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!

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!)
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...and I am math-ing furiously to obtain that Birthday Massacre CD. Yes, I'm still in this fandom hole, although now I'm in the Live Shows and Interviews stage. One of the x-factors in finding a new band is trying to work out what the fan culture is like. I can't figure out where the fandom hangs out for these guys. I'm hoping they're groovy and nice. Can't imagine why that wouldn't be the case. Unfortunately, when you've got a female vocalist, inevitably the comment section under every video (and I mean EVERY video) is littered with gross, misogynistic comments, no matter WHAT the greater fandom is like.

Anyway, I found something. It's hard to hear, but in the beginning some dipshit at an actual live show yelled, "Show us your tits!" AND THEN THIS HAPPENED:

I find this *immensely* satisfying. Yeah, I got nothing else I've mentally clarified enough to talk about yet, but I wanted to share that. As you were.
rhoda_rants: (crimson peak)
ROUND 1 / many

FanGirl: I can't find a SINGLE Birthday Massacre album at any brick and mortar store anywhere, waaaaah!

Financial Adviser: Okay, that's irritating and all, but really you shouldn't be spending money on anything but gas, bills, and food right now.

FanGirl: I wonder if Barnes and Noble can order it for me. They know me in there.

Financial Adviser: Yes, you could do that, or you could keep listening to those two CDs you found at the library three weeks ago.

FG: I want the new one though!

FA: Are you...tired of Superstition?

FG: Of course not! But it's a library copy and it's not the same. There's no lyrics. There's no liner notes. And I can't add it on my computer because of the security widget!

FA: Just be patient. You will be able to buy it, and the new one, and all the others eventually.

FG: But what if I go to a live show and I don't know any new songs? How will that make me look?

FA: No one cares, I promise. And that's assuming they even come to VA while they're on tour.

FG: They might!

FA: Well, you can probably stream the whole album on--


FA: *sigh* No, no it isn't, but you have options that don't include spending money.

FG: But...Barnes and Noble! I have a membership discount card!

FA: You have $20 to stretch until next Friday. And you need to put gas in your car.

FG: I also have a credit card!

FA: NO. This is why we didn't want to get one, remember? You need to get that paid off, quit using it for non-emergency stuff.

FG: Okay, okay. WHAT IF I wait until my next paycheck, and then order it online? Oh look, it's actually cheaper to get it directly from their website!

FA: Plus shipping. And taxes. And don't forget you have to renew your car registration next month. And then we'll see.

FG: ...

FA: ...

FG: ...But I waaaaaant iiiiiit!

FA: OH just make some icons or something!

/END (for now)
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: (scarlet witch)
Y'know that feeling when you stumble over a band you've kinda heard of but never looked into and realize you should have been listening to them YOUR WHOLE ENTIRE ADULT LIFE? Yeah that.

More under the cut.
Squeeeee with meeeeeee! )
rhoda_rants: (gerard)
On September 11, 2001, a young, struggling artist in New York was on his way to work when the World Trade Center fell. Like many of us who were shocked, saddened, and unmoored by the attack, he took a moment to reevaluate the direction his life was going. He decided to leave his job and start a rock band. His name is Gerard Way, and that band was My Chemical Romance. These days, he's an Eisner-winning comic book writer and curator of DC's new Young Animal imprint, the inaugural comic for which is his own reboot of the Doom Patrol series. But that turning point in his life and the staggering success he enjoyed because of it is why people like me know his name.

Doom Patrol Vol. 1 book cover; links to GoodReads page

Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick By Brick--a subtitle that is horrifying once you have the context for it, by the way--is a kaleidoscopic fever dream of singing telegrams, sentient robots, a space ambulance that leaves a rainbow jetstream in its wake, a missing cat, time travel, alternate universes, and evil doppelgangers. If any of that sounds weird to you, you're not alone. One of the most common criticisms I've seen floating around is this "Whaaaaaat is even happening right now?" confusion and dismay over the plot and concepts in Doom Patrol. Apparently some readers found it too outrageous to follow. I did not have that issue, but honestly that might say more about me than it does about the comic as a whole. I've chosen to believe it means I'm on the right wavelength.

The main protagonist is Casey Brinke, a new character written for this reboot, along with a handful of others who eventually team up with the other members of the original Doom Patrol from the 1960s. (No sign of Elastigirl yet, but I have a feeling she’ll turn up.) Casey drives the flying ambulance, which begins its life as a regular ambulance, which is actually a living entity that calls itself "Danny" and starts talking to her, then reveals itself as an entire hidden pocket universe (it started out as a single street and had to take extra measures to protect itself), and finally turns into a time-traveling space bus because Casey is secretly the superhero Space Case, who can travel through time and alternate dimensions at the speed of AWESOME.

Read More. . . )
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!


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.


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!


(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.)

(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
Gerard Way--1
Nightwish / Imaginaerum*--6


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!


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
My Chemical Romance--3
Emma Watson--3

Friends Only Banners:

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


All Under Here! )

All the usual rules apply--want, take, have, give credit.


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