Happy 30th Birthday ‘Grace Under Pressure’

The album artwork for 'Grace Under Pressure.' Bandwallpapers.

I have never been the biggest fan of Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis and their weekly radio program Sound Opinions, but there was one show a little under a year ago where they highlighted one of the greatest achievements a band can attain to firmly place them among the greatest ever: four consecutive excellent, classic albums.

We have seen it from legends like Led Zeppelin and modern giants like Arcade Fire, and most rock fans will tell you Rush’s stretch of albums between 1980 and 1984 place them in that company. It was the unique sound of a band mastering one facet of their sound, almost completely redefining it, and mastering the redefinition at the other end of the cycle. The end of the cycle was Grace Under Pressure. Read the rest of this entry »

Zach’s 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket

A full look at my NCAA Tournament bracket. Click to enlarge.

It’s that time of year again. There are few times of the year when sports is better than March. Spring Training baseball can actually be interesting with near-MLB rosters, NHL and NBA seasons are winding down, and the NCAA Tournament begins, which means brackets galore.

I have been filling out brackets since 2006. I have been wrong every single year, but I think my favorite failure was in 2008 when I predicted Wake Forest to go all the way and win the tournament. I was 16 and cocky, but didn’t really into serious consideration the severe struggles towards the end of the season that bumped them down to a #4 seed. I do think last year’s was my best, but it was pretty predictable. Read the rest of this entry »