Kyle Ryan of ¬†A.V. Club published this post on the A.V. Club blog today. I’m guessing the Emotion & Commotion title is represented by the eagle and the guitar respectively? In any case, it’s hilarious. Especially since it’s coming from a tired old (but awesome) British rocker about eight or nine years behind the tidal wave of overzealous pro-American art. Also, the sun’s rays breaking through the gloomy sky are a great touch.

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When Hellogoodbye burst onto the music scene with their first full-length album¬†Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! in 2006, they enjoyed decent touring success and a wildly popular single in “Here (In Your Arms)” but were largely written off as another driving synthpop band for the kiddies. Now, after the entire band has been through a revamp (lead singer Forrest Kline is the only remaining original member), Hellogoodbye is working on a new album.

In the meantime they’ve recorded a handful of covers that can be downloaded on their website. There are a couple cool Beatles covers and the Promise Ring cover is especially good, although Kline admits sounding a little weird singing that type of music. There’s also a link to their excellent new single “When We First Met” on the site. Overall, the band seems to be moving in an entirely new direction that’s more back-to-basics indie and mature, but at the same time bubbly and positive. I’m excited to see what they manage to come up with on their full-length.

“Anticipation for an Apple tablet (expected January 27) resembles that of Moses bringing down the 10 Commandments,” wrote Mark Abramsky of RBC Capital.

Apple’s invitation to “Come see our latest creation” on January 27th has set the internet aflame and anticipation and rumors are through the roof. We here at Color Happens are big Apple fans, and although I don’t always agree with some of their business strategies there’s no denying their efficacy. This time around, however, it looks as if Apple will definitively trump the entire world’s expectations. The internet is all abuzz about the tablet and new tidbits of info continue to appear. One particular point of interest is the tablet’s expected connectivity with Verizon’s 3G network. This, companied with the distinct possibility of new versions of the iPhone coming to Verizon could spell trouble for AT&T. On top of all this, yesterday CNET.com reported that Apple’s tablet could be sold at $600 each. This puts the tablet in direct competition with other tablet PCs already on the market (HP tablets go for anywhere from $700 to $1500).

Expect a followup from me in the coming week after Apple drops their latest bombshell.

My amigos and I plan to bring you our commentary on current popular culture, art and politics. Just what the world needs, I know; but we’re all part of this big old world so why not make our voices heard?