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  • Clubs of ASU: Dumbledore’s Army creates a niche for ‘Harry Potter’ fans

    Dumbledore’s Army at ASU brings J.K. Rowling’s stories to life. see more

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    March 4, 2015 at 5:11 pm


  • Music to help stay sharp for midterms

    Ah, midterms. The halfway marker, allowing us to set our sights on the end of yet another semester. If this were a marathon, this would be the point where we hit “the wall” and push through, numb legs and all. Spring break is that much needed water stand at mile 22 of the course.

    Not necessarily every class we take has a straight up and down midterm exam; some are projects, some require a group effort. If you’re lucky, the class bypasses a midterm altogether.

    However, if you’re in the unfortunate position and need to *gasp* study for an upcoming exam, I’m going to help you through it with some of the best Spotify playlists to do just that: get your study on. see more

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    March 4, 2015 at 9:00 am


  • Quasimoto

    Get ready for a cosmic journey with Lord Quas in his third album “Yessir Whatever.” California based producer Madlib decided to rap over his beats one day, creating Quasimoto. His voice was too deep for his liking, so he decided to alter his voice, slowing the recorder down, rapping slowly and speeding the recording back up. The sound the process produced was a high-pitched yet authoritative voice of reason and outright delinquency. His alter ego Madlib, the person who lived in the flesh, would joined in. This is Quasi’s album and thus his world and Madlib is only a guest.

    Madlib, who is a notable vinyl fanatic, gave the album a distinct feel. When the tone arm hits the wax the journey begins. It’s loud, it’s thumping and it sounds good. Quasimoto and Madlib rap along in a ribbing manner. It’s the same person talking to them self between two voices. It reminds you of Smeagol. The thing needs to be played on vinyl no matter what setup. I’ve played the album on my basic set up with buzzing from a taped on ground wire many times. I’ve also played it on my junky Crosley that distorts and quiets the album. Turning the dial as far as it goes until the sound crackles still doesn’t do much to the sound, but every time this album is wonderful.

    It’s a gritty and vulgar album with verses straight from the streets. A man who chose music above all else blares out his music from within a car. That’s the vibe of the whole album and you feel the night shroud around the music and the stereo. It doesn’t feel right to pull this record out of the shelf unless it’s well past midnight. The tunes carrying Quasimoto’s strange speedy raps makes you feel the funk. see more

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    February 27, 2015 at 10:39 am


  • The Devil’s Grid: The impossible task of finishing adventure games

    As much as I love them, I can’t finish them to save my life. see more

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    February 25, 2015 at 7:34 pm


  • Pop Culture Mischief: Oscars recap, ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and more

    This week’s pop culture round-up. see more

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    February 24, 2015 at 7:41 pm


  • An astonishing appeal

    I’d never liked Taylor Swift. At all. That was, until her release of “1989″ altogether shattered any notions I held.

    Actually, I let me re-phrase that. I’d never totally understood her appeal. On the outside, she’s this tall, lanky country girl-gone pop who could be seen dancing awkwardly by herself in the aisle at award shows; Swift was parodied for her over-the-top gawky “oh my gosh, me?!” shocked reaction to winning a Grammy; she was seen as the girl who dates men, chews them up and spits them out through her lyrics for the world to hear. Dating Swift issued you a gag order, in a way. Eventually, the finer points of your relationship would soon be recorded for prosperity. It all seemed a bit gimmicky to me.

    Then I heard “Shake It Off” and it was as if none of that happened. Although that’s not entirely true – the album’s first release was actually a confirmation that Swift is well aware of her reputation and better yet, she could not care less. “Shake It Off” is as catchy and heartening as it gets. The striking percussion mixed with that brass creates a beat that’s hard to ignore. Swift blows off her haters to the most cheery melody imaginable. It’s true, she’s just a young girl experiencing heartbreak and turning it into something tangible to help with the healing process. Who can fault her for that? see more

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    February 23, 2015 at 10:34 am


  • Behind the scenes of customer service

    When your job is centered around directly doing something for someone else, there are many times when you have to swallow your pride, smile and move on. This is the essence of customer service. It’s what you have to do in order to get people to come back.

    You also have to make your current customers feel happy and comfortable. When there’s one of you juggling a line of people, and whatever else may come your way, it can get stressful.

    Every customer service job will have its share of bad customers. Downtown Phoenix, though, is unique to me. There are so many different kinds of people here—which is probably true of any big city—that it becomes impossible to predict who you’ll meet next. see more

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    February 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm


  • The Devil’s Grid: What to know about net neutrality

    The big vote on the open Internet drops next week. see more

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    February 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm


  • Midnight tracks

    Everything is better at night, especially music. The moon is out, the breeze is blowing and the day is finally over. And for some odd reason, when it’s a full moon, everything turns into a blur and I get really hairy. Then, I turn into a really good basketball player. Kind of like “Teen Wolf”. And when I’m engaging in hooliganism and surfing the tops off vans donned the “Wolfmobile” as I air guitar, there are certain albums I enjoy listening to. And here it is folks, my first listicle since that last time I wrote a listicle. Here are the top albums I like to listen to (on the record player of course, because my midnight hooliganism involves a bean bag chair and a book) at midnight and beyond.

    1. “Born in the U.S.A.”

    To be perfectly honest I used to hate this album. Maybe it was the overbearing nationalism… ahem, uh, patriotism… which put me off. But then there was that one time when I threw it on the turntable when the night was quite late. Springsteen’s use of the synthesizer through the course of the album gives it the midnight sound of driving with the top down as you barrel down the highway. And then there is “I’m on Fire,” a very breathy and 80′sesque love ballad, which makes you feel like the night won’t ever end and the angst level is at an all time high. see more

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    February 19, 2015 at 11:11 am


  • Photo of the Day 2/18

      The Chinese Lunar New Year Event at ASU.  (Photo by Kat Simonovic)

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    February 18, 2015 at 9:19 pm