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April 12, 2013 is National Grilled Cheese Day. Yes, everything has a "day" now... in fact, most things have a "month" as well. April is also National Grilled Cheese Month, not to take away from things like Earth Month and Earth Day. April 12 is also National Licorice Day (Hey, Kids! Come on down to the drug store for some licorice and soda!). I can get behind National Grilled Cheese Day, though (seriously, who makes this stuff up?), and as such, Addie was served a Grilled Cheese for lunch here at Rock Father HQ today. It's one of her favorites, so it could be any day and Grilled Cheese would be appreciated.

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Dear Little Asshole,

When I arrived at preschool yesterday to pick up my daughter, Adalyn, I was very disappointed to learn that you'd made her cry. When Miss J. told me that Addie had been "sensitive" and "cried a lot" at the beginning of class, I needed a reason beyond the typical, overly-cautious bullshit that teachers seem to spew. I wanted the real dirt, and that led me to you.

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As of yesterday, it's officially Baseball Season. I have a weird relationship with baseball. I grew up on it, and like many, played from t-ball through my Junior Year of High School. I had some ups-and-downs, and had a couple real pieces of shit for coaches along the way - the kind of guys that have such miserable lives that they take out their internal frustration and lack of self-control on kids a few nights a week. Yes, those guys. I collected the baseball cards from Topps, Donruss, and Upper Deck religiously. No, they never became the "goldmine" that the people at the card shops tried telling me they would, and I finally gave them all away to some neighborhood kids awhile back... just because I was tired of lugging them around between moves as an adult. Now, I'm a 30-something parent, and I still dig baseball.

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Today is the day that I've been mentioning with every ROCK BAND DLC update for the past couple of months. After more than five years... 281 consecutive weeks... April 2, 2013 will be remembered as "The Day the Music Died." With the addition of DON McLEAN's 1971 hit "American Pie," weekly DLC for the ROCK BAND platform of games comes to an end, and Harmonix just hit The Rock Father with a special, 4-minute video entitled THE STORY OF ROCK BAND. Watch it below.

Last week, I reviewed "Gaia She Knows," the new single from THE HIPWADERS, right here on The Rock Father. While the focus of that release (available digitally, and in the archaic "compact disc" format) is the title track in two versions, the inclusion of a fresh version of "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" as the B-side makes it an Easter 2013 must-have. In just seven days, a six-foot anthropomorphic rabbit will be making his way across the land, dropping off baskets full of Easter joy - but you don't have to wait until then for some Easter rock... THE HIPWADERS are making "Here Comes Peter Cottontail" available as a FREE DOWNLOAD for the next week! Stream it below, then grab it from their Soundcloud page...

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Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job? This is the question posed by a new "truther" documentary entitled "LUKE'S CHANGE: AN INSIDE JOB." Directed by filmmaker Graham Putnam in the spirit of the 9/11 doc, "LOOSE CHANGE," this 7-minute film explores "some questionable events and circumstances leading up to the destruction of the Death Star, through the eyes of an amateur investigative journalist," with the primary focus being "the connections between the people who created and operated the Death Star and those responsible for destroying it." Intrigued? Watch below...

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