LeakyCon Reflections: Rock Night 1

[Thank you for visiting The Wrock Snob and reading this article! I’d love for you to jump right into the reviewy goodness, but first there is some unfortunate business to take care of. It is not in my nature to tell you specifically what or what not to buy and who to support – I tell you what I thought about an album, and if my tastes seem to align with yours, you might want to heed my suggestions. However, I must take this time to personally exhort that you do not monetarily support the bands The Remus Lupins or Ministry of Magic. The full reasons are unsettling and possibly triggering, so please proceed with caution, but if you want the full details click here. Simply put, it has been revealed that certain member/s of both bands did destructive, upsetting, and highly problematic things. While I can see the value of reviewing art no matter what the artist did on a grand society-level scale, I cannot morally allow myself to condone the financial support of these monsters, nonetheless exhorting people to do so. Now it is entirely possible this copypasta’d retroactive warning was placed on a negative review, making this sidebar somewhat moot, but I still feel it necessary to make these matters clear. Again, for full details and rumination click here, otherwise, please enjoy the article.]

Hey all! I’m back from my trip to Portland and am happily ensconced back in my Moonbase On The Moon. I’m going to do a series of shorter articles about my LeakyCon experience, starting with my thoughts on the performances at Night One of Leaky Rock. Just a couple heads-up – I’m only going to be reviewing the acts of wizard rockers/people connected to wizard rock, mostly for the simple fact that due to various circumstances I was late to both Rock Nights and ended up missing the opening acts, which were not made up of wrockers/former wrockers, so if you really were waiting on the edge of your seat to hear what I thought of Kirstyn Hippe or Rae Sterling, I’m afraid you’re gonna be disappointed. Also, I did spend my time actively trying to enjoy the music, and not writing down band order or setlists, so some minor details might be off, and I apologize for that.

Anywho – Tonks and the Aurors! Steph put on a damn good show, playing her classics – “Charlie Weasley”, “I’m An Auror”, “We Are Magic”, as well as a song from her West Wing side project. I would have loved to see her play my personal favorite song of hers, “Lost”, but it’s a song that didn’t seem to get much attention aside from my slavish replays on iTunes, and “Charlie Weasley” is a damn fun song to rock out to with other people. I’ve said it before on twitter, but “Charlie Weasley” is my personal vote for the most righteously fun break-up song in wizard rock, in the same vein of such classics of the genre like They Might Be Giant’s “Pet Name”.

It was nice to see Alex Carpenter on bass, though it cemented my new favorite activity of the con being watching Alex get distracted by shiny things. During the somewhat lackluster (though well-written) Opening Ceremonies skit, Alex played the role of the 11th Doctor, and was just kind of… wandering around on stage, back and forth behind everyone. Then during Steph’s set, a wayward piece of confetti end up slowly falling down from the rafters near Alex, and there was this heart-stoppingly hilarious moment, when Alex just turned his entire being to quizzically follow the trajectory of this single tiny piece of paper, still playing bass all the while.

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Last Minute Wizzies Post!

Wherein I quickly post my predictions for who will win the Wizzies, AND who I personally voted for.  Since they start in one hour, this will probably have fairly little reasoning and explanation and analysis.  Of course, every single time I’ve said “this will be a shorter article with less rambling”… we all know how THAT turns out.

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Wizzies Predictions, Part 1

[Thank you for visiting The Wrock Snob and reading this article! I’d love for you to jump right into the reviewy goodness, but first there is some unfortunate business to take care of. It is not in my nature to tell you specifically what or what not to buy and who to support – I tell you what I thought about an album, and if my tastes seem to align with yours, you might want to heed my suggestions. However, I must take this time to personally exhort that you do not monetarily support the bands The Remus Lupins or Ministry of Magic. The full reasons are unsettling and possibly triggering, so please proceed with caution, but if you want the full details click here. Simply put, it has been revealed that certain member/s of both bands did destructive, upsetting, and highly problematic things. While I can see the value of reviewing art no matter what the artist did on a grand society-level scale, I cannot morally allow myself to condone the financial support of these monsters, nonetheless exhorting people to do so. Now it is entirely possible this copypasta’d retroactive warning was placed on a negative review, making this sidebar somewhat moot, but I still feel it necessary to make these matters clear. Again, for full details and rumination click here, otherwise, please enjoy the article.]

Alright chaps, pretty self-explanatory – I’m going to be giving my predictions for who will win this years’ wizard rock awards, this time it’s the inaugural run of The Wizzies.  While it will be a bit harder to predict this year than previous years, due to this awards “show” being far less known about than the WRPCAs.  Think of it as the BAFTAs to the ‘pedias Oscars.  If the Academy decided to stop doing anything but talking about plays instead of movies, and then completely died, and the BAFTAs replaced the Oscars.  Anyway, there is a markedly different voting demographic this year, so that should be sure to put your office’s Wizard Rock Voting Pool in quite a tizzy.  That being said, there are some categories that are still a bit obvious.  But there are also some categories in which I really have no clue who’s going to end up on top, and that gives me hope.  Also, you may have noticed the number in the title of today’s article – I will be doing a part two of predictions for the final round of voting, this article only covers the first round of voting (NOT including the nomination process, natch).  Aaaaaaaand let’s go for it!

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