geeking out: extra life — gaming for good

With #gamergate going on I’ve been a little sad and distancing myself from anything game related. My friend putting a call out for support for his efforts for Extra Life gave me a little boost. Extra Life is a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It started in 2008 and has since raised over 7 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals! I love that gamers have made such a huge positive difference for so many kids. If you’re a gamer, you can join in this Saturday October, 25th. You can play any type of game you want — video, board, card, role-playing, whatever you like! Not into gaming? Support my friend’s marathon, or find someone near you to support. It’s a great cause, and an easy way to do something good today.

music monday: new fall tunes

Last week two albums were released that are perfect for chilly weather and cloudy days. I’ve been alternating between the albums of Pompeii and Taxes, and wishing the weather here in Austin would get it together and allow me to fully embrace the music the way I think it would sound best (aside from live, of course. nothing beats live).
Pompeii Band
You can hear songs from Pompeii’s new album loom here. They just left for an East Coast tour, and will be playing CMJ, so if you’re in the area, go check them out.

Tuesday, when It Never Ends by Taxes was released, I purchased it immediately, and dragged my laptop to the kitchen to listen to the tracks online while I made cupcakes for girls’ night. There was definitely some dancing with a spatula in my hand happening. I think Lost at Sea is my favorite song off the album (so far). West Coast friends can check them out Nov. 6th in SF at Bottom of the Hill. Here’s a video for Kali:

What new albums are you listening to? Anything I should check out, or share? In case you haven’t noticed, swoony (let’s pretend that’s a real word — like bloaty <--that's for you Gilmore Girl fans) tunes are my favorite. xo -renée

geeking out: star wars cosplay

Star Wars Cosplay
Are you still looking for a cool Halloween costume? We are geeking out over these super cute and fun Star Wars Cosplay outfits from Her Universe! Not only are they so stylish, but they also come in sizes S-3X. It’s refreshing to find more sites expanding their size offerings. They have even more awesome Star Wars apparel here. I’m really digging this adorable dress. Dresses with Peter Pan collars always do me in. I seriously need the dress and Ewok tank.

I’m not sure if I’m going to dress up this year. I probably won’t even be giving out candy, which is sad, because I love to see all the cute kids in their costumes light up when you give them candy. This year I’ll be celebrating the day seeing one of my fave bands of all time, The Afghan Whigs. If you’ve not heard them before, do yourself a favor and check them out right away. Definitely listen to Greg Dulli’s (the lead singer) side project The Twilight Singers. So swoony and perfect for fall. If only it was an all Greg Dulli show. Sigh.

xo
-renée

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evil dead: the musical is bloody awesome!

The weekend is upon us, and if you’re into musical theater, campy horror films, or any combination thereof, you won’t want to miss what’s playing in town through Sunday. Evil Dead: The Musical runs in Austin from September 17-21, then heads to Chicago for the next stop on its current North American tour. With fall around the corner, what better way to get in the mood for (possibly my favorite holiday) Halloween?

I got to see the show on opening night, and it was everything I’d hoped it would be! Truly an entertaining comedy with a talented cast. There are some clever nods to both Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi, as well as many expertly executed popular quotes, making this show a really fun one for pop culture enthusiasts.

evil dead: the musical

Born in Toronto to a small performing arts group in 2003, Evil Dead: The Musical was an instant hit across Canada. In November, 2006, Evil Dead made its Off-Broadway debut in New York City where it was praised by both fans and critics alike. The cast album from the show debuted at #4 on the Billboard Show Charts.

You can catch the show this weekend at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available online.

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(Photo: thelongcenter.org)

-Jen

under the covers

When someone covers a song I truly love, I have a hard time letting myself like it. Sometimes when I like a cover a lot I feel a little guilty, like I’m betraying the original artist. I often wonder what it must feel like to have your song covered. I imagine writing songs is super personal, and for someone who doesn’t have your experiences to come along and sing something that could mean a lot to you could feel really creepy. I’m not a songwriter, so I don’t know, but I know when people have copied my work/style I’ve felt violated, even when it’s been done in honor. All that said, I really like the following covers, and I wanted to share them with you…

I saw a different version of this cover on television, and immediately recorded it because I didn’t understand what was going on. I like the original of this song by Capital Cities (also played in a car commercial), but this take is a little sweeter.

It was neat to realize that KHS was behind this because I have enjoyed his cover work before. I learned about Kurt a few years ago when I had an obsession with Sam Tsui. I posted a few videos of Sam’s before. Here’s another…


If you liked Pitch Perfect, you may want to check this out, too.

I did not expect to like this at all. Kate Bush is one of my music heroes, she’s so incredible. It is rare to find a female vocalist cover her well. They usually try too hard to sound like her, and just don’t have the range. This version of Running Up That Hill is quite lovely.

Cloudbusting is my fave Kate Bush song, please take in the original before listening to the cover…

Gemma Hayes covering Cloudbusting…

I KNOW I’ve posted this cover before, but since I went to the A/V Club well, I couldn’t leave without drinking this goodie up again. I only like two songs by The Lemonheads songs, and this is one of them (here’s the other one). I played the original of Confetti on repeat for days when I first got the CD. Like said in the video, this version is a little sadder than the original.

I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these (if not all), and maybe even learned of someone new to you. It has been awhile since I’ve done a Music Monday post, so I thought it would be fun to share a collections of songs with you.

XO
-renée



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