rhoda_rants: (gerard)
This one knocked the wind out of me. I tried to write something eloquent and insightful and came up empty. I never saw Linkin Park live. Despite going to Projekt Revolution in 2007. (We left before their set. Not getting into why because it's not the time, and yes, I'm kicking myself.) Which means although I wouldn't call myself a "fan" on the same level as their actual fanbase, they did give me the best damn summer of my life and I cannot thank them enough.

That said, this is my favorite song:



Please, please, take care of yourselves. All of you.
rhoda_rants: (stoker)
Logged back in long enough to delete my old accounts, because fuck this "agree to this weird Russian shit" nonsense. Goodbye, LJ. Thanks for introducing me to some awesome people, and letting us relocate here. Seriously, fuck LJ right now.

ETA: Cleo is top of things, and here's a long-ass, detailed, and horrifying breakdown of what's going on with the new User Agreement: https://cleolinda.tumblr.com/post/159203569084/confusedkayt-minimoonstar-handful-ofdust

In other news, I've been listening to Silverchair's Neon Ballroom album a lot the past couple weeks. It's kind of awesome and slightly terrifying in retrospect now.



That song came out in 1999. I was sixteen and only just starting to wake up politically enough to pay attention to the clusterfuck that was the Bush vs Gore election of 2000, although I wasn't old enough to vote yet. Within the year, we lost the Twin Towers in New York.

Now, almost twenty years later, it feels weirdly prescient even though there's no way Daniel Johns could've had any idea about exactly the kind of political climate we'd be entering after the aforementioned clusterfuck. (I was a huge fan, I read ALL the interviews, and while he is still very politically active esp. in terms of feminism and animal rights, this song was written mostly for the gang vocals.)

And can we just agree that Silverchair is one of the most severely underrated bands of the 90s, if not all time? I keep forgetting how many great songs are on this one album, and how good they sound live, and how tough it is for me to pick a favorite. Although the videos are laughably easy to search nowadays. I first saw ^that^ video on a VHS tape that I borrowed from a friend in high school. The only alternative was waiting for your parents to get off the phone so you could use the internet, waiting for the dial-up to actually connect you (three tries usually at my house), and then finding a streaming website that would actually load a music video for you. It took fucking HOURS. Finding that clip up there took seconds.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this. I've been going through some of my 90s fandoms just to see how many of them have actually stuck with me twenty years on. When I got to this one, it knocked the wind out of me a little.

In conclusion: Get off LJ, listen to Silverchair, appreciate your wicked-fast Internet while it lasts.
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: (eleven)
ETA: This entry is now public, temporarily, because something's gone wrong with my layout and I need the tech folks to look at it and help it work out what the crap happened.

Yep, my internet's still a touch wonky. Restarting helps, but I don't want to do that every day if I can avoid it. Hm. Maybe the universe is telling me to get offline a bit more? I dunno.

Also, my iPod is throwing one of its semi-monthly hissy fits by not playing when I hit "play." It's a Shuffle, and not that fancy, so I don't know if it's just old or what, but I really don't want to buy a new one. I need my running mix, man!

sorcery

Stupid machines. . .

SO! If you haven't heard about this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge business, my library has done it--not comfortable posting videos of Real Life people who aren't me, but trust me, it was hilarious. Here's the deal: in order to raise awareness, you A) make a donation and tell people about it, 2) dump a bucket of ice water on yourself WHILE FILMING, and "nominate" three others to take the challenge, 3) both. Some celebrities have gotten in on it too, including Matt Damon, George Takei, and Matt Smith. The thing is going viral on a Real Life and Fandom level for me, which is all kinds of awesome.

Speaking of awesome: At the library yesterday, this poor girl was trying oh-so-discreetly to ask me if we had any albums for One Direction and another boy band I've already forgotten the name of. (5 Something? I dunno--we didn't have it, still waiting on an order I think.) But she was all shy and worried about her "reputation" going down because of listening to this music instead of . . . whatever the kids think is ~Cool these days, I don't know. And I had the pleasure of saying, "Listen: I have five Backstreet Boys CDs in my car right now. You have nothing to be ashamed of." Maybe it's a leap to hope she'll assume that I'm awesome and worth listening to, but librarians are generally better thought of than, say, teachers or parents, at least from what I remember. I also remember how much shit I put up with back in the 90s when I was in high school, and how little any of that matters now. As an aside, all the One Directioners I've encountered have been consistently groovy and sweet. I'll probably never be a fan, but they must be doing something right, because their fans are such good kids.

Speaking of fandom: Yes, I've seen the Series 8 premiere of Doctor Who, and yes, I have a Thing to say about it. When I finish organizing my thoughts. I'll just leave you with this: What if my dream had come true and they HAD cast Emma Watson as Twelve? Just let your imagination run with that a bit. You're welcome! ^_^
rhoda_rants: (freddie lounds)
Hey gang! So I was out of the town the past couple days. I was expecting to have Internet, which I did, but I didn't get any time to do anything with my computer. I mean ANY. More about that later. In the meantime--Icons!!

Here's a preview:



More Under Here! )

The usual house rules apply--no hotlinking, no jacking of credit. Also, it occurs to me I haven't done any wallpapers in a while. Anyone have any requests?

ETA: Two wallpapers under the cut!

HIM and MCR, respectively. )
rhoda_rants: (stoker)
And a couple banners.

Previews:



Moar! )

Quick by-the-by for my new friends--my banners tend to come in all shapes and sizes, because I get bored, and tend to change things up on my own journal whenever the fancy strikes me. SO if there's a particular size that works better for you or that you'd like, just let me know! :)

I also do wallpapers. (Just not today.)
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
Hey gang!

So as I mentioned in my last Who Review, I have graphix. As I haven't mentioned yet, I'm heading down to Dad's this week and will (probably) be offline until like Friday. I kinda want to dig into the comments section on that last review, but I don't have time this morning to do both that, and upload the eye-candy. So I'm uploading the eye-candy. Comment-digging when I get back!

Preview:



(Forgive me, [livejournal.com profile] stormkpr, for using your "I finally ship a lesbian couple" tag for Vastra and Jenny. I couldn't resist!)

Icons under here... )

Banners under here... )

Wallpapers under here... )
rhoda_rants: (Default)
(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 )
rhoda_rants: (stoker)
Before I go, have some graphix! Mostly Doctor Who, as mentioned, but not entirely.

Doctor Who--13
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic--2
Hyde--5
MirrorMask--1
Gerard Way--1
Nightwish / Imaginaerum*--6

Previews:



More down here... )

Gank, reload, credit, the usual deal. Hope you enjoy! I'll see y'all on Tuesday. :)
rhoda_rants: (last quarter)
Full list under here. )

I've added a few "days" to the meme per request from one of the commenters on [livejournal.com profile] hanson. Since I based this off of an MCR meme, I kind of forgot that Hanson's been together actually longer than they have, and therefore have more material to draw from for a thing like this.

Moving on:

Rhoda's favorite song off of Shout it Out - "Carry You There."



FYI, I picked the SXSW 4 Japan performance of that song because I realized somewhat recently that not only was Hanson involved in that whole relief effort--it was their idea. I'm a little destroyed that I missed that. And incredibly proud of the boys for putting it all together. (GAH! I hate being out of the loop. But whatever, that's why I'm doing this.)

At first, I wasn't that sold on Shout It Out as an album, but just as with Underneath, it's starting to grow on me. This sometimes happens with an artist I've loved for years--the sound changes and evolves just a little bit from one era to the next. Not much--it's still Hanson, after all--but enough that on first listen, I'm not really sure what to expect. Shout It Out has a more big-band, Motown feel to it than their other work, and "Carry You There" almost feels like a gospel track. If any of us had any doubts as to whether the term "blue-eyed soul" could apply to Hanson, this one seals it. Their voices are just so well suited to this style of music. That might seem a little obvious, since this is their music after all, but with this album, I feel like they've finally become what they always wanted to be in the first place. I'm not sure exactly where I'm going with that thought, but--well, just listen.
rhoda_rants: (sheik)
Full list under here. )

Just a quick fyi: I won't be embedding videos for all of these. Depends whether I can find a good quality one that isn't too incriminating or questionable. Couldn't make it happen here--just wanted to make it clear why. Moving on:

Day 2- Favorite song off of This Time Around? "In the City."

Another hard choice, but for a different reason--I love ALL these songs way too much to pick just one. I eventually settled on "In the City" because of the way it builds. It starts kind of low-key and low-tempo, and then rocks out just a little bit more with each verse. Also--John Popper--who Zac described as "the Eddie Van Halen of harmonica," if I'm remembering that right--ripping up that harmonica solo in the bridge is a fantastic highlight not just of the song, but of the whole album for me. Hell, just John Popper being on it period is awesome, and gave listeners their first clue that maybe they'd misjudged what Hanson was all about previously. If they were paying attention, that is. There's an energy behind this song that gives me the impression they must have jammed on it for like half an hour before tracking it properly. It just sounds fun.

(Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] hanson.)
rhoda_rants: (taylor)
Day 1- Favorite song of off Middle of Nowhere? "Thinking of You."
Days 2 thru 23 here... )



This was a tough one, because although it's the first album I bought and very close to me, the songs aren't as strong here as they are . . . well, everywhere else. It's overproduced and loaded with earworms, and I have to be in the right mood for it. (As an aside--the first time I saw The Ring and was subsequently traumatized by it, this album is what I listened to over and over to get myself out of that headspace. It helped. I still didn't sleep for three days, but it helped.)

I like "Thinking of You" because it's a good opener. One thing I always appreciate is how a band arranges the tracks on their album. The way one song flows into the next really makes a difference in the overall album experience, and because I'm one of those odd people who still buys CDs (as opposed to downloading individual MP3s) and listens to them from beginning to end without skipping anything, at least during the initial play-through, I always notice things like that.

Hanson has always had more hands-on involvement in their own production, marketing and other various artistic decisions than many other pop acts out there, and that was true even before any of them were old enough to vote. What I find interesting about this album especially is that, while a handful of producers and professional songwriters put some things together for them, the ones written by the boys tend to stand out, and the album opener is one of those tracks.

(Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] hanson.)
rhoda_rants: (doctor who)
As promised. :) Enjoy!

Icons:

10 Things I Hate About You--1
Benny & Joon--1
Harry Potter--4
The Crow--2
The Princess Bride--3
Romeo + Juliet--3
Lord of the Rings--2
Sleepy Hollow--4
Sweeney Todd--3
The Woman in Black--2
X-Men--4
Sandman--3
My Chemical Romance--3
Hanson--7
Emma Watson--3
Hyde--6


Friends Only Banners:

Hanson--1
Hyde--1
Lord of the Rings--2
My Chemical Romance--2
Sweeney Todd--1


Preview:


All Under Here! )

All the usual rules apply--want, take, have, give credit.
rhoda_rants: (gambit)
Rhoda's been a busy girl.

Firstly, the birthday haul: )

And on the LJ front:

I may need to f'lock this sumbitch. I didn't see the need for it previously, but now I do. So just...keep that in mind. If you're already on my f'list, then no worries, but if you've tagged me for whatever reason and I haven't tagged you back, there's a reason for it. I do have all those "Friends Only" banners that I made in an old graphix spam, even though I wasn't planning on using one myself, so I can pop one up no problem.

New discussion up over at Halloween Candy: Women in Horror. I hope to be one someday, so this is something I'm more than a little invested in. Come chat with us!

And random, annoying thing: I downloaded iTunes for PaqMan here, and hooked up my iPod Shuffle, but apparently this "syncing" thing is a one-way street. Meaning, you can move music from iTunes onto a device, but not the other way around. At least, not unless it's music that you've purchased directed from iTunes in the first place. This is aggravating to say the least, because while I'm a strong advocate against illegal downloading, there are other ways to get free music--such as reviewing stuff for ezines, which I've done, and getting freebies from artists' websites as promotional tools--and even beyond that, I have some CDs that have been damaged, lost, or otherwise fucked up that I backed up on the old lappy, and now I don't know how to transfer them onto here. I am disappoint! Help?

Anywho, now it's time to shower and watch another vampire movie. Or Jacob's Ladder. I'm kinda in the mood for Crazy Tim Robbins.
rhoda_rants: (kiro)
Dammit, dammit, dammit! I just HAD to YouTube Lovex, didn't I? *sob* I'm never gonna pay off that college loan at this rate. Curse my anti-downloading ethics!


rhoda_rants: (neverending story)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] synkkaenkeli.

Here's the rules:

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 25 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game, post your own.

Ready, go! )

EDIT: Nice job, folks! I'm posting answers for the rest now, since I figure that's all the mileage I'll be getting out of this meme.
rhoda_rants: (strify)
I've done a lot of thinking over why I became so interested in Cinema Bizarre over the past few weeks, especially after having known about them for a good deal longer than that. I have a healthy dose of so-called "guilty pleasures" in my CD collection, but what I'm starting to realize is that I no longer consider Cinema Bizarre part of that dubious group, and I'm starting to see that label fall away on other things as well. The fact is I've had an epiphany, and these pretty German boys were the catalyst for it. There are a variety of reasons, but what it all comes down to is one simple, surprisingly astute statement:

Style is War. )

(Warning: Really, really long.)
rhoda_rants: (lost boys)
So, as you may or may not know, things are going very much "blah" with Drummer Boy. He's a nice guy, he means well, but there's just nothing going on there. How exactly do you tell a guy, "I'm just not that into you?" without saying either that, or "Let's just be friends?" *sigh* Dating is a pain the ass. I mention this only to attempt to explain why I find myself suddenly lusting after a German synth-pop band who collectively all look like sixteen-year-old girls. 26 solid years of celibacy must be getting to me.

Cinema Bizarre, "I Came 2 Party"

There are two types of people in this world, folks--those who possess the fangirl gene, and those who don't. In my defense, I still hate Twilight. (Well, lolfan hate, anyway. It goes back and forth a bit.) Don't judge me, and I won't judge you.

Elsewhere in the Rhoda-verse. . .  )
rhoda_rants: (sumi)
First, let's all have a moment of silence for Patrick Swayze. Thanks for proving to the world that white men can dance, and still look studly. You will be missed.

Second, I don't know if any of you know this because I don't think I'm blogged about it yet, but The Beatles are my favorite band of all time. So! Now that their entire catalogue is being given a thorough nip and tuck, I have to make a few choices. I'm not gonna go nuts and buy everything - I've moved on from that phase. But I need to get on CD some of the albums I only have on vinyl or cassette right now, while they're still on sale.

My current lineup:

Yellow Submarine (cassette only)
Hard Day's Night (cassette only)
White Album (cassette and vinyl)
Magical Mystery Tour (vinyl only)
Sgt. Pepper (cassette and vinyl)
Rubber Soul (cassette only)

Any opinions? I have way more than this, btw, but the rest of them I do have on CD.

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