In the first round, I went 6-2; stupid Devils and Rangers. At any rate, it’s the second round and these are my predictions.
Vancouver vs Chicago
Detroit vs Anaheim
Boston vs Carolina
Washington vs Pittsburgh (although I’d rather see the Pens win)
I love this time of year. Here’s the first round matchups and my predictions are in bold.
Boston vs Montreal
New Jersey vs Carolina
Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia
Washington vs New York Rangers
San Jose vs Anaheim
Detroit vs Columbus
Vancouver vs St. Louis
Chicago vs Calgary (still hoping for the Flames to win)
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve posted one of these, so it’ll have a few more entries than usual:
- …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – The Century of Self
Easily their best album since Source Tags and Codes.
- Asobi Seksu – Hush
Instead of drawing from the My Bloody Valentine chapter of the shoegazing bible, they’ve flipped the pages to the beginning of the book where the Cocteau Twins’ chapter can be found.
- Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains
Equal parts Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, Pavement and Sonic Youth; these are good touchstones for this young band’s first album. I’m looking forward to how they’ll mature by taking these influences and turning them into something unique.
- Dan Deacon – Bromst
This fun collage of sounds makes for great background music at work.
- The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
A grand, sweeping rock opera of epic proportion.
- Marnie Stern – This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That
Wow, can she play guitar. If any of these songs were included in Guitar Hero or Rock Band, your hands would explode trying to out-Fake Plastic Rock her.
- Mastodon – Crack the Skye
For those unfamiliar with Mastodon, think of a more aggressive version of Yes! or Rush. Crack the Skye catch quite touch Leviathan but it comes close. And if Mastodon’s loud ‘n’ heavy concept albums either frighten you or are beneath you, then Airhead‘s Joe Mantegna’s character’s quip about “if it’s too loud, you’re too old” holds true.
- The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Bubblegum pop run through a My Bloody Valentine filter.