rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Because I’m in a list-making mood and why not?

For a number of reasons, it occurred to me I’ve never done a comprehensive list of all my bandoms. I post music-related stuff fairly often, especially when I’m in SHINY NEW BAND, BUY ALL THE THINGS mode, as I am now. Still, it is very difficult to narrow my faves down to 10. I have my All-Time Favorites, which don’t change, and I’m pretty sure everyone knows what they are. (If you don’t, you’re about to.) There are four of them, so my Top 5 are those plus the New Shiny.

But what about the rest of them? My “favorites” on a lower tier than my All-Time Faves, music I really love but not on obsession-level anymore? I’m talking about bands I’ve probably seen live once or twice, that I have all or most of their albums, former BUY ALL THE THINGS artists that have since been shuffled down to my regular rotation. For now, I’m not including solo artists or bands I just *kinda* like but haven’t formed a strong emotional attachment to, or bands that I’ve shelved for later because I know I’d be totally obsessed if I looked them up properly. (This shelf is necessary. You guys know how I get when I have a new obsession. That's a year-long commitment or longer, depending on how many albums they have out by the time I find them.)

This is going to be a three-parter. “5 favorite songs” are the first ones that occur to me, because it is never just five songs. I’m not listing concert DVDs or documentaries unless they come with an accompanying audio disc.

Right--let’s do this!

ALL-TIME FAVORITES )
rhoda_rants: (rey)
I did NOT successfully talk myself out of buying that new TBM CD, in case you were wondering. It came in the mail last week and I have now listened to it five times in a row. Cannot pick a favorite song. Here is one of many:



So yep, I'm still in this hole, and not at all interesting in coming back out. I may or may not be knitting a black-and-purple wristband since I can't find any merch elsewhere. (Related: I have acquired yarn for most of your projects! I'll check back in a few weeks if I need more information. If you didn't raise your hand last time and still want a scarft/wristband/whatever, let me know!)
rhoda_rants: (leia)
We were not in the path of Totality, but it was still pretty cool. It did a little ritual thing on the rooftop and read Mom's Tarot. That was my first time doing it for someone else. I'm getting more confident with this stuff, which was one of my New Year's resolutions which I almost never stick to, so that's good.

Anyway, it just kinda looked like someone dimmed the lights for supper for an hour or two, then it was back to normal. Glad I was here though! Incidentally, "THE TOTALITY" still sounds like some kind of a outer space movie monster to me.

In other news: I am officially on the payroll for Belladonna Magazine! The August issue is up here. I wrote an article about Gothic Cinema featuring Crimson Peak and Get Out. Also, there's a writeup about Mother Panic by someone else, if you're following the Young Animal comics! Always good to see some love for Young Animal.

More! )
rhoda_rants: (rey)


If Disney doesn't cool it with these amazing trailers this month, I don't even know what. KEEP 'EM COMING! (My birthday month so far has been kind of ick and weird, so this is keeping me level. I'll blog about it later.)

For now---SQUEEEEE!
rhoda_rants: (loki)


IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE!!!!!

*runs in flaily circles around the room*

YOU GUYS. I AM SO EXCITED I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT.

LOOK AT HELA. LOOK AT LOKI. OMG I WANT IT I WANT IT NOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!
rhoda_rants: (Default)
OKAY ENOUGH. This is a wall-to-wall squee post. Because I want one. Apologies to anyone who follows me on Twitter and has heard/seen some of this stuff before. Not going terribly in-depth here. But yeah--squee post. I need it.

Let's Talk Season 7!


Exploding black goo. They had WAY too much fun with this one.


This is where the show became slightly less awesome. Meaning, the Big Bad is interesting in several ways, but just not terribly compelling? There’s some acidic social commentary that I really appreciate--like warning against the dangers of complacency, how letting one dude control all the things is a terrible idea, the risk involved in doing the right thing when the odds are stacked against you, how impossible it is to take care of yourself mentally and physically without a support system--all good stuff. Just got real tired of the Leviathans real quick. Look, I’m all for monsters that are organized, intelligent, and damn near impossible to kill. It’s just an entire season of said monster and I’m relating to the Winchesters’ exhaustion in dealing with this crap a little too well.

That said! There was some pure, undiluted fabulousness happening in Season 7, and I’m gonna squee about it.

I'm walkin on sunshiiiiine, whoooaaaa-ooohhh! )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
Yeah, I need a moment. The marathon will continue after I gather the pieces of my heart up off the floor. This is going to be somewhat more disorganized than usual. Bear with me.


Current mood: Overwhelmed by Feels.


Here’s something I just realized: somewhere between deciding to actually watch this properly, then getting hooked to the point of wanting to continue watching more episodes because it’s a lot smarter and more self-aware than I expected, and getting gut-punched by Season 2 in general, and by Episode 17, “Heart,” in particular (it’s about werewolves)--I have become a FAN of Supernatural. Because you know, I was kind of holding it at arm’s length before, mostly because of all the Problematic Issues people have warned me about. However, I was intrigued because so many of my favorite people seem to love it despite its issues, so I wanted to know what was so goddamn special about it.

BRACE FOR SPOILERS AND SO MUCH ANGST )
rhoda_rants: (hanson)
So, every couple years or so I check in with Hanson. If you've been around any length of time on this blog, you've probably noticed. I've been a fan for nineteen years and six albums now--not counting the demo recordings, live albums, the Christmas album, songs written for movie soundtracks, and rare exclusives they throw in as a bonus disc if you buy the live DVDs or behind-the-scenes stuff. According to iTunes, I actually have fifteen albums. And I don't even have access to the fanclub EPs. (Yet.) The reason I check in with them every couple of years or so is that they are always working on something new. Also, since Taylor is my age, and I kind of grew up with this music as they were growing up themselves and growing as artists, I see particular albums as signposts for my life. Each release connects to a different memory. I imagine I'm not the only Fanson who feels that way. (Yes, that's what we call ourselves.)

You know what's weird about Hanson though? With the nostalgia for all things 90s wafting through the stratosphere these days, I feel like that first album--particularly the song "MMMBop"--has become retroactively cool in a way it just wasn't in 1997. I've talked before about the dismissive fuckery I have put up with my entire adult life for being a fan, and it was no easier in the early days. People lump them in with TRL regulars like *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys in terms of both fanbase and the surrounding culture, but that's not really accurate. When "MMMBop" first came out, young teenagers weren't listening to pop music. We were listening to Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, REM, Alice In Chains, Live, Garbage--it was a VERY different scene. So if you were the one 14-year-old in the mall covertly trying to buy a copy of Middle of Nowhere while your friends were in the back of the music store, you had no one to geek out with. And I mean no one.

Meanwhile, we Millennials have grown up into twenty-and-thirty-something bloggers, content creators, and artists, and we've started looking at the culture of our childhood with fresh eyes. There's a whole fleet of vloggers devoted to critiquing and analyzing our favorite things from the 90s. One such vlogger is Todd In the Shadows, Channel Awesome's resident pop music expert. Last year he did a One Hit Wonderland episode on Hanson, and "MMMBop," which is a pretty good refresher course on their career up till now.

Well, sort of:


ONE HIT WONDERLAND: "MMMBop" by Hanson from Todd in the Shadows on Vimeo.



Read more. . . )
rhoda_rants: (heather mason)
Because whenever I get me a new frontpage banner, you can bet I'm working on graphix. Huzzah!

(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] xerinmichellex for letting me rant about Photobucket, even though I haven't yet found a better option.)

Mostly Brandon Lee / The Crow and Guardians of the Galaxy, plus a few other things since I'm feeling nostalgic.

Preview:



More Here! )
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(This is partly for [livejournal.com profile] gothrockrulz's benefit, because she says I need to talk about HIM more and she's absolutely right.)

HIMfriendmeme
(Original post @ [livejournal.com profile] valo_daily.)

So obviously this is based on that other music meme I did awhile ago, only instead of doing it a day at a time, I'm going for the whole thing at once.

What I find most fascinating about HIM as a band is that every song is a variation on the same theme: that love is good and evil, heaven and hell, torment and rapture all mixed up into one complicated emotion. I highly, highly recommend seeing them live, and I'm anxious for the website to go back up so I can find out when they're coming here next. (They seem to like the NorVa from what I remember; fingers crossed.)

Meme Questions Under the Cut )

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