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Music Monday Review: Passover by the Black Angels

This week’s review is brought to you by The Black Angels debut album Passover; a  psychedelic rock group from Austin, TX who hit the scene in 2006. While not something I haven’t heard before (since I like to look for obscure bands), they still hold something original in this century for me. Not everyone into music goes back and listens to what came before. Like I’ve said, I’m here to show you bands you won’t find listening to that incessant box you have to listen to every day at work in your cube, also known as the radio.

I first heard The Black Angels when I was flipping through channels, and I came upon the Fable’s III game commercial (included below).

Instantly, I was like, “Who is this?”  The first track that I heard and the first track on the album,”Young Dead Men”,  is still the stand out one for me.  The build up is great, and had me right away. There are tons of tacks to like on this album though, “Manipulation”, “Better off Alone”, and “Blood Hounds on my Tail” are all great, and each have a totally different sound from the next. Upbeat or somber, these tracks are great, and you need both moods to create a well rounded album.

Even if I do like this album, there’s still a few tracks I’m not a fan of.  “The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven”  just doesn’t have it, and neither does “Empire”. To me they just didn’t fit with the rest of the tracks. While not bad songs they just didn’t have a spark, and felt more rushed, and out of place.

All in all a great band with a great album, and something that I like to listen to when relaxing. Now, I understand that psychedelic rock really isn’t for everyone, and you’ll probably have trouble getting into it.  If it isn’t your type of music, why not give something new a try?  Hey, I listen everything except country. Sorry, that’s just where I draw the line. So, take some sound advise from me and give it a listen.  Have I steered you wrong before? Thanks for reading this week’s review, and Ill see you next week.


 

Let me know what you think in the comments below, and if there’s anything you want me to review just shoot GeekGirl World a message.

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Passover
by Black Angels

Released: April 11, 2006
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Length: 50:37
Label: Light in the Attic Records
Producer: Derek E. Miller

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Music Monday Review: Compton A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre

Straight about a week ago, I got a notification that Dr. Dre had come out with a new album for the biopic Straight out of Compton.  My first thought was, “Oh yea, a remake of  N.W.A songs.”  Boy, I could not have been more wrong.

Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre is amazing, and I have been listening to it non-stop for the last week.  I would have to say the only down side is that every song is a collaboration with another well known rapper in the industry.  On the flip side that’s also one of my favorite parts; getting so much from one album is awesome.   Snoop, Eminem,  Xzibit, Ice Cube, and Kendrick Lamar are just a few of the artists you’ll find on this album.

hqdefaultThe album opens with one of the stand out tracks “Talk About It“,  and it just flows from there.  The beats are on point, proving once again that Dre’s got it. “Satisfiction” is great too, and Snoop Lion’s part is so on point with the current state of music.

“It’s All On Me” and “All In A Day’s Work” are two of the slower songs. You can feel the pain that Dre went through at that point in his life. Losing friends to death and greed is a tough thing. A great artist like Dre was able to pull through, and come back from it starting over with his own label Aftermath. Probably one of the best decisions of his life.

In my opinion, the only real down side is none of the tracks are actually in the movie. To be fair, though, they used original tracks from the time, so not using them made sense to me. Still a down side since the tracks on this album are nothing short of awesome!

This week’s review was a win in my book. Getting to listen to a great album for this week’s review is a nice change after last week.  So when you get a chance, definitely give it a listen.  You won’t be disappointed.   Oh, and go see the movie too.

Let me know what you think in the comments below, and if there’s anything you want me to review just shoot GeekGirl World a message.

 

 

 


Compton: A Soundtrack
by Dr. Dre

Released: August 7th 2015
Length: 61:40
Label: Aftermath and Interscope

Producer: Dr. Dre (also exec.) Best Kept Secret Bink Cardiak DJ Dahi Dem Jointz Focus… DJ Khalil

Mista Choc DJ Premier BMB Spacekid DJ Silk

 

 

 

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So… A Ned Flanders Metal Band Exists

…Or as they call it, a ‘Nedal’ band.

Okilly Dokilly is a Pheonix based band that is completely inspired by Ned Flanders, Homer’s super religious, nonsense sprouting neighbor on The Simpsons.

The band consists of five members: Head Ned, Bled Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, and Stead Ned. Each of them dresses exactly like Ned Flanders, donning green sweaters, pink collars, glasses, and some super dank mustachios.

Okilly Dokilly in all their diddly dang glory (Facebook)

And it’s not just their outfits that are Flanders themed, the band claims that their song lyrics are all based off of Flanders quotes.

So where the hell did this outlandish (but lets face it, pretty awesome) band theme come from?

“Myself and our drummer were in line at a grocery store, entertaining ourselves by coming up with really cutesy names for really hardcore, brutal bands,” lead singer Head Ned told Rip It Up.

“The name Okilly Dokilly came up and was very funny to us – we ran with it. I contacted a few friends, and here we are.”

They consider their sound “Not as fast as Bartcore, and a little cleaner than Krusty Punk.”

You can hear Okilly Dokilly rock their finely pressed socks in Pheonix, Arizona on September 5. Or, you know, just listen to them online like normal people.

Let’s see the band try to pull off this outfit during their show, though:

Ugh. Stupid sexy Flanders.

Do you love it, hate it, or are you just downright confused? Let us know in the comments below!

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Music Review: American Beauty / American Psycho By Fall Out Boy

1b118fc8b320107aec550c19b1721dd1_960x960x1Let me just start this article by saying Fall out Boy was one of my favorite bands in 2006. Under the Cork Tree is awesome.  I’ll still rock out to it from time to time (I’m actually listening to it now as I write this review.)  Hello, did you not see Pete Wentz on “One Tree Hill?”  If not, I’m sorry, but you totally missed out.

With that being said, I can’t believe how I made it through their newest offering American Beauty / American Psycho, without literally ripping my ears off. Thank goodness I didn’t, as you would be missing out on an eternity of my amazing reviews. So let’s get into all the awfulness that is American Beauty / American Psycho.

Now usually when an album comes out, the better tracks are released for radio play. Not true in this case at all.  “Uma Thurman” and “Centuries” are undoubtedly the worst tracks on the album, so much over production and track overlays it’s just crazy. The first time I listened to “Uma Thurman”  I was like, WTF? Why are they using the tune from The Munster’s TV show,  and if that’s not the tune it sounds just like it. Unfortunately it doesn’t get any better, with tracks like “Novocaine” “Fourth of July” and “Favorite Record.” I have no idea how this album was even made. Every track goes from bad to worse and back to bad again.

However, there was one track that had a tiny flicker of light to it, and that was “Jet Pack Blues”.  It was a little more simple; not so much over production and the lyrics were a little more Fall Out Boy and a lot less “who-knows-what-they’ve-turned-into.” That made me a little happy, and able to give them the benefit of the doubt that they will come back to their former glory.

All in all this album was just plain bad.  I will hold out hope that the next one will be better and maybe they’ll go back to being…well…Fall Out Boy.  Until that happens I suggest you save the memory space on your computer, and keep the bucks in our wallet.  This album gets no stars from me.

Let me know what you think in the comments below, and if there’s anything you want me to review shoot Geek Girl World a message.  Have a good one, and Ill see you next Monday.


American Beauty / American Psycho
by Fall Out Boy

Released: January 16, 2015
Recorded: 2014
Genre: Pop Punk,  Pop Rock, Pop
Length: 39:01
Label: Island & DCD2

Producer: Jake Sinclair, Fall Out Boy, Butch Walker, J.R. Rotem, Omega, SebastiAn, Young Wolf Hatchlings

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music Monday Review: ‘Reign of Terror’ by Sleigh Bells

Sleigh Bells is one gritty band with a completely unique sound that I personally have never heard duplicated by any other band out there. So sit back, relax, and let this self-proclaimed music guru enlighten you on the amazingness that is Sleigh Bells.

This group’s lack of recognition prompted me to write about them, and fueled my need to educate people on the fact that 90% of the good music out there will not be played on the radio. Even my boyfriend had no clue who they were and he’s also an avid music listener as well as a musician. So this week I have decided to review Sleigh Bells album Reign of Terror.

Sleigh_Bells_-_Reign_of_Terror_coverThe album opens with “True Shred Guitar” with the lead singer, Alexis Krauss,  screaming at what sounds like an audience, followed by a rough sounding guitar rift. After that I was wondering what I was listening to, and the album just builds from there. Some of the songs on the album are making me get up and dance even as I write this (well more chair dance, but you know what I mean). “Crush”, “Demons”, and “Never Say Die” are definitely on my work out play list, and I don’t see how they couldn’t get anyone pumped.  These songs definitely are the rock out songs on this album, as well as the one song “Come Back Kid”, which got some radio love when the album first dropped in 2012.

Now in my opinion, any real album has a heart.  The life line of the album (to be more clear), the song that really reaches out and grabs you, the song where you can actually feel what the artist is saying is definitely “Road to Hell”.  I mean, hello! It opens with the sound of a machine gun!  The vocalist’s voice is just so hypnotic, and it carried me through till the end of the track, making that the best song on the album in my opinion.

Then you have “Lost Me” and “D.O.A.”…oh blast… I don’t have a favorite track.  This is essentially a great album with a balanced track list.

So I hope I have let you and my boyfriend know about an amazing band.  They have other great albums too,  this one just happens to be my favorite by them.  So go check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below.


Reign of Terror
by Sleigh Bells
Released: February 21, 2012
Recorded: June 25 – October 31, 2011
Genre: Noise pop, Indie rock
Length: 36:24
Label: Mom + Pop Music
Producer: Derek E. Miller

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Music Monday Review: ‘Roll the Bones’ by Rush

With the way music is today,  most groups aren’t able to pump out music for 40 plus years, but not these guys, no way, not Rush.  Growing up I’ve literally heard every album at a minimum of 10 times, since my mom has to be their biggest fan. No! I’m serious, when I asked her before writing this, “How many times have you seen them?” She couldn’t even give me a real answer, and I quote, “I have no clue somewhere between 15 and 20.” That’s crazy that a band is able to still be on their “A” game and making music for over 40 years. I give them all the props, and will be reviewing their album Roll the Bones this week.

Rush-620Rush as a group doesn’t just write and perform songs, they write and perform ballads. Take “Bravado” for instance. In the song they say, “We will pay the price, but we never count the cost.” This statement is true in almost any aspect of life and that is what Rush as a band  does. Any song I’ve heard from them is like that; turning your thoughts on end, and making you reevaluate things. “Face Up” and “Roll the Bones” are my go to songs on this album, but honestly there’s not a single bad song is on this album, and that’s hard to do these days; to have an entire album that you can make you feel at peace.

If I had to pick a band that knows what they’re doing as a rock band, it is Rush. No other group that I know of has ever been able to do it. Not even the The Rolling Stones, who haven’t had an original album in a minimum of 10 years. As a whole this group has it all, and the only reason they’re turning off their amps is not because of ability, but physical limitations (Damn you, Age!) Unfortunately, age is  what will stop this band, and this is a musical sadness.

So Rush, I personally salute you for becoming a band, and my mom for forcing me to listen to such awesomeness.

 

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Surviving the Summer Break for ‘Once Upon a Time’ Fans –7 Songs for 7 Ships

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I really can’t explain my psychosis using only human words. My level of obsession and emotional dependency on my fandoms is off the charts most days, and it works its way into every little corner of my life. I make fandom-themed meals. I casual cosplay daily. I’ve made major life decisions because I’m confident that so-and-so fictional-character-I-admire would approve. And for as long as I can remember I’ve been able to compile a soundtrack in my head to accompany whatever fictional ship, or relationship, I’m currently jonesing on.

It has become a kind of therapy during this long summer as we await the September 27 return of Once Upon a Time for me to find meaning in everything. So as I drive my tiny tornado of a toddler back and forth to play group and the grocery store, my mind is blissfully allowed to wander along with the DJ’s playlist. What I’ve set before you today is but a tiny taste, an amusebouche if you will, of the audio buffet I’ve laid out in my brain. I pick at it every few minutes, and thus my fandom belly grows ever fat-full. But #YOLO, amirite? Besides, imaginary bikini season isn’t for another year.

I hope this small repast leaves you sated until next week and tides you over as we get closer to the fall premiere.  Make sure you let us know in the comments what songs make you think of your favorite characters and ships!

Song: Cheerleader – OMI
Ship: Outlaw Queen – Robin Hood/Regina
Lyrics that make it perfect:

When I need motivation
My one solution is my queen
‘Cause she stays strong

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Right out of the gate we get a reference to a strong queen. Yeah, it seems pretty obvious, but I’m more interested in the “motivation” and “solution” part. To me that implies Robin gets lots of support from Regina, and together they’ll find an answer to their problems. We saw evidence of their united front against Zelena at the end of Season 4, and previously we saw that Regina encouraged Robin to do the right thing and stick with Marian before all the cray cray started. And Regina’s not just strong: she STAYS strong.

This is also a great, positive song that makes me less stressed out about all the soap opera drama they’ve had to endure lately. And while it’s a given that Robin is part of Regina’s happy ending….

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Regina is also part of Robin’s. And him recognizing that is key to their success.

Treat yo’ self with the original, unremixed version here.

 

Song: What Kind of Man – Florence + the Machine
Ship: Rumbelle – Rumple and Belle
Lyrics that make it perfect: *pfft* How about literally every word in this song? Like, literally every single word. I haven’t explicated a poem since I was in high school, but I’d be very happy to do so for this song right now. Ok, fine, I’ll narrow it down to three parts.

You were on the other side
Like always, you could never make your mind

Rumple has always set himself apart by virtue of being the Dark One. He tries to play house with Belle, tries to have this human life, but he ALWAYS chooses the darkness.

And with one kiss
You inspired a fire of devotion
That lasted for twenty years


Okay, so maybe it was 28 years, but whatever, you get the point. You have to admit, “devotion” is definitely a word that one could use to describe Belle’s love for Rumple.

What kind of man loves like this?
What kind of man?

What is Rumple? Is he a man? Is he the Dark One? What kind of man beats someone with their cane in a dark alley for the amusement of his hope-to-be girlfriend?

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What kind of man flays a robber alive in his dungeon? What kind of man lies and controls the woman he says he loves and makes her an accomplice to his schemes? Maybe he isn’t really a man anymore after all.

Listen to the Saturday Night Live version here!

 

Song: The Perfect Storm – Brad Paisley
Ship: Captain Swan – Hook/Emma
Lyrics that make it perfect:

She’s so complicated that’s the way God made her
Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane

In my opinion this is another song where every line is simply dead on for this pairing. But I think these two lines sum it up nicely. Killian recognizes that Emma is not the definition of “perfect.” But she is the definition of “perfect for him.” He accepts what a whirlwind she is, and he sees the very best in her.

I never meant to fall like this
But she don’t just rain, she pours
That girl right there’s the perfect storm

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Killian was taken with Emma from the day he met her. He’s wrapped up in her and all that she is. He loves her passion, her courage, her toughness. But he loves her kindness, her gentleness, and her weaknesses just as much. This is going to be especially important in season 5 when Emma’s dark side comes out to play!

Check out this fan video that CaptainSwanHook made just for me!

 

Song: Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammar
Pairing: Every guy who’s with someone, with a little bit of Ruby thrown in
Lyrics that make it perfect:

It’s been a long night here, and a long night there
And these long long legs are damn near everywhere

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After a long day of fighting Wraiths and Flying Monkeys, the gents settle down at the diner bar for some shots and beers, served up by Ruby. Ok, this one is more of a somewhat non-canon gigglefest. It’s no secret that Ruby, whether intentional or not, catches the eye of many a man in Storybrooke. I feel that every man in town who is true to his woman has probably looked at Ruby at least once, sighed heavily, and squared his jaw in courageous determination and said to himself “nah.”

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I have a running fanvid in my head of David, Killian, Robin, and even Grumpy (yeah, yeah, I know) having tempting interactions with Ruby and firmly resolving to return to their true loves. Hey, no Ruby shaming there. In the immortal words of Little Richard, the girl can’t help it.

Here’s the original video. Every time I watch it, someone starts cutting onions around me.

 

Song: Someone Like You – Adele (with a few pronoun changes)
Pairing: WarriorPrincess SleepingWarrior – Mulan/Aurora (C’mon, wouldn’t have Warrior Princess been WAY better? Why am I not in charge of naming ships? *hits Colin O’Donoghue over the head with champagne* MINE!!)
Lyrics that make it perfect:

I hate to turn up out of the blue uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it.
I had hoped you’d see my face and that you’d be reminded
That for me it isn’t over.

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Nope. Nope. Nope. Goodnight, party’s over. *clutches heart*

Also this part:

You know how the time flies
Only yesterday was the time of our lives
We were born and raised
In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise of our glory days

Mulan’s love for Aurora was forged in the fires of battle. You don’t melt a love like that down easily. Here. I dare you to listen to this song and look at this picture and not cry.

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Song: Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Pairing: AuthElla – Cruella/Isaac
Lyrics that make it perfect:

Nice to meet you, where you been?
I could show you incredible things
Magic, madness, heaven, sin

But also:

Got a long list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane

But mostly:

Cause, darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream

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This song is all about writing a story to fit ones wants and desires, and Isaac the Author was famous for that! Couple that with a genuinely psychotic, sadistic Cruella, and you’ve got yourself the kind of doomed-to-fail romance that is a Taylor Swift break up song.

The similarities between Tay Tay and Cru Cru in this music video are actually a little creepy, to be honest.

 

Song: Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
Pairing: Grumpy and Nova
Lyrics that make it perfect:

Am I wrong for thinking out the box from where I stay?
Am I wrong for saying that I choose another way?

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And very much this:

Walk to walk and don’t look back, always do what you decide
Don’t let them control your life, that’s just how I feel

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This song is all about saying “I don’t have to be what you tell me to be.” For better or worse, that’s a sentiment most of us can relate to, and one that Grumpy made his anthem for a while until the Blue Fairy pretty much hit his nose with a rolled up newspaper.

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Does anyone have a fly swatter?

Check out the video in all it’s awesomeness here.

What songs make you think of your favorite OUaT characters or ships? Do you think you can do better than the songs I picked this week? Let us know in the comments!

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Music Monday Review: ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ by Florence + the Machine

I’ve been having a real life internal debate with myself about writing this review.  I probably started it at least a hundred times, listened to the album again, and then wrote again.  I literally felt like a hamster in a wheel writing this piece.  I wanted to make sure I let fans know that Im not bias to bands I like, and I finally just wrote it even though I’m a huge fan of hers, and have been for years.

Florence_and_the_Machine_-_How_Big_How_Blue_How_Beautiful_(Official_Album_Cover)Florence Welch’s voice does it again, but that’s about all this album had for me.  Each song melded into the next, and sounded almost exactly the same as the previous track.  I kept thinking the next song is going to kick this album into high gear…okay maybe the next one.  We had no “Kiss with a Fist” from Lungs, no “Shake it Out”  from Ceremonials; the whole thing sounded like one continuous song to me.  If I had to try and pick a stand out track, it would easily be “What Kind of Man.” It was the only song that I felt even a little fire like I’m used to hearing from this group.  I thought the second album was the struggle,  you know the sophomore slump, but not with Florence + the Machine,  it was her junior album that struck her down.

Maybe I was just overhyped because I’m a fan, but even with that I can’t in good conscience tell people it was worth it.  Unless you’re like me, and you have the other two albums.  I can’t not have the third one, because its like seeing R2D2 without C3Po,  even though honestly who likes 3Po?

So I’m sorry Florence + the Machine fans, but this album fell way short for me.  Hopefully next week I’ll be sending you a happier note.  So ’til then keep listening, and if anyone has anything they want my crazy opinion on, let me know.

 

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