Asher’s Jukebox Part 191

Humility by The Gorillaz Released: May 31st, 2018 from the album “The Now Now” Genres: Jazz pop, Pop, and Funk

It has been way too long since I’ve done a music post! This specific song is from one of my favorite bands, The Gorillaz. They’ve always had an impact on me during my teenage years, and I just recently started checking out their new albums. Imagine my amazement when I found out that they still sound as awesome as ever. The song starts with the lead singer, 2D, roller skating around Venice Beach. His usual black eyes are now white, and he appears to be extremely happy. We also get some awesome cameos from Jack Black, Remi Kabaka, and others. The tempo of this piece is very uplifting, and Murdoc, the bassist, is nowhere to be seen. He’s instead replaced by the leader of the Gang Green Gang, Ace. This also eases some of the tension due to his often sadistic treatment of 2D. The message of the song is to live life to the fullest, and don’t let past mistakes bring you down. 2D’s vocals are almost hypnotizing in nature, and you’ll hear it in your head for days on end. I adore this song, and would love to hear your opinions about it in the comments’ section below. This piece has a ton of Easter eggs from the virtual band’s lore, so tell me the ones that you find.

 

 

Asher’s Jukebox Part 190

Tommy the Cat by Primus from the album “Sailing the Seas of Cheese” Released: 1991 Genres: Experimental Rock and Funk Metal Written by: Les Claypool, Tim Alexander, Larry LaLonde, and Todd Huth

This is going to be a very fun music post! I have just recently gotten into Primus, and I respect them more and more with repeating listening. This specific song really caught my attention, due to Claypool’s godlike bass playing. It starts with an excellent bass solo, and then we get the first lyrics. The lyrics are sung at an incredibly fast pace by Claypool, and it tells the story of a literal cool cat trying to seduce a sexy mate. The music video is shot like a R. Crumb comic, and it is just incredible. As one of my introductions into this band’s rich history, I could not have chosen a better song. The chorus is an absolute treat, and will have you singing along in no time. I’d love to hear what you guys think of this piece in the comments’ section below.

Awesome Music Tropes

Hello everyone! I’m finally back from my vacation to the Electric Forest. It was a fantastic time, and expect a full post on it later. This particular post will be going over some incredibly fascinating tropes found in music. Now, let’s begin!

  • Air Guitar: One of the most well known tropes in existence , as it has been used in nearly every form of media. It occurs when a character mimics playing a guitar with their hands. This is usually done in private and can be used for comedic effect. Some examples of this include; In an episode of Scrubs, the janitor decides to form an air band with many of the main characters. They play to the tune of Boston’s “More Than A Feeling“, and it’s equally awesome and pathetic! Next, we have the crazy inscrutable Pyro of Team Fortress 2. Many of its taunts include it playing the flamethrower like a guitar with an awesome metal riff cascading off of it. Lastly, there’s Klavier from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. This incredibly awesome character tends to play one during the cases, and it’s accompanied by a rocking soundtrack.

klavier.jpg Klavier

  • Lyrical TicAnother extremely common trope in music. This one is a particular musician’s signature style of singing. Some examples include; James Brown’s signature grunts, whoas, oohs, and ows. Michael Jackson’s crotch grabbing whoo!, Chamone!, and Hoooo! Lastly, we have Dexter Holland’s yeahs!

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Asher’s Jukebox Part 187 (Special 2 Parter!)

Divide By Zero/ Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell by The Offspring from the album “Days Go By” Released: June 25th, 2012 Music Video Released: 2012 Genre: Punk Rock, Alternative Rock

These are the last 2 songs from the Days Go By album. They were both made into a continuous music video, that is one of the most awesome things I’ve ever laid my eyes upon! Dexter’s powerful vocals, Noodles’ aggressive guitar skills, and Parada’s awesome drumming really transform these pieces into rock gold. This first song, “Divide By Zero”,  tells the story of a solider in a futuristic war against an army of skeletal adversaries. There’s also a blue god of war and destruction that repeatedly changes sides to cause as much bloodshed as possible. Dexter essentially boosts morale throughout the song repeating the lyrics: “I will persevere, I will resist you here, I will interfere”. The intense chorus of instruments reminds me of a power metal ballad, and it’s fantastic! However, as the mood starts to change, the lyrics also take a turn into insanity. The suggestion to divide by zero might be metaphor for trying the impossible. This is shown in epic detail as the soldier, like Slim Pickens, at the end of Dr. Strangelove, rides a bomb to destroy the enemy and himself. After impact, “Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing And Rides The Bomb To Hell” starts up. Taking place right after the solider’s “death”, he finds himself in Hell. The lyrics in this piece are mainly about chaos and the world appears to be ending. We get verses like “Dance around the fire that we once believed in”, and “If you are gonna go to hell, drink it up, you might as well”. The world is in a state of never ending anarchy, you should just stop caring and enjoy the destruction. Both of this songs are absolutely amazing, and I definitely recommend them to lovers of Rock.

 

 

More Awesome TV Tropes

Hello fellow Pop-culture enthusiasts! It’s time for another TV Tropes post! I hope you guys are ready for some awesome references. Now, let’s begin!

  • The Fake Cutie: A deception trope that used in many forms of media, often in video games. It occurs when an overly childish female character suddenly switches personalities, and becomes a badass that terrifies even the most fearsome of foes. Some examples of this include; B.B Hood from the Darkstalkers video games. She appears as a Little Red Ridding Hood character with a wooden basket and the standard red outfit. This, however, is a massive farce, and her true colors come out in combat. She develops a slasher smile and packs enough heat in her skirt to make Arnold Schwarzenegger blush. Next, we have Flowey from Undertale. Flowey is the main antagonist of the pacifist mode. He masquerades as an innocent flower, however those who don’t what their backs will see his true personality come through. He’s actually a demonic entity with a sadistic view on life. Lastly, we have Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill. She originally appears as a standard 17-year-old Japanese school girl. This, as usual, is a disguise for her true persona, an absolutely insanely savage fighter with a giant meteor hammer.

gogo Gogo from Kill Bill.

 

  • Lethal Chef: Another common and often comedic trope found in all forms of media. It occurs when someone is so bad at cooking, that upon consumption their food can cause a variety of bizarre effects. These effects include; vomiting, change in color, breathing fire, falling unconscious, or death. Some well known Lethal Chefs are; Mizuki Himeji from Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts. This incredibly cute female protagonist cooks food that looks absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, upon consuming it, you are subjected to hallucinations of death. Next, we have Linguini from Ratatouille. Before he met the amazing blue rat, he made a soup that was so bad, he puked upon consuming it. Lastly, we have  Chie Satonaka and Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4. During the camp section of the game, the two High School girls decide to make curry. Unfortunately, they aren’t the best chefs, and the ending result, referred to as “Mystery Food X”, causes the protagonist to immediately spit it out, and fall unconscious.

mizusMizuki’s “delicious food”.

Asher’s Jukebox Part 186

Hurt by Oliver Tree from the upcoming album “Ugly is Beautiful” Music Video Released: December 6th, 2018 Genres: Alternative Rock, Electronic, Indie Pop

Oliver Tree is a rising musician with many funny and catchy songs. He has also become somewhat of an internet meme due to his signature bowl haircut, tacky glasses, extravagant wardrobe, and love of popular culture. This song is supposedly, according to Tree, about a brutal scooter accident that happened last March. It also seems to be about a broken relationship with an unknown party. His vocals on the piece flow together quite well, and you can definitely tell that he loves making music. Tree is like a combination of Filthy Frank and the Beastie Boys, and I love every second of it!  He performed the song live on the Late Late Show on stilts with a bald cap to shock and delight of audience. The music video for the song became extremely popular, and now sits at over 16 million views. I just recently found his music, and now I can’t wait to see what insanity he will bring to the internet. His latest video, “Fuck”, is even more insane than “Hurt”, and I will be covering the entire album when it gets released later this year.

Keep in mind, the music video is age restricted, but it really doesn’t offend anybody.

Asher’s Jukebox Part 185

El Dorado (SkyWorld) by Two Steps From Hell from the album: “Skyworld” Released: October 25th, 2012 Genres: Epic, Orchestral, Film, Neo-classical

It’s been a very long time since my last Jukebox, but I’m back and ready for action! This particular piece by the insanely talented music group, Two Steps From Hell, will blow your socks off! I’ve loved this group for many years, and never get tired of listening to their epic music. This song starts out with some intense violins and other string instruments. The entire piece has a very Middle Eastern feel to it, and you can imagine hearing it in some lavish party. The strings go on until about the 90 second mark, and then the drop comes in, and we are hit with a bazooka blast of raw musical power. A chorus of horns starts up, and thunderous drums annunciate the end of each note. Upon hearing this for this first time, my entire body became covered in goosebumps and tears of pure jubilation cascaded down my face. Next, a beautiful operatic voice fills the air and carries the piece till its eventual end. I would love to hear what you guys think of the piece in the comments’ section below. Also, I’m thinking of starting up a new Jukebox for epic orchestral music, any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the day.