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Bo Burnham: Make Happy stand up review

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Ill Mind of Hopsin 9 music review

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Hopsin – Ill Mind of Hopsin 9 music review

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Although Ill Mind 9 is not my favorite Ill Mind of Hopsin to be released, I would say that it struck a chord and was more heartfelt than  any of the other ones. Ill Mind of Hopsin 9 is a rap song by Hopsin where he raps as if he was speaking to his child that he has never met and is forcibly separated from. The tone is very different than in any other Ill Mind and I believe that was done very intentionally. This isn’t an angry subject for him, I think it is more something he needed to say and he wanted to go about it as if it were actually a message to his soon. The beat is lighter, the rap is slower, and his voice is softer. Especially in the hook. It is a great song, a better one of Hopsin’s. Not my favorite Ill Mind, but definitely the deepest and probably most important.

Baby Driver movie review

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Whether you like the movie or not, Baby Driver is a beautiful take on a heist film that intertwines music into every little crevice it can without every making itself seemed forced… Baby Driver follows Baby(Ansel Elgort), the best get-away driver in the heist business. Baby is forced to work for Doc (Kevin Spacey) because of some past misdeeds he has done. Baby soon falls for a diner girl named Debora (Lily James) and does whatever he can to get out of the business… As I said before, Baby Driver has music going almost every second the movie is playing, almost making it feel more like a long music video than an actual movie. The way they pull this off is Baby has tinnitus and uses the music to drown it out. The cuts and edits to match the music or jaw-dropping to witness. The actual plot of this movie, though shaky at times, is solid enough for me not to question too often. Anyone that is not Baby or Debora is a villain and  against the new couple, which is believable considering they are criminals, but the relationship itself is not believable. The “couple” has one conversation, briefly I might add, and suddenly are head over heals for each other… Either way, this movie is brilliant to watch and like nothing I have ever seen, which allows me to forgive all of its tiny little missteps and enjoy it because it truly is amazing.

Madchild music review

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I’m a big fan of rap, it is by far my favorite genre and almost exclusively what I listen too. What I love most is hardcore and underground. Madchild is one of the best hardcore-underground rappers out there, and lyrically brilliant. A rapper of Canadian decent, often rapping of his upbringing, drug problems, and views, he never holds back. He is often considered the “king” of freestyle battle raps, having won multiple national competitions and tournaments… His sound and rhythm is hard to describe, but so noticeable and unique that when you hear him once you can pick him out of a crowd. There is a reason he is underground though. That being he never pulls punches with his lyrics and says what he wants. Being said you may not like him, but if you do you will love him.\

 

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping movie review

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This movie had some damn good songs in it. Like, Lonely Island toppers! Now, if none of you know who the Lonely Island is I’ll tell you. Lonely Island started out as a short skit group on Saturday Night Live, often collaborating with big stars such as Justin Timberlake. After that they reached mainstream success due to their hilarious lyrics and awesome videos… This movie is BASICALLY a giant Lonely Island video, and I fucking love it… Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping follows Conner, a popstar that’s first solo album became the biggest thing in the world and he is preparing to release his second album that is looking like it will be utter dog shit. Conner use to be a member of the Style Boyz, a huge boy band that consisted of his all time best friends Owen and Lawrence. Till his head got too big and he left… If you haven’t already heard, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is just bonkers good and funny. This right here is a great example of a movie that knows EXACTLY what it is and rolls with it! Almost every joke hits for me. The acting chops and delivery Andy Samberg provides excels this movie past anything more than it ever should be. You take this weird ass premise and character, hand it to another actor, even one with MORE acting ability and they couldn’t do what he did with it. To put icing on the cake the cameos is this were great. To name a few you have Simon Cowell, Snoop Dogg, Seal, Questlove, USher, D.J. Khaled, and my personal favorite Justin Timberlake!.. The way Popstar is filmed is just fucking brilliant for this movie too. It is documentary style following his release of the album. This way of dong it is fucking brilliant BECAUSE instead of having an inner monologue Conner just speaks his dumb ass things straight to the camera! On top of that it really paints a picture for how big this guy actually is when it is filmed this way. It opens up doors to talking to celebrities directly about him, cutting back and forth in time with a narrator without it being annoying, I love it!.. This movie made me laugh, and not just through my nose, full blown laugh. It exceeded my expectations in almost every way and I already want to re-watch it. I’m buying this shit and so should you.

 

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An interview with The Mustard Tigers

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Recently I “sat down” with punk bank The Mustard Tigers from my home town in Michigan. Consisting of Jared Micheau on drums and lead vocals, Brett Becks on guitar and backing vocals, and Taylor Donovan with the bass and backing vocals…

1. How exactly did all the members of The Mustard Tigers meet?

The Mustard Tigers came about after a cheap cigar. Jared went to Elmers Grocery Store where Brett worked to cash his paycheck, and Brett was on his way out. Brett offered Jared a cigar and they brought up how they missed being in a band. So we set a date, and got a singer that Brett new and rolled from there. Taylor is actually a part of The Mustard Tigers 3.0 and Jared and Taylor have been in two bands previously. One was a crappy metalcore band that we never speak about, and the other was Alligator Sundae. Alligator Sundae was a weird emo-pop band that we also almost never speak of. Taylor and Brett met at a basement show Alligator Sundae put on. So, we remembered her and how great she was at bass and got her in.

2. How has your experience been with Funeral Records, and how did that come about?

Funeral Records have been very kind to us, and we both kind of helped each other out in a way. (If I may say that.) They were coming around at the same time we were, and they gave us a good kickstart to what ended up to be a great fall tour. They booked our first ever show in Chicago, they feature us on their radio, and they’re really cool guys. As far as how it came about, it seems as though they popped up on our “radar” and we really liked their ideals and purpose so we said “sign us up!”

3. Recently you went on tour with other local punk band Grounded, and often preform shows with them. What is your relationship with them?

Grounded is just a bunch of nerds. No really, they’re basically our older-brother-band. Our first ever show was with them at a local pool hall called “Crazy Joe’s.” Since then, we’ve played dozens of shows with them, went on tour (obviously), and they recorded our EP that’s coming out at Studio 110 productions. They’re pretty rad dudes, and I recommend them to everyone.

4. Where did you get the title for your first album The Shadd Inside Of Us All?

It’s a funny story, actually. When we were recording our first single “Fish Taco” at Studio 110, Jared’s bass at the time had a really messed up annotation and none of the notes he played were in tune. So Shadd (Grounded’s bassist) learned the song and re-recorded the bass. Either Brett or Jared made a comment regarding how Shadd is inside of us. Then it changed to “Shadd is inside of us all”, and it just stuck.

5.How long was the recording process for this album?

In total it took us 3 sessions to finish everything. The first day was just a couple hours of doing scratch tracks on guitar. The second day was a 10-9er with a few little breaks in between. The last day was only 4-5 hours of ruining Jared’s voice on vocal tracks, and it’s just been a waiting game since then.

6. Have you ever experimented with other genres of music?

Aside from Alligator Sundae and that awful metalcore band, we have experimented with a few different musically influenced pieces. A lot of the music we’re writing now has a lot of hardcore and pop-punk influence, which is kind of part of our roots. Other than that, we’ve always been based around punk in some sort of way.

7. Lastly, if you could set one goal for The Mustard Tigers to achieve in the next year, what would it be?

I can’t narrow it down to one, but I think they would be to play some awesome shows with some more awesome bands, record and release a new album this fall, and just have a great time doing it.

 

The Mustard Tigers first studio album is set to release soon! Until then check them out here…

https://www.facebook.com/TheMustardTigersUP/timeline

 

 

Bo Burnham: Make Happy stand up review

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Guys, is Bo okay?.. Either way though, that was fucking sensational! Bo Burnham has come out with three comedy specials, this being the third, and every one is better than the last! Make Happy focuses much more on stand up than songs than any of his other specials, and yet the way he goes about it works very well! I highly recommend watching this on a big TV, with the lights off, and the sound up… What makes this show what it is is Bo’s stage presence and showmanship. He talks about how he has never known anything but entertainment and that is why his shows aren’t relatable yet highly entertaining. It’s all he knows… Going back to the songs. This act has very few memorable songs like his other specials. Ninety percent of his act is making fun of his fans and other artists. On top of that most of his bits are very rapid and he moves on to the next bit quickly. Though that work VERY well for him and is fucking hysterical, I don’t see how you get a CD out of this. That is the only bad thing I can find about this. Bo has always been hilarious and the last ten minutes of this show takes him to a very deep level. He speaks about needing, yet fearing the validation of his fans, and how he has focused so much on others peoples happiness that he forgot his own… In the end he runs off to a family that doesn’t exist…This show is raunchy, hilarious, and somehow beautiful.

 

Surviving a Road Trip (by yourself!)

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Recently, I went on a cross country road trip by myself. The first time I went, I nearly went insane! The second time, however, I did some research and asking around on ways to make it better. Sure, road trips with friends are amazing I’m not going to deny that at all. But, something can be said about hitting the open road by yourself to. A chance to clear your head, live by your own time-clock, and have a good ole adventure! Although, if you go about it the wrong way, you will go insane. Well, I’m here to help.

1. Make a few playlists before you go. Put some rock, rap, Arabian folk music,  or whatever weird stuff you’re in to! Its your trip, and no one is there to judge you on your messed up listening habits.

2. Mix it up a bit! A person will go crazy listening to that much music and nothing but music. Try some stand up comedy and get a good laugh. Find a book you have been wanting to read and throw that in your tape deck (or on your phone if you are under 70). Podcast’s work too, they are a great way to fill time, and if you find the right ones, a lot of fun! My personal favorites are Ear Biscuits, Dear Hank and John, and The Cracked Podcast’s.

3. Don’t look at it as a whole. Break your trip up into chunks! Find a spot on the map, maybe a few hours out, and look forward to that. If you are counting down twenty hours, it seems like FOREVER. If you count down four hours until you get to sit down for a meal and stretch your legs it won’t seem so bad.

4. Pack snacks! Pack whatever your heart desires. Beef jerky, gummy bears, bagel bites, or even anchovies. It’s your trip!

5. Even though you have snacks, stop for food or coffee whenever you want. A twenty-two hour trip isn’t much different than a twenty hour trip. Plus, having a break from the freeway is always nice!

6. Talk to people. Get a blu-tooth of course, but make sure to talk to people. Call your mom, your best friend, or that collection agency that you have been dodging for months. It’s nice to have some time to yourself, but talking to people really makes the time go by quicker.

7. Talk to yourself! You are going to go crazy either way, Embrace it! Sing at the top of your lungs. It’s a long, long drive, and you are going to have to get comfortable with yourself.