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Unpopular opinion time?

I like the Fall Out Boy Ghostbusters theme. It’s neat and if it had come on in a club a few years back, everyone would be like ‘whaaaat? How fun!’ and keep on dancing.
I love Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 and Real Ghostbusters and eXtreme Ghostbusters. I’ll be watching the new movie. People need to stop bashing it until they’ve seen it, because it’s just coming off as misogynistic bull.
The FOB theme will probably be end credits stuff because that’s how it works.
Personally I am looking forward to some badass remixes of the theme. I think it could be a real stomper.


The Kindness of Strangers

I have always relied on the kindness of strangers. That is how I’ve had the great fortune to make many friends.
Sometimes, all I’ve been able to repay them with is friendship. Mostly, that’s enough. A few people earnt my undying loyalty.
A long time ago, I used to be a well-liked figure on an internet radio station for an online game. I was popular because whilst the music I played was often excellent, if I do say so myself, it was mostly because I had a quirky profile picture and an English accent. I was (am) a girl who played games.
This left me with a tangible network of friends all over the states, from fellow DJ’s to listeners who seemed to be genuinely nice people.
Back in the day, I had plenty of invites to visit people, offers of spare rooms and places to visit in towns I’d never been to. I’d never had the money, or the confidence to travel alone.
Now, 6 years on, I’d decided to take up those offers. After all, I’d repay them with tales of travel in a fancy accent. Having been to the last 2 incidences of the yearly convention held in Phoenix, Arizona, I figured my chances were good. I’d gotten used to solo travel, no longer felt so out of place eating alone in bars and restaurants, and was well on the way to travelling light, even if I rarely did.
After an exciting but short-lived project ended, I had time on my hands. I also had most of the cost of a plane ticket to PHX. What I’d really wanted to do the first time I went over to the States was to ride a train. One of those massive, hulking, hurtling monsters, miles long and blowing that familiar whistle as they pelted through tiny towns heading for sleeping prairies. They’d sounded just like in movies the first time I’d heard one, floating in on an ineffectual breeze at 5am in a stuffy rental cottage in Mesa. They still do.
I didn’t ride one that time. Nor the next time. Just took some snaps and imagined what it might be like to ride the box cars just as the romanticized visions of hobos did.
A friend visiting from North Carolina had bought a magic rail ticket which meant she could travel the British isles for ridiculously cheap. I’d already discovered that the USA already had their own in kind, but once again, I’d never had the time. I’d always thought it would be cars or greyhounds that took me on a tour of the states, but why had I never thought about taking a train?
I remembered that there had been few real routes and that the network of trains wasn’t really like ours. Public transport was often lacking. The car was king.
I couldn’t drive. That wasn’t an option for me. It would be expensive and I couldn’t do it anyway. I was getting a train. Trains.

An adventurer was me.


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Bake It – with Kiefer Sutherland [advert]

SO GOOD.

I was filled with baking ennui, but now I feel renewed.


Coilhouse » Blog Archive » Geekquality: Where All Geeks Are Created Equal

 

Coilhouse » Blog Archive » Geekquality: Where All Geeks Are Created Equal.


Tropes vs. Women in Video Games by Anita Sarkeesian » OMG! 1000 backers! (and about that harassment stuff) — Kickstarter

Tropes vs. Women in Video Games by Anita Sarkeesian » OMG! 1000 backers! (and about that harassment stuff) — Kickstarter.

 

I’ve backed this Kickstarter because I think it’s an interesting topic and one that is relevant to me. To read about the abuse this person has suffered as a result of wanting to undertake this project is astounding.


New Return of the Jedi Footage emerges | Den of Geek

New Return of the Jedi Footage emerges | Den of Geek.

 

As it’s a silent piece, I chose some Explosions In The Sky as a personal soundtrack. It worked pretty well.


Happy Birthday to The Bat Pack!

 

Happy Birthday to the “Bat Pack!” Peter Cushing’s birthday was yesterday, May 26, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee were both born on May 27th


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Beastie Boys – Sabotage parody

An MCA tribute by James Winters.

Very, very nicely done. Ace!


WE ARE THE MEDIA – The AFP Kickstarter

Amanda Palmer & keytar

AFP/Keytar photo by Andrius Lipsys

So, recently, there’s been a lot of fuss about Amanda Palmer (& The Grand Theft Orchestra)’s kickstarter/album launch/project. ‘Fuss’ is probably a little negative sounding, what I meant is there’s a lot of people talking/writing about it. Let’s play catch up:

Amanda Fucking Palmer is a musician who left commercial music labels behind in 2010 and never looked back, being much happier writing, producing and distributing on her own terms.

Leaving the traditional industry behind hasn’t slowed her productivity at all. She’s released 2 albums, collaborated on 2 more, had a couple of singles since, and been touring too. AFP’s methods often involve crowd sourcing, from finding transport, to borrowing instruments and stage clothing, to finding local places to eat. It cuts the cost of touring, and adds a more personal connection with fans.

Hers is most certainly a more exciting and interesting independent route to take.

Palmer’s recent releases have been enabled through bandcamp, a site for musicians to release and showcase music directly (receiving ~90% of any profits), allowing listeners to ‘pay what they can’. Sure, Radiohead did that recently with In Rainbows (2007), but that’s one album – Palmer has done that with EVERYTHING since she left Roadrunner Records in 2010 (excepting her ukulele Radiohead tribute album and a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Polly’, which have a minimal charge to cover royalties.)

Palmer is all about putting the artist in charge, and it takes a strong, driven person to succeed, no doubt. Being out there on your own, putting yourself in charge of your dreams and destiny, making it happen is no mean feat. That brings us to what’s going on at the moment: THE FUTURE OF MUSIC. Amanda Palmer: The new RECORD, ART BOOK, and TOUR on Kickstarter.
This is EXCITING, because it’s a chance to help a musician to put out a major album – funded by us, the fans, internet people, music lovers, people just sick of the music industry – and to get what will undoubtedly be a great album. Check out the first single ‘Do It With A Rockstar’ for free, naturally.

With her Kickstarter project, you can pay upfront for the album (released September 2012). For a mere 1 US dollar, you’ll get a digital copy of the album. For a little extra, you can pre-purchase the download with added extras (‘rewards’) such as bonus tracks, or a hard copy CD or Vinyl. If you’re in the market for something a little more unique, check out some of the $100+ packages, including  house parties, dinner with AFP herself, and a photoshoot with the band.

All the money goes towards mixing, marketing, promotion, distribution (which a traditional music label would normally handle) and fulfilling the rewards. As of writing, you’ve got 10 days left. Funding closes at 23:59 EDT, May 31st 2012.

Whilst the album will be made available to the world in September, this is a chance to get in from the start, to get something awesome and special, to say I WAS THERE.

My name is Kerstal Wubz, and I’m an Amanda Palmer backer.