Another Music Blog??

April 4, 2010

When i finished High school I realised I was listening to music less and less Which actually worried me immensely considering i would listen to music everyday; when i went to bed, during class, even lunch where i would actually isolate my self so i could listen to music (okay that wasn’t the only reason why i isolated myself but it was part of it) but now I have found I’ve become more obsessed. Though my listening time has dropped a fair bit I realise that I’m discovering several new bands every week and now that I’ve gotten into facebook 90% of my posts are related to music! Even my decisions on what to do depend if i’ll be able to listen to music or not; i was actually having trouble on deciding whether to play A new game i got or to just sit in front of my computer fooling around on facebook while listening to music! another clear sign of my obsession was when i was watching a really really good episode of the British comedy “The Inbetweeners” and my most excited point in the show was the end credits when they played The Cure’s “Inbetween Days”  SO in the spirit of my obsession I’ve decided to Review a three bands I’ve been listening too

The Figurines (I’ve only listened to one)

The Figurines’ Album “The Deer Who Wore Blue” could be compared to several bands however It isn’t so much that they imitate bands its just 1 track will sound like one artist while the next track may sound like another (noticeable comparisons Beatles, Flaming Lips, Polyphonic spree) Overall the album has this nice retro feel to it but be aware (for me) during the first listening I found many of the tracks quite boring (though this may be because I was out on a jog) Listening to it at home again however it is quite an enjoyable album.

Sunset Rubdown

Despite its odd name Sunset rubdown is a very, very good band. When I first listened to one of their tracks I wasn’t really sure what to make of it; I didn’t really like the track but I was interested none the less after acquiring their music however I thoroughly enjoyed it. The really cool thing about the band is the vocals; the singer sounds quite similar to Scottish folk singing. For some reason I get a vague feeling of The Walkmen but otherwise they’re quite different to anything I’ve listened to. However, this band could be considered pretty out there so when trying out this band don’t just listen to the track once come back the next day and hopefully you may feel differently.

Evelyn Evelyn a collaboration from Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley

Finally! One of my most anticipated albums ever! After Palmer’s Who killed Amanda Palmer this is definitely a good follow up album. Evelyn Evelyn has the same feel and depressing humour you would expect in an album involving the punk cabaret artist (Amanda Palmer) but concerning Jason Webley I’m not too sure considering I’ve never heard his previous work. Before you run out and buy this good album there are a few things you should know. This has to be the most story driven albums I’ve ever listened to; there are 3 tracks that is only dialogue from the conjoined twins (played by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley) telling the depressing tale of their life. The rest of the tracks that are placed in between the 3 narrations are all songs to do with the situations or characters within the depressing tale so it vaguely feels like a musical. Because of this it’s the sort of album you feel like you have to concentrate on, like you can’t do anything else while you listen to it; really that’s my only beef with the album and it doesn’t bother me too much but I can imagine it annoying others. Once again though this is another great example why Amanda Palmer definitely doesn’t need Brian Viglione anymore.

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ahh "revenge of the nerds" how cliche you are

I know its been a long time (understatement) but I do intend to try and make this a continuous thing; the good thing is that now I’m in University i HAVE to draw everyday which is also sort of a pain in the arse considering i have to draw everyday for 3 electives in 3 different sketch books. Electives? yes in my university I get 3 electives; I actually do Psychological Science (didn’t get a high enough OP to do art) so on top of my drawing I have to study Psyche (which is really interesting). Despite all this though I really enjoy Uni it’s interesting its fun and I feel a little independent (even though I can’t drive (18 and still no license)

One of the coolest things I’ve done in Uni (besides drawing “long johns” in art class)  is join the nerdy clubs; I am now part of the anime club, the film club and the games club (from video games to dungeons and dragons) while most people grow out of there nerdy-ness when they’re in/leave high school I grew into it; I actually mainly joined the games club cause I thought their main focus was D&D and recently I bought a starter pack of Magic the Gathering!!.

Today though I had the Anime club’s first screening and it was great! We watched 3 different series and 4 episodes each and all of them had some pretty noticeable good and bad qualities

Yozakura Quartet – This series bored me. YQ had a typical formula that was very very obvious; the first episode was the perfectly structured intro ep The world was established, the narrator mentioned things that would obviously become a problem in the near future, all main characters were introduced along with their basic powers, the characters get into a situation that is ultimately connected to the main plot line, A mysterious evil character watching the characters and saying “interesting” or “so that’s the etc etc” and a little drama that carries into the next episode to keep the audience interested for next week (not to mention the fact that the evil guy is 2 of the main character’s friend whose possessed) But, yes it was boring and not as good as the other two, but it did keep me interested enough to watch instead of sleep. So I mean I liked it in a way that you might a stereotypical fantasy novel not too complicated seen it all before but it’s something that can sweep through your brain with ease.

Yozakura Quartet - Top of my list of Cliche Animes

Kimi Ni Todoke – I’m a fan of romance animes in fact one of my favourite animes of all time is Lovely * Complex so if you don’t like that sort of thing you obviously won’t like this. Slight similarities from “The Wallflower” but still very very different. At first the main character sort of annoyed me with her extremely insecure and passive personality but she grew on me after the first episode and I really enjoyed it. Sometimes certain situations seem slightly painful to watch but overall it’s an entertaining school life romance (though probably not as good as love com)

Kimi Ni Todoke - Another great school romance

The Wallflower

A Certain Scientific Railgun – This really made me think of a terrible, TERRIBLE anime called Zettai Karen Children they do have a lot of similarities, but fortunately it was more mature it didn’t feel like some anime for young kids with a bunch of perverted crap in it, sure ACSR did have some perverted stuff but it wasn’t too weird, i mean a few gay/bi characters beats a guy who shoots his psychic power out of his pelvis (there was literally a guy in Zettai Karen children who did that…) I mean some bits seemed rather ridiculous but it could of been worse and I enjoyed it.

A Certain Scientific Railgun - Entertaining in a both action and typical anime humour sort of way

Zettai Karen Children - Almost at Top list of my worse animes

By the way so sorry for this horrible post but i felt i needed to post something… even if its this crap

Here is a really quick and crappy drawing I did I drew it mainly because I had to pretend that I was dressing up as a character from some comic or TV show so I could be a player in Supanova’s (the convention) Cosplay chess his name is Mervin enjoy. (there’s also a bunch of new crap on deviant art CHECK IT OUT!) http://cursed-rider.deviantart.com/

Mervin Hobo!

Mervin Hobo!

Failed Formulas and Feminism

September 21, 2009

Instead of going into explanations about who I am, I’ve decided to just get into it.

A Quick Redesign of The Rotting Shark Prince

A Quick Redesign of The Rotting Shark Prince. The Shark Prince's Hat Inspired my logo

Not that long ago I started planing a really simple comic strip for the internet; it was going to be about my original character named ‘The Rotting Shark Prince’ . Though the character is normally a hero it was going to be about an alternate dimension where he was an “evil genius” committing “evil deeds”. His two minions were ‘James’ (an anthropomorphic bird) and Bean (a Canned Foods – Man). James was probably inspired from Nedroid comics (since i was reading it around that time) but I wanted to copy a creature from Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘Hell’. Bean’s only inspiration was “Hey I’ll draw a food can with limbs cause he’ll be easy to draw” and he sure was.

I worked out formulas to draw James and The Rotting Shark Prince but they just didn’t work out the second time I tried to draw them. I’m going to give up on them for now; i want to come back to them later but I’m too frustrated to keep going with it at this moment. I mainly wanted to make the comic so i could improve my drawing; but at the moment this blog is going to replace that idea. I’ve decided to draw and post at least one drawing a week, hopefully i won’t get lazy…..

James: "Is this a dagger I see before me?"

James: "Is this a dagger I see before me?"

Bean: Although happy in this picture he's a grumpy character

Bean: Although happy in this picture he's a grumpy character

A cropped image from Hieronymus Bosch's 'Hell' - The inspiration for James

A cropped image from Hieronymus Bosch's 'Hell' - The inspiration for James

On a Lighter note I’ve discovered the music genre Riot Grrl (yes I know how far behind i am) I started off with Sleater-Kinney (I’ve got their Discography now!) my favourite albums of theirs so far are “Call the Doctor”, “Dig Me Out” and “The Woods”.

Later on I tried going backwards to Bikini Kill, But i could only find their famous track “Rebel Girl”. So instead I had a search for Kathleen Hanna’s newer band Le Tigre (yes i know they aren’t Riot Grrl)I haven’t heard many of their songs but the ones i have are pretty good (by the way this may sound stupid but wth does TKO stand for?).

It was really interesting learning about the genre its a shame that i was too young to understand the music during its High point.