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Wednesday Whimsy

Wednesday Whimsy

By: Caelrona

Hiya all! It is Wednesday again, so I’ve pulled myself away from my PS3 for a while, just for ya’ll. For the past few months, most of my blogs have focused on either anime or movies, both of which I greatly enjoy. However, there really is quite a bit more to me than just those two things; I’ve also talked a wee bit about video games and even my addiction to tattoos (and yes, I did end up getting a new one after that post ^-^) but there is one thing I haven’t touched on that really is a huge part of who I am: music. For some reason, I just never got around to it, so I thought it was time to remedy that! I have pretty varied tastes in music, and I will listen to just about anything from one end of the musical spectrum to the other. Because of this I tend to have a lot of random music on my iPod, including songs in many other languages; most of which I can’t speak at all. I don’t really have one particular favorite artist; more like a pretty big list of favorites and even that is changing all the time, so I thought I’d sort of do a Top 5 At-This-Moment list.

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Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn Liddell, better known by her stage name Emilie Autumn, is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and violinist. Her style of music, which she labeled Victoriandustrial, draws inspiration from plays, novels and history – particularly the Victorian era. She performs unique shows with her backing band, The Bloody Crumpets, incorporating elements of cabaret, glam rock, burlesque, electronica and classical music. She is currently on tour promoting her newest album, Fight Like A Girl. Maybe not for everyone, her music is usually pretty dark and even a little bit insane, but her songs are so gorgeous to listen to. If you don’t believe me, just give it a listen. You’ll be one of her Plague Rats before you know it.

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Miyavi

Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name Miyavi (or Miyabi, which he toured under with Dué le Quartz; or MYV, which he used promotionally on an album called MYV*POPS) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He is known for his distinctive guitar playing style, which is freakin’ amazing (Go youtube Selfish Love, or Jibun Kakumei!) Miyavi started as the guitarist for the now defunct visual kei rock band Dué le Quartz, but toned down his on-stage style a bit when he went solo in 2004. He started his own company, J-Glam Inc. in 2009, and even with his marriage to fellow J-pop artist Melody Miyuki Ishikawa and the birth of their two daughters he has remained a musical sensation, attending the Main Square Festival in Arras, France as the only Asian representative.

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Breathe Carolina

Breathe Carolina is an American electronic/punk rock musical duo from Denver, Colorado. David Schmitt and Kyle even compose the duo, which started in 2007 and has since released three albums, one EP and five music videos. I found Breathe Carolina recently, and have only just begun to explore their music so I can’t tell you much except that the few songs I’ve got are pretty awesome. They do a pretty neat combination of electronica and punk rock, which really caught my interest. This is mostly noticeable in the song “See You Again”, which is a cover they did for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 2. They also participated in Warped Tour 2012.

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No Doubt

No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California. Mostly recognized by front woman and lead vocalist Gwen Stefani, No Doubt is a fairly well known band. As a band, they have released 6 albums, 3 compilation albums, 3 video albums, 22 singles and 2 box sets. In addition to all of that, Gwen Stefani released 2 solo albums while the band was on hiatus from 2004-2008. Their newest album, Push and Shove, just came out late September of last year. I don’t know anyone who has never heard at least one No Doubt song, even if they can’t name the band. While I’m not a huge super-fan, I have my favorite songs from them and I think they are definitely worth a listen.

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Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, musician, dancer, performance artist and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos. She maintains a youtube channel, Lindseystomp, where most of her work can be found, and was a quarter-finalist on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, where she was known as the Hip Hop Violinist. She performs a variety of styles, from classical to pop, hip hop, and dubstep. Aside from original work (which is awesome; check out Spontaneous Me) she also performs cover songs and medleys (also awesome; she did a Game of Thrones intro cover, as well as both Legend of Zelda and Lord of the Rings Medleys!) I love violin work, so when I found her Legend of Zelda medley I was pretty ecstatic. I was even more amazed when I found her other stuff; her cover of Party Rock Anthem is pretty sweet, and the Skyrim cover she did with a cappella vocalist Peter Hollens is gorgeous (especially the video!)

Well, anyway I suppose that is enough for this week. Honestly, I could keep going; I really love music and there are a lot of great artists that I didn’t cover. However I have a feeling that a 10 page blog post would most definitely not be welcome, so I will go ahead and cut myself off here. I will see you all around next week for another blog!

Until next time,

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

Tenacious D

The Most Awesome Band in the World

By Geeky Gem

As you can see from my eariler blog I love Tenacious D, as does Hmdbeefnuts its funny that we didn’t even know that we both liked The D, until the release of The Best video a few months ago. Here we are going to cover the movie Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny and the album that came with it. Then I will move on to the new album Rize of Fenix.

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny came out in cinemas back in 2006 and was a comedy/rock musical set in the 1990s, starring The D, an excellant American comedy rock duo that features Jack Black and Kyle Gass. It is directed by musician and puppeteer Liam Lyuch. All three of them are also listed as the writers of the film. It follows the story of the birth of The D, with catchy songs included but I will come to those later.

The movie starts with a young J.B being told by his father (Meat Loaf) that he is not allowed to rock while living at home. J.B has a converstaion with his poster of Dio and decides to run away to Los Angeles, were he meets K.G who is playing guitar on the beach. Thus begins the story and legend of The D.

 

They discover in order to become the greatest band in the world they need a guitar pick that all other great bands have. From AC/DC to Van Halen, when they go looking for this pick, they are told it is The Pick Of Destiny, and so the road trip to destiny begins.

 

 

Now I have seen this movie, a lot and although Hmsbeefnuts is not a huge fan of the movie I think it fits The D down to a T. it’s funny, edgy and full of brilliant songs which I shall talk about now.

 


The soundtrack to this movie has 15 songs on it, some are just skits and are quite short but are used in the movie to join scene’s up. The D started recording songs for the soundtrack of the film, their second studio album, The Pick of Destiny after J.B had filmed King Kong. The album has John Konesky and John Spiker from Trainwreck on electric guitar and bass respectively. With the fantastic addittoin of Dave Grohl again on drums, he also lent vocals to “Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)” as well as acting in the film, as Satan. Dave Geohl can also be seen in the video for The Best which is the first song taken from The D’s new album Rize of the Fenix which leads us nicely on to this.

 

I have just got my hands on The D album Rize of Fenix and have so far listened to it on repeat a dozen or so times. This album has 12 songs on and a few skits, with J.B getting a teacher in for K.G to improve his rock. When To Be The Best was relased on Youtube it was a six minute video that documents the uncertain future Tenacious D faced after the box-office failure of The Pick of Destiny, KG’s subsequent breakdown and incarceration in “an institution”, and Jack’s embracing of an indulgent Hollywood lifestyle. This short movie features numerous cameo appearances, including Maria Menounos, Val kilmer, Dave Grohl (as I mentioned earlier), Yoshiki Hayashi, Josh Gorban, Tim Robbins and Jimmy Kimmel. In fact just as a treat I will post the video below. Dave Grohl again plays drums on this album as the band is a long time friend of his. To be honest, this album is really good, and gets better after every listen.

 

Here for your viewing pleasure is the video for To Be The Best.

 

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nai7w1frB1E)

 

And there we have it the tale of the greastest band in the world. I am going away now to watch all the things that Hmsbeefnuts told you about. Long live The D.

 

 

Tenacious D

The Most Awesome Band In The World

By Geeky Gem

Now some of you may have read my blog about the bands I like to listen too, if not you can check it out here. On this list was a band that is just too awesome for words, Tenacious D. They really are like no other band, in this thrilling two-part blog I am going to tell you a little bit about the band and there work. Shall we begin.

Now i have already told you little about how the band got together in the other blog, so who are The D, well they are Jack Black and Kyle Gass people, how could you not know. I Love their music, I think  Tenacious D’s music shows off Jack Black’s fantastic vocal delivery, while letting Kyle Gass showcase his brilliant acoustic guitar playing abilities. Some critics have described their fusion of vulgar absurdist comedy with rock music as “mock rock”. I think they might be right here and one of the best video’s is called F*** Her Gently, that video cracks me up every time I see it. Any way this is not what I was going to tel you about I was going to start by telling you about their first album, which was self titled. However before all that came a little TV show called Tenacious D: The Greatest Band on Earth.

That was the name of the show, however you can find all the episodes on this DVD The Complete Master Works, many of the episodes follow Jack and Kyle as they write and perform some of the songs that will later appear on the self titled album and the soundtrack to Pick of Destiny. It’s a really funny show and if you like The D you will like this show for sure. Its funny but you also get to see behind the scenes of the making of this album –

This album was released in 2001, a friend of mine got this for me as a birthday present that year and needless to say it went straight on my Hi-Fi, I loved the cheeky lyrics and the music. This album has such songs as Tribute, Wonder Boy and F*** Her Gently all of which are awesome songs. Along with little skits featuring Jack and Kyle as they go through the rise of being a band skits such as the friendship test and drive thru are the ones that make me giggle.  Just for the fun of it here is the video for Tribute.

Join me next week as we follow the Rize of the Fenix.

My Top 5 Bands In The World.

By Geeky Gem

All Geek To Me has been running for some time now and as I was looking back at over what we have covered I noticed a very big subject matter has not been touched. Music, we have never looked at music. How can this be I hear you cry, well I am not sure why we havent covered this before, anyway I am here now and I plan on telling you about just a few of favourite bands and as always they are in no real order.

Linkin Park

Linkin Park is an American alternative metal band from Agoura Hills, California. Linkin Park are Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda they formed in 1996 and have gone from strength to strength their music has changed a lot since their first album Hybrid Theory to their new album Living Things. I have all their albums and have listened to them over and over again. They have also worked with several other artists, most notably with rapper Jay-Z  which became an album in it’s own right called Collision Course.

The reason I like Linkin Park is you really have to listen to the words that are being sung to hear what they are saying, some of my favourite tracks are In The End, Leave Out All The Rest and One Step Closer To The Edge. To truly enjoy any of the bands on this list you have to turn them all the way up to eleven.

Green Day

Green Day is also another American band that I like, they formed in 1987. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool.

I first found this band in  really weird way, I was at a friend’s house and in his room he had a poster for Dookie on his wall, I liked th poster so much I went to find the album in my local album shop and they had, so I bought and went home to listen to and I found I liked what I heard I couldn’t believe it. I also have all their albums and I cant wait to hear their new one.

Come on this Band has its own musical, I can think of another band that has its own musical and they are a huge band. Green Day was one of the first CD’s I ever bought and I have loved them ever since. I have all their albums and will be getting their new album when it comes out. Green Day is just one of those bands I will neer leave. Some of  tracks I like are When I Come Around, Basket Case, Warning and American Idoit.

Muse

I thought seen as All Geek is based in UK that I really ought to have a british band on my list and I so happen to like Muse. Muse formed in 1994, the band consists of school friends Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, lead guitar, piano, keyboards, keytar), Christopher Wolstenholme (bass, vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar, harmonica) and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesisers, sampling).  Muse is a brilliant band whose songs are best heard at ear bleeding volume their lyrics are fantastic and I don’t now how I didn’t get it earlier.

I was a little late getting to the Muse party, but I am ever so glad I found them again I will be buying their new album when it comes out in the next few months. Some of th tracks I like from Muse are Hysteria, MK Ultra and Uprising.

Foo Fighters

How could I make this list and leve out the Foo Fighters, I think they are fantastic. The Foo Fighters are again from America and were formed in Seattle in 1994. Dave Grohl made created the Foo Fighters as a one man project after the death of Kurt Cobain, which resulted in  Nirvana being no more. Grohl got the name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as foo fighters. Since then the Foo Fighters have become a huge band and I love their music again I have every album and they are all brilliant.

There is just something about the Foo Fighters as with all the bands on this list that will always have me coming back for more. There band of serious songs but playful videos makes them one in million. Some of my favourite tracks are Walk, Everlong and Best Of You.

Tenacious D

I know Hmsbeenuts will agree with me here The D are a brilliant band and should never be taken lightly. They are brilliant in their own right and should be on this list as much as everyone else. Tenacious D are as you should know an American rock band that was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1994. They are made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Jack Black and lead guitarist and vocalist Kyle Gass. When the band do an album they get a little help from a few friends in the form of guitarist John Konesky, bassist John Spiker, Foo Fighters lead singer and Ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl who plays on every studio release, but while on tour he is replaced with Bad Religion drummer Brooks Wackerman.

The thing about The D is they somehow can mix, rude lyrics with fantastic music and they do it well. Ok so they may some times have a little help from their friends but you have to adit they rock and rock hard. For this band my favourite tracks include Rize of the Fenix, Tribute and Be The Best.

Well that’s it we have some to end of my journey through some of my favourite bands. I am sure I have more and could go one forever but where’s the fun in that.

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