that Robert gave us at the end of issue #124, I’m happy to report that I predicted Rick’s workaround. I don’t want to spoil anything, because it is really good serial storytelling, but I do feel a bit smug after reading through the response letters to issue #124. People were freaking out, but I’m still cool as a cucumber. Oh, and this is a very satisfying issue. Check it out.

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Guys In Sweatpants: Just’a Coupl’a Budz

Tyler and Scott are two midwest boys from the same town who love fucking each other. Since this wasn’t their first time fucking, it made it easier to do live on camera. It was only Tyler’s second time ever bottoming, but he took it like a champ… and seemed to REALLY love it. Scott tried taking Tyler’s huge cock, but couldn’t do it, and even made the comment “oh my god, you are so big!” … so they went back to Tyler getting pounded. Don’t forget to check the extra footage at the end of all the fucking!

I gave this scene a once-over after reading the description in my update email. I have to say, it’s pretty hot one. Tyler is the more gingery of the two and after the obligatory eye-candy intro on the beach, he and Scott head back to the bedroom with sun-reddened skin to have a little boning time.

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