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In Episode 186, Germar talks about the latest episodes of The Flash, Arrow, and Gotham

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hot Trailers and Look to the Cookie

In Episode 201, Germar reviews all the latest hottest trailers: Star Wars, Avengers, Batman punking Superman, and Ant-Man. But first, don't let this website and podcast disappear! Have we whitewashed the site? Is it too mainstream? Does the content suck or do you just not even bother?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Indie Music: Little Shells "5 Deep Under"

by Germar Derron


Listening to this album for weeks has only made writing this review harder. Initially, I thought "I get it, they're good, I'll review this." Now, I feel it. I don't know that I can write adequately about how much, and why, I like this, but I have to try. 

I worked in live sound for years. I've heard it all. Almost no one is as good as they think they are. Everyone treated me--who controlled everything about their sound--terribly.  The pay sucked. The patrons mostly hated me, spilled beer on me, or groped me. A few times a year an act would come in and make it all worthwhile. Their mere existence improved my life. Those groups made me feel sad too. There must be so much amazing music in the world that I'll never know. If I still worked the club/bar scene, Little Shells could definitely be that "few times a year" act.

On 5 Deep Under, Little Shells does something that only the best, and biggest, acts of all time manage. "I'll Remain" is the single.  It's a good choice, but so are four other tracks. I want to hear all five of those songs regularly on Pandora, in advertisements, in movies, and at the end of HBO's Girls. And three other songs are close to flawless too; they just might not work in any pop space.

Sonically--technically, musically, and somewhat vocally--this thing is all over the place, but it's awesome. That said, I'd hope to see them push more--take more chances on a future project.  

Life is weird. I listened to the first track. I didn't like the mix--the vocals ride high. Then, I heard some not purposeful pitch problems. I almost didn't review it. Now, I can't wait to use these songs on a podcast, in a web show or film. Simply stated, this is the best I've heard so far in 2015.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 Episode 17 Review and After Show "Melinda"

The story of Melinda May’s transformation into “The Cavalry” is revealed as she finds herself at a crossroads in the war between Coulson and Gonzales. As Skye learns more about her true heritage from Lincoln, the truth about the Inhumans will send her in a new direction.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

In Episode 200, Germar covers the show that should have been called "The Fine A-- Women of Hell's Kitchen" SPOILER FREE.  So, what did he think?  What did you think? You can listen before, after, or during your binge.

Friday, April 10, 2015

One Year Older; One Year Better?

In Episode 199, on the eve of Germar's birthday, he talks about the past year--careers, moving to Hollywood, friends, the website, and of course the ladies.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 Episode 16 Review and After Show "Afterlife"

After Robert Gonzalez takes action, Coulson fights to protect the future of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Skye meets an enigmatic inhuman.

Indie Music: Slim Loris "Love and Fear"

by Germar Derron

People say that art is subjective. Maybe that's true. It doesn't work that way for me. I have a comedy writing partner. She rarely laughs at my jokes and sketches. I rarely laugh at things she finds funny. Even though we respond differently, I always see the humor and value in her comedy. We come from very different backgrounds. She writes straightedge, corny, punchline-driven, rim-shot worthy jokes. I'll never laugh at that, but I'll peddle it to the appropriate audiences all day. And that's how I feel about Slim Loris.

I will likely never listen to any track from Love and Fear, after I finish this review (well maybe "Down"), but I can't really say anything bad about it. The overall sound of the album is polished--it's professionally soft. It feels like the guitar strings and drum skins are covered in some sort of sonic felt. It's pleasing. This feeling connects each track, so that the album plays cohesively. I can't say the same for most indie projects that I review. Plus, fortunately, here that soft cohesiveness doesn't lead to monotony. 

The album does seem legit--not contrived. I imagine that the band doesn't spend a lot of time determining what they should be, or who they should sound like. Maybe they do, but it's not obvious to me. Of course, only independent artists could ever pull this off. I don't know what the major label version of Slim Loris might be, but oddly I'd probably like that . . . .  

The vocals could be called "all over the place," but never "awful." I prefer what they do vocally on "Sparkling Sun"--a touch of Dave Grohl.  And the strong and eccentric vocals on "Down" make it an obvious lead single. 

Though, I'm not a fan, I know that the album deserves a 3.5 of 5 stars.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fearless Flap with Erin McKelle--Episode 3

John-John Cabibihan,
In episode three, of a new series, Erin McKelle talks to writer--and all around awesome person--Allison Epstein. They discuss prosthetic penises, Gone Girl, 50 Shades, Harry Potter, Ohio State's total domination of Michigan, and post-college real world adult life. This may be the best podcast yet on earth planet.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Batman v. Robin, Super Mario, and Black Bruce Wayne

In Episode 198, Germar covers the new Batman vs. Robin animated film, and the Super Mario series. But first, don't call Germar creative, but do call him the best option. Oh, hey racist, tell me again why we can't have a black Bruce Wayne, or an Asian-American Clark Kent, or a Hispanic Peter Parker?

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Insurgent Flarrow

Episode 197 is the sloppiest D.S.E. (Daddy Soda Edition) yet! Germar covers the Divergent sequel--Insurgent, and the latest episodes of The Flash and Arrow. Try to enjoy.

 
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