Since I’ve pretty much been living under a rock for the past four years, I’ve missed out on a lot of new albums. (I’ve missed out on a lot of things, but that’s beside the point.)
Which is why I’ve only recently gotten around to Nightwish’s Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Can’t say I’m a huge fan of the Floor Jansen vocals, but the fact that the Deluxe Version includes instrumentals of EVERY SONG on the album is freakin’ awesome. Seriously, it sounds amazing. Consider:
Korpiklaani is a band I keep very close to my heart because their music reaffirms my sense of existence and man’s place in the world while drawing attention to the important social issues of our time.
Like the role of blacksmiths in modern society.
Blacksmiths have been responsible for more human progress than all the hashtags and prayer-shares combined.
Support your local blacksmith.
HOW DID IT NEVER PREVIOUSLY OCCUR TO ME TO SEARCH FOR THE TERMS “STAR TREK” AND “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY”???
I mean, I have the Picard Song for my ringtone, the Next Generation theme for my alarm clock, and Bohemian Rhapsody has been my ringback tone since my son was a baby. If not for him, I might never have seen this video.
Also, this little gem has been floating around, and it’s a work of PURE GENIUS:
The thing I love most about Siouxsie and the Banshees is how many of their songs remind me of my favorite books. Scarecrow always conjures up images of young Dagny Taggart’s insatiable passion for her railroad, while Rhapsody illustrates the utter void she feels years later with the discovery that there is “not a mind left.”
Turn to Stone and The Last Beat of My Heart capture perfectly Dominique Francon’s quest for self-destruction and the subsequent reintroduction of Roark in to her life, though he’s never been farther away.
And while it isn’t exactly one of my favorite books, one of the central points of Queen of the Damned (the struggle between Lestat and Akasha) can be summed up in Face to Face. Actually, considering both the Banshees’ and Danny Elfman’s aethetic persuasions (he co-wrote the song for the Batman Returns soundtrack), I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they were influenced by the book. Though I seriously doubts Siouxsie Sioux is a staunch reader of Ayn Rand. 😉
Also worth mentioning is Siouxsie and Budgie’s former side project The Creatures. A couple of their songs — Standing There and Another Planet — bring to mind Dagny Taggart’s inability to understand the minds and motives of the people around her.