A sports conudrum

I am sure that most of you guys watch sports, and probably support a specific club. You may even be a regular attendant of the team’s arena like me, and support the players with your voice and chanting. Today, since most sports have turned fully professional, most clubs have a strong and wealthy owner that pumps money into the club’s coffers regularly, bringing in new players and striving to make the team better. Sometimes, he or she does it because of a long-held passion for the club, just like a simple fan would dream of. But to break this bubble, in most cases his or her financial, bussiness or political interests are the ulterior motive hide beneath the involvement with the club. So, why support not only the club but also its owner? Read More

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Top 10s, vol.2: My top 10 music albums

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Hello and happy new year boys and girls! Along with the first weekend of 2018 comes the year’s first blog post! And for this post, I decided to go with the things that are my strong spot: Arts. I’m sure you remember the first post, where I discussed about my personal top 10 of favorite movies. So for this post we will dive into music, and specially my top 10 favorite albums! Shall we?

 

10. Pink Floyd-Dark Side of The Moon

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When a discussion turns to Pink Floyd, there aren’t many things to be said apart from the fact that they have produced some of the greatest songs of all time from a musical standpoint. They offer a different soul trip on each song, and singling out my favorite album was tough. But after some thought, I went with the aforementioned one. It contains great pieces throughout, and the peak of the album comes with the song Time.

9. Nightstalker-Just a Burn

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Now you may wonder, who the F are these Nightstalker guys that are slotted above a world famous, all time great band like Pink Floyd? Well, you are forgiven for not knowing them, since they are a greek Stoner rock band, well known, but only in the worldwide Stoner circles. They are considered one of the greatest greek rock bands of modern time, as they are still producing and performing live. This 2004 album is probably their peak, as it contains some of their greatest songs, such as Line and All Around (Satanic Drugs from Outer Space).

8. Rotting Christ- Sanctus Diavolos

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Now this is purely a tribute to my early teen years, when I was a short haired, without a trace of beard, metalhead. Rotting Christ are a Greek Dark Metal band, who are considered among the all time greats of the genre. Also, this album is one of the first that I bought in physical form, and it spent nearly one entire summer in my CD player while I was vacationing in my village in Chalkidiki. The high points of this album are the songs Athanati Este, Visions of a Blind Order and Sanctus Diavolos.

7.Rammstein-Mutter

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Staying on course, the next album is also in the broad metal category, by the german Industrial Metal gods, Rammstein. Known for their vibrant and fiery live performances, ghostly lyrics and weird video-clips, they have their own place in the top tier of metal music. In my opinion, Mutter is their best album, due to the amazing depth in quality of the songs. Not only there are standout songs, but there isn’t a weak song in the album! From the powerful Feuer Frei to the calming and hallowing Spieluhr, every song will entertain the lovers of the genre.

6. N.W.A-Straight Outta Compton

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Departing from the metal field, we go to the vibrant West Coast rap scene of the 90’s. N.W.A are one of the most influentian rap groups of all time, with their introduction of the so-called ”Gangsta Rap”. This album marked their breakthrough, introducing their two most known songs that are heard even today, F*ck da Police and Straight outta Compton, bringing them to the big stage and solidifying their place in rap history.

5.Radiohead-OK Computer

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Now for our first british entry, Radiohead’s 1997 album is a masterpiece throughout. From Paranoid Android to Karma Police to No Surprises, it is packed with some of the greatest Alt-rock songs of all time (or I think so highly of them), it was worth every penny I spent on it!

4. Black Flag-Damaged

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Continuing, this Californian punk album is I think the first punk album I listened whole. Its kick-ass, spit-in-your-face attitude is energizing and it contains also my favorite Black Flag song, TV Party. Along with Dead Kennedys, the band spearheaded the early 80’s breakthrough of West Coast hardcore punk with albums like this.

3. Johnny Cash-American IV: The Man Comes Around

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Johnny Cash, the true outlaw of american music in a deeply conservative era, had a career that spanned decades. In the latest stages of his life, Cash started producing albums with him covering many songs from contemporary artists, in a line of albums called ”American”. In the fourth and ultimate album, he produced some covers that outdo the original versions of the songs, such as Hurt, from Nine Inch Nails and Personal Jesus, from Depeche Mode.

2. John Frusciante-The Empyrean

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Who the F is John Frusciante?, you might think. Actually, he is the guitarist of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and he has gone on to produce many solo albums, that feature instrumental guitar parts. I admire his work, but this album is so high probably because of the first song, Before the Beginning. It is based on one of the biggest guitar masterpieces of all time, Maggot Brain from Funkadelic, and is a soul numbing experience. Just put it on, close your eyes and feel.

1. The Offspring-Americana

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It isn’t the best album of all time, it isn’t maybe even a great album. But it is the album that I have listened to over and over again the most. From Have you Ever? to Walla Walla to She’s got Issue to Why Don’t you get a Job?, every single track here is a blast, energizing me whatever the time and situation!

So, these are my top 10 albums. If you disagree, hate or love my picks or even wanna share yours, feel free to! Until next time guys!

A misconception of historical proportions

Hello YP people, in this week’s edition of the post, we delve into the field of history! History is such a fascinating field of study, with many branches and offshoots. It is also my field of study, as I am an undergraduate student at the Department of History for the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens! Today’s subject will be some of the most common misconceptions about historic facts, events or persons. Read More

Top 10 Films of all time

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So here it is, the first and glorious article of the new and shiny YP Blog! Kicking off the blog, the first of a series of articles about arts, my personal top 10 film list! Of course, it’s highly subjective and you will probably want to kill me for some of my choices, but you can freely express yourself in the comments, post your top 10, or even hit me up with your own, guest article! So, shall we?

10: Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Tarantino is a polarizing figure within the cinema community, he is one of my favorite actors. The way this man utilizes violence and gore to make films that are way above your usual run-of-the-mill splatter comedies is magnificent. So I found it matching to begin my list with one of his films. In Reservoir Dogs he presents a story that keeps the viewer on its heels and has memorable characters, whose different backgrounds are explained through flashbacks. When all is said and done, you will have spent some of the best 100 minutes you will have spent!

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