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New Release From White Bells – Ghost House [EP]

My (internet) friend and sometimes contributor to this site has recently come out with a new EP filled with demos. I have listened to Ghost House several times and say it's his best released music yet. His Bandcamp tags describe the album as alternative, acoustic, emo, folk, and punk which would be accurate representations of the music. If you enjoy any of those genres, give it a listen. At six tracks it is fairly quick listen, but you'll wish it was longer. If you like it, share and follow him on Twitter (@iamwhitebells).

I had a chat with him via email and here are a few "interview-y" questions from that.

How long did you work on this album?
- I started recording demos late last year. I went through a lot of bad ideas but was able to scrape together Reductionist, CO[See his Bandcamp page to listen] by March. I meant to polish and use some of those songs for this EP but ultimately none of them worked.
Did you have any help or did you do everything yourself? I think I heard some violins in there, and probably some other things other than guitar? Did you do those too?
- Haha that's funny because someone else said they heard violin. It's an acoustic & a guitar reverb. I played around with some sounds to accompany the acoustic before I settled on what I did. But yeah it's all me.
What's your favorite song on the album?
- That's tough. I think The Tennis Court Oath would make a really cool full-band song. But standing on their own I couldn't pick one.
What's next for White Bells? Working on new songs, still refining these? Performing live at all?
- I'm going to keep working on songs, & I'll be performing around Boulder in a few months.
Anything else?
- Go Blackhawks.

Thanks for your time!

Listen to it below, or go to his Bandcamp Page to listen, along with his other tracks.




Song of the Week: Nightmare Of You – “My Name is Trouble”

[Editor's Note]: Clearly songs are not going up everyday so the previous title of "Song of the Day" was an obvious ploy for you to come back everyday looking for a new song. This did not work as I had hoped so it is time to change the title to reflect the actual posting frequency of songs. I introduce, the new and more aptly named, "Song of the Week"! A song coming every Sunday. Now enjoy the first "Song of the Week" from Bryan James.

If you like Jared Leto doppelgangers or you like The Cure but don't think they're snarky enough, Nightmare Of You is for you. Brandon Reilly has a knack for composition, leading to some awesomely arranged songs. They've been around for almost a decade now and have never really found a foothold in the larger music scene.

This band is also great for those who are looking for some obscure but easily-palatable bands with which to annoy their friends. Enjoy!

Nightmare Of You - "My Name is Trouble"


New on Netflix Instant Streaming: July 2013, Part 2

Here are a few more new Netflix Instant Streaming gems that were added in July 2013.

Did you see the first New on Netflix Instant Streaming: July 2013?

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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
Writer: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan
Starring: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Seth Green
Genre: Comedy, High School, Romance

Why You Should Watch It: I'm not entirely sure how old I was when I first saw this movie but it was somewhere between 12 and 15. Closer to 12 would make more sense but it actually doesn't matter. Can't Hardly Wait paved way for all of the great High School Comedies we know today, like American Pie and American Pie 2. Those were the only two, though.

Seriously though, it's a decent PG-13 High School movie that will give you a few laughs. If you're a younger teen, you'll for sure enjoy it and if you're any older you'll see why you would have liked it at that age too. Watch if you're looking for a light-hearted, easy to go down, fun flick.


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Mulan (1998)

Director: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook
Writer: Robert D. San Souci, Rita Hsiao
Starring: Miguel Ferrer, Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen, Freda Foh Shen, June Foray, James Hong
Genre:  Adventure, Cartoon, Disney, Family

Why You Should Watch It: I WAS A DEPRIVED CHILD AND NEVER SAW THIS DISNEY MASTERPIECE AS A CHILD. There, I said it and in all CAPS too. I will be watching it sooner or later and will update then. Or if you'd like to add your thoughts on why people should watch Mulan, let me know! Twitter or email at 20SomethingAwesome gmail com.



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Hot Coffee (2011)

Director: Susan Saladoff
Starring: Joan Claybrook, Oliver Diaz, Joanne Doroshow
Genre: Documentary, McDonald's, Court Case

Why You Should Watch It: I have wanted to watch this since I saw it was on Netflix Instant. My thoughts coming soon...

Luckily for me, "soon" is a relative term.



Continue reading “New on Netflix Instant Streaming: July 2013, Part 2” »


Song of the Day: Portugal. The Man – “Evil Friends”

Portugal. The Man recently came out with their seventh studio album, Evil Friends. Despite my love of a couple of their albums, I haven't yet fully listened to Evil Friends. I plan to soon though, and you should also do the same because of the half listen I gave it was classic Portugal. The Man.

"Evil Friends", the album titled song has a pretty great video that is shot all in night vision. The snowy-ness, clothes, and hatchets remind me of my days living in the U.P. of Michigan (also some weekends I spent in northern Wisconsin). So if you are from there, you might enjoy it even more. Song is decent and picks up a bit into it. Give it a listen, WOULD YA ALREADY?!

Portugal. The Man - "Evil Friends"

Liked this? Check out another Portugal. The Man song, "So American".


Song of the Day: The Appleseed Cast – “Mile Marker”

Editors Note: Today's SotD comes to you from @NAUGHTicalLife.

It sucks that the word 'emo' gets thrown around so loosely these days. I can't describe the majestic brilliance of bands like The Appleseed Cast without using the aforementioned word as misnomer to what it means today. 'Emo' was a sort-of-backwards cultural movement that produced, among tight pants and averted gazes, some of the best underappreciated music today.

What 'emo' bands/songs did you like as a teenager that still hold up today?

The Appleseed Cast - "Mile Marker"