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Happy Kreter

Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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The current issue of Rosebud Magazine features an article called Destroyer and the Return of ‘70s AM Gold, which contains an exclusive interview with Dan Bejar of Destroyer. We spoke with Dan about the process of creating Destroyer’s latest album, Kaputt, which is a sonic throwback to the ‘70s, including a soft-focus horn section, sparkling synth, and pulsing drum beats.

Hey growers, it’s time again for Hot Stuff, in which we present to you, our good reader, the records that have been rocking our socks off in the Rosebud Magazine office this week. We’re an eclectic bunch, so as usual, we bring you a range of goods. This week we’ve got everything from the indie-pop of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart to the alt-country of Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit to the militant grindcore of Looking For an Answer. Along the way, we check in with Canadian rockers Sloan, as well as Jesu, the project of extreme music old-schooler turned folksy post-metal artist Justin Broadrick (best known as a founding member of Godflesh). Oh, and the new Moving Mountains album might be the best of this bunch. So let’s get to it:

Metal heads and guitar shredder afficianados know and love Protest the Hero as the Canadian wunderkind quintet of progressive heavy rock ragers they are. Their new album, Scurrilous, is currently blowing our minds here in the Rosebud Magazine office (as we mentioned in a previous edition of Hot Stuff), so we thought we’d give the band a call and learn more about what makes these guys tick. We got in touch with guitarist Tim Millar, who shared eyebrow-raising stories about everything from the band’s early touring days as high-schoolers going toe-to-toe with police to traveling to Scandinavia to represent Canada in a worldwide facial hair competition. Whether listening to Protest the Hero tour yarns or hearing them rock out, it’s never a dull moment.

It started early yesterday. Certainly earlier than the media knew, and seemingly earlier than the Vancouver Police Department knew. Hours before the game, a friend of mine posted on his Facebook page “Lots of bridge and tunnel people flooding downtown. Police better be ready if the Canucks lose.” Well, it seemed like the only people that were ready for the violence that broke out following the Boston Bruins victory were the rioters themselves.

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In the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, a debate rages. Boston fans and media are painting the Vancouver Canucks as villains thanks to Alex Burrows’ bite on Patrice Bergeron and Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton. But on the other coast, Vancouver fans and media are pointing to the Bruins’ propensity for hacking, slashing, and face-washing Canucks at every turn. So who’s right? Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys of the NHL post-season?

We’ve got some killer tunes to share with you this week in Hot Stuff, RosebudMag.com’s weekly look at what’s rocking our socks off in the music world. It’s another mixed bag for all the moods of outdoor growing season. We’ve got indie darlings Okkervil River and Manchester Orchestra, producer/auteur Danger Mouse, Deafheaven with one of the best black metal albums of the year, and more. Without further ado, let’s get to it:

We love music here at Rosebud Magazine. And we love sharing the records we love with our fellow hydroponics growers, so once again, we’re coming at you with Hot Stuff to tell you about what’s bumping in the stereo speakers this week. It’s another mixed bag, as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder comes through with a surprisingly wonderful collection of Ukulele Songs. We’ve also got metal, some classic rock throwbacks, moody instrumentals and gutsy punk rock.

We’re back with another installment of Hot Stuff, featuring the albums that have been bumping in headphones and speakers non-stop in the Rosebud Magazine offices this week. The good news for all the music-lovers around here this week was the addition of the new Moby album, Destroyed, to our playlists. We’ve also got some sublime indie folk from the good people at Sub Pop records, a British trio of ‘80s enthusiasts, some amazing retro ‘70s-style occult metal, and screamingly catchy pop-punk type stuff. And for the indoor growers out on the fringes, we’ve got some crusty D-beat hardcore straight out of the Chicago underground. It’s an eclectic music mix, but hydroponics cultivators are an eclectic bunch. Without further ado…

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s rocking here in the Rosebud Magazine offices. This week’s music picks are a bunch of can’t-miss records – from fist-pumping to hauntingly moving. As usual, we’ve got a blend of poppy and heavy, and all points in between. To kick things off, The Cars’ first album in 24 years, Move Like This, has been in steady rotation around here. Ric Ocasek hasn’t missed a beat. This stuff could seriously hang with any of The Cars' catalogue. Then we'll move on to some indie rock, some metal, some doom, and some punk. Buckle up. It’s another week spanning musical genres with hot new albums for hydroponics gardeners of all types – something for a variety of indoor growers. Let’s get to it.

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s got our heads bobbing and feet tapping here in the Rosebud Magazine offices. This week’s music picks feature a range of albums – from fun-loving to contemplative to heavy rockin’. First and foremost, the Beastie Boys are back, reminding the hip-hop world how to be fresh and classic at the same time on Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. Plus we’ve got some awe-inspiring passionate rock from the Pacific Northwest; some killer shred-o-matic metal from Quebec; some instrumental moodiness; and some down-tempo sing-alongs. It’s another week spanning musical genres with hot new albums for hydroponics gardeners of all types – something for a variety of indoor growers.

contest-closedcontest-closedHey music fans, we know that there’s one thing you like as much as new kickass music from your favorite band, and that’s getting free stuff. Victory Records recording artists Aiden have a brand new album called Disguises. If you like blazing rock n’ roll loaded with hooks, and we know you do, then you need to hear this record.

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Megan Fox may be the smokingest hottie in Tinseltown these days, but the fascination with this Rosebud Magazine cover girl goes beyond her sexy curves. It seems like the star of Transformers, Jennifer’s Body, and Hope & Faith can’t open her mouth without raising eyebrows. We’ve collected some of her best work here in both photos and quotes, a feast for your eyes and your, um, eyes.

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s keeping our heads bobbing and feet tapping here in the Rosebud Magazine offices. This week’s music picks feature albums for a range of people - the angry, the melancholy, and those of you who are feeling just fine thank you very much. Dave Grohl is back with a new Foo Fighters record, plus we’ve got fresh indie rock from Austin, some badass West Coast hardcore, and some downtempo acoustic numbers with a bit of twang. Throw in a couple of selections from Relapse Records, including some classic sounding heavy rock from Red Fang and a little experimental post-metal from Horseback, and you get an eclectic but well-balanced selection of new albums for hydroponics gardeners of all types. After all, if there’s one thing we know about indoor growers, it’s that we’re a dynamic bunch.

Trade deadline day in the NHL ain’t what it used to be. In the past, it seemed like almost every team was making significant moves on that day, but lately the trend has been for big moves to take place over the course of about a week leading up to the deadline. But the art of the last second deal hasn’t flatlined yet as the Washington Capitals, L.A. Kings, and Vancouver Canucks proved on Monday. Here’s a breakdown of what the moves mean for Jason Arnott, Dustin Penner, Dennis Wideman and Chris Higgins, their new teams, their old teams, and the NHL playoff picture.

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It was a crazy NBA trade deadline, one of the busiest in years. Who knows how it will all shake out with the impending CBA, but we’re going to do our best to breakdown some of the winners and losers now that the dust has settled. After all, it’s not everyday that you see basketball stars like Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Deron Williams and Baron Davis on the move. And when the New York Knicks are involved, the sports world talks about it. How did the Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavs, LA Clippers, New Jersey Nets, and other teams make out in the final account?

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