Arcane Framework Interview

We got a chance to sit down with two members of Arcane Framework, lead singer Katy Przybytek and guitarist Brian McDermott. Watch the video for the whole interview (just under 15 minutes) or if you’d prefer you can read the transcript below.
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Top Ten Songs of February

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Just a Guy’s monthly music article includes the top songs of February 2014. The restrictions are simple, the album or the song must have been released during the month in review. So as to encourage musical diversification, we only select one song per album per artist. With all the stipulations out of the way, let’s take a look at the best songs from February. Continue reading “Top Ten Songs of February” »

New Music Review: Pharrell and American Authors

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Pharrell Williams

Just A Guy looks at the new music that has been released this week. Today (a full day early) we’re checking out new releases from music titan Pharrell Williams and from up-and-comers American Authors. 

Pharrell Williams is one of my favorite musical figures of my lifetime. He’s produced hit after hit after hit. He produced seemingly every hip-hop song I like from 2000-2006 with the Neptunes. His work with NERD was borderline amazing as the band continued to evolve and reinvent itself with each release. His debut solo effort, 2006’s In My Mind, wasn’t well received, so Williams simply took a while off, came back and made chart smashers with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke. If you’ve never heard Pharrell, you’ve heard Pharrell. Continue reading “New Music Review: Pharrell and American Authors” »

10 Factory Engine Swaps – A Car Buyers Dream

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There’s a number of great cars out there nowadays, but so many just seem to fall short. There are more cars (and even some manufacturers) who no longer have a high performance version or never even did. That’s just downright disheartening. After a long look at cars that are currently out, along with a look at available engines that are from the same manufacturer and sold in other vehicles, I’ve compiled a list of the top factory engine swaps. At it’s core the following is a list of ten souped up versions that should be available for purchase from the factory. Continue reading “10 Factory Engine Swaps – A Car Buyers Dream” »

86th Academy Awards Predictions

The Oscars take place on Sunday, March 2nd this year. All predictions are made based off of the nominated pictures for each category listed below.

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street 
  • Philomena

The field for best picture is nine films this year. The favorite is 12 Years a Slave, a dramatic powerhouse project. It took the best picture-drama award at the golden globes, as well as Continue reading “86th Academy Awards Predictions” »

The 10 Best Cars from the Chicago Auto Show

North America’s largest automotive show brought over 1,000 vehicles to Chicago’s McCormick Place February 8-17.  Often overshadowed by Geneva and Detroit due to it’s lack of world premieres (there were only two this year, one of which was an all-electric Kia) the 2014 Chicago Auto Show offered something for everyone this year, automotive enthusiast or not.  It included everything from the countless amount of four door sedans we see every day to the wild and outlandish concepts that we will never see outside of automotive show walls.  I wish I could talk about all the cars this year’s CAS had to offer, however I’ve done my best to narrow it down to a ten-best list. Continue reading “The 10 Best Cars from the Chicago Auto Show” »

Best Players to Never Play in a Super Bowl (or NFL Championship)

justaguy footballEven though Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos couldn’t pull off a Super Bowl XLVIII win, at least they made it to the big game.  As they say it’s better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all…or something like that. What we have below is the greatest All-Time team with one little stipulation, they have a collective total of zero rings between them and that includes NFL Championships (aka the Super Bowl before the name Super Bowl). Not only have these guys never won the ultimate game, they haven’t even gotten to the big game. That’s right, not even a taste of the promised land. Continue reading “Best Players to Never Play in a Super Bowl (or NFL Championship)” »

New Music Review: Benji by Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon lead singer Mark Kozelek.

Sun Kil Moon lead singer Mark Kozelek.

I hadn’t listened to Sun Kil Moon before today, but on a whim (and an incredibly detailed Pitchfork review) I decided to check out the band’s newest release Benji. The great thing about listening to a band you’ve never heard of is that you can’t have any expectations as to what it might sound like. Maybe it’s because of lead singer Mark Kozelek’s baritone vocals, or his ties to Ohio, but I was immediately hooked on Benji. Continue reading “New Music Review: Benji by Sun Kil Moon” »

Top 10 Songs of January

Just a Guy’s monthly music article includes the hottest songs of January 2014. The restrictions are simple, the album or the song must have been released during the month in review. So as to encourage musical diversification, we only select one song per album per artist. With all the stipulations out of the way, let’s take a look at the best songs from January.

bruce springsteen_miniBruce Springsteen – American Skin (41 Shots)

Technically not a new song, but the Boss does what the Boss wants. Springsteen released High Hopes, essentially a collection of rarities and b-sides that he reworked into new material. “American Skin” was a haunting song when it was first written in 2000 and has taken on a new meaning today. Clocking in at seven and a half minutes there’s a lot of energy here. It’s probably best to hear the live version, but this version is still powerful and moving. Continue reading “Top 10 Songs of January” »

UFC 169 Preview: Barao vs. Faber II

Urijah Faber looks to finally claim UFC gold at UFC 169.

Urijah Faber looks to finally claim UFC gold at UFC 169.

UFC hosts its first pay-per-view of the year of the year when they take over New Jersey for the annual Super Bowl weekend card. UFC 169 is a pretty stacked card up top with two title fights. Ricardo Lamas looks to upset Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, while the main event gives us a rematch between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao with the winner becoming the undisputed Bantamweight Champion. Also, a huge match up for relevancy takes place in the heavyweight division when Frank Mir tangles with Alistair Overeem.

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