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Thorin Klosowski

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    October 28, 2011

    Reader: Being a scary man is very creative and noble

    ​It's not all that easy scaring people, insists Mythica von Griffyn, who's very busy these days acting at a haunted house. In fact, as he told Thorin Klosowski in yesterday's "How to Get My Job," the gig is a lot of hard work, what with make-up, costuming and the constant need to frighten peop ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Reader: Neal Stephenson's right -- those cheating sites just cheat you out of fun

    ​Neal Stephenson will be at the Tattered Cover LoDo tonight to talk about video games, farming gold and his new book, Reamde. But first, he talked with Thorin Klosowski for an extensive Q&A, which prompted this response from Rick: I concur in re: Cheating... Oddly, I spent years only letting ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Reader: "You could have spent time in an inner city and been murdered instead"

    Shoes are for the corporate overlord, man.​There's an element of truth to every stereotype, and that particularly goes for Boulder, a place so preoccupied with its own righteousness that even its Pop Tarts must be certified organic. Our man Thorin Klosowski recently returned from a stint in th ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Comment of the day: The way I see it it's very safe sex

    ​Being a phone sex operator is actually kind of boring. At least, that's the gist of what we learned from Crystal (that's a pseudonym, by the way), a phone sex operator Thorin Klosowski interviewed back in March for How to Get My Job -- there, Crystal tells us that, ultimately, the world of ph ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You... and everyone at Denver StarFest (VIDEO)

    Not-Leia & Not-Han.​Today is Star Wars Day -- a date celebrated with the phrase "May the Fourth be with you." Get it? Over at our Show and Tell blog, Thorin Klosowski marks the occasion with a collection of weird Star Wars memorabilia. But we didn't want to be left out. So unleash your inner g ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Green Up Colorado highlights Colorado's sustainability movement tonight on PBS

    ​While we're pretty much terrified of shrubbery now after Thorin Klosowski's earlier post on murderous fictional plants, it's important to remember that even if in movies plants bring certain death, in the real world, they bring life. And tonight on Rocky Mountain PBS, the locally produced doc ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Comment of the day: Watch your back, Neustifter

    Neustifter got lucky.​Contrary to popular cultural belief, not all cosplayers are mouth-breathing weirdos with no social skills -- in fact, the vast majority of them are just normal folks who like to represent their fanhood by dressing up, and what's so strange about that? That's the gist of T ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Photos: Ogle the weird and the wonderful of StarFest

    ​Presumably because of the large cross-section of Star Wars and Star Trek fans within the nerd community, StarFest is at least in name dedicated to the stars -- but if the costumes on display this weekend were any indication, it should probably just be called "EverythingFest." Literally every ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    ​Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.

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    April 8, 2011

    Contest: Tell us your cat stories and win two free tickets to the Springtime in the Rockies Cat Show

    Yep, they are some weird-ass looking animals.​Here's a fun fact: Bald cats can get sunburned. Like, really sunburned. I know this because I used to live with a bald cat; my ex-wife randomly decided she wanted one for reasons I never really figured out. His name was Frances. He was a bizarre cr ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    20 things to do solo in Denver on Valentine's Day

    Who needs people with all their talking and opinions? Not you, you're a lone wolf who doesn't need a pack of yapping furballs to cramp your style. Here's what to do on Valentine's Day. Alone.

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    December 23, 2010
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    September 15, 2010

    Justify My Love: Defending '50s and '60s country

    ​Okay, we all have some skeletons in our closet, shit we dig -- be it music, movies or television shows -- that we'd just as soon nobody else knew about. "Guilty pleasures" is what most people term these sort of inclinations. Well, here at Backbeat, there's no shame in our game -- assuming, of ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Cee Lo Green's inescapably charming (and shamelessly profane) kiss off tops our playlists

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most persistent question we encounter is: "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a lis ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Presenting the 2010 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    ​ This past February, when we started putting together the 2010 Westword Music Showcase, we posted an item asking you how we could improve our annual music festival, this year set for Saturday, June 19, in the Golden Triangle (if you haven't already purchased your tickets, you can still buy d ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of March 8, 2010

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Heavy Rotation: Pretty Lights, Liars, Gorillaz top our weekly playlists

    Pretty Lights. Photo by Aaron Thackeray​ ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, o ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of March 8, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of February 8, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of February 1, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of January 25, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    December 2, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of December 1, 2009

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For t ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of October 5, 2009

    ​​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008

    Saving Grace: Yes's Tormato

    Regardless of taste or aspiration, great artists are bound to fail every now and again. And as they fail, we all sit back idly, wishing it wouldn’t have happened, but slightly elevated by the fact they did – “ah yes,” we think, “they are humans, too.” But great artists rarely fail comple ... More >>

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    July 25, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Black Kids, CSS, The Scenic, Sugarland

    Black Kids, CSS, The Scenic, Sugarland, Thorin Klosowski

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    July 9, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Blind Pilot, Hit the Lights, Killer Mike, the Maine

    Blind Pilot 3 Rounds and a Sound Expunged Records 01:00-01:45 of “The Story I Heard”: “The Story I Heard” proves that the only difference between some indie-rock and commercial pop music is the fact that the indie bands just don’t get signed quick enough. This is the same crap that Coldpl ... More >>

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    July 7, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Inhale Exhale, My Brightest Diamond, Katy Perry, Teddy Thompson

    Inhale Exhale I Swear Tooth & Nail 02:00-02:45 of “It’s Myself vs. Being a Man”: Back in the early part of the century, there was an a cappella hardcore band called Jud Jud. They just went, “jud jud, jud jud, dun dun dun, jud jud.” I think they were more hardcore then these tweet-balls.

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    June 2, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: James Pants, One Flew South, TobyMAC, Walter Meego

    James Pants Welcome Stones Throw Records 00:00-00:45 of “Cosmic Rapp” Whoa, set your ears to stun because “Cosmic Rapp” is a surprisingly interesting song that appears to showcase Stones Throw’s taste for the odd. The song combines everything that was wrong with the ‘80s with everything ... More >>

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    May 27, 2008

    Over the Weekend...The Photo Atlas, Epilogues and Set Forth @ the Walnut Room

    Photo by Dragondeer. The Photo Atlas, The Epilogues, Set Forth Friday, May 23, 2008 Walnut Room Better Than: Staying at home and listening to Kiss FM. I’m not going to lie -- I’m a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars. Regardless of my love for these two things, they have so ... More >>

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    May 21, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: The Cool Kids, Scarlett Johansson, The Myriad, The Ting Tings

    The Cool Kids The Bake Sale Chocolate Industries 01:05-01:50 of “What Up Man” Don’t get me wrong, I believe that hip-hop, like every other genre, has a lot of elbow room to explore and expand styles – but, well, this just isn’t there yet. I see that the Cool Kids are trying really hard to ... More >>

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    April 30, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: pureNRG, Puscifer, Robyn, Santogold

    pureNRG Here We Go Again Word Entertainment 02:30-03:15 of “Here We Go Again” This is one of the most totally awesome releases that I’ve heard in a long time! OMG I am so excited that FINALLY there is a group out there that is full of love and energy for Jesus. We all know that all those othe ... More >>

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    April 25, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Goldfinger, The Weepies, The White Tie Affair 9th Wonder & Buckshot

    Goldfinger Hello Destiny… SideOneDummy 01:23-02:08 of “Without Me” Whoa. Goldfinger is still around. You know, I could pun the title and be like, “Hello Destiny, we still suck,” or “Hello Destiny, is this all we’ve worked for?” But that would be easy. And not really funny. Kind of l ... More >>

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    April 21, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Colour Revolt, Ours, Tokyo Police Club, Jordan Zevon

    Colour Revolt Plunder, Beg and Curse Fat Possum Records 02:00-02:45 of “Ageless Everytime” Every once and a while someone gets the late '90s right. Colour Revolt seems to capture the sounds of bands like Cop Shoot Cop, Shiner and Hum in all the right ways to make what appears to be a solid albu ... More >>

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    April 18, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Nik Freitas, Man Man, P.O.D., Ray J

    Nik Freitas Sun Down Team Love Records 01:00-01:45 of “Sun Down” “Sun Down” sounds like what would happen if a 14-year-old boy only owned two records, Harry Nilsson’s The Point and N’Sync’s N’Sync. What comes out of that is an adorable little song that sounds like it’s made for an ... More >>

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    March 26, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: B-52s, De Novo Dahl, Fuck Buttons, Thee Silver Mr. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-la-la Band

    B-52s Funplex Astralwerks 01:15-02:00 of “Pump” What the heck? Um, no seriously, what the heck? What made the B-52’s decide to release a record and, more importantly, why did they decide on the absolute stupidest album cover? You know, “Rock Lobster” is a great song that totally appeals t ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Jaymay, Fat Joe, Ferras, Paul Benton

    Paul Benton Grey Bridgetone Records 01:00-01:45 of “I Only See You” I think the lyrics “I only see you in all that I do, to the rest I am blind,” clearly exemplifies Mr. Benton’s knack for writing crap lyrics where he is that friend that we all have that gets super obsessive over a girl a ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: the Acorn, Autechre, Flogging Molly, Ashton Shepherd

    The Acorn Glory Hope Mountain Paper Bag Records 00:22-01:07 of “Low Gravity” The Acorn proves, apparently, that Canadian indie-rock has a “sound,” and bands like the Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Wolf Parade and the Acorn all jerk each other off with their Baroque attitudes, collective ... More >>

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    February 13, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: British Sea Power, The Heavy Circles, Simple Plan, Xiu Xiu

    British Sea Power Do You Like Rock Music? Rough Trade 02:20-02:55 of “Waving Flags” Hmm, yes I do like rock music. I appreciate it when bands ask me questions. It makes me really feel like I’m involved in their creative project. It’s kind of like when an author tells me right away that I’ ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    45 Second Reviews

    Helio Sequence Keep Your Eyes Ahead Sup Pop 02:00-02:45 of “Lately” I remember this band sounding totally different. It seems like they used to be sort of electro-pop. Now they sound like U2. I guess they’re just copying U2 in reverse historical order. Anyone remember Pop? Man, that record wo ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008

    45 Second Reviews

    Why give anything an earnest listen, when you can make snap judgments? Raheem DeVaughn Love Behind the Melody Zomba Records 01:00-01:45 of “Customer” I had to stare at the cover of this record for a few minutes before I realized that it wasn’t called, “Love From Behind.” I’m not sure w ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008

    45 Second Reviews

    The Afters Never Going Back to OK EP INO Records 01:10-01:55 of “Never Going Back to OK” Wow, the chorus is actually “Never Going Back to OK,” I figured it was just going to be one of those titles that didn’t really have any relation to the actual song (there is even one of those numbskul ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008

    45 Second Reviews: Radiohead, Maroon 5, HIgh School Musical 2, Chingy, Bubba Sparxxx

    Bubba Sparxxx The Lost Tracks FMS 00:00-00:45 of “Never Scared” I never totally understood the point of the “Lost Tracks” albums. These are songs that didn’t make the cut for whatever reason before and I’m entirely unsure what makes them worthwhile now. “Never Scared” is about as bo ... More >>

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    December 19, 2007

    45 Second Reviews

    Why give anything an intent listen and fair assessment when I can review 5 albums in a matter of 225 seconds? Bullet for My Valentine Scream Aim Fire EP 20-20 Entertainment 00:30-01:15 of “Eye of the Storm” ARG! This is really, really, really bad metal. I believe that someone from Iron Maiden ... More >>

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    December 7, 2007

    45 Second Reviews

    Ali & Aj Insomniatic Hollywood Records 02:00-02:45 of “Potential Breakup Song” I think I might have stumbled into some strange tween land because I’m a little embarrassed to have this in my hands. Perhaps even more embarrassed that I’m nodding my head and tapping my toe. I mean, they’re r ... More >>

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    December 3, 2007

    45 Second Reviews

    As Tall as Lions Into the Flood 01:18-02:03 of “Into the Flood” Hmm… I’m thinking a bit of Slowdive, maybe a dash of Counting Crows and a taste of the Fray. What kind of soup does that make? Utter, replaceable crap soup. Thanks a lot dudes. You totally owe me 45 seconds of my time. I’m go ... More >>

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    November 27, 2007

    45 Second Reviews

    Why be fair and actually listen to five albums when you can be an ADHD smartass? Burial Untrue Hyperdub 00:48-1:32 of “Untrue” Boy was my assumption about this one wrong. I was positive I was going to get a Buck 65 style hip-hop deal but no, Burial had to go ahead and make me look stupid by r ... More >>

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    October 15, 2007

    Day One: Wherein You Learn Why We're Cooler Than You

    Monday: Couriers have only three moods while working: Angry – as in you just got this rush job that your dispatcher forgot about and you’re forced to complete this miracle. These moments are filled with finesse, when you see a courier slide through a tiny little needle of a thread of traffic and ... More >>

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    September 23, 2004

    My Calculus Beats Your Algebra

    My Calculus Beats Your Algebra (Self-released)

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