so much love for this band and this ep right now

nerdramblings101  asked:

You seem really upset over Supergirl tonight.

i am. i am a little upset. because they finally, finally, gave m'gann screentime that actually went somewhere. they finally gave m'gann the time of day, the time to explore her past and people from it, the time to realise that she has j'onn now and he cares about her. they gave her a storyline that was interesting and action packed and to be honest, it was fucking incredible, and then what? they shipped her back to mars. just like that. their only major woc character, literally written off to another planet.

i’m upset because of alex. because honestly what fresh hell? alex danvers loves her little sister more than life itself. she literally broke up with maggie two weeks ago because she was so torn up over not being around for kara, so she chose kara. and now? now what? she’s bailing on kara’s birthday, a day they’ve always celebrated, a day that so clearly means so much to them - kara especially. and i get it, i do, alex needs to have a life outside of kara, her life doesn’t have to just be protecting kara anymore because she has maggie and they’re happy, but for goodness sake this wasn’t just any normal day, it was kara’s earth birthday, and alex would never bail on that, especially not so easily and especially not after seeing how clearly upset it made kara. the danvers sisters are the heart and soul of this show and i’m upset because you wouldn’t know it if you just started with this episode.

i’m upset because this is supergirl. supergirl, not the mon-el show, and yet somehow even in an episode in which he didn’t have as much screen time as usual, he manages to take over. why does kara have to feel guilty about not having feelings for him? why does every guy kara tries to be friends with end up falling for her and she ends up the one suffering most? why, in that last danvers sisters scene, was alex encouraging kara to give him a chance? i’m sorry but alex danvers has never been entering any mon-el fan contests so why, in a scene that was supposed to be about fixing alex’s relationship with kara, did the conversation end up about him? why did kara have to be convinced she maybe might have feelings for him? and for the love of god that last scene, are you kidding me? kara sees him with another woman and gets jealous because oh whoop de do would you look at that she’s magically discovered feelings for him and now he’s with someone else. look at how not fucking surprised i am. i’ve only seen this on Literally Every Show Ever.

i’m upset because i got new scenes with my otp and i can’t enjoy them as much as i usually would because they just don’t feel right. maggie surprising alex with tickets to see a band she’s loved since college? maggie looking so god damn happy as she bounds up like a damn puppy to tell alex they got vip tickets? fucking fantastic, sign me up. maggie looking ridiculously at home in alex’s apartment? incredible. but i can’t enjoy it as much as i want to, because they came at the cost of alex and kara’s relationship and as much as i love sanvers, they’re not the relationship that makes supergirl. alex and kara are.

don’t get me wrong, i liked this ep. it was action packed and white martians are evil but pretty fucking cool and i am LIVING for all the m'gann we got, all the m'gann and j'onn we got. i am living for m'gann fighting as a green martian, and evil alex was fucking incredible (and hella hot) and vasquez finally returned from the cave in the desert, so don’t take this as me spewing hate left, right and centre because there was a lot about this episode that i really liked, i just. i’m a little upset that this show is supposed to be about supergirl and yet she’s being sidelined as a love interest for the token white guy, and all the other characters don’t seem to be winning any favouritism contests with the writers either.

(disclaimer: it’s 3.30am and i’m tired and cranky and i can’t be bothered to reread this so it might not be worded as best as i could possibly do to say what i’m trying to say but i just don’t care anymore pls don’t come at me)

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Darren Criss & Brother Chuck Talk New, 'Unapologetically Fun' Alt-Pop Project, Computer Games

Darren Criss was always destined to make a career out of music. He studied the violin from age 5 well into his teenage years, picking up other instruments along the way, while also pursuing a love for musical theater. But he credits his own musical endeavors to the environment in which he grew up – particularly his older brother, Chuck, who brought other musical interests to the table especially when they were in high school.

“Music has always been the backbone of our relationship and our household,” Darren tells Billboard. “We both had a voracious appetite for music, but I think high school is when we started playing together and being to communicate on a level that changed everything. I think the kind of music we played is probably loud garage rock, because we were just playing in the basement.”

Once they graduated, though, the Criss brothers decided to take their own paths. Darren independently released a solo EP, Human, in July 2010, just months before debuting in his breakthrough role as dreamy choir head Blaine Anderson on Fox’s hit musical dramedy Glee, while Chuck found a home in New York City and became a founding member of indie-rock fivesome Freelance Whales.

With Glee seeing its end in 2015 and Freelance Whales’ most recent album hailing from 2012, both Criss brothers were itching to do something new musically – so they thought, why not relive the days of the brotherly collaborations? And come March 8, 2017, behold, the Criss alt-pop project Computer Games.

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I love Laurel but

In relation to the last ep of LoT and how people are hating on Mick I have to go on a rant about this.

Laurel took Sara to Nanda Parbat to put her in the Lazarus pit, she made the decision to go despite what she could see what it was doing to Thea, cause she couldn’t cope.

Everyone, Nyssa, Malcom even Thea, said no when they got there. They told her that it wouldnt be the Sara she knew. They warned her of the consequences but Laurel was still abdorment that she was going to bring Sara back to live so she stayed.

They warned her that the bloodlust would be a lot more worse for Sara if the pit worked, than it is for Thea cause she was coming back from the dead.

Yet… When Malcom turned round and said he’d do it, she still agreed immediately, despite the warnings from everyone around her.

She put Sara through her bloodlust for her own selfish reasons.

Which now brings me to this weeks ep of LoT. (The only one I’ve watched online cause I don’t want to wait 2 weeks for it to air here)

  • don’t tell me what Mick did was worse.
  • don’t tell me how Mick betrayed the team cause he didn’t
  • don’t tell me it’s perfectly okay for Laurel to do that, and Mick not choose Leonard over the arseholes cough I mean legends cough cause all they did was treat the man like shit. Pick on his IQ, they only wanted him for the thug side of things cause god forbid someone else break a fucking nail.
  • Don’t tell me how Mick made the wrong decision.
  • don’t tell me how he shouldn’t have picked the one person out of two (another reason why Lisa needs to be back) people who have EVER treated Mick with respect in his entire life, over the team. They never cared for him. They never liked him. He’s been fucking depressed for the whole season and none of them have ever turned round an said ‘how are you doing Mick?’ Stein knew he’s been hallucinating Leonard, but jumped on the band wagon on how it was stupid of him to say what their plans were with the spear of destiny. They all criticised him in that moment. But no one stood up for Mick.
  • and lastly. don’t tell me how Mick should go back to the legends. Cause he shouldn’t. If you’ve been watching the same show as me, you’d know he hasn’t been treated fairly (to put it lightly). The legion treated him so much better in the last 30 seconds of that episode then the legends ever have.

If it was anyone else in his position, and they did the same, everyone would be so far up their arses with congratulating them for making the right decision.

Making Dreams Come True

Summary: Dan is in an A Capella group with his two best friends. They’ve been working hard the past two years to get big, and their dream comes true when music producer, Phil Lester, discovers them and wants to work with them.

Genre: AU, Fluff

Word Count: 2,544

A/N: You have no idea how happy I was to combine my two favorite things! Sorry if this isn’t exactly what you had in mind but I still had fun writing this.

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anonymous asked:

I see you reblogging crazy ex girlfriend all the time and it looks like a show I might like, can you tell me a little bit of what's it about? I trust your judgement cause you have A+ taste in shows (:

I appreciate how you said “reblogging all the time” and not “have utterly spammed my dash with this absurd-looking show, what the hell, Em?” and I thank you for the kindness. <33

The Netflix summary of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is “Still pining for Josh, the boy who dumped her ages ago, whip-smart lawyer Rebecca jettisons her New York life and moves to California to win him back.” Yeah, not exactly appealing. And also not really what the show is about. But I can forgive them, since it’s pretty hard to encapsulate what this show is in a brief sentence. Because yes, surface-level, it is a dark-ish comedy musical satire about a lawyer who quits her job literally just as she’s about to be made junior partner after a chance encounter with her ex and moves across the country to be with him and finally find true happiness, but it’s about so much more.

It’s about deconstructing tropes, particularly those found in romantic comedies, including, you guessed it, the “crazy ex-girlfriend,” and examining how said tropes normalize irrational, harmful behaviors and actions in the name of love, which, PS, is no guarantee of real happiness. Tropes and stereotypes get subverted and blown apart and shredded and it is fascinating because you never know quite what to expect. 

It’s about a woman who literally sees her life as a series of musical numbers, especially when her emotions are running high, which leads to pastiches of pretty much any musical genre you can think of. Boy bands? Done. Fred and Ginger? You got it. Big Broadway send ups? Yup! And no topic is off limits! In just two short seasons, we’ve covered the horrors women go through to get ready for a date, romanticized depictions of depression, celebrating being bisexual, falling for your sex buddy, intrusive thoughtsthat self-loathing feeling when you fuck EVERYTHING up, the truth about having big boobs, and the more joyful side of UTI’s. And that’s (literally) not even the half of it. 

It’s about people dealing with mental illness in a way that is brutally honest and sensitive but also funny at the same time. It makes the content approachable without diminishing the seriousness of the condition. (Speaking as someone who struggles with mental illness herself, I find these songs in particular to be both painfully accurate and remarkably reassuring.) And it’s about the long-term ramifications of growing up with emotionally abusive and neglectful parents. 

It’s about relationships of all kinds – romantic, familial, platonic. They’re complicated and messy at times, rewarding and emotionally fulfilling at others. And while yes, romance is a major plot point, we are constantly reminded that while yes, there’s romance and it’s a major plot point, the most important relationship in the show is between our lady protagonist and her female best friend. (Oh, but did I mention that the healthiest relationship on the show is between a bisexual man and a gay man? Because it is. And that there was a stretch of eps without a single straight white man? Because that happened.) 

It’s about an antiheroine who does objectively terrible things and who consistently makes awful life decisions, who’s impulsive and self-centered, but is still a good person just trying to find happiness, who is surrounded by similarly nuanced and beautifully flawed characters who are also at a crossroads in their lives and trying to figure out what steps they need to take to be happy. And while the situations they find themselves in may seem over the top, they’re also so relatable.

There’s a lot to unpack with this show. The content can be pretty heavy at times, and it can be painful to watch these people you come to love sabotage themselves and struggle so much with their dreams. But it’s also just such a smart comedy that thrives on taking risks, so trust me – you’ll be laughing nearly the entire time. And it’s so fantastical and absurdist at times (dream ghosts, anybody?) that it makes for great escapist TV and is literally the only reason I’m still alive and thriving post January 20, 2017.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is honestly like nothing else on TV, and you may be in a bit of shock when you first start watching. (Literally, my first time I swear I kept pinching myself and asking “is this an ACTUAL show I am watching right now what is happening HOW IS THIS HAPPENING?!”) But trust me – there are so many reasons to watch this show and it took all my willpower to not just scream incoherently in this response for 10K+ words. So go on. Give it a shot. I bet before too long you’ll be falling in love and singing right along with the rest of ’em.

“Part Two” by Chase Atlantic (Review)

With fans still recovering from “Part One”, Chase Atlantic fueled their ongoing fire with the release of “Part Two”, the second EP of what I’m assuming to be their take on an electrifying musical saga.

The EP was released on March 31st, 2017, and I was very eager to hear it. Although I myself am a relatively new fan of Chase Atlantic’s music, “Part One” completely blew me out of the water: compared to their older stuff, it was a major step forward in terms of their lyrics, musical production, and style. My only hope for “Part Two” was that it would be similar to its counterpart, if not better.

After finally sitting down and listening to the new EP, I had some mixed feelings about it. Although I was pleased regardless, because I like this band a lot, I’m not quite certain whether this one shook me as hard as “Part One” did.

Let’s break it down song by song, shall we?


Track 1 - Triggered. 

My very first impression of this song was a quick snort through the nose. Not going to lie, the title made me chuckle. I wasn’t sure if the band was genuinely pissed off about something, or they were just making fun of Twitter users’ lingo. Either way, I was interested to see where this opening track would lead to. 

Personally, I’m a sucker for dramatic album introductions. And this song had just the right amount of mystery, lust, and grunge to immediately draw me in. 

The song started out with a relatively chill introduction, but the first 10 seconds definitely built up. It was quiet at first, but as soon as I heard the car revving its engine in the background, I knew I was in for a bumpy ride.

Immediately after the car sounds, I was hit with lead singer Mitchel Cave’s distinctive voice and a brand new beat.

If I was to describe this song in one word, I would use the term badass (or is that two words?). There was something about the heavy bass, deep rhythm, and the slickness in Cave’s voice that immediately painted a dauntless picture in my mind. I imagined myself thrown into the middle of a high-speed police chase after my hot boyfriend and I just robbed a convenience store. He would be driving a black SUV with tinted windows, I would be perched up in the passenger seat, and Triggered would be our get away song.

Although the chorus could’ve been fuller in my opinion, the verses and the bridge of this song were what really brought it to life for me. Lyrics like “driving ‘till we killing love” and the repetitive use of the phrase “won’t slow down” strengthened my inner feelings of love and rebellion as I bopped my head to this song’s steady beat. 

The lyrics and overall theme of the song helped me realize that perhaps the meaning of “triggered” was not a reference to overused internet slang, but maybe it was referring to the shotgun my hot boyfriend was firing as we swerved on the 405, desperately trying to get away from the cops. Once again, the visuals that this song brought to life were killer (haha - see what I did there?).

In conclusion, the more I’ve listened to this song, the more I’ve come to really like it. From the lyrics, to the melodies, and to the delinquent realm it creates, Triggered is definitely my favorite tune on this EP. 

Overall rating: 9.4/10


Track 2 - Cassie.

This song, unfortunately, did not woo me as much as its preceding track. 

First off, what I appreciated about the song was how unique it was. In my opinion, this song was the complete opposite of Triggered, and very different from what I’ve been associating with Chase Atlantic’s more recent music. Coming right out of the sinister world of Triggered, Cassie was like a breath of fresh air and a field of blooming sunflowers right in front of me. 

The general vibe of this song was very easy to pick up on within the first lines of the first verse. The light and airy beat that continued throughout the entire song reminded me of a symphony imitating the gentle ticks of a clocktower. It made my heart, still calming down from Triggered, feel all warm and fuzzy again. 

Another thing I appreciated about this song was how the lyrics and the music contradicted one another. A bubbly melody is a rarity among Chase Atlantic’s newer releases, but somehow they managed to pair the uplifting beat with lyrics about drugged up veins and an impatient girl named Cassie in a way that actually worked quite well.  

However, the unique airiness of this song just didn’t seem to completely win me over, though I did appreciate it. The main reason why this song did not particularly knock my socks off is because throughout the whole first listen, I kept feeling as if something was missing. Especially in the chorus, I felt like there could’ve been something else - a tempo change, another instrumental element, faster lyrics - to make it more exciting. Although the song was cute and a little brighter than the other two tracks, it was kind of forgettable. 

Overall rating: 7.8/10


Track 3 - Why Stop Now.

This track has become known to me as the cool-down song, because I found it to be very chill and relaxed, but nonetheless a very interesting listen.

The introduction features a few intriguing elements that quickly brought me to the edge of my seat: more undistinguishable sound effects (were they popping pills?), the lazy strum of an electric guitar, and Cave’s muffled voice singing a few catchy lines, as if he was teasing me of what’s to come later on in this song. 

The introduction slowly built up, but then quickly flushed me into the first verse. The band was back at it again with the alternative hip-hop beats, this time singing (rapping?) about self-hatred and a desperate search for Mitchel’s cell phone. 

The transition into the chorus was rather quick, but nonetheless it still worked pretty well. By now I was able to conclude that this song would be slower than the other two, but I wasn’t complaining about it. 

The lyrics of this song once again displayed a level of contradiction to the other elements of the tune. Lines like “Life in the fast lane. You live then you die, babe … so why stop now?” were somewhat depressing lyrics, yes, but the way Cave’s gentle and soothing tone of voice meshed together with them was quite menacing, sending shivers up my spine. If I’m thinking out loud here, he has a very sexy singing voice. Don’t @ me. 

In some ways this song almost felt half-assed, but thats what I kind of like about it. Although it is slower than the other 2 tracks, Why Stop Now has this kind of vibe to it that fuels my inner desires to just “not care”, which I assume is a common mood fellow Chase Atlantic fans feel while listening to their music. And that’s not a bad thing. Being a moody 18-year-old whose just trying to figure her shit out, I need music like this to listen to from time to time. Sometimes we all just need to “not care” and chill TF out.

The reason why I still wasn’t completely blown away by this song either was the same reason as Cassie. I felt like there was something missing from this track as well, though I still can’t put my finger on it. Either way, it’s still a good jam, and I can see this one becoming a lot of fans’ favorite. 

Overall rating: 7/10


Overall, the “Part Two” EP did not meet the high expectations “Part One” set for me, but that is quite all right. Triggered is a major gem of a song and I’m still going to be blasting this EP in my car for the next few weeks. Perhaps there will be a “Part Three” and maybe even a “Part Four” to help us further envision where Chase Atlantic are headed next. These EPs are obviously just a mere taste of what they’ve got in store; I feel a debut album coming soon, and I cannot wait to devour it. 


AN: This is the first music review I’ve literally ever done, so please go easy on me! Hopefully you enjoyed it - I tried to keep it as honest as possible, so I apologize if any of my opinions offend/upset you, but they are just my opinions. If you liked this, let me know! I’d love to do more reviews in the future. 

Reasons To Listen To Enter Shikari

Thanks everyone for getting this blog to 100 followers! Here’s my reasons why you should listen to Enter Shikari if you haven’t already. Hope you enjoy: 

1) #ShikariFamily = The sense of family is important to these guys. Everyone in this fandom considers each other as family and not as fans. It gives a sense that you’ve known people for ages.  

2) Second biggest independent band = The fact that the band have grown while staying independent mind boggles me. They release their music through Ambush Reality which is their own record label they created and are still under to this day. 

3) Music Releases = Also the fact that they release music so regularly throughout the year. Their last release was in November last year which was a live album (which was magnificent may I add) and now they are working on their fifth album. 

4) Future projects = The band are doing so much right now. From writing album five to working on the Take To The Skies 10 year celebration tour to a new book this band are definitely hard workers. 

5 ) Step Up clothing = Rou Reynolds, frontman, has created his own sustainable clothing line. With his clothing line he promotes topics that are important to him; veganism, LGBTQ and the environment among others. 

6) Interactive on social media = Many bands are not as interactive as the guys are on their social medias, mainly Twitter. Their main Facebook page replies to comments as well as the individual band members replies to tweets sent their way. This supports the first point and makes the #ShikariFamily connection even stronger and makes the fans feel as if they have some sort of a connection with the guys. 

7) Growing up with the band = Even though this may not be true to newer fans but some older fans who have been with the band longer will have felt that they have grown up with the band. When Take To The Skies was released the band were around 20 years old and when I got into the band I was 14. Even though there was an age gap it still felt like I’ve grown up with them. 

8) Seeing how they’ve developed as people = This links into the seventh point that because the fans have felt that we’ve grown up with them we’ve also seen how they’ve developed as a band and individually through their personal lives. Such as them getting married and having children. It can be quite emotional for the fans when they make big decisions in their lives; or it has been to me anyway. 

9) Their signings are free = Rou has expressed his views against VIPs and hates the fact that people have to pay to see other bands and has decided to allow fans to meet them for free. he doesn’t believe that the #ShikariFamily should pay to meet the band. 

10) Trying to meet everyone = This links in with the ninth point that when the band do signings they try and meet everyone and spend a lot of time talking with them. Even if they are told that they have a certain time limit they will go over it to make sure they get to see people that have queued to meet them. 

11) The cats = Let’s be real, Freya and Crumpet are the stars of Enter Shikari really.  

12) Rory C’s growing family = It’s so cute being able to see Rory’s family grow not that he has two kids; a boy and a girl. It will be exciting seeing these two grow and develop. 

13) Pre-Enter Shikari era = It’s always interesting hearing what your favourite band did before they formed their current band. This is what Hybryd was. This was pre-Enter Shikari and it’s just interesting to go and listen to their EP on youtube to see how much Rou, Chris and Rob (Rory joined when Enter Shikari were created) have developed as musicians. 

14) Pre-Take To The Skies = Even though I personally wasn’t a part of this era it’s interesting to listen to their EP that was released before the Take To The Skies album was released and such as the thirteenth point it’s interesting to listen to how they’ve developed as a band. 

15) Intimate shows = The fact that they still do intimate shows when they are getting as big as they are is testament to how much they care about their fans. They love to feel the connection between them and the fans when they are playing and playing small venues allows this and creates a positive atmosphere.  

16) Amazing Arena Tour = Even though the band still does intimate shows they just embarked on their arena tour last February and played sold out venues. They wowed audiences around the country and showed that they have what it makes to create excellent live arena shows. 

17) Creating an experience at their shows = With their new arena tour they used a Quadraphonic sound system that meant that they had speakers around the venue, and not just at the front, which meant the audience gets a slightly disorientating but interesting experience at the gig. 

18) Shikari Sound System = This is there DJ set since a lot of the band members love Drum N’ Bass. Even though I’ve never really been a fan of this music I went to their DJ set last year and they did open me up to some new music that I didn’t think I would like. It’s always great to get into new music by your favourite band. 

19) Collaborations = The band always seem to be collaborating with other artists either on new songs or by remixing other bands tracks. 

20) Featuring other artists in remixes = They feature many artists who remix their songs on their albums such as the remixed album of The Mindsweep. It’s always interesting to see other people’s interpretations of Enter Shikari’s songs in remix form. 

21) Inside Jokes = If you don’t understand the jokes of the #ShikariFamily then you just haven’t been in the fandom long enough. That’s just how it goes. 

22) Punk influence = the band are influenced by punk music and term their band as punk. It’s great to see punk bands still thriving with the current affairs happening right now. 

23) Calling out people = The band aren’t afraid to raise their voices about situations or certain individuals that are pissing them off. They do this in either their songs or their shows or on their social medias. 

24) Encouraging people to improve themselves = I know I definitely have improved myself through being an Enter Shikari fan. It can be vast reasons for Shikari improving people’s lives but they helped me to realise that I could get over my travel anxiety when I went to see them at the Manchester show last year. I’m not perfect with it but Shikari did help with encouraging me to realise I could improve on it a lot more than I thought. 

25) Enter Shikari being awesome in general = these guys are just so laid back that it’s impossible not to like their personalities. It’s great to see their personalities show on social media and their videos.  

Thanks again for the 100 followers and here’s to another 100! 

Spring 2017 Watchlist (New-This-Season Edition) First Taste

I’m so happy the shitty winter season (in terms of both the anime season and actual season) is finally over and spring is upon us once more. Here are a few new shows this season I’ve watched the first episodes of; some I’ll keep going, some I’m dropping immediately because why do these even exist please why (please don’t take these “reviews” too seriously LOL; I just enjoy rambling about new shows):

Kado: The Right Answer | Seikaisuru Kado

If you’re into sci-fi and handsome government bureaucrats negotiating with equally handsome alien (???) whose spaceship (I think it’s a spaceship?) is shaped like a giant fractal cube, Seikaisu Kado is looking to be very promising. The 3D animation puts me off at first, but I soon didn’t care for it as the story becomes more fascinating. Just what does this white-haired alien want with Japan and can Shindou, the protagonist ace-negotiator, handle this? And what about his cute assistant Hanamori voiced by the even cuter Saito Soma? Will we see him again soon? The first episode and prequel just came out; I personally recommend watching ep.1 first before watching ep. 0. 

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Alice & Zouroku | Alice to Zouroku

I only started watching it because the bf was excited about it, so I thought I’d give it a try since the art style looks cute. And boy oh boy it’s definitely different than what I was expecting. The show opens with a young girl named Sana who escapes from a research facility, which is later revealed to be a place for kids with special abilities (Sana can materialize things she imagines). Weakened and lost, she encounters an old man named Zouroku, who takes her into his home after an incident that involved the police. It’s a weird combination of fluff and fantasy/mystery that has heartwarming moments and decent fight scenes. Sana’s goal is to destroy the facility to rescue the other kids stuck in there, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes. 

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As the Moon, so Beautiful | Tsuki ga Kirei  

If you’re looking for slow-burn junior high school romance with very gorgeous art where the two leads are shy as heck, then Tsuki ga Kirei might be a show for you. Personally, I found the pacing a bit slow, and I dunno, maybe it’s because I’m in my late 20′s and these kids are like 14? I can’t really relate much to them, especially in the romance department. From what I can see so far, I think this show is more about the characters than the plot, so if you’re into character-driven romance, you can give it a try.

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Renai Boukun | Love Tyrant

Think Death Note… but Kiss Note, so instead of dying when your name’s written in the notebook, the people whose names are written together will kiss kiss, fall in love. That’s it; that’s the premise. It’s essentially a harem anime with half-assed comedy, so don’t ask me why I even tried watching the first episode; it was 20 minutes of my life wasted.

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Hinako Note

A country girl, who’s shy as heck and will freeze up and become a scarecrow (metaphorically, I guess?) when she’s under stress, attends a high school in Tokyo because she wants to join the drama club. She lives in a boarding house above a secondhand bookstore, where she meets a girl who… eats books??? Not sure if that part is important or it’s just a one-time gag. Essentially: cute girls doing cute things. 

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Kabukibu!

So I know this show is about kabuki, but please don’t expect it to be anything like Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu because it definitely is nothing like the latter. A high-school kabuki enthusiast wants to start a kabuki club in his school, but to do so, he needs to find at least five members. Cue: megane-kun best friend, pretty boy from the drama club who’s actually a pretty girl (think GSNK’s Kashima), terrible vocalist who got kicked out of his own band (rock band AU Minami-kun?), pretty boy dancer who’s now a delinquent???, and an actual kabuki actor who takes his art way too seriously. Also featuring character designs by CLAMP. So… sports anime formula but with kabuki, basically. Yeah.

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Eromanga Sensei

All I can say of this right now is that I was expecting lots of fan service and cringe-worthy moments, but it wasn’t actually that bad. Protag boy is a light novel writer; his books are illustrated by someone named Eromanga, whom he’s never met before. Turns out the illustrator is his own little sister, who’s become a shut-in since their parents’ death a few years ago. According to the summary, there’ll also be a shoujo mangaka who’ll become their rival. So… I dunno, I might keep watching if I have time. 

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The Royal Tutor | Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine

Four spoiled German princes, one royal tutor (who’s short and the short jokes never end). It looks like a BL otome… but according to MAL it’s just a comedy. So. Featuring: long-suffering tutor, youngest prince who’s a playa (seiyuu Aoi Shouta also plays this role in a stage adaptation — yes there’s a stage production of this already), 4th prince who hates studying, third prince who’s basically prince!Kyoya of Ouran, and second prince who can’t seem to form words and looks like he’s refraining from punching a wall at all times. You bet I’ll be watching this trash. 

I’ll make a separate post for sequels (because there are so many good shows coming out with sequels this season), but for now, let me know what you guys are watching!

A Lost Boy Comes Out

Inspired by Darren Criss’ Billboard interview about his amazing new EP, Lost Boys Life.
Klaine, 2250 words, A03

A Lost Boy Comes Out

This headline or a variation on the theme is all over social media, as they knew it would be, but the smile on Blaine’s face when he wakes Kurt up with a kiss the next morning confirms that Blaine has done the right thing by coming out. 

As a vampire.

After Blaine shuffles off to the shower, Kurt lays back in bed, remembering the events of the night before….

*****

Kurt stands in the wings of the small theater, watching as Blaine and Cooper talk easily with the audience.  Blaine’s lovely smile is broad, and he waves his hands excitedly as he speaks about the inspiration for the new song they have just performed.   The evening was advertised as a launch of Blaine and Cooper’s new EP, and includes a variety of songs from the past ten years of Blaine’s career as a songwriter and Broadway star as well as the three new songs penned by Blaine and Cooper together. Kurt had joined him on stage for a piece from the joint album they put out last year, and for a toned down version of a song from the production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf that had been the breakout show for both of them.

But Kurt knows that this evening is more than just a celebration of the new pop project Blaine and Cooper had dreamed up late one night while playing video games.  Blaine is about to share his secret with the world, whether the audience knows it or not.

Blaine shoots Kurt a quick glance as he gets ready to sing their last song, and the nervousness is clear on his face.  Kurt gives what he hopes is an encouraging nod, and then Blaine turns back to the piano and begins the intro to Lost Boys Life.   As he sings about hotel rooms and miles to go, his face is intent on the piano, and Kurt can see how much he wants this to go right.  As Blaine gets to the chorus, he looks up at the audience, eyes wide and pleading, and Kurt’s heart clenches tight in his chest.  

I was living a lonely life until I fell for you,
I was living a lost boys life, it was all I ever knew
And every morning the sun comes up and the darkness fades away
I was living a lost boys life, it was all I had to say.

When Blaine finishes the song the audience breaks into loud applause, and everyone surges to their feet to cheer for him.  This is nothing unusual, of course, and Kurt can feel the grin spreading across his own face as he claps for Blaine from the wings.  After a moment or two he joins Blaine on stage, and the audience whoops for him as well, someone yelling out “we love you Kurt and Blaine” which causes Cooper to give them both a friendly shove.

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I’m still the same old me, that’s all I’ll ever be

Supernatural 12x17, “The British Invasion,” and 12x18, “The Memory Remains.”

Two episodes about legacies, two episodes about how our actions can shape the future. Two episodes about making connections and breaking them. And irony. Don’t forget the irony. That’s key!

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♢ * — CONNECTION TAGS, OTP TAGS, LYRIC PROMPTS

* ˙ ˖✶ BEACH WEATHER ❝ WHAT A DRAG ❞ EP

beach weather are pretty much the best thing in my life right now and since they inspired the theme behind my entire blog, i just saw them live, and they have a new ep just out, i thought i could make a connections post for their previous ep! these lyrics could be used for any kind of connections tags, use them as prompts or starters… anything you see fit! below the cut there are #43 possible choices. please like/reblog if you found useful or are an rph.

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Get to know SF9

i have been receiving many messages asking me info on the boys and some are very similar and so I decided to make this informational post answering some of the common questions I am being asked and hopefully it can be a help to many of you as well :D If you have any other questions that are not included in this post feel free to message me ~ ^^

Who is SF9?

SF9 is a 9 member South Korean boy dance group under FNC Entertainment. They are FNC’s first boy dance group ever ! SF9 stands for ‘Sensational Feeling 9′ (used to stand for ‘Sensational First 9, FNC changed their name for unknown reasons). SF9 was formally known as Neoz Dance Team, from FNCE’s survival show program called D.O.B (Dance or Band). They competed against Neoz Band Team who also fought for their debut.


“Wait I thought their name was Neoz School?”

No. Neoz School was the name of the training system they were under. It’s a pretty simple concept. Basically Neoz Dance Team & Neoz Band Team were “students” who attended this “training system school” called Neoz School. Therefore whomever “graduated” will be the group to debut. When both teams were together they would call themselves Neoz School as a whole, but when separated they would specify Dance Team / Band Team. So pretty much they never had an “official” name.

Wasn’t their name also Neo School at some point?

Yeah, that was their very very first “name” when they were first made public in early December at FNC Kingdom Japan 2015, but then FNC changed the name to Neoz School with no explanation. They even remade all their sns and youtube account with the new name.. (it was such a hassle lol)


Who are the members in SF9?


I heard there used to be 11 members? What happened?

Yes there used to be 11 members in the group. The boy group was first spotted in early December 2015 at the airport heading to FNC Kingdom Japan. FNC had already announced earlier that year that they would be debuting a boy group but never specified how many members or when. Airport previews of the boys showed that there was 11 members at the airport including the 2 former members, Alex and Jinkyu. A couple days later after FNC Kingdom, FNC released a promo vid about the group showing in extremely quick cuts the faces of the members, Jinkyu and Alex were in it. But then when FNC uploaded individual member teaser videos, they didn’t release any for Alex and Jinkyu.. FNC never released an official statement as to why the two members were suddenly not part of the group anymore..

Are they actively doing anything right now? 

Yes. Unfortunately Jinkyu isn’t under FNC anymore but he is actually a part of Boys 24 now. As for Alex, he is still a trainee in FNC but there hasn’t been any recent news on him.

If FNC said they were already planning to debut a boy group then why did they do a survival show program?

FNC’s CEO Han had revealed at a press conference a few weeks after the boys had already been promoted for a while, that the members debut was not for certain and that there was plan for a survival show program with another team. It was a shock for many of us.

Is it true that FNC changed Juho’s name to Zuho?

Yes. We aren’t exactly sure when FNC changed his stage name to Zuho but fans found this out when they were re-watching their school lesson videos on their official Neoz School youtube channel and they saw that the subs had changed his name to Zuho.

Where can I watch videos to get to know the members better ?

I actually created a links post here which you can check out and it will pretty much be like a SF9 TV channel/vid list of all their predebut vids.
Don’t worry about not having enough time to watch them all. Trust me, the majority of these vids are really really short, some are nothing more than 15 minutes long (except for their survival show program eps from D.O.B).

I hope that this informational post was helpful and thank you so much for showing interest in SF9 and I hope that you can continue to show them lots of love and support <3

Okay wow this is gigantic and it’s a the 1975 AU, cowritten by me and honestly super super creative sweet and amazing @war-boyfriends
-Grantaire who never really tells anyone he’s in a band and no one really finds out until they become famous
-Like he has no idea how it happens
He puts some covers up on youtube and they’re reasonably popular and then his originals get recieved a lot better than expected
-This leads to a few underground gigs and the loose promise from an indie record label about an album
-Okay so pretty much the entirety of the first album is based off R’s time as a stoned teenager with Eponine and all the shit that they got up to, and Les Amis and a certain blonde boy
-I mean ‘Chocolate’ pretty much sums up his teenage years with Ep
-‘She Way Out’ is for Cosette, for the first time he met her, at a meeting, being introduced as Marius’s girlfriend
-He’d had a particularly bad fight with Enjolras that night, but instead of being weirded out by it, she just smiles sadly at him, like she knows everything (and she probably does because grantaire is paper thin at the best of times)
-“She said ‘I’d love you to stay but that’s simply insane / I’ve got a feeling that my friends are gonna kick in your brain’”
-And ‘girls’ is basically an ode to all the girls he fooled around with when he was trying to forget a certain revolutionary
-“I know you’re looking for salvation in the secular age, but, girl, I’m not your savior.”
-Grantaire writes about what’s in front of him, there’s no smoke and mirrors, he just see’s what’s in front of him and it comes out as lyrics to songs people seem to like?
-‘So far (It’s alright)’ is about his last few meetings with Les Amis, and his relationship with Enjolras, which is rocky at best
-“He’s got a heart made of stone but he never gets cold because the sun’s always on his back/I used to think you’re cool and I believed you had a wonderful vision/But I soon found out you’re a terrible friend and your mother’s on the television”
-'Robbers’ is about a rally– the last one Grantaire ever attends with Les Amis
-It’s messy and violent and utterly useless
-But of course Enjolras doesn’t really like it when Grantaire points that out
-“I’ll give you one more time/ We’ll give you one more fight/Said one more line/Be a riot, cause I know you”
-And Enjolras ends up badly beaten up and R has to physically drag him away from the protest
-They get back to R’s apartment where he attempts to bandage Enjolras up
-Of course tensions mount and things are said and it’s ugly
-Enjolras says some bad things but R retaliates in equal force
-Which is how we get ‘Settle Down’
-“And you’re sure that I’d learn/I’m pushing through bodies/Avoiding me and walking 'round you/And you’re cold and I burn/I guess I’ll never learn”
-In the heat of the moment, Grantaire confesses he loves Enj.
-Who reacts very badly. He’s already got months of planning wasted on a rally gone wrong, and R was already provoking him and he lashes out worse than he’s ever had before
-“What did I tell you 'bout this girl?
The one to rearrange your world?
You got excited and now you find that your 'girl’ won’t even get you undressed or care about your beating chest”
-He tells Grantaire he may as well give up because he’s not going to love him back
- “It’s not about reciprocation, this is not about me. A syncophantic, profantic, Socratic junkie wannabe.”
-And that’s the last time either of them see each other, because then Grantaire is getting a phone call to say he’s signed, the record label has signed him, he’s making an album holy shit
-But of course it’s Grantaire,
And sometimes music is just an easier way to deal with the Bad days
-“I gave you something you can never give back, don’t you mind?/You see my face like a heart attack, don’t you mind?
Oh I was thinking about killing myself, don’t you mind?/I love you, don’t you mind don’t you mind?”
-The very last thing he writes before he leaves for tour is for Gavroche
-“And when I’m home you know I got you/Is there somebody who can watch you?”
-Because leaving your friends is one thing and Eponine is another but Gavroche?
The poor kid who still has deal with his shitty parents trying to get back custody just so they can cash in on the child benefits
-Then R is literally whisked away to record his album
-There’s a text in the group chat that he’ll be away for work for a bit and not to worry but that’s it
-And the album gets recorded but before it’s released he’s asked to go play a gig at a festival
-And then another one and another one and it just grows arms and legs
-Ep is the only one who knows about the extent of his fame
-Hell the rest of the Amis barely even know the name of Grantaire’s band he changed it so much
-Even then they don’t find out from him, they find out when they hear the words “Grantaire, the frontman of the 1975” on the radio
-And Courf just FREAKS and puts everyone on speaker phone so they can hear it to because he seriously might be delusional???
and he seriously needs to talk to R right now, but R won’t fucking pick up his phone and he’s been missing for the past few weeks and oh shit it suddenly makes sense why he’s gone
-Enj tries to pretend none of this affects him, but shit, how did R manage to hide something so big from all of them???
-Eventually they get a text in the group chat that basically equated to ‘oh hey guys sorry I forgot to mention that the bad took off but things have been rlly hectic? Like we recorded the album and then got festival gigs and it all kinda took off anyways I’m super sorry!’
-Enjolras takes this a step further by refusing to have anything to do with the 1975. The Sound comes on on the radio? One time he literally lunged from the back seat and elbowed Courf in the face trying to switch stations. Joly and Bossuet come in one day with matching grins and 1975 t-shirts? He sent them home to change and threatened to pour his coffee on both of them if they didn’t do so.
-He tries to pretend he does all of this not because its the 1975, but because “you’re sponsoring capitalism by wearing those shirts”, or “There was a fly on the radio knob Courf! What was I supposed to do?!?!”
-Unfortunately one day Courf convinced him to take a couple of shots, and let’s face it, Enj is a gigantic fucking lightweight. UGH! came on in the bar and Enj is dancing and smiling and laughing and oh my gosh the singer’s voice is so pretty and who’s this song from?
-(Also this is on video and Courf totally sent this to R, who had a smile on his face for the rest of the day when he saw this)
-Enj still declares that he hates the 1975 and never ever wants to fucking listen to them but ever since that night he’s become a massive closet fan and will do anything to hide this fact
-(Ex. Jailbreaking his phone in order to make it so no one can get into his music app without a password)
-(Also imagine a song coming on and Enj trying his best not to sing along but he can’t help but angrily mumble out some of the lyrics)
-And all the while Grantaire is somewhere across the world touring and trying to get Enjolras out of his damn head but nothing’s working
-So he does what he always does to get his thoughts in check– he writes
-“I don’t want your body but I’m picturing your body with somebody else/ Our love has gone cold, you’re intertwining your soul with somebody else”
-And he keeps adding to it, little ways throughout the tour, words coming to him as he sees pictures of him uploaded to facebook and instagram and nope that little crush hasn’t gone away)
-“Got someone you love?” He writes one night, angry and sad and unbearably sober. “Got someone you need? Fuck that, get money. I can’t give you my soul ‘cause we’re never alone.”
-He grows more and more bitter throughout the tour, and becomes more and more aware of all the words Enjolras has said to him, and that Enjolras will never reciprocate his love. He tries to pretend that he’s over it, and that it doesn’t matter to him. And above all, he’s absolutely fucking angry about everything.
-“You’re so conceited, I said I loved you. What does it matter if I lied to you? I don’t regret it but I’m glad that we’re through, so don’t you tell me that you just don’t get it cause I know you do.”
-One day while he’s absolutely smashed, he realizes he’s never ever going to stop fucking caring and while it hurts, he’ll deal with it.
-“And I know when you’re around, cause I know the sound, I know the sound of your heart”
-He gets texts from the Amis– little stuff like “saw ur set at Electric picnic it was lit!! So proud of you :D”
And that brings such a smile to his face and makes him so happy
-But then he’ll remember the radio silence from Enjolras and it hurts like a bitch
-“And if I believe you, would that make it stop?/If I told you I need you, is that what you want?/ I’m broken and bleeding and begging for help/ And I’m asking you, jesus, show yourself”
-His fan base keeps growing and growing, old fans that have been there since his shitty ep’s and new ones that say the chart toppers are their favourites
-But he’s fucking grateful for all of them, even if it sometimes makes it a little harder for him
-“Reading ‘bout yourself on a plane, fame, what a shame/ And love me, if that’s what you want to do, oh-oh”
-Meanwhile, Enj has kept minimal contact with R since R has left for tour, and he often checks up on him through tabloids (not the most reliable way)
-So when he sees rumors of R and George (the drummer) together he absolutely fucking freaks out and thinks about the second album (i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it), and /fuck/ was that album for George?
-And tours are so fucking hard
-They drain Grantaire emotionally and physically and he gives everything he has but now he’s coming up empty
-The silence from Enjolras, Enjolras, whom he pours his heart out to every goddamn night, feels so damning, so horrible
-One night when he’s doing his set he looks out in the crowd and realises he knows no one
-There’s no Eponine screaming manically in the back
-And he’s here, wrenching his heart out but who are these people to him?
-They’re never going to understand his lyrics, and they’ll never understand the pain and the tears that had went into them. They’re never going to actually care about him, and most importantly, they’re never going to fill that emptiness only his friends can occupy
-“Oh fuck, oh fuck. No. I can’t do this. I’m not fucking doing this.”
-And then someone screaming “I love you, R!”
-But that doesn’t matter, because Enjolras doesn’t love him, so what’s the fucking point?
-He’s fucking unloveable
-“Trust me, you don’t. You love the idea.”
The rest of the set passes in a blur and they’re halfway through Me when he looses it
-He doesn’t even remember how it happens, exactly, but he’s halfway through “I love you, don’t you mind don’t you mind?” And he’s remembering too vividly and fuck he’s crying how embarrassing is that, what would Les Amis think if they saw this?
-But that just makes it worse, and suddenly he’s being coaxed off stage by George
-Of course that does wonders for the tabloid rumours that Enjolras is so reliant on
-And when Enjolras sees the video, he nearly cries himself
-It doesn’t go viral, thank god, so none of the other Amis see it, and if they do, they don’t mention it
-Things like these fucking overwhelm him and it gets even worse when R comes back from tour
-R’s different this time. He doesn’t yell anymore drunken disagreements and he won’t meet Enjolras’s eyes. He still keeps to his bottle, but he leaves as soon as the meetings are over. After three weeks of this going on, he stops coming all together, and cuts off contact with the Amis
-“For goodness sake/I wasn’t told you’d be this cold/Now it’s my time to depart and I just had a change of heart”
-Enjolras is absolutely fucking devastated. His mind won’t stop running with thoughts of why, and who is he with, is he with George, has he honestly left them?
Has he honestly left him?
-He doesn’t hear a word about Grantaire until the Change of the Heart video comes out.
-Grantaire’s dressed in clown makeup and seems so happy, until the end when he’s left alone in the rain without anyone else to turn to.
-Grantaire made this video about Enjolras, because he’s trying to pretend to be someone else he’s not and he’ll forget Enjolras this way and in the end, he remembers none of these people who claim to love him are Enjolras and he’s all alone.
-Then the “Somebody Else” video comes out.
-The first three minutes are full of Grantaire coming back to a black and white apartment, washing the makeup from the Change of the Heart video off, while an unresponsive figure sits on the couch. A laugh track plays throughout this scene, an audience clapping, watching.
-(always watching, also monitoring and analysing every move he makes everything he says he’s exhausted)
-This is R’s way of communicating no matter how many times he fucking pretends, and no matter how fucking hard he tries, he’s always going to come back to bare his soul in front of Enjolras, while Enjolras is always going to be unresponsive to how much he loves him.
-The next portion of the video is Grantaire entering a world of colors, too intense for the eye. He lashes out, punches a wall, and fucks a stripper. In the last few minutes he sees himself in everything. He sees himself in the strippers face, the two people looking at him concernedly in the corner. It represents that the only thing he can see in this fake world he has created for himself to forget is what he was trying to escape from; how he’d bared his soul and got nothing in return, and that now all he has is himself. Even then he’s not reliable.
-Eventually he records a video for Paris.
-It’s a song that he’s hidden away for a long time, unsure how it will do in the light because there’s no real filter to it, it’s just raw emotion
-“And then she pointed at a bag of her dreams, in a well posh magazine, I said I’m done, babe I’m out of the scene”
-“And how I’d love to go to Paris again”
-There’s nothing separating him from his audience, he’s laying it all out
-And the video is nothing special, either. It’s simple, it’s him walking around his old joints, places he knew like the back of his hand that he’s lost his grip on
-The bar that he used to play at every Saturday night, empty with changed decor
-And he discovers some of his places have disappeared since he had left. His apartment, cold and draughty and empty and untouched for nearly three years. The printing shop, where he printed flyers for the Amis and where a large portion of his interactions with Enjolras have taken place.
-But one fixed point, always.
-Café Musain.
-It ends with him walking in, sitting down in his same seat, and staring up at the empty chairs at empty tables that will still hold all his friends in a matter of hours
-He looks up at the the table that Enjolras is so fond of standing on, and as the camera focuses on his wistful countenance.
-The video ends as his face, full of equal amounts of hope and despair, looks up at the door where he hears the jingle of the bell and sees Enjolras, staring frozen with the expression of a deer in headlights upon his face.

I’m working on making a text post with all the links to the songs, and there may be a part two??? But either way go check out @war-boyfriends and the 1975 because Matty Healy is actually Grantaire ;)

anonymous asked:

were you ever into wrock?

hahaha. oh, my dude. I was so unbelievablely neck deep in wizard rock, you can’t even imagine it. Like I had a playlist of legit thousands of songs that was all I listened to for a good year and a half there in 2007-2008 in the great pre- and post- deathly hallows carpet book harry potter boom. I have this really incessant part of my personality that dictates that once I like or am interested in something, I have to know EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT IT. like i really cannot overstate how fucking obsessed with these books i was. when i was nine my mum bought me a STUFFED MRS NORRIS toy with the creepy beady eyes and all and i used to TAKE IT TO SCHOOL WITH ME. Am I saying listening to wrock is on that cringe level? no way, I definitely still have a shitload of wrock on my good ol ipod classic. am i saying i used to get dragged by my family for singing along to the butterbeer experience’s ‘the magic hopping pot’ as i vaccuumed the house? Hell yes I am.

Anyway. Yes, I was a wizard rock connoisseur back in the day. Here’s some of the best in a completely biased and makeshift list for your listening pleasure. Wander back to the pre tumblr fandom world of yesteryear…..

  • the original wrock song is a surprisingly listenable unrequited love punk jam from ginny weasley’s perspective called ‘ode to harry’. YES THAT IS RIGHT THE FIRST WROCK SONG WAS WRITTEN BY WOMEN, THEY ARE THE PROGENITORS OF THIS ENTIRE SUBGENRE OF MUSIC DONT LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO SAY HATP STARTED IT. like don’t get me wrong, the song is, objectively, terrible. but in a fun post no doubt’s ska era kind of way. I burned this onto a CD for myself in 2001 wedged between Nelly’s ‘hot in herre’ and smashmouth’s 'all star’. for real. also have some respect, this song is older than the first harry potter movie. YOU HEARD ME. THE FIRST ONE.
  • harry and the potters are probably the most well known wrock band. They’re two Darren criss lookin dudes who pretty much started the whole 'upload our weird HP music to MySpace and travel around playing in public libraries then uploading it to YouTube’ wrock golden era. Best songs: PHOOENIX TEARS, WEVE GOT TO SAAAAVE GINNY WEASLEY FROM THE BASILISK
  • look okay Draco and the Malfoys started as a douchey rip off parody of harry and the potters and there was a lot of #BITTERNESS there initially. and then there was the whole whomping willows spinoff #scandal and like tbh there was honestly a lot of drama in this fandom for a bunch of dudes singing about Hermione Granger into their macbooks in their basements in massacheusetts. personally i was never big on datm’s music but like you do you….
  • Oliver and the rembembralls are the wrock band who wrote that song for that nostalgia video that got big and made you cry when deathly hallows part 2 came out. also i have an enduring love for hermione’s song (you and me) which is EXACTLY what you expect.
  • the Remus Lupins are my favourite of the traditional sounding wrock bands (yep, thats absolutely a thing). Not to be confused with remus and the lupins, they’re entirely different do not confuse them. I WAS A TEENAGE WEEREWWOLF , tbh the entire nevermind the furthermore album is quintessential wrock
  • the weasel king is some dreamy 00’s synth that would still be good even if it wasn’t about harry potter, know what I mean? I legit still listen to their eps lmao. Listen to the whole musical decree number 24 album if you’re interested but like if i haaad to choose a select few - through and through, red hair,  the flying motorbike.
  • ROONIL WAZLIBBBBB the best of the breathy female folksy wrock contingent. Green eyes (I highkey fucking LOVE THIS song. It is crazy sweet), the song of the locket (CREEPY AFFFF), the epilogue (this song legit makes me cry lmao….or at least it did when I was 15. I was pretty emotional at all times about hp back then.)  
  • the butterbeer experience - THE PEVERELL STORY. this song is some dope faux medieval lullabye that fits the deathly hallows story perfectly. The whole beedle the bard ep is pretty good actually. 
  • starkid/avpm is very much a part of this movement lmao…. they came late in the game but their #IMPACT cannot be overstated. Tbh like if you’re in HP fandom and haven’t watched this then wyd. CALM YOURSELF, YAXLEY

So there you go, a wrock rec post you didn’t actually ask for but I made anyway. And if the purpose of this post was to #name and #shame me for being a fucking harry potter nerd, then i have done your job so well for you as to render the original goal moot. And now my YouTube recommended videos are gonna be full of wrock for like three months

Might Be Gone
The Northern Hues
Might Be Gone

So, I’m in the middle of working on a project (which I can’t talk about just yet, but all will be revealed in due time), and in the course of working on it, I did a search on eBay.  That search turned up something I’d heard tell of, but had never seen before.  It was a copy of the Northern Hues EP.  Unopened and still in its original shrink wrap.

Being a long-time eBay user, the first thought I had was ‘holy shit!’ but the second one I had was ‘yeah, yeah, I’m so sure - original wrapping?  yeah, right!’. 

That didn’t stop me from pressing the ‘buy it now’ button so fast I nearly sprained my damn wrist, though.

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The children of the 80’s have not had an easy life. Born just as one war ended and starting school as another begun, their formative years have been plagued by darkness. So it’s no surprise that we’re all watching what they do next. Recent articles have focused on the post-graduation successes of the students of ‘99, pitting them against one another in a game of career one-upmanship. Here at Chillblain magazine we decided to ask Ravenclaw students to name their cultural highlights of the year instead. After all, it is the house of intellectuals.

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Vans Girls Music Crushes: The Wild Reeds

We’ve all had our hearts broken at one point or another, and along with that we often seek out a band or album in hopes of finding comfort in a wistful thread of relatable lyrics. For us, that band is The Wild Reeds. This SoCal indie-folk band may have packed their last album, Blind and Brave with lovesick lyrics, but the female-fronted quintet is far from the damsel in distress type. Last month we caught up with Kinsey, Mack, and Sharon to chat about their new album, and it’s evolution from heartbreak consumed lyrics to empowering self-realization. We even got the skinny on a rather hilarious text message involving a photograph of underwear…

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epilogue

i’m sitting here at this coffee shop in downtown la trying to figure out what the final summation of all of this is. trying to figure out how to best verbalize what this has meant to me, what it has done for me, what i owe to this, what i owe to all of you. i like to think of myself as somewhat prolific & to be honest i’m (finally) not quite sure what to say. so:

i started making “solo” music under the name “The Next Macbeth” when I was 15 or 16. it was something i always did outside of the bands i was a part of, outside of playing drums. i changed the name when i lived in santa barbara & was going to community college to “Oliver”. i had always wanted that to be my real name, so i went to a courthouse to have my name legally changed. i found out it costs money & i was pretty broke at the time so, instead i made it the name i would make music under. i made my first ep with my friend matt at his parents house. the feeling i got when we finished that first EP “Catharsis” was euphoric, it was in all senses of the word cathartic. i owe a lot of my courage to make that ep to my dear friend & poetic soul-sister katya who started our poetry club with me in high school.

when i moved to new orleans to go to university i met my ethereal friend Body Cheetah. we made some songs & he convinced me to change the name from Oliver to Olivver with two v’s, just to add something unique to the name. we made the broadway sessions for a class project (we were in a music program) & i had my first test of singing with just a guitar for people. recording guitar & vocals together into one mic, one take. it was scary. i felt vulnerable, i felt self-conscious. i started playing at this local coffee shop in new orleans to build up my courage with singing & playing. shout out to the 5-10 people who ever saw me there.

shortly after, i dropped out of school (with 3 weeks left) to play drums in the neighbourhood with some of my best friends at the time. although i had a lot of fun with the band, making records & touring the world, i always longed for something more. i felt the song-writing in my bones, the melodies i needed to sing, the words i needed to say. i tried to do some olivver stuff on the side (i would occasionally put out demos on my tumblr) but it never seemed to be enough to quell the artistic longing inside of me. i expressed interest in having more of a central role in the band with song-writing, melody-creating & lyric-building. unfortunately, that was where we came to a cross roads & parted ways.

i became depressed & suicidal after this had happened. i owe a lot of the reason i’m still here to my best friend dan. he told me that he’s ‘never seen me fail at something i’ve tried to do & that he believed in me’. it might not sound like much, but it was exactly what i needed to hear. so, i started making music with my friend nicholas to distract myself & to jump in head first & start to try & verbalize some of the ideas floating around in my head. i reached out to one of my best friends jake to play with me and help write on some stuff & he’s been here ever since. my true musical brother. i later met my writing partner daniel braunstein. he helped me put the finishing touches on the “Freak" EP. he made “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” with me from scratch & we have worked on numerous projects for ourselves & others since then. truly the yin to my yang in terms of song-writing & production. my guru in a sense. before we put the “Freak” EP out i was advised by my lawyer to change the name so that i didn’t get sued by any other artists using the name Oliver or things like it. i always regretted changing the name & adding ‘the Kid’. but, my paranoia got the best of me. it ended up growing on me, but it never felt true to my self. who knows, maybe it was the right move. but i digress…

we’ve toured the U.S. a couple times. we’ve played a couple festivals. we toured Russia for god’s sake. but i think it’s finally time that we put ØV to rest. maybe forever. maybe for a long time. maybe a short time. but it’s time to give something else a chance. as much as i love writing, i also love collaborating with others. i think there is a balance to be found in life with spending time alone & being social, something i struggle to find the right mix of. there is so much baggage in my life with this project, with this alter ego. so much of my happiness & sadness has been directly derived off of olivver. i will always love this project. i’ll never say i won’t put out another ØV record. but, for now, it is time to move on.

so, tomorrow it all ends.

but, tomorrow it all begins.

løve yøu,

ØV

Welcome To Appetite For Destruction - Part 2

The first post was incomplete, this version has all the songs explained.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

SLASH : It’s “Welcome to the jungle” - the perfect introduction to Guns N’ Roses.

AXL : I consider this song to be the most representative of what we’re like.

IZZY : It’s about Hollywood streets; true to life.

SLASH : That’s the first song I had that Axl wrote lyrics to and helped me write. I had the riff part of it.

AXL : Yeah, I wrote the words in Seattle. It’s a big city, but at the same time it’s still a small city compared to L.A. and the things that you’re gonna learn. It seemed a lot more rural up there. I just wrote how it looked to me. If someone comes to town and they want to find something, they can find whatever they want.

SLASH : It came across, I think it was, on the third take. We did the whole album that way. Second or third take. That’s where spontaneity comes from. If you don’t get it by then, you’ve lost the feel of it. STEVEN : I like the cowbell part.


IT’S SO EASY

DUFF : A song West (Arkeen) and myself wrote. It’s an account of a time me and him, and also the rest of the band, were kinda going through-we didn’t have money, but we had a lot of hangers on and girls we could basically live off of…things were just too easy. There’s an emptiness; it’s so easy.

AXL : I got the greatest picture. I cut this ad out of Hustler magazine. It’s this girl bent over so her ass is up in the air and it says: “it’s so easy.“

DUFF : No way!

AXL : Yeah, it’s an ad for Easy Dates.

SLASH : There’s a lot to say for that period of time when you start to lose the excitement of just chasing chicks. You start going after really bizarre girls, like librarians and stuff. Just to catch ‘em; to say I finally went out and caught a girl that wouldn’t be my normal kinda date, cause everything else is starting to get…'it’s so easy’.

AXL : I sang in a low voice because that fit the attitude of that song better. Wasn’t something I really thought about, I just started doing it. People ask why I don’t sing like that on a lot of songs and it’s only because I just sing whatever the song deserves. And it deserves being sung different than the other material. It’s a hard tight, simple, punk rock song. When I went to England they said punk’s been dead for ten years. And I said, "it’s really weird because America doesn’t know that.”

STEVEN : Great rhythm. Just rocks. Personally I like the guitar solo in it. I like that part of the song ‘cause me and Duff are rockin’. Has more feel to it than just a machine.


NIGHTRAIN

SLASH : At the grocery store the other night some kid saw me looking for wine and he says, 'hey man, let’s get some Nightrain.’ Anyway…so Nightrain is just like Jungle, it’s very indicative of what the band’s all about. I remember when it first came together, we’d hitchhiked to the Rainbow and were walking down to the Troubadour and just started yelling 'Nightrain’ 'cause we were drinking it…

AXL : It’s a dollar a bottle, 19% alcohol and a quart of it, you’ll black out. It’s cheap.

IZZY : We hung out at the Troubadour, but it was dead and we just started fantasizing and walking back up to the Strip just singing along.

DUFF : We were living in the Gardener Street studio, where we had one little box of a room. We had no money but we could dig up a buck to go down to this liquor store. It happened to have this great wine called Nightrain that would fuck you up for a dollar. Five dollars and you’d be gone. We lived off this stuff.

AXL : At the time we didn’t know anything about anybody else’s version of a song called Nightrain either.

SLASH : It’s more attitude and describing how you feel when you’re on it, rather than necessarily how you may be. You feel invincible.


OUT TA GET ME

AXL : The lyrics are saying 'I’ve always been in trouble but I’m still handling it.’ Like every time you turn around, someone is trying to screw you over financially, or the cops are banging on your door and you didn’t do anything. It’s just being railroaded into something and trying to get out from underneath it. You know - parents, teachers, preachers… everybody. The last verse Slash and I put together as a joke 'cause we were talking about how we get in fights sometimes, and how some people get pissed off that you’re drunk. But they’re the ones that bought the bottle of whiskey to get you drunk on. Some people say I got a chip on my shoulder.

SLASH : I know a big rock star right now who buys all the fucking booze and then drinks it all up and he gets fucking irate. 'Out Ta Get Me’ is Guns N’ Roses’ big anarchy statement.

AXL : We had that as one of our opening numbers for a while 'cause we were headed to a Roxy show and got pulled over by four cops. They picked up a bag off the street; said we threw it out the window and there were drugs in it. There were no drugs in it. And they were just trying to hassle us, saying our advance money in our pockets was drugmoney. They searched everything, pushed us around and we were late for a show.

SLASH : It’s kinda hard to explain this so people can understand it. We were one of the most opposed bands. We had opposition from everywhere, the whole fucking time. Still do. It’s not as bad now 'cause we’re signed and some people like the shit we do. But we started out with so many people from so many different directions trying to lash out at us. And trying to say don’t let them in here, and don’t let them do this, and don’t let them do that, and watch them, and this and that and the other.


MR. BROWNSTONE

AXL : When we moved out of our place on Fountain and La Cienga, I was the last one to leave, and found this piece of yellow paper wadded up in the corner where Izzy’s and Steven’s room was. It had the lyrics to Brownstone on it. I read it and went, “this is great”. They said they had music for it and we ended up starting to rehearse this thing.

SLASH : A lot of people have a misconception about this song. They think it’s about drugs. It’s not so much a statement about our drug habits; it’s a more a statement about other people’s drug habits. It’s a good little ditty that people can listen to and maybe think about what they’re doing. Try and get themselves in perspective. I know one thing, a lot of people who are doing a lot of fucking drugs all the time don’t have any kind of…

AXL : They don’t have a job that they’re doing at the same time.

SLASH : Yeah, a band can keep you together. Like, we can all go through all kinds of shit, but the band keeps us just enough together. But if you don’t have a band, don’t have a job, don’t have anything you’re trying to do, then somehow drugs seem to take over. It’s not preaching. Just a statement-you can listen to it or not. You can just listen to the guitars or the drums…whatever you want.

IZZY : It can mean a million different things to a million different people. It’s like when you listen to a Zeppelin song, what do you think? I have all kinds of fucking wild ideas about what “Custard Pie” is about.


PARADISE CITY

DUFF : The chords to that song I wrote when I first moved to L.A., when I didn’t know me anybody and was kinda feeling a little down. So that kinda came out, like reaching for something, you know?

SLASH : The best songs we do, they’re collaborations. The best way to do it is to have the whole band sit there and listen to everybody else’s ideas, and out it all together to make something that everybody enjoys playing.

DUFF : If one person brings in a song to this band, it always gets raped by the other four people. It always gets changed around to where its Guns N’ Roses.

AXL : The verses are more about being in the jungle; the chorus is like being back in the Midwest or somewhere. It reminds me of when I was a little kid and just looked up at the blue sky and went “Wow, what is all that, it’s so big out there.” Everything was more innocent. There are parts of the song that have more of a down home feel. And when I started putting the overlayers on the vocals (I put five tracks on there), it seemed that it came out like some Irish or Scottish heritage. One of the weird things is I had a feeling it would go over good in Europe. The kids there sang Brownstone, they sang It’s So Easy, Mama Kin, and these other songs that they’d heard on the EP. They also sang Paradise City and they’d never heard it!

IZZY : They sang as loud as our stage monitors. We could hear them over the monitors.


MY MICHELLE

AXL : I know a girl named Michelle and she became a really good friend of the band’s, and I was going out with her for a while. It’s a true story. Slash and some other members of the band said that’s kinda too heavy to say about poor, sweet Michelle; she’ll freak out. I’d written this nice sweet song about her, and then I looked at it and thought 'that doesn’t really touch any basis of reality,’ so I put down an honest thing. It describes her life. This girl leads such a crazy life with doing drugs, or whatever she’s doing at the time, you don’t know if she’s gonna be there tomorrow. Every time I see Michelle, I’m really relieved and glad. I showed her the lyrics after about three weeks of debating, and she was so happy that someone didn’t paint just a pretty picture. She loves it. It was a “real” song to her, not something hokey.

THINK ABOUT YOU

IZZY : It’s a quick love song about drugs, sex, Hollywood and money. Next song.

DUFF : It’s Izzy’s song.

IZZY : it’s just a song, I don’t want to dig deeper than that.


SWEET CHILD O’ MINE

AXL : That’s a true story about my girlfriend at this time.

IZZY : That’s a real love song.

AXL : I had written this poem, reached a dead end with it and put it on the shelf. Then Slash and Izzy got working together on songs and I came in, Izzy hit a rhythm, and all of a sudden this poem popped in my head. It just all came together. A lot of rock bands are too fucking wimpy to have any sentiment or any emotion in any of their stuff unless they’re in pain. It’s the first positive love song I’ve ever written, but I never had anyone to write anything about before, I guess.

DUFF : It was probably the hardest song for me and Steve to record, just because you have to keep a steadiness and also keep the emotion in it.


YOU’RE CRAZY

IZZY : No.. it’s called 'Fucking Crazy.’

SLASH : It’s called 'You’re Crazy’ on the record.

AXL : Yeah, it’s called 'You’re Crazy’ 'cause I didn’t want some asshole picking it up and they go, 'they put fuck on here,’ and then they won’t even give it a chance. It was written on acoustic, about another girl we know who was crazy.

SLASH : When I play that song, I don’t even know what I’m playing. It’s just such a kick in the ass for me, so I run around. I try to concentrate on the music and keep kinda stationary, except on that song. I don’t play the same solo every night 'cause I’m not on the same wavelength as other nights.


ANYTHING GOES

DUFF : That used to be a 12 ½ minute song.

AXL : Me and Izzy and this guy Chris Weber wrote it a long time ago. It’s had different verses at different times. Every time I’d do it live, people liked it, but it just depressed the shit outta me on stage.

IZZY : Used to be speed metal too.

AXL : Yeah, we did it real fast. Then we wrote another version about our times at the old studio and we kept that for a while. Then we came down to record it, we decided we didn’t want to cut the track. But Tom (Zutaut, Geffen A&R man) was very adamant about having that song recorded, so we figured 'we’re gonna have to rewrite it.’ In preproduction we came up with something we liked a lot better, but the verses weren’t written until the night we recorded the song. Basically, I just wanted that song an 'anything goes in sex’ type song.


ROCKET QUEEN

AXL: I wrote this song for this girl who was gonna have a band and she was gonna call it Rocket Queen. She kinda kept me alive for a while. The last part of the song is my message to this person, or anybody else who can get something out of it. It’s like there’s hope and a friendship note at the end of the song. For that song there was also something I tried to work out with various people - a recorded sex act. It was somewhat spontaneous but premeditated; something I wanted to put on the record.

IZZY : All these quotes were Axl’s 'cause I wasn’t there.

AXL : It was a sexual song and it was a wild night in the studio. This girl we know was dancing; everyone was getting real excited. The night coulda gotten really explosive, lots of trouble for everyone, and I thought wait a minute, how can we make this productive. And this is what we got my head. It just all came together.


Me: LOL at Slash re: librarians….