Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

This movie made me realize a lot of things about the MCU.

I’m more interested in new heroes than in sequels. We haven’t had an origin story in a while, and origin stories are great. And Black Widow was really mediocre.

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Album reviews 9/7/21

DJ SS Presents- Bass Sea: Drum & Bass Sounds of the Summer: I think I alluded to listening to a lot of drum & bass on a website recently. This is the site I was talking about. (It’s kind of janky; keeps logging me out and forgetting what I put in the checkout cart. But it’s otherwise a good way to explore new music.) Now, normally I don’t review collections. I review albums. But boy, is this really great? Every other song was a fantastic example of drum & bass, be it liquid or… uh, whatever other d’n’b types exist, I’m sure! Point is, I really liked this and I think I would listen to it again. That’s not easy to do with a various artist collection! 8.5/10

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Album reviews 9/4/21

In This Moment- Mother: The second track of this album sounds like Stevie Nicks decided to go heavy metal. This is very grungy and dark, which seems like a very dumb thing to be criticizing a metal band about, but it’s not what I listen to In This Moment for. I could swear their vocalist has changed, but apparently not. But they even managed to take the fun out of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”! Who does that? It’s not until the title track, halfway through the album, that I finally hear something familiar. Maybe they’re just trying something new, but I can’t say I like it. 4.5/10

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Album reviews 9/1/21

Pearl Jam- Gigaton: For some reason, I continue to be shocked to see older bands releasing new albums. Maybe with Pearl Jam, it’s because they’re just so indelibly linked to the 90’s, it’s hard to imagine they could even exist today. And, well, maybe they don’t. I mean, I was cognizant that I was listening to a modern Pearl Jam album, that sound is definitely theirs, but this was ultimately insubstantial, which is not a word one normally would use to describe them. It’s okay, I guess? 4.5/10

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Revice first impressions

REALLY BAD

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Kamen Rider Saber

Does the phrase “The pen is mightier than the sword” not exist in Japanese? Because how do you make an entire show about literally that without ever saying it once?

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Album reviews 8/30/21

The Boomtown Rats- Citizens of Boomtown: I gave myself a crash course in the Boomtown Rats just prior to trying this out. They’re one of those late 70’s/early 80’s punk bands, or at least that seems to be a good deal of their influences. But I can’t say I was into anything on their greatest hits album. For better or worse, it seems like they haven’t changed their sound much, 40 or 50 years on. Good lord, why do bands stick around that long? I just got nothing out of this, save that the last track, “The Boomtown Rats” was really, really dumb. 4/10

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Album reviews 8/29/21

Ani DiFranco- Knuckle Down: You know, I’m pretty sure I’ve never listened to Ani DiFranco, despite her being a name I definitely know. According to Wikipedia, this 2005 album is one of her most accessible, so there may be a reason for this. This starts off with a wicked strong blast of fingerstyle guitar that really caught my attention. The rest I would compare to a latter-day Suzanne Vega or Alanis Morisette. She’s got that 90’s alt-rock sound, or at least that’s how she sounds here. So, yeah, not a bad introduction to her, though I get the sense it really doesn’t represent her full body of work. 6.5/10

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Album reviews 8/25/21

Alan Replica- Clockworks, Juliet: And I thought the last album was weird. This is also weird, but sadly in far less interesting ways. And Freegal says it’s also from 2007, so I’m now more inclined to believe this is real 80’s music, the kind of thing that would have shown up on that list of obscure radio plays from ’83 I spent most of this year listening to. But yeah, his voice isn’t particularly expressive to begin with, and here it’s even flatter. Definitely not a must-hear, and a clear indication of why you’ve never heard of this guy. 4.5/10

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Album reviews 8/23/21

Brett Dennen- Smoke and Mirrors: This is a 2013 release a folk-pop singer who… He’s kind of diet Passenger? So if you don’t like Passenger, I wouldn’t recommend this. Heck, if you do like Passenger, I probably wouldn’t recommend this. It’s just very slow and quiet and mumbly and not interesting whatsoever. 4/10

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