Small Snippet of August

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mashofthetitanscoverMash of the Titans Volume 7

I’ve previously talked about how much I love mashup music (see my Robin Skouteris post) and Mash of the Titans #7 does not disappoint. I feel that every track on this compilation is on point and amazing.

I cannot stop listening to, My My My! (I’m Curious), Havana Lovers, Love is Cure, and I Want You To Sing Me A Lullaby.

If you’re not too sure what is/or if you’ll like mashup music, I really encourage you to click some links, watch some videos, and download the album. Not only is it good music, but it’s damned catchy!

final spaceFinal Space

I devoured Final Space in two days. The ten episode series is a funny, but brutal, sci-fi animation from the mind of Olan Rogers.

The show has only just recently become available through Netflix Australia and I cannot stress how much you need to watch this show!

The main character, Gary, is just so hard to describe. At first he can come off as annoying, too big a character, but keep going. Get the feel of the show. Then love him!

The voice acting talents of the whole cast are amazing. Tom Kenny is the hilarious backbone of the show, with Rogers, Tika Sumpter, David Tennant, Steven Yeun and Coty Galloway shining through. 

The humour of the show is just so on point. It was like the show was designed to make me laugh. One of my favourite moments is when HUE the space ship’s AI just casually refers to the bad guys as dickheads. Made me explode with laughter. So if that sounds like something you would enjoy, give it a go! Right now!!

Final Space needs a second season and you need to watch the first!

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I’ve gone ahead and created another feature post for the blog. Next month will see the first post of my new ‘Long Lost Reviews’ feature. The general idea around these posts is to get people looking back at books or things that they’re always been meaning to review but for one reason or another haven’t gotten around to writing.

A lot of the times I’ll see book reviews on Goodreads that are made up of the one sentence, ‘review to come.’ When I have a quick look at the date, often it’s been two years and no review has been added 😛 Long Lost Reviews is a chance to go back to those books and actually write something. Whether or not it is an in depth discussion or simply a paragraph of all that you can remember, it doesn’t matter as long as your getting something out about the item 🙂

My first selection for the very first post is a book that had a big affect on me, however I cannot remember any of the plot. All I remember is how it affected me and how I feel when I think of the book. If you’re interested in jumping on the Long Lost Review train, leave a comment and let me know 🙂


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My Favourite Queer Musicians

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It seems trite to say that I’m a big fan of music, but I’m going to go ahead and say that I am a big fan of music 😛 I’m well versed in music theory, music making, I can play over five instruments, and I have music-listening-to down to a science!

It wasn’t until I was going through my most played playlists that I realised just how much I actively listen to queer music. I’m incredibly happy at the fact that I give almost as much time to my queer singers as my favourite hetero ones.

The below are just some of my favourite queer singers who are out there representing. I hope you enjoy the list and give some of these musicians a listen 🙂 Continue reading “My Favourite Queer Musicians”

Anticipated Arrival: Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer

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Janelle Monáe has released two new songs from her upcoming third album, Dirty Computer. The songs are Make Me Feel and Django Jane and they are amazing!

Make Me Feel is so poppy and rhythmic and I cannot stop listening to it. The film clip that accompanies the song is beautiful. The song features Monáe flirting with a woman, with a man, and then with herself ❤

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Small Snippet of April

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Once again we find ourselves with a large gap in between posts, and once again I offer the same excuse. I’m just so tired. Due to this posts often get put so way behind on my priorities, but fret not you’ll get random posts.

Last month was a bit of a blur for me but there were some stand outs amongst the noise.

Sia – This is Actingsia

I have always been aware of Sia, especially her early work within Australia, however her last album and this new one have grabbed my attention. Where 1,000 Forms of Fear was a evolution of her personal style, This is Acting is Sia hitting her mark. The album is solid from start to end, I can say that I am a fan of every song on the album and often find myself sneaking a headphone in and listening to it at work.

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Robin Skouteris

robin-skouterisRobin Skouteris is a music & video producer, DJ and mash-up artist who creates music by ‘mashing’ up a number of songs. Skouteris whose work is featured on his YouTube channel as well as his own website creates songs by joining pre-existing music together to create a new and different song. A number of Skouteris’ music has been compiled into seven albums, with his eighth being promised soon.

A range of music has been released by Skouteris from classical remixes (Moonlight Hotel (which mixes Beethoven, The Eagles, and Maria Callas together)) to simple two song mashups (King Of ArtPop album which features songs by Michael Jackson Vs Lady Gaga) to complex multi-song and concept songs (his annual Pop Love songs). I am not the hugest fan of techno/dance songs however I find that I am always in the mood for Skouteris’ complex and always melodious music.

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Janelle Monáe’s The Electric Lady

JANELLE-MONAE-ELECTRIC-LADY-e1376434058729The Electric Lady is the second studio album of singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe. The hip-hop stylings of Monáe’s music is one that pushes the very boundaries of the genre. Each album of Monáe’s features a wide array of styles from straight up hip-hop, to fast paced dance tracks, soft moving ballads to classical overtures.

The album is split up into two suites, Suite IV and Suite V which make up part of a larger and continuing story of Monáe’s alter ego, Cindi Mayweather. The character Cindi Mayweather and her tale of love in an dystopic, android filled, world have spanned across all three of Monáe’s albums (two of which are studio, the other is an EP).

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Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories

ramI have never been the one who was able to listen to Daft Punk albums over and over. I could give Discovery the odd play through and if I needed some unobtrusive background noise while studying, the Tron soundtrack got a listen or two. However, for some reason entire albums of Daft Punk have never been high on my regular playlist. Despite all this though, I still consider myself a fan of the band, although I would by no means consider myself a die-hard one.

With this in mind, I went into the first listen of the new album Random Access Memories optimistic. This optimism was soon rewarded as the album flowed smoothly from song to song and proved to be an absolute pleasure. The feel of Random Access Memories is one that definitely harks back to the 1980s, with the beats and almost funk rhythms blending with the synthesized vocals to create a superb experience. The first single from the album, ‘Get Lucky’ which features Pharrell Williams, offers just a taste of the funky beats that are available on the album.

A friend of mine likened the album to that of a man going back in time to the 80s to fight robots and for some reason this description is one that has stuck. The soft synthesized almost robotic vocals of ”The Game of Love’ and ‘Give Life Back to Music’ coupled with the more human songs (usually the ones with featuring artists) really flesh out and make the album an almost 80s film experience. Whether you can visualise such an endeavour during the album or if you experience the music in a completely different, non-storyline way, Random Access Memories is an album that  keeps listeners hooked and engaged.

The album as a whole feels very connected with the initially off-putting spoken word songs such as ‘Giogrio by Moroder’ and ‘Touch,’ soon becoming markers for the album, fitting in almost seamlessly after the first encounter. Where previously I was never able to listen to a Daft Punk album numerous times, the funky beats and engaging vocals of this album have changed this with Random Access Memories becoming a staple in my playlist.

David Bowie’s The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

Saskia De Brauw, Tilda Swinton, David Bowie, Andrej PejicThe second single from David Bowie’s upcoming album, ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)‘ is once again an audio and visual delight. The accompanying film clip is one that features Tilda Swinton and models Saskia De Brauw and Andrej Pejic. The androgynous nature of all three, indeed four actors, is played upon and is deeply reminiscent of Bowie’s earlier work.

A comment on the media obsession with ‘celebrity,’ the clip is one that sees the reversal of roles between ‘normal’ couple Bowie and Swinton and newly arrived celebrity couple De Brauw and Pejic. Roles begin to be flipped as the celebrities start to intrude upon the couple, interrupting and disturbing their privacy. This obvious take on the intrusive nature of the paparazzi and often times ridiculous attention given to the private lives of celebrities is at the heart of this clip and song.

Away from the visual and gender-bending brilliance of the clip, the song is one that only heightens my excitement for the album. ‘The Stars’ is more reminiscent of previous album Reality but also hints at Bowie’s rocking back catalogue. Where, ‘Where are We Now,’ was a tender and heartfelt song, ‘The Stars’ is faster, upbeat and a magnificent return to form. The catchy hook of the chorus draws you in while the excellent guitar work is woven beautifully throughout the song.

While previously moved to a release date of the 15th of March for Australian audiences, The Next Day, has once again returned to an 8th of March release. With an online pre-order the 8th could not come quickly enough!

William Shatner’s Has Been

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In light over my guest blogger Amy, the mood has called for a comedy album review. William Shatner’s 2004 release Has Been is one that while not strictly a humour album is difficult to listen to without a smile. While certainly not featuring any stand up comedy, the music that fills this album is full of superbly crafted wit and irony.

With the help of producer and co-writer Ben Folds, Has Been is an album of almost undefinable proportion. The eleven songs that feature in this album cross multiple genres, from country to rock, to pop to poetry. The use of Shatner’s iconic singing/acting style bring home the meaning behind the lyrics, with moments and core lyrical elements of the song often being brought to attention.

Has Been however is not without its serious side. Fiction, nonfiction and deeply personal songs feature heavily on the album. ‘What Have You Done,’ a 1.46 minute song that details Shatner’s experience at finding his third wife’s body is a particularly haunting one. The softly spoken soliloquy captures the pain and anguish ever so beautifully.

Tracks such as ‘It Hasn’t Happened Yet’ and ‘That’s Me Trying’ explore aging, perceived happiness and regrettable family relationships. Themes such as these flesh out the album and make it feel almost like a poetry reading. A number of songs, such as the romantic ‘Familiar Love’ and funny ‘Ideal Woman’ coupled with Shatner’s iconic style are what really make the album difficult to define. The emotion and wide-ranging topics behind the lyrics provide this album with a refreshing depth. At first glance this album may seem like an indulgence by Shatner, especially with his talk singing style, but once the album has finished so much has been laid bare that it’s hard not to respect the man.

Despite all the sadness and pain, for me, Has Been is still a humourous album. One that manages to draw in and include the listener. This involvement and happiness that can be taken from listening, is one that has seen me return many a time. Has Been elicits the feeling of a shared joke, a shared pain, and a shared existence. This offbeat album is one that is not only a pleasure to experience, but one that should open your eyes to the versatility and sheer awesomeness that is William Shatner.