On Repeat: Thunder Clatter

Guys, this is not a drill.

It’s not very often that I am a semi-kind-of-but-not-really-one-of-the-early-listeners of a musical group before they completely blow up, but I think I might be this time. And I’m very excited about it.

I was driving somewhere with the Hubbster the other day, and we were listening to the radio–so obviously this song is already in fairly wide circulation, but still. Give me this moment. A song came on, and he turned the volume up. He said that the first time he heard it he thought it was weird, but after hearing it a few times he loved it. I listened for a few measures, then promptly told him he was insane for not liking it the first time. It was amazing! After he made some hilarious attempts at trying to remember what it was called (Wild something? Wild Thunder? Something wild?), the info scroller started working and told us that the song was called ‘Thunder Clatter” by Wild Cub.

I purchased the song on my phone immediately for the shockingly low price of 69 cents on iTunes. Side note: When did every song go up to $1.29? I think 99 cents was a perfectly reasonable price for a song and now they are gouging me. It’s a 30% increase! But I digress. Once “Thunder Clatter” had downloaded, I started previewing the album, and bought the whole thing because it was only $8 total–including “Thunder Clatter.” What a deal!

And I can’t stop listening to it.

Over the past few years, I’ve definitely become a fan of more layered, complex music (see: Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters & Men) and Wild Cub’s ‘Youth’ is in that same vein. There’s a lot of percussion, there’s some synthesizer action, soft melodies and interesting rhythms–pretty much the works. But it balances so well that it just sucks you in. It’s like the soundtrack to a current indie movie that takes place in the 80’s.

That’s a great description, right? I totally tweeted that the other day, and then Wild Cub favorited it. Yeah. Whaddup.

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No, I Haven’t Seen “Frozen”

Sooo, I have a confession to make: I haven’t seen Frozen.

Stop yelling at me!

Yeah. I can hear you through the computer, and it’s loud. Can I continue now? Thank you.

No, I haven’t seen Frozen. I might not ever see Frozen. And I don’t think that makes me a bad person.

Before you classify me as an animation/Disney/musical/happiness hater and unfollow me, can I just say that I’m actually the opposite? I love Disney movies. I love musicals. The only thing I love more are Disney musicals. As an adult, I have seen many of these in the theaters and/or watched them repeatedly at home. And Tangled, which is supposed to take place in the same universe as Frozen? LOVE that movie. Saw it in theaters, watched it multiple times on Netflix (before they took it off-grr), know all the songs, and kind of want to watch it right this second. I also have a sister that I’m very close with, so you’d think that an animated Disney musical about two sisters whose bond overcomes all sorts of obstacles would be right up my alley, right? There was a time when I wanted to see it. I remember watching the first trailer for it last summer and thinking, “Oh, Emma and I should go see this!” But my sister lives 2 hours away, and it’s not like the Hubbster was going to go see this in the theater with me. So I just kind of, didn’t see it. I wasn’t avoiding it or anything. I just kept not going.

The internet was blowing up with all things Elsa and Anna. I kept seeing memes featuring Josh Gad’s snowman character (I have no idea what the character’s name is, just that he can completely dismember himself and yet still exist as a consciousness, which is fine). Every new YouTube video was a parody of “Let It Go” by either grown men (i.e. firefighters, athletic organizations, etc) or adorable children wearing pretty dresses and braids. Idina Menzel even went on Jimmy Fallon and gave it the classroom toys treatment. After about a month of the internet frenzy, I suddenly realized that despite it being everywhere, I hadn’t actually heard the song. We turned off the Oscars around 9:15 (“Is this thing really supposed to go on for another hour? I love Ellen, but let’s just go to bed”) and therefore missed both Idina’s performance and John Travolta’s butchering of her name.* Much like I hadn’t avoided the movie itself, I hadn’t purposely avoided “Let It Go” either. I just never made an effort to actually hear it. Then it kind of became a game. How long can I go without hearing that song?

Answer: A long time.

I still haven’t heard “Let It Go.” I still haven’t seen Frozen. And you can tell me that I’m missing out on something spectacular and moving and yada-yada-yada away about it. But at this point… I think I’m good.

 

*To be fair to Travolta, everyone was flubbing on the teleprompter. And if his wig is any indication of his refusal to age, he probably needs reading glasses and won’t go to the eye doctor.

Hopeless Wanderer

Mumford & Sons have definitely established themselves in the world of music. Their first 2 albums (‘Sigh No More’ & ‘Babel’) are addictive. I can listen to them on repeat all day and never get bored (and I have, on multiple occasions). Their lyrics are beautiful, and their songs have so many layers that you keep discovering new little things that you didn’t notice on the first, second or even third listens. What they’re able to do musically, it just floors me. 

But there’s a good chance that you have never seen any of their music videos–it doesn’t really seem necessary, right? I know I didn’t think it was necessary. The music speaks for itself. But recently my friend made me watch the video for ‘Hopeless Wanderer.’ He prefaced it with, “You know what they look like, right?” Of course I know what they look like. What does that have to do with this? Well, besides being incredibly talented, Mumford & Sons are also hilarious. Check out the video below to see why. Enjoy!

5 Famous Actors You Forgot Were On Gilmore Girls For A Hot Second

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Oh, the glory that is Gilmore Girls and the genius that is Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Let’s momentarily push aside all of the brilliant actors that were regularly on the show. Like Edward Herrmann and his incomparable History Channel narrating voice. Or Melissa McCarthy, who made me fall in love with her well before Bridesmaids. Or Lauren Graham, so genuine in every scene (and who I ultimately blame for my coffee addiction). And Kelly Bishop. Oh Kelly Bishop. You are the proper and sassy mother I’m very glad I didn’t have, and you will always be Emily Gilmore in my heart.

Oh right, I was pushing these aside. Ignore their awesomeness for now.

The beauty of watching (and re-watching) a series after it has aired means that you can better spot actors who have, since then, hit the big time. These are a few of my favorites. They all played relatively small parts (some only one scene), and now they are all TV stars in their own right. Do you remember them?

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Remember Jane Lynch from Richard’s first stint in the hospital? Continue reading