Music Monday: Japandroids “Near to the Wild Heart of Life”

Hey folks! Happy (or equivalent) Monday!

This week’s track is the creative anthem by Japandroids, the tweet-killingingly-long-titled “Near to the Wild Heart of Life”. It’s a really rockin’ song about a singer leaving town to pursue his dreams, surprisingly with the support of pretty much everyone in his life. It’s one of the most absurdly positive songs I’ve heard in a long time and I love it.

Some of you might thinking “Fred, you love every song you post here,” and that’s right. I’m not going to post a song just to hatefuck it. These are songs that I like. I liiiiiiiiike.

Anyway, I couldn’t find a video that would stream from the blog, so instead I’m including a link to their bandcamp page. If you’re going to have to click anyway, you might as well click to the source.

Hope you enjoy it, but either way, let me know what you think!

— FGY

https://japandroids.bandcamp.com/track/near-to-the-wild-heart-of-life

Music Monday: No More Kings “Sweep the Leg”

This week’s Monday starts off a little differently than most. Normally, I include a video for the song just to make it easier for you to watch. I’ve also, up until now, been including songs that have come out in the last year or so.

The song is “Sweep the Leg” by No More Kings. Released all the way back in 2005. This song is a ballad about the tragic tale of Johnny Lawrence from the Karate Kid, in what I can best describe as the style of Maroon 5.  I’m a little sad I’m only finding about it now.

Now, the video for this song is part of what makes it so great. It’s directed by and also stars William Zabka, better known as Johnny Lawrence. He plays a washed up version of himself confronting a karate pizza boy. It’s as amazing as it sounds, but fair warning, the music doesn’t kick in until the 3 min mark.

Anyway, hope you folks get the same kick out of it that I did! Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter!

 

DFWCon (& The Boy That Cried Coconut)

This weekend I got to hang out at the Dallas Fort Worth Writer’s Conference which will hear by be shortened to DFWCon.

This was the first time I’d gone to a writing conference as opposed to a writing convention (or writing workshop, I promise I’ll get my VP blog up someday). “What’s the difference?”, you might be asking.  Near as I can tell, a convention focuses on celebrating the fandom of the thing, with a couple of panels for aspiring creators and the chance to hear industry experts speak. Armadillocon (a great con that I highly recommend) averages about 50/50 fan/creator. The entire focus of the conference is craft and the business. There’s pitch sessions, there’s one-on-one editing sessions, and there’s a whole lot of wonderful panels.

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Music Monday: Post Modern Jukebox’s Cover of “All the Small Things”

Hey Gang!

It’s time for another addition of Music Monday! This week I’m highlighting Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox’s Cover of Blink 182’s “All the Small Things” (feat. Puddles Pity Party). I’ve always said, whenever you cover a song, you should make it your own, and Post Modern Jukebox does that and more. If I’m being honest with myself, I think I like Puddles’ vocals more than the original. It’s over the top, it’s dramatic, it’s silly, and it’s perfect.

Enjoy!

FGY