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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Don’t BesMERCH Me

[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.]

Also, if you didn’t kill me for the horrendous pun above, that would be nice.  Just a short update for you today guys – a few different wizard rock bands are having holiday sales of one sort or the other, and while it might have made more sense for me to compile a list of them for those of you who for some strange reason don’t want to go hunting through twitter feeds for that one link a couple weeks ago, better late than never, right?  Also, I didn’t get the idea to do this until last night, so…  No jump today, just read straight down!

The Remus Lupins/Alex Carpenter: While the t-shirts aren’t cheap anymore, you can still buy them, so if you live in an area where not much wizard rock passes through, I would suggest you take this chance to get some Lupins merch.  Also, the CDs are on sale, so that’s cool!  Unfortunately, no I Was A Teenage Werewolf, but hey, whatevs.  You can also get a couple Freedom in Panem things, if YA novels with amazing beginnings and absolutely heartbreakingly disappointing endings float your boat.

Justin Finch-Fletchley: Will I ever forgive Justin for choosing a band name that is stupidly difficult to spell?  It remains to be seen.  But what is certain is that this sale is cheap as hell.  And that is a good thing.  All but one of the t-shirts are on sale for 8 bucks – that’s less than Woot or TeeFury!  You can also get cheap versions of his CDs hella digital.  Wait, strike that, reverse it.  Also, I highly recommend the JFF postcards – seriously, it’s that time of the year that you’re obligated to send non-digital messages of non-hate to people, and these little fuckers are cute as hell.  I especially like the panda.

Armoured Bearcub/Lauren and Matt: No, this sale is not just for Armoured Bearcub (actually, only the t-shirt is for sale), but it was a hellofalot easier than writing everything else out.  Anyway, this is the sale you should avoid if you don’t like spending money.  This is not to say that stuff isn’t on sale (and you should take into account the fact that shipping is already factored into the prices), but they have all this insidious combo packs and stuff designed to separate you from your money.  But if you live in, say, Australia or something, then these are very good deals indeed, at least until Matt finds out that the shirt with the eagle on it will grant you the ability to fly once you say the magic words and do the magic dance, thus allowing him to cheaply tour the world.  Also, even if you have no money, the site design is so cute it warrants a visit.

The Butterbeer Experience/Lena Gabrielle: Having retired from wizard rock, Lena now has, in her own words “too much shit”.  You can get cheap physical copies of her CDs (especially cheap since shipping is already factored into the prices), some of her muggle shit, and a t-shirt.  Also, you shouldn’t actually buy anything from this sale, because proceeds will go to fixing her car, and if she doesn’t get her car fixed, she won’t be able to get to LeakyCon, and then I will get to conduct The Final Battle!  It can’t be that hard to wave a stick around for two hours, right?

So there you have it – Depulso Money! Also, many of these sales end within a week or so, so buy soon.  Wrock Snob out.

REVIEW: Songs from Beedle the Bard

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Hope you enjoy your day off, unless you work at 75% of all employment establishments, in which case, enjoy your day of increased customer traffic!  Today I’ll be reviewing Songs from Beedle the Bard, by The Butterbeer Experience.  This is the first in what will be many reviews that have been requested by various wrock bands (and one Shetland pony).  Also, this is the first album with art not made by the perennially WRPCA-winning artist Frank “Frak” Franco III.  It’s instead made by… hold on, let me ask Lena on twitter.  Now we play the waiting game… Okay, it was done by fellow named Eli Pope.  Now, we dive into things that are actually relevant to the music!

Songs from Beedle the Bard is an album with five songs, one each for each of the tales.  Each song retells a tale with varying degrees of success.  The album is also a terrible, horrendous, vomit-inducing stab to the eardrums and good taste that should never, ever have to be experienced by anyone.

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