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2014 in review: 'Serial,' 'You Made It Weird,' were some of the best podcasts of the year

There is far too much creative content out in the world today, and podcasting is certainly no exception. From comedy to educational, talk about real crime to real talk about culture, it’s been a thorough year for podcasts. Keep an ear out for some of our favorite programs of 2014. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/180831187″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” …

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Podcast: Craig and Emerson Have Issues, Ep. 1: Duck TV’s Jacob Salzberg

Starting this winter term, the Emerald will be launching weekly podcasts that will cover campus news, arts, sports and everything in between. Our first arts and culture podcast is “Craig and Emerson Have Issues,” a show where Emerson Malone, associate arts and culture editor, and Multimedia Producer Craig Garcia interview a different …

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Arts & CultureMusic

2014 in review: Spoon, Beyoncé, and The Hold Steady are the best of the year

Music trends may come and go, but every year is sure to bring plenty new to popular music.  2014 has given the world no shortage of great albums–but which ones to listen to?  Luckily, a few of our more musically knowledgeable staff members have compiled their picks for the best, …

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Arts & CultureFilm & TV

Year in Review: Best Films of 2014

Films of 2014 certainly didn’t suffer from lack of variety. There were brilliant documentaries about whistleblowers and indie bands and bio-pics about enigma-decoding mathematicians and Olympic wrestlers. There was a reefer-toking detective, a boy growing up a dozen years in 3 hours and more robots pulverizing architecture. Without this medley …

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2014 in review: 'Birdman' tops the list of our favorite films

2014 was a fascinating year for Hollywood that yielded a mix of fresh ideas, old standards that were taken under a new light, and some instant classics. Every weekend was filled with a new visual spectacle to take in, covering all genres, from comedy to action to drama. With such …

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2014 in review: 'Last Week Tonight,' 'Transparent' top our lists of best TV of the year

Television in 2014 took us for a turbulent ride, from the depraved ghettos of Louisiana to the frozen tundra of Minnesota, then to the greater Los Angeles area and into the heart of a black hole. It would be humanly impossible to watch all the television that is produced today. As such, …

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Arts & CultureFood

Meals on wheels — how Nasty Works is hand delivering food truck awesomeness

Your favorite food truck was likely born in W. Eugene. More specifically in an industrial part of town full of non-descript storerooms. Fractured panes of grimy glass line the exterior and cats without collars prowl across dirty gravel parking lots in search of a meal. One such warehouse is owned and operated …

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Arts & CultureMusic

Double Takes: A discussion on Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11’

The Basement Tapes Complete, a six-disc collection of recordings of original tracks and covers, which Rolling Stone calls “the birth of lo-fi”* – was released in early November 2014. Six discs are undeniably too much for just one reviewer to handle, so the duties were divided between writers Craig Wright …

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Review: ‘Birdman’ is sharp, powerful filmmaking

Birdman (or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), the fifth feature film of Alejandro González Iñárritu, is billed as a black comedy film, but it seems more like a slapstick drama. It follows Iñárritu’s 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful, none of which were exactly laugh riots. It’s as hilarious as it is stressful …

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Ear Buds: How adults with ADHD found relief through podcasting

When Tom Lundberg met Courtney Jellar, he was outfitted as a body double for the recently deceased Muammar Gaddafi (now out of work). She was a mermaid in an emerald green dress with sequins from the waist down. “He was acting like he was putting on some swagger,” Jellar remembers …

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Review: ‘Transparent’ is the best show you’re not watching

Since Netflix has helped spur the binge-watching pandemic, it’s become easier to immerse yourself in a world of online television and atrophy your brain into banana pudding. Not to be outdone, video streaming websites like Hulu and Amazon have entered the ring to create high-caliber original content. This is how the hilarious, smart …

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Q&A: The Growlers’ Brooks Nielsen on tossing quarters into a ‘Chinese Fountain’

With gruesome make-up, women’s wigs and costumes fit for a Halloween bash, a quick YouTube search of The Growlers will demonstrate the mad theatrics that the musical group often brings to a live show. Known for its restless work ethic after releasing four LPs and five EPs in the last six …

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Sea of Love: Why ‘Gone Girl’ might be the best noir film in years

Why is it that plenty of horror movies don’t come close to being scary? They can be startling, but that’s bargain-rate scare. Aliens and devils aren’t necessarily the stuff of good horror, since they only frighten those who harbor a real and justified fear of them. Real terror comes from the …

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Album Review: Alt-J’s “This Is All Yours”

Alt-J (or ∆)’s 2012 debut album An Awesome Wave drew its name from the novel “American Psycho” by Bret Easton Ellis, when its central character is able to find a table at an otherwise bustling, trendy restaurant: “Relief that is almost tidal in scope washes over me in an awesome …

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