Anthology by Thrice – Live Acoustic Version

Last week, Thrice played an acoustic session at the Hurley Studio.  They played a few different songs, but I was definitely most in awe of “Anthology.”  Something about the melody evokes this wonderful indescribable feeling.  And as a long time listener, I really appreciated all the different song references in the lyrics.  Basically, this song is too good not to share.

I love acoustic performances, especially ones with a nice full sound.  The fact that they played it flawlessly doesn’t hurt either.


Our lives built on tin cans and string
But the cornerstone laid is a wondrous and beautiful thing
Sure in the ground

While the north wind is taking its toll
You have helped me to find my way back and to anchor my soul
Safe in the sound

Oh you know me, oh and I know you
And I know that, we can see this through

I’m brack and baring my bones
Said if we heard the howling
I’d run out to face it alone
To meet it halfway

I’ve still got badges to earn
So keep sifting my soul
Cause I think that I’m starting to learn
To love you that way

Oh you know me, and I know you
And I know that, we can see this through

It’s true that you could snap my neck
I trust you’ll save my life instead
Cause our love is a loyalty sworn
If we hold to our hope then I know we can weather the storm
Whatever they say, come what may

Oh you know me, oh and I know you
And I know that, we can see this through

Can’t wait to hear the album version of this song…!  I’m even more stoked to hear Thrice play “Anthology” when they come to town this fall!

Guild Wars 2 – Changing the Face of MMOs

There’s much about the structure of a traditional MMO that’s inherently broken. It’s almost as though some developers are creating games without the player in mind, content to churn out tired games that are just more of the same.

As such, I can’t wait for the release of Guild Wars 2 — it’s going to be epic!  Granted, I’m a big fan of the original Guild Wars so I might be slightly biased.  But I know talent when I see it…!  ArenaNet is a developer with their collective thumb firmly on the pulse of today’s gamer. I could talk of their innovation and vision, but I think you’ll get a better idea of what I mean by watching the demo Boss Fight video below.

So maybe you’ve heard that there’s not going to be a Healer profession.  Characters will each have a self-heal, along with the ability to revive fallen party members.  And you probably already know that the world will be persistent, with dynamic events.  But did you know that skills, like weapons, are swapable at will? If you’re out exploring, you won’t need to go back to an outpost to make adjustments. Another little tidbit — your armor will have multiple dye-able areas, and several new color choices that are available at character creation. No more shelling out gold for a desired shade.

There’s more. Here’s a video (by Alexrediculous) highlighting some of the lesser known details of Guild Wars 2.

And in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video of the basics.