Category Archive – Randomness

Music Minute: Mumford, the Oldest Latest Fad

by Sarah  | Category: Pop Culture, Randomness

Music Minute LogoHey! Ho! Eh! Oh! Whoa! Banjo! Go!

Music today is different than the music of yesterday which will change with tomorrow. That much we know. But it is interesting to see the flare and tone of tunes from yesteryear reappare in a modern context. Think turn of the 20th century folk tunes but add an accouistic guitar, indie rock tempos, and some Apple devices into the mix. Shake, stir, stomp, and pour. Instant nouveaux niche success.

One of the biggest bands to trend this nature currently riding the airwaves is hipster heaven sent Mumford and Sons. They are a multi-talented all lad band who rock out on banjos like it is 1899. With a distinctive olde tyme twang about them this band has skyrocketed into the musical limelight and pushed aside the techno-enhanced songs of Kanye, Nicki Garglemouth Minaj, wrecking ball Miley Cyrus et al. And you know what? That is a good thing.

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With hit songs like Little Lion Man and I Will Wait what’s not to appreciate and enjoy about these guys? Sure their sound may seem to reach far back into the technological void known as the past but today’s reality is built on yesterday’s foundation. Taking something old and giving it a good polish to make it new again is just a wonderful way of cycling in a bit of history. And let’s be honest here, today’s pop culture landscape could use a bit of spruching up with the golden olden days. Mumford has kicked open the barn door and where they lead others, like The Lumineerswill take up strumming instruments and follow.

Until next time, Happy Listening.

Mumford Meme

Music Minute: Oh Canada…Our Home of Hockey Nuts

by Sarah  | Category: Pop Culture, Randomness

Bugs Bunny Music Minute LogoOh Canada!

What is the first thing that pops into your mind whenever you hear that?

The Maple Leaf, Flag, The Beaver, Cultural Diversity, Universal Health Care, Prime Minister, Mounties, Immigration, Maple Syrup, CN Tower, Peacekeeping, Timmies, Snow, Hockey. Those were just a few off-the-cuff examples given by people at random when asked that question.

The reason I ask is that unless you have been cozying up with a grizzly bear in full hibernation mode all winter you have probably heard about the Winter Olympics that is about to kick off this month. Canada’s greatest are going to be competing against the rest of the world to bring home Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the winter games. But there is no denying that most eyes are focused on one sport in particular.

Hockey. That sportsman glue that binds us from sea to sea. Canada’s favourite winter feel good coffee purveyor has just released a commercial to get Canada “in the zone” for the upcoming games.

It doesn’t matter what age, race, creed, religion, gender, political view, social outlook, people are. Hockey is hockey.  When Canada plays for gold an entire nation holds its breath. And when that puck slides into the net to cinch that winning goal the entire country shakes as people from coast to cost stand up and cheer. It happened in 2002. It happened in 2010. Can this happen again in 2014?

The stuff of legend. What other event could cause that sort of wide-spread reaction and intense outpouring of raw joy that doesn’t involve moon walking or ending a world war?  Think about it.

So here’s to all of Canada’s Olympians who are taking part in the 2014 games. May they compete with grace, dignity, honour…and show the world what the land of the Maple Leaf is all about!

GAME ON!

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A Video Interlude: Maleficent, The Fault in our Stars and Mean Elves

by Ali Cat  | Category: Movie Madness, Pop Culture, Randomness, Super Fan

To help perk up your week, I’ve decided to share some new videos that have popped up online that might appeal to the average web junkie.  So yay!

First up, we have a new look at one of Disney’s most iconic villains reimagined for a tale from her point of view.  Here’s Maleficent.

Hmmm, a dreary version of “Once Upon a Dream”, big special effects and Angelina Jolie looking like she’s quite enjoying herself.  And does Maleficent actually have horns?  I always thought that was a headdress, but some clips with her hair down hint at actual horns.  If that’s the case, what is she?  Intriguing…

Next is a first look at the film version of The Fault in our Stars, based on the YA novel of the same name.  Some heavy material here, but with a touch of romance.

And lastly, for a chuckle, I have to pass on this parody of Mean Girls featuring characters from The Hobbit.  I just…I just have to.

Oh those elves!  And anything that includes Harry Potter in a cameo is worth watching.

Peace out!

The Forging of the Great Epics, and the One Saga to Ruin Them All!

by Ali Cat  | Category: Pop Culture, Randomness, Reading Lounge, Super Fan

I’m not sure who wrote this (if you know, please post in the comments section), but it’s just…awesome!

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Three Facebook comments tell an epic tale.  Do you agree, dear readers?  Are these posts being a little hard on Stephanie Meyer?  Are they right on the money?  Is George R. R. Martin truly the heir to the Fantasy genre, or would you have chosen someone else?

Stay free, People of the Fantasy Genre!

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Music Minute: Taking the Hobbits to Isengard!

by Sarah  | Category: Pop Culture, Randomness, Super Fan

Music Minute Bugs Bunny LogoGreetings and Salutations!

Welcome to 2014! Instead of our usual program of clever musical intellect today Music Minute is going to dish out something that tickles the funny bone as well as gets those toes a-tapping!

Over a decade ago filmmaker Peter Jackson brought to J.R.R. Tolkien’s work to life on the big screen with the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Hobbits, Wizards, Elves, Dwarves, creepy Grim Reaper wannabe’s on mini-dragons, giant flaming Eyeballs….the stuff of creative legend.

Howard Shore, the musical genius behind the film scores, gave the movies their iconic anthems that have rallied fans for years. It is impossible to not strike a majestic pose when listening to the Fellowship theme or long for the Shire when concerning about hobbits. Those songs have a magic to them that transports those listening into Middle Earth every single time.

Like all things with a cult fan following the Lord of the Rings has a huge broad-based fandom throughout the internet. And where fans gather pop culture references will be made. One of the most memorable of these hilarious references is the Legolas “Taking the Hobbits to Isengard” remix. Call me aged but I remember when this first hit the web stream. I fell off my chair laughing and listened to it on repeate for days. Nearly ten years later the song still holds fond memories and has made it into a must-have-dance-in-the-aisles Ringtone for any Ringer fan.

Pop culture icons live on even when the general fan hype has dwindled. But like all musical scores in the fanverse, they are never forgotten.

Don’t believe me?

With the release of the new Hobbit Trilogy currently underway the man who made it all possible has not forgotten the fans or the fandom. This was a behind the scenes shout-out to all Ringers past, present, and future to let them know that they are loved and appreciated for all of their dedication and strange quirks.

And after all this time…Orlando Bloom still rocks the black eyebrows with blonde hair combo.

Gandalf Meme