‘New Music’: Twenty One Pilots in Blurryface

 

Hey Bitmunchers, welcome back to Music on According to Hatchet!

I’ve had a busy few weeks, and I would have rather written about Murder by Death than Twenty One Pilots, but I’ve promised you Blurryface so here we go!

I’d just like to start off by saying that I don’t understand the difference between hip-hop and rap.  I’m not a huge fan of either I think although I do listen to a lot of K-Pop.

I pride myself on having a unique taste in music.  Maybe a little too much.  I tend to be disappointed in myself when I enjoy ‘mainstream’ music (which,  I  know, is silly) and I’m of the disposition to dislike something just to spite society.  Because society cares xp.  So of course I was determined to dislike Twenty One Pilots.  I was recently forced to listen to them by a friend while setting up giant screens at school.  Then my other friend recommended all of the albums.

Twenty One Pilots was formed in 2009 by Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun.  Side note, Josh Dun spent some time in the band House of Heroes (who are coming out with a new album soon!!!!) and if you read the comments on the video for God Save the Foolish Kings they are all about Josh Dun.  For real.  There is also a 30 minute long video of Josh singing 3 words from that song.  Pilots self released two albums before they were signed by Fueled by Ramen and have now released two more albums, Blurryface being the most recent.

Blurryface combines rap/hip-hop, rock(?), and pop (all indie).  The music is pretty good and I understand why they are so popular.  I think that Twenty One Pilots could be the next Gorillaz for me, I enjoy songs/parts of songs but there is the lingering doubt about the rapping.  The chorus’ in Heavydirtysoul and Stressed Out are very catchy and I can’t stop singing those. Over all this is a good album and I do really like it, I just have conflicting feelings.  So on the off chance you’ve never heard of these guys (which, lets be real, I was the only one who hadn’t) I recommend you check them out right now.

 

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‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 4-5: Poker, Pretentious promotion, Death

Welcome back to Hatchet’s Summer Book Club where we are reading ‘Horus Rising’ by Dan Abnett.  You can check out the previous installment here where I introduce the book and discuss chapters 1-3.  I’m a little behind in my writing this week (there was no post on Tuesday) and I’ve only managed to read two chapters.  However my notes this week contain the exact number of words as the previous post. XP

Part One: The Deceived

FOUR: Summoned, Ezekyle by name, A winning hand

Here we go!  We are introduced to an iterator (a really smart person, Sindermann is one) named Memed who is a super genius teenager who is also horribly air sick.  All his vomit goes into plastek bags.  I guess plastek is some high tech plastic in this world?  It is the name of a company in NC that makes plastic, so…  Sadie, Memed, and some bodyguards land on ‘Terra’ except its not Terra.  This planet will now be known as 63-19.  Sadie’s role as a remembrancer (the whole reason she is on this planet) is that of a documentarist and as such blink-clicks things.  Wait, like a camera?  I’m guessing this means she has photographic memory and Abnett thought he’d be coy about it.   Maybe her camera is called Blink Click®.  But she saves things in her memory coils?  Is she a cyborg too???  Who is this woman, Cam Jansen?  Sadie was summoned to 63-19 personally by Loken who tells her some cryptic stuff and then peaces out.  While they wait, Sadie and Memed teach their body guards how to play cards.  On a high note, Keeler is mentioned!  She continues to be an awesome character making ‘picts’ (not the ethnic group) that are wildly popular.

We then follow Loken who travels through a post-apocalyptic Longwood Gardens to a place for his promotion.  Here is written the best/worst line of the book so far.  “Loken felt no fear.  He was not built to feel it, but he registered a trepidation, an anticipation that made his hearts beat.” (Abnett 77).  Let’s dissect this, shall we?    1.  The Astartes are engineered life forms so they don’t know what fear is.  This does not seem like a good thing on the battle field, but hey, what do I know.  2.  Loken feels no fear but he does feel trepidation.  trep-i-da-tion, n a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen.  Key phrase, a feeling of fear.  Something tells me Abnett doesn’t know what trepidation means.  3.  Uh, Loken has multiple hearts, so that’s a thing.  Let’s just add that to the list of strange features the Astartes have.  Moving on.  Loken runs into 3 of his superior officers/higher ranking robot men who are there to promote him.  There is this huge pretentious and traditional ceremony to induct Loken into a group of Elite 4 that the commander HORUS has.  HORUS isn’t there but Horus is.  This covers pretty much the rest of the chapter.  On the plus side Loken can now refer to Ezekyle, Horus, and Tarik by those names since they are no longer bound by the chain of command.  They also tell him to follow his instincts which I find amusing since all of them are engineered life forms who feel no fear.  What use are instincts to them?  Bah, anyway.  Loken gets promoted.  Good for him.

We return to Sadie, Memed and the body guards to check in on their card game.  Memed teaches them an old game that Sadie wins somehow.  The End.

FIVE: Peeter Egon Momus, Lectitio Divinitatus, Malcontent

Chapter 5 focuses entirely on Ig.  Ig is attending some sort of presentation given by Peeter Egon Momus, an architect, who must be wildly important as his full name is repeated much to often.  PEM is talking about how the conquered city will be rebuilt as a shining beacon of Truth-Light to a crowd of discontented locals and bored remembrancers.  Ig gets creeped out by a Titan and decides to leave because this is super boring.  A soldier stops him because there are insurgents and it could be dangerous.  Luckily for Ig (and us) an old lady faints and he makes his escape.

Ig explores the city, promptly getting lost and loving it.  There is rubble everywhere and a lot of graffiti expressing anger at the Imperium and lists of the dead.  Ig feels his muse return (apparently he had been missing it?) and proceeds to take notes on what he sees.  He uses pen and paper which I’m surprised still exist in this age of plastek and hololithic  junk.  We are subjected to great detail of Ig’s notebooks which sound very similar to moleskin.  He also uses fountain pens.  Do people even use those now?  In 2016?  Cause I’d like to know how fountain pens survived to the 31st millennia.  During his exploring Ig finds a tavern of sorts and attempts to be a patron.  The locals are unresponsive and sullen and Ig acts like an idiot tourist.  He does however manage to get some liquor and proceeds to get drunk out of his mind.  This will end well.  He muses over the difference between these isolated humans and the humans in the Imperium and decides that the Imperium humans are better and these locals are basically monkeys.

Ig writes some poetry, moves around, writes some more until he finds a temple.  He decides that the difference between him and the locals is that they have religion and are heathens, therefore they are stupid.  The Imperium has no religion (they’re like atheists i guess?) but some of the people want to worship the emperor.  He is essentially immortal so it makes sense that people would feel this way, but he apparently likes to remind the public that he is human, just like they are.  I’d like to know  why he is immortal then.  After he’s done disrespecting the temple, Ig runs into some soldiers who are cleaning off the graffiti.  This upsets Ig so much he reads his poetry, hates it, goes back to the tavern and drinks some more.  The soldiers end up at the tavern as well and the captain is concerned for Ig’s well being.  Ig is not grateful and rambles drunkenly about how the city was pretty great before they bombed the heck out of it and then bad mouths the Imperium.  The soldiers get so furious they kill Ig.  Seriously, that’s what happens.  When the soldier at PEM’s appearance wouldn’t let Ig leave I assumed someone would be killed by a local but no, it’s the Imperium.  This is the first major character death too.

I’m honestly a little disappointed in the story so far, it’s a slow start with a lot of pre-existing lore (I’m assuming) and the writing is just weird.  That part is at least entertaining (while simultaneously stressful) but I’m a little worried that the book will loose its novelty.

Looks like there is going to be some controversy.  I’m sure Loken will get involved.  Hopefully Keeler too.   I miss her.  Also, hopefully I can read three chapters this week as well!

This has been According to Hatchet, thanks for being here!  Tune back in next Tuesday for a review of Blurryface and then again on Saturday for the next three chapters of Horus Rising.

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‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3

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Today we are starting Hatchet’s Book Club!  For the next 7(probably) weeks (try about half a year xp) we will be reading ‘Horus Rising’ the first book in a series based on the Warhammer 40K universe!  This post will be a tad longer than the rest (apparently not) as I will be introducing the book and then talking  about the first three chapters all in one!

The Horus Hersey story line is based in the Warhammer 40K universe, a tabletop game where you battle against other players in skirmishes or all out war!  ‘Horus Rising: The seeds of heresy are sown’ is the first of (as of 2014 at least) 28 novels (37 as of this month), following Space Marines as they battle their way through the 31st millennium.  This particular novel is written by Dan Abnett, a prolific author of both novels and comics.  So without giving too much away, onto the novel!

The first thing I would like to do is to point out the cast of characters at the beginning.  Not only is this section labeled ‘Dramatis Personae’ it features all the unpronounceable SciFi names we’ve come to love and accept as a symptom of the genre.  I’ve included a picture for your entertainment (I hope you can read this).

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Part One: The Deceived

ONE: Blood from misunderstanding, Our brethren in ignorance, The Emperor dies

Now first thing’s first, this (and every following chapter) has 3 subtitles to accompany their number.  But what gets me most about this one, is that the Emperor doesn’t even die in this chapter! (except he does)  Anyhow, we are introduced to our main character Garviel Loken, Captain of the 10th company of the Luna Wolves as he recounts the story of the death of an Emperor.  By chance, the 63rd Expedition runs into the Imperium, an empire ruled by an Emperor demanding fealty.  So naturally, (after an entire company of our heroes was slaughtered), they lay waste to this Emperor.  After three attempts to reason with the Emperor, the commander gives the order to ‘illuminate him’.  What follows is a bloody hand-to-hand mech suit battle between veritable giants and normal sized humans.  Also turrets.  Loken totally schools those automated turrets.  Loken’s company breaches the palace first and first Captain Abaddon challenges Loken to see who can find the Emperor first.

So I thought that perhaps Horus (who kills the Emperor) and his army were maybe involved in a power struggle where they over threw their Emperor, but they really just found some rando guy and were like, eh, blow him to shreds.  It’s also hinted at that these soldiers aren’t truly human, they’re really tall and their genome’s are collected when they die to go into a database.  This has got to be the most pretentious thing I’ve ever read.  I’m so excited to finish it. x33

TWO: Meeting the Invisibles, At the foot of a Golden Throne, Lupercal

In chapter two we have a brief break from war stories to introduce a possible love interest (oooh, steamy ;3).  Mersadie Oliton, when she’s not too busy ogling Loken, is a rembembrancer who remembers things I guess.  These people are like writers and poets and what not who keep the histories.  Sadie asks Loken to tell her the story of how Horus killed the emperor, which ruffles Loken’s feathers because it’s Warmaster Horus tiny human!  We also get a description of the Astartes which appear to be the ‘breed’ of men  used in the battle suits.  Despite Loken apparently being hot as balls, Astartes are gigantic, have heads reminiscent of a horse and no ribs.  Loken also seems to think Sadie is pretty and goes into great length describing the shape of her shiny bald head as regal.  Abnett is truly a wordsmith.  Loken completes the tale of how Horus killed the Emperor of a random galaxy for no other reason than he could.  There are these invisible warriors that wreck havoc on the companies, considering that they are, ya know, invisible.  After suffering losses, the Tenth Company, the Locasta Tactical Squad and the Catulan Reaver Squad rally, breaking into the throne room and confronting an old frail Emperor.  Except, it’s a trap!  The real Emperor is invisible!  And then some BS happens because Horus was there the whole time?  Is he a god?  I have no idea.  There was some huge explosion because Horus I guess.  Whatever.  So Loken finishes his tale and Sadie accidentally offends him.  The end.

Uh, yeah.  More fighting and stuff.  Loken has a pretty sweet chainsword though.  K, next chapter.

THREE: Replevin, Amongst the remembrancers, Raised to the four

This chapter starts off with a description of how the remembrancers came to be.  I think remembrancer is a stupid name, I mean, these people should really  just be called historians cause that’s all they do.  The record stuff for posterity.  Also this whole book just causes the red squiggles always.  Anyway, these remembrancers are sent off to record the stories of war to make sure that history is correct.  They aren’t well received because they’re too excited and ask lots of questions.  We are then introduced to two more remembrancers (if you remember, Sadie is one), Ignace (Ig) Karkasy and Euphrati Keeler (a girl!).  Ig is a poet and Keeler is an artist I think.  Ig complains about the state of the wine and how bad the Astartes sweat smells while Keeler does her best to ignore him.  Lunch is called and they are like, nah.  He then tries to chat up Keeler who shuts him down, and then he suggests that she ought to like men because she dresses like one.  Keeler retorts that Ig must like men too and he stops.  She’s my favourite.  They then discuss how different the job of remembrancing is than how they imagined it would be when Sadie joins them all distant because she just offended her new boyfriend.  She does tell them about the story she got and how Captian Torggadon sent her to Loken instead. Apparently Loken doesn’t smell bad so Ig wants to meet him.

We return to Loken who is sparring with Tarik (Torggadon) and learn that Loken is receiving a promotion.  After a while of sparring and jokes Tarik gets bored and leaves.  Loken goes to seek guidance from Slenderman Sindermann, a really smart guy.  Sindermann is giving a lecture on faith and the subjectivity of truth which is exactly what Loken wanted to talk to him about.  It turns out that Loken, while he will kill anything his commander tells him to, has a shred of humanity and second guesses destroying that culture’s Emperor.  Sindermann says this is exactly why Loken is getting the promotion and it’s really important that he accepts.

WHEW.  That’s a long one.  The first 70 pages of the book to be exact.  I’m assuming there will be less fight scenes and more plot later on and hopefully more Euphrati cause she rocks them fatigues.  Also, apparently she has experience in combat so the soldiers don’t mind her so much.  GIRL POWER.

Tune in next Saturday for chapters 4-6!

This has been According to Hatchet, thanks for being here.

[Sources/Links: Picture Source | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horus_Heresy_(novels) ]

‘New Music’: Baroness in Purple

“The world is great and wide But wherever you go you know I’m a step behind”

Hey Bit-munchers!

Welcome back to the music stuff!

This week we’re talking Baroness in the colour Purple.  Baroness are a heavy metal/sludgy/prog outfit from Georgia.  The band’s current line-up consists of John Dyer Baizley (lead vocals and rhythm guitar),  Peter Adams (guitar and vocals), Nick Jost (bass and keys), and Sebastian Thomas (percussive things).  Jost and Thomas joined Baroness in 2013 after the previous bassist and drummer left.  Baizley is also an artist who has made album art for many other  bands including Baroness.  Adams, along with his brother, founded the band Valkyrie in 2002, only a year before Baroness was founded.

In 2012 Baroness was involved in a bus crash in London that injured nine people  on the bus.  After recovery, and the addition of two new members, the band went on tour before buckling down to write the new album.  John Dyer Baizley discusses the writing process and the accident in a video series on Baroness’ YouTube page (his adorable daughter makes an appearance as well).

To me, for whatever reason, Baroness has got a southern heavy metal vibe (whether that’s because I know they’re from the south or that’s what it actually it, it’s pretty neat).  Each instrument is interesting to listen to on its own and I love trying to pick apart the different aspects of each song.  Then each part meshes together so well to form a chaotic yet cohesive completeness despite the uniqueness of each part.  Baizley’s voice is quite soothing even when he’s signing about how a stuck pig feels, so that’s a thing.

Purple was released in 2015 on Abraxan Hymns (Baroness’ new label) with the song’Chlorine and Wine’ being the first single and ‘Shock Me’ as the second with a music video to accompany it.  ‘Chlorine and Wine’ is just a gorgeous song and ‘Shock Me’ has one catchy hook and is quite singable.  ‘Try to Disappear’ might be my favourite song from the album though, the intro is just too good.  Baroness just really hits me with every song.  The lyrics are so poignant and sometimes strange they really draw you in thinking about the meaning.  The music is really special to me, it reminds me of a dear friend and I listen to it whenever I need a boost.  Baroness is definitely in my top 5 favourite bands, maybe I’ll talk about the rest sometime. ;3

Well, this has been According to Hatchet, thanks for being here!

Sources/Links [Baroness Facebook | Official Website | Baroness Wikipedia | Purple Wikipedia | Baroness YouTube | picture source | John Dyer Baizley’s art]

‘Concert Series’: Baltimore Soundstage 4/26

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(us in the harsh glare of red lights.  that’s me in the front)

Hey Bit-munchers!

Welcome to your weekly installment of According to Hatchet, where I talk about all things music and occasionally books.  I made a last minute decision (though not as last minute as some of us) to go to a concert in Baltimore during the last week of the semester, and It. Was. Awesome.  I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a concert so much.  So, on to the stuff!!

The first act was For Today.  I’ve seen them before at Purple Door (2010ish) and at the Chameleon Club (2012ish?) but I’m not a huge listener of them.  I do have two albums by them, but I didn’t recognize any songs.  They always put on a pretty good show though.

Miss May I was the second act.  This was my first time seeing these guys and man, those boys only get better with age (except for Ryan Neff’s beard).  Levi Benton’s hair was, as always, a beautiful thing.  This was probably my favourite act of the night, and I have listened to these guys most out of all the bands.  They of course played ‘Hey Mister’, ‘Relentless Chaos’, ‘Masses of a Dying Breed’, and ‘Forgive and Forget’ amoung others.

We Came As Romans was the third act.  I’ve never seen these guys before either, and it was a pretty good show.  One of the girls we went with LOVED them and she looked like she had a great time during their set.  They did put on a good show, but I didn’t recognize any songs, I don’t think they played anything off of To Plant a Seed which is the only album I have by them.

Memphis May Fire was the fourth act.  Again, I’ve never seen these guys before and they put on a great show.  They were probably my second favourite (I’ve always liked MMI better).  They played a couple songs from The Hollow and at least one from Challenger, but I don’t know their newer albums.  Matty Mullins was talking about how he doesn’t really like playing stuff from their old albums which is a shame because they are still good songs.  But, I am glad they played stuff I know.

Reflection!

Concerts are so much more fun when you go with a large group (sorry Kelly <3) and can be on the floor in front of the stage.  We had nine people with us which was really great.  When being on the floor of the venue it helps to have a personal meat shield pit protector to help you out when they open that pit up, which happened quite too often for my liking.  (I also filled the role of pit protector, which is quite fun.  I hugged a lot of people).  The venue was pretty nice, a lot larger or at least more comfortable, than the Chameleon Club.  It was of course loud, as all indoor venues tend to be and I loved their lighting rigging.  It was awesome.  I want it.  I also crowd-surfed for the first time evah with my new concert BFF which was pretty chill.  It was actually fairly anti-climactic, but I didn’t get dropped so that’s good.  I did make a harrowing trip through the pit to get back to my crew so that was terrifying.  This was definitely a great concert experience though.  The last show I went to was in November and it was fun, but I didn’t really leave it feeling awesome.  This, while I felt awful the next day and my left ear rang for two, was awesome.  It was so much fun and I’d definitely go back to that venue and more shows, I’m just a little out of practice for this whole staying up all night yet being functional the next day business.

Welp, that’s all folks.  Pic cred goes to me and Emily.

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‘Books’: Mouse Guard by David Petersen

This is the start of a new series on this blog about books!  Do you like books?  I love books, and I feel a little guilty that I don’t read as much as I used too.  I also have a bunch of books in my library that I haven’t read yet.  And I keep buying more.  I really must stop, it’s not very productive.  I’m still playing around with the format for this series, so this post won’t be telling of future posts but they will be about books so ya know, it’skay.  Really, this is just to make me feel better about buying books.  x33

‘Mouse Guard’ written by David Petersen, first appeared in 2005 and ‘Mouse Guard Fall 1152’ is a compilation of the first six chapters in the greater Mouse Guard story.

First Impressions: I picked up this book because there are mice with weapons on the cover.  I grew up reading books like The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Tale of Despereaux, and Redwall, so if you hand me a book with talking mice with weapons you can bet your butts I’m gonna read it.  (I’m anticipating a rise in views, as the last post that included butts did really well).  I also really like the art and the colours.  I totally recommend following Petersen on Tumblr so you can check out all his awesome work.

Just a quick, spoiler free summary for your enjoyment and to whet your whistle as they say.  (The future posts will probably be spoiler heavy, just fyi).  (Also, I had to return the book as I borrowed it from the library so, I’ll do my best here).

The first six issues of Mouse Guard chronicle Kenzie, Saxon, and Lieam’s adventure as they attempt to find a missing merchant.  The three mice end up in Barkstone, wary of a traitor within the Guard.  Saxon, the ever brash mouse, stages a distraction with Kenzie, and Lieam uses this to get into all sorts of trouble.  The sixth issue see’s an attack in the mouse city of Lockhaven where the Mouse Guard face off against the sinister army of The Axe.

I really liked the story.  It’s interesting, the Mouse Guard has a cool history behind it and it’s entertaining.  The amount of detail in each mouse is awesome, they all have different fighting styles and weapons and they’re all fairly east to tell apart even without their colour coded cloaks.  Conrad, for example, lives by the sea and his weapon is a fish hook attached to a string.  Petersen also has a Mouse Guard RPG, similar to D&D I believe, if you like to play games, which I do.

So I hope that intrigued you and you check it all out!  This is just the beginning of my series on books, so get reading!  I think the next book I’ll be talking about is either going to be ‘Horus Rising’ or ‘In the Eye of Heaven’.  I might also be moving to two posts a week, one for music (Tuesdays) and one for books (Saturdays?).  I’m also making a Facebook page!  Wow!  So many things going on.

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[Sources and Links: http://www.mouseguard.net/ | http://davidpetersen.blogspot.com/ | http://davidpetersenart.tumblr.com/ ]

 

BEST OF 2015 in Music!

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4/23/16 – So I realized I never published this during 2015.  Or during the first month or so of 2016.  So have it now.

Hey Bitmunchers!

It’s that time of year again, when we look back and pretend everything about the previous year was awesome.  (I mean, it went pretty well so I’d say it was probably a win).

I’m gonna look back and let you know about my top favourite albums of 2015!!!

In no particular order…

…or a particular order.  I don’t know.

Abandon Kansas in Alligator – This album seemed to be a bit of a departure from their previous lighter styled songs to angsty indie rock.  Glorious!  Favourites include: Get Clean, Baby Please, Alligator, and (if you want to cry) What You Meant.

Coheed and Cambria in The Color Before the Sun – In a departure from their usual space epic theme, CandC bring us a rocking album about parenthood and life (as far as I know).  My favourite thing about Coheed and Cambria are the song structures and how the lyrics and the different instruments really come together for something awesome.  Favourites include: Island, Eraser, Here to Mars, and Peace to the Mountain.

Emery in You Were Never Alone – I cannot say enough good things about this album and this band.  I also saw them in concert.  I’m too old for concerts.  Concerts are loud.  Any who, favourites include: Rock, Pebble, Stone (one song), Go Wrong Young Man, The Beginning, Pink Slip.

Eyeshine in Sidewalk Dreams and Chalk Dust – I’m so excited because Eyeshine is putting out a new album in a few months!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in 2017.  With grunge.  Yay!!!!!!!!  This album makes me feel so good and I can’t stop listening to it.  Favourites include: Paper Hearts, The Way the Stars Fall, Bad Company, Myself to Lose.

Breaking Benjamin in Dark Before Dawn – Breaking Benjamin triumphantly returned making you think that you’ve already heard this song before.  Classic BB album.  Favourites include: Failure, Hollow, The Great Divide.

ONE OK ROCK in XXXV – Mighty Long Fall, Memories, Paper Planes.

I The Mighty in Connector – The Lying Eyes of Miss Erray, Friends, The Frame I: Betrayal in the Watchtower.

Two Steps From Hell in Battlecry – None Shall Live, Stormkeeper, Cannon in D Minor.

Electric Century in Various Singles – I Lied, Hail the Saints.

* Muse – The GazettE – Silverstein – Periphery – Asian Kung-Fu Generation – Big Bang *