Asher’s Jukebox Part 185

Confronting Myself by Lena Raine from the Celeste OST January 25th, 2018

Celeste is a video game that I will do a review of sometime in the future. I will try to not go into any spoilers in this post, so don’t worry if you haven’t played it. Anyway, this insanely epic piece of music is played during the (Spoiler heavy) part of the game. When I first heard it, I literally got chills, and my mouth lay agape. Also, I find it really cool that the entire soundtrack was written by a Trans person.  The song starts out with an amazing chorus of chanting women, and then it turns very electronic. There’s a fantastic synthesizer in the background that makes up the backing instrument. The high intensity of the track makes the gameplay have dramatic tension. My favorite part of the piece is near the middle, when the vocals get distorted, and this plays a major part in the game. If you haven’t played Celeste already, I highly recommend it. The music is amazing, and the story and gameplay are surprisingly deep. Tell me what you think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

 

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TV Tropes Randomness (Every Other Saturday)

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new topic! Every Other Saturday, I will be searching for some random tropes, and describing them in a spoiler-free way. In case you didn’t know, a trope can be defined as an expression or overused cliche found in movies and other media. TV Tropes.org categorizes thousands of these expressions and cliches throughout the world of media. This ranges from certain character quirks, to the series as a whole. I find it to be quite enjoyable, and I hope you guys will too. Now, let’s begin!

  • Depraved Kids’ Show Host: This trope deals with the stereotypical “Kiddie Show” host. They always appear to be happy, and love making little kids smile. Unfortunately, this is all a disguise, and backstage is where they let their true colors shine. They can be addicted to drugs, have lecherous behavior, be sex offenders, swear enough to make sailors transform into prudes, and makes everybody’s life around him a “living hell”. This trope is frequently found in The Simpsons with Krusty the Clown. Krusty can be found backstage yelling at everyone, and seems to be addicted to everything. It can also be found with Pierre from Tim And Eric Awesome Show Great Job. Pierre loves to dance with kids, and seems to be fascinated with the audience’s dads.

 

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  • Technology Porn: This trope is used in almost every Science Fiction film ever created. The trope occurs whenever a sequence in media goes into great depth showing the inner workings of gadgets and other mechanical tools. This trope always appears in the Iron Man films when Tony Stark “suits up”. It also can be found in numerous parts of 2001: A Space Odyssey. One of my favorite examples of this trope is the use of it in Blade Runner.     

 

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  • Warning! This Will Make You Hungry!! Food Porn: This trope is pretty self-explanitory, but can be divided into two definitions. The first is food that’s usually used to symbolize something suggestive. The second is food that’s portrayed in such a manner that the audience salivates and experiences lust as if they were watching porn. I adore this trope, and I always am eager to see what people think of next. One of my favorite examples of this trope is in the film, Chef. Chef’s use of food is so important in the movie, that it actually becomes a main plot point. Then, we get to its use in Anime, and I can’t think of a better example than Shokugeki No Soma (Food Wars). This Anime was created by a Hentai artist, and the use of food in the series applies to both definitions. People literally have “Foodgasms” so intense that their clothes will occasionally rip off! The food in this show is so jaw-dropping, that even the most simple dishes, like scrambled eggs look like it should be framed in the Louvre! As an added bonus, Japanese chef Yuki Morisaki, adds real recipes from the series that you can replicate in each Manga volume!    

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Asher’s Book Reviews (One Every Month)

Hello everyone, and welcome to my monthly book review! I have reviewed one book in the past, and would like to make this a permanent topic. This post has a lot of sentimental value to me, as it was my introduction into the Bizarro genre. Bizarro fiction, in my opinion, is the Abstract Art of book genres. Books in the genre usually discuss often controversial subject matter, and have different meanings depending on the viewer. The genre has gained a cult following, and many famous people like Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Moorcock are among the fans. Some may be immediately turned off by the often vivid and visceral nature of these books, while others absolutely adore them. I am a major fan of this genre, and will definitely discuss more of these books in the future. This amazing tome from Cracked.com’s executive editor, David Wong, is simply titled John Dies at the End. Now, let’s begin this month’s review!

John Dies at the End by David Wong (August 15th, 2007) First book in the three part series Genres: Humor,Horror, Bizarro, Science Fiction, and Fantasy 362 pages

This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The first sentence will grab you by the hand, and take you on a Surrealist acid trip of epic proportions. The book was also made into an equally incredible film that permanently sticks with you for many years to come. The story is about two great friends named John and Dave, and the ridiculous adventures that they go on together. They live in an undisclosed place in the Midwestern United States, and try to stop paranormal activity in their city. Dave meets reporter, Arnie, and he tells him the rest of the paranormal occurrences, which make up the rest of the book. We also learn about this black, and seemingly moving substance known as “Soy Sauce.” This drug enters the body intravenously, and causes the user to have amazing powers. The powers include; mind reading, precognition, enhanced vision, and dream reading. Unfortunately, every time the substance is used, the user begins to lose their perception of reality, and it also can result in an extremely gruesome death.  I am leaving out many details, because it’s very easy to spoil the book. The book includes talking meat monsters, undead skinheads, and other ridiculous anomalies that I will leave up to the readers to find out. In conclusion, John Dies at the End is a brilliant and drug-induced fever dream that will blow your mind!!

10/10 (Absolutely Amazing)   

 

Asher’s Jukebox Part 174

The Way Home by Magic Sword from the album “Volume 1” (2015)

This is an absolutely epic song by Ohio Electronic Trio, Magic Sword. The piece was used in one of my favorite video games, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. It comes from a genre of music called Synthwave, which is a throwback to old 80’s action movies and heavy synth. It starts with the wind blowing, accompanied by a repetitive drum beat. Next, the epic bass and synth start playing, and this is where things get awesome! The synth starts playing a very catchy rhythm, and then the drum signals a tempo change. The ending result is a bass and synth heavy instrumental ballad of epic proportions! I absolutely  adore this work of musical genius, and I’d love to hear what you guys think of it in the comments’ section below.

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 120

Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) by My Chemical Romance from the album “Danger Days:  The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” 2010 (info about album from en.wikipedia.org) Ah yes, one of my all time favorite songs! The lyricism and music video are both glorious, and I really hope that you guys will enjoy it. Anyway, time for the analysis. The song starts with an awesome guitar riff, and then Gerard’s vocals and the drums start up. The lyrics to this piece are very powerful, and seem to tell the story of a near future. It’s an absolutely fantastic Rock ballad that I hope you all enjoy. Tell me what you think about the piece in the comments section below.

Happy Listening:D AND ROCK ON!!!!!

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