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Singles Soundtrack Turns Twenty

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IF you're looking for some of the defining artists of the '90s and want to know why alternative music compilations for movies were all the rage for a while, check out the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe's film Singles which turns 20 this year.

Why does a soundtrack from a hip rom-com from 20 years ago matter? While Crowe's film may not be the best thing to come out of that decade, it does offer a snapshot of a music scene that was on the cusp of exploding and changing popular culture forever.

Although most of the music on the grunge-heavy soundtrack can be found elsewhere, there are some gems, including Pearl Jam's Breathe (recorded during the Ten sessions with drummer Dave Abbruzzese) and live fan favourite, State of Love and Trust, along with Mudhoney's cynical Overblown, Chris Cornell's stripped-down Seasons, and Mother Love Bone's epic Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns.

 

The Walking Dead Social Game

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AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead may not be back on the air for a while, but that doesn't mean zombie-killing season is over. The network recently launched a new game on Facebook called the The Walking Dead Social Game.

Think you and your friends can survive the zombie apocalypse? Here's your chance. Like many games on the social network, you can buy items while you are playing. Playing online will help you earn game money, but you can always pull out your wallet and shell out real cash if you're in desperate need of more energy, supplies and guns.

Parents might want to check into this before they let their teenagers online to blast zombies -- these free games are only free if you don't get a huge bill at the end of the month for all the add-ons you needed to survive.

 

Concert Etiquette Guide

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SUMMER festival season is slowly winding down, but that doesn't mean this Concert Etiquette Guide put together by Spinner.ca can't be used year-round with a few tweaks.

You would think most of the advice is pretty obvious, but anyone who has been to a big concert or festival lately has seen a different side to the story. With more and more bands touring, shows getting busier and festivals getting more jam-packed, this list of 13 simple pieces of concert etiquette should help ensure that everyone at the show has an amazing time, without impacting the concert-going experience of the people around them.

The list rangers from simple stuff -- don't show up late and then try and push your way to the front -- to more modern annoyances, such as keeping your phone/camera/iPad shots to a minimum. You will be able to find better pics and video online anyway. (In fact, keep your iPad at home. They are big and bulky, and can ruin someone's sightline and night. Why anyone would want to take one to a festival or concert is beyond me.)

Above all, just don't be a jerk. Everyone is there to have a good time and if we all follow a few simple guidelines, we can create an environment where this can happen.

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at anthony.siteunseen@gmail.com or follow him at twitter.com/anthonya.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2012 E3

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