Horse Words and Fuzz Noise
Music reviews 10/21/14

Sleep Party People- Floating: New group, to my knowledge. They’ve got a really ethereal dream sound, kind of a Sigur Ros without the post-rock aspect. (The singer especially sounds like Jonsi.) Honestly, their name is pretty descriptive. This isn’t bad, but it gets a tad languid after a while and I find myself fading out. 4.5/10

Jason Derulo- Tattoos: I like Jason Derulo, but he’s gotten less enjoyable in recent years. “The Other Side”, case in point, is his most average single ever. Actually, I prefer the Youtube version he cameo’d in, done by Max Schneider. (A guest appearance in a cover of your own song? That’s kind of awesome.) “Talk Dirty” is mostly just hilarious. (And also has a better version on Youtube, courtesy of Postmodern Jukebox.) On the whole, this album is just aggressively mediocre. He, or more to the point, his corporate overlords, have found a formula that works and no reason to deviate from it. 4/10

Hamilton Leithauser- Black Hours: This guy was the leader singer of the Walkmen until 2013, and while I swear I’ve heard of them before, nothing’s ringing any bells. Oh well. This is a pretty decent indie rock album. “Alexandra” is really upbeat and I very much like it. The rest of it, sadly, is very downtempo. If you like a lot of strings, xylophone and tambourine, this might be up your alley. 4.5/10

Jessie J- Alive: I like Jessie J, or should I say, I like “Domino” and am hoping for another one. Unfortunately, while her awesome voice helps her stand out from the pop pack, I’m not getting another one. This is just more pop music, forgettable if enjoyable. 5.5/10

Kasabian- 48:13: I hear about Kasabian a lot — one of their former members now plays in Beady Eye with Liam Gallagher — but I don’t know that I’ve ever had an opinion on them. But they’re a pretty solid rock group with some neat buzzing distortion on both the guitars and the background vocals. Honestly, Oasis is the closest comparison I can think of. The random rapper was an odd choice, but otherwise, this is a pretty decent album with a few standout tracks. I’ll have to pay more attention to these guys in the future. 6.5/10

Schools: *force students to take gym class as part of the state requirement*
Schools: *force students to participate in a checklist of sports and activities regardless of student preference*
Schools: *never go beyond basic activities to introduce students to something they might individually enjoy doing*
Schools: *force students to participate in a stressful, competitive environment that promotes bullying*
Schools: *generally makes gym class unpleasant for nonathletic students*
USA: wtf
USA: why do we have so many adults who don't exercise

chombiechom:

lobisfemme:

dion-thesocialist:

I think tumblr has left a lot of us emotionally stunted. This is a great community for empowerment, catharsis, or coping, but those things aren’t recovery in and of themselves. Comparatively, they’re easy when compared to the painful…

sunnysundown:

allthebitz:

Applejack being the dramatic one for a change? hehehe

how could you

sunnysundown:

allthebitz:

Applejack being the dramatic one for a change? hehehe

how could you

loki-has-a-tardis:

This is honestly the best poster I have found in a while supporting breast cancer awareness. I am honestly so sick of seeing, “set the tatas free” and “save the boobies”. There is no reason in hell a life threatening, life ruining disease should be sexualized. “Don’t wear a bra day,” go fuck yourselves. You’re not saving a pair of tits, you’re saving the entire package: mind, body, and soul included. Women are not just a pair of breasts.

loki-has-a-tardis:

This is honestly the best poster I have found in a while supporting breast cancer awareness. I am honestly so sick of seeing, “set the tatas free” and “save the boobies”. There is no reason in hell a life threatening, life ruining disease should be sexualized. “Don’t wear a bra day,” go fuck yourselves. You’re not saving a pair of tits, you’re saving the entire package: mind, body, and soul included. Women are not just a pair of breasts.

Music reviews 10/19/14

Elton John- The Diving Board: I kind of can’t believe Sir Elton’s still making music. But, though he can’t reach the high notes like he used to, he still sounds good, though I detect a slur in his sibilants. It’s a pretty solid album with a classic feel, which is what I’d expect from him, honestly. 7/10

Say Anything- Hebrews: Can you be punk without guitars? According to the Wikipedia article, there isn’t a single one on this album. That’s pretty punk, if you ask me. What there is instead are strings and a crapton of musical guests, including Sherri Dupree-Bemis from Eisley, and Tom Delonge from Blink 182. The end result is… strange, to say the least. The symphonic aspects are nice, but you keep expecting a guitar to come in and it just never does, leaving everything feeling hollow. Not to mention that soft strings don’t really mesh with shouted vocals. It’s certainly a worthwhile experiment, anyway. 5.5/10

Placebo- Loud Like Love: Here’s a band I haven’t even thought of in years, yet I’m totally psyched that they’re back. This is a pretty decent album, overall, showcasing a number of new and interesting sounds, though I’m somewhat dismayed to see that the songs I liked the most were just the singles. It might not have the staying power of some of their earlier works, but long-time fans will doubtless enjoy it. 6.5/10

Scars on 45- Scars on 45: Never heard of these guys before. They’ve got a nice light alt-rock sound, like something out of the 90’s, Deep Blue Something or Toad the Wet Sprocket. They’ve got both a male and a female singer, and they both sound wonderful. This is a pretty solid album, all things considered, and I’ll definitely keep an eye on these guys in the future. 7.5/10

NONONO- We Are Only What We Feel: I encountered this group via Peter Hollens’s awesome cover of their song “Pumpin Blood”. Though the album interestingly starts out slowly, that song is pretty representative of their sound. It’s not even the best song on the album, that being “Hungry Eyes” or “Like the Wind”. I hate to keep comparing everyone to CHVRCHES, but that’s kind of the sound they’ve got going on. If you like that group, and others like them, check this crew out. 7.5/10

The Naked and Famous- In Rolling Waves: I really love the Naked and Famous and was looking forward to this album. And despite some spots where they’re true-to-form, like “Hearts Like Ours”, this is a very different animal than I expected. Surprisingly, that’s not a bad thing at all. They sound as good doing fully acoustic songs as their usual electronic rock. In fact, the only real missteps are the slow songs like “Grow Old” that sort of drag everything down and don’t let the singer show off her voice. So, not as great an album as I’d been hoping, but if they’re taking a new direction, it’s good to know that it’ll still be enjoyable. 6.5/10

MGMT- MGMT: I like me some MGMT, they’ve had a couple really great tracks and all. The opener of this album is not one of them, however. For having decided to name the album after themselves, this sure is a major step away from where they’ve been. They’ve gone all experimental, and I can’t say I really like it. Fans new to the band will want to stick to their older stuff. 4/10

Clean Bandit- New Eyes: Never heard of this artist before. The album has a whole ton of guest artists, including… no one I’ve ever heard of! This ends up being a really interesting collection of electronica. The opener, for instance, is a house track with baroque interludes. I mean, when was the last time you heard baroque anything? Some tracks are dancier, some have reggae overtones. This is a very interesting album and I will make an effort to see what else this artist does in the future. 6.5/10

Kings of Leon- Mechanical Bull: These guys are back, but I can’t say I’m too enthusiastic. For once, my expectations are totally in line with reality. This album seems to be their first album, mashed into a paste, and then spread out over fifty minutes so everything is the same shade of okay. There are no highs, there are no lows, just dull mediocrity. It takes skill to be this horrifically average. Well done. 4/10

Kyla la Grange- Cut Your Teeth: Don’t think I’ve heard this lady before. She’s got a very elfin voice, something akin to Ingrid Michaelson. This has sometimes too light a touch, but overall it’s inoffensive and enjoyable. Honestly, I think the Ingrid Michaelson comparison is the best way to describe her. If you like female indie singer-songwriter stuff, check her out. 6.5/10

Cher- Closer to the Truth: Cher is one classy lady, and she doesn’t pull any punches, stating right away “this is a woman’s world, take it like a man.” And while her voice is no less rich than it ever was, something about the music feels a decade behind the curve. (Or more: just listen to the orchestra hits in “Lovers Forever”.) Still, if you want some ass-kicking club anthems with a classic feel, you can’t do any better than this. 6.5/10

sjaejones:

neuroticmarshmallow:

sexy inexplicable melancholy

I think the time is ripe to reblog this.

this is social anxiety summed up in two gifs

100% accurate

dragondicks:

you don’t need a gold crown to be a princess to me

hnfg

dragondicks:

you don’t need a gold crown to be a princess to me

hnfg

Transformers Review-Offs #19: G1 x RTS Perceptor
“A heartbreaking pile of shit.” -TakeWalker 2014 
drbdnv:

welcome to america

They’re not as good as you’d think, basically just an extra-sweet cookie. The Chips Ahoy with Oreos in them are somewhat better, as you can actually tell there are two difference substances at play.

drbdnv:

welcome to america

They’re not as good as you’d think, basically just an extra-sweet cookie. The Chips Ahoy with Oreos in them are somewhat better, as you can actually tell there are two difference substances at play.

askcookieandbrann:

Bonus comic time :D

(also yes, Brann gets glasses out of nowhere. JUST BECAUSE.)

Girl Brann is suddenly the best. :D

Fan Art Law at Comic-Con
Lengthy and a little dry, but one of the clearest, most comprehensive discussions of copyright law I’ve ever seen.

The oldest people to have never set foot in the 20th century started high school this year.