Playlist: Foxture’s Influences

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Foxture recently released EDEN at the end of October. The band first started as a solo project and has expanded to four members. Coming out of Winston-Salem, NC, the band’s songs dive into their various experiences. Check out the playlist of songs that influenced their EP below. You can also check out EDEN over on Bandcamp.

Playlist: Little Coyote Shares Fall Favorites

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Little Coyote recently released The Trouble With Teeth in October. You can check out the album on Bandcamp. Little Coyote shared some fall favorites with us, as well. You can check out a quote about the album and the playlist below.

I (Teagan) began writing The Trouble With Teeth at the end of 2013 after graduating from high school. The band and I recorded it at the end of 2015 and now in the fall 2017 we finally put it out, what I’m trying to say is, it’s been a long time coming. Throughout these past 4 years of writing and recording this album I got married (when I was 20 years old), moved really far from home, family and friends, started a band, did a lot of things that scared me. The Trouble With Teeth is about experiencing growing pains of the most literal sense possible, about being 19 and experiencing the true fragility of life for the first time and figuring out what’s really important to you. We are really excited to finally be sharing this album with everyone and thankful to EggHunt Records for helping us put it out. It’s been a long process but we are so glad to have gone through it, in the words of our album’s title track I suppose, “All we’ve got is time.”

Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Andy Weir self-published The Martian back in 2011, before it was picked up for a film and re-published in 2014 by Crown. Artemis is his next space adventure, that takes place on the moon. The story revolves around Jasmine Bashara, who goes by Jazz. She’s sly and her father typically never approves of what she does. At the start of the novel, her business is smuggling goods in for people. Despite that, she’s stuck in a tiny room that she rents, which she calls a “coffin,” because it’s that small.

Jazz is a wonderful character to center a story around because of just how witty and multifaceted she is. Sure, she’s good at smuggling things in, but if she just applied herself a but more, there’s pretty much nothing that she couldn’t do. She’s hired by a very rich man to sabotage a company for him. We’ve established that she smuggles things in, but it’s mostly things like cigars, not anything too terrible. She’s a criminal, but even this is going to be quite the challenge for her.

Friends are few and far between for Jazz, which is probably for the best as far as the story goes. There aren’t too many people to keep track of and it keeps the novel concise. She has a handful of people helping her out, despite how dangerous her task is because the company she’s going after is run by a cartel and they do not mess around.

Artemis brings high stakes to the moon and the world building that Andy Weir accomplishes is amazing. Before getting into all of the action, we learn what the tourists are like, what the living situation is like, what the main jobs are, and what type of food they eat. We also find out that Jazz has a pen pal back on Earth, who also helps her with a few things when needed.

This story has everything you would want in a space heist. Even though her goal is to sabotage something, she’s still stealing away the company for the cartel by doing so. Not everything goes as planned, but then again, how many heists go exactly as planned all the time? Artemis is a page-turner and a completely fun ride. You can now grab a copy of the book, which is out today.

Monday Musings: Shonda Rhimes and Superheroes

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Monday Musings returns with some various superhero articles and with Shonda Rhimes answering 10 questions. Check it all out below.

10 Questions with Shonda

We recently decided to put the boss on the spot and ask her a few questions — because when it comes to Shonda, we’ll take whatever life wisdom we can get.

Head over to Shondaland to watch Shonda Rhimes answer 10 questions. It’s a fun, quick watch and you should just check out the site in general. There’s a lot of good stuff on there.

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ injects life into Marvel’s most stagnant Avenger

From a production standpoint, Ragnarok may be the truest and most gorgeous realization of comic creator Jack Kirby’s vision of cosmic scenery, complete with starkly contrasting colors, hard angles, and circular designs adorning everything. It lends the film a retrofuturistic aesthetic complemented by the synth-heavy soundtrack, bringing us to a time when comics were appreciated for the fanciful flights of speculative science fiction Marvel created at their twentieth century height.

Leigh Monson reviewed Thor: Ragnarok for Substream. I have yet to see the movie, but this review solidifies just how much I’d like to go see it. Disclaimer: Leigh is my film editor whenever I contribute to Substream. But this is still good regardless of that fact.

50 Best Superhero Movies of All Time

Half of the top 10 are superhero movies, and by year’s end, the recently released Thor: Ragnarok and the soon-to-be-released Justice League will almost certainly make their way in there. Next year, you can safely bet that Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Venom, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Aquaman will crack 2018’s top 10, or at least get pretty close.

The Ringer ranked 50 superhero movies and now feels like a great time to do something like this. Justice League is on it’s way this week and Thor: Ragnarok is still being talked about.

 

Review: Best Behavior – Things That Happened

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Best Behavior are releasing Things That Happened on November 14th. The EP boasts four songs and when the title track kicks into gear, it took me by surprise. It reminded me of Hot Hot Heat circa Elevator. They have the same sort of pop sound and catchiness with their lyrics. “As I Wait” is about a relationship that feels like it met a one-sided ending. He even takes responsibility by singing “I know I’m the one to blame.” The underlying music provides a great beat for the song and the band continues to impress.

While “As I Wait” was somewhat about communication (or lack thereof), “Say” is certainly about it. “I don’t know what to say” frequently comes up and it’s something everyone can we relate to. Haven’t we all had those moments where we just have absolutely no clue what to say? “Catherine No Chaser” closes out the EP. It’s a fun, summer-like song and even though it’s being released in the fall, it still works. The song fits with the overall tone of the EP. The music isn’t drastically different, even though the lyrical content might be a little more on the bright side than the other three songs.

Overall, Best Behavior put together a fun EP. The production on it is solid from start to finish. It won’t take up too much of your time to check this out since it’s only four songs. Best Behavior are certainly a band to keep an eye on as they continue working on new music. If you’re interested, you can grab a copy of Things The Happened on their Bandcamp. I highly suggest you do so.

Monday Musings: iPhone 8 or iPhone X?

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Monday Musings is back (a bit later than usual) to bring you some iPhone reviews. The main dilemma is do you want the 8 or the X? Check out what some tech folks have to say about them.

iPhone X Review (TechCrunch)

When Face ID did fail for me, it was almost always a function of one of two things: I wasn’t looking at the phone when it made the attempt (I have attention detection toggled on) or it was at too steep an angle and couldn’t see my whole face. If it was pointed at me and I was looking, it opened. There were definitely a couple of failed tries, but no more than I’ve seen with a Touch ID finger placement not being good enough. A second swipe/try typically opened it.

Matthew Panzarino took the iPhone X to Disneyland to test it out during his one-week review period. It’s a fantastic way to test a phone. You’re out and about, you can see just how well the battery works during a day trip, and well, it’s Disneyland so you can take plenty of pictures to check out the camera’s performance.

I Tried The iPhone X — And The Killer Feature Is Its Size (Buzzfeed)

The home button, the iPhone’s longtime escape key, has been replaced with a slew of different swipes and volume control/power button combos. Swipe up to get back to the homescreen. Swipe down from the top right for the Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom and hold to go to the app switcher. Press and hold the side button to activate Siri. Press and hold the side button and volume button to turn the device off…and so on and so forth.

Nicole Nguyen at Buzzfeed was able to test the iPhone X for a week, too. This one is a great, thorough review of what all the phone is capable of.

Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (Wired)

If you do buy an 8, it’ll be for one of two very important, very noticeable upgrades. The first is wireless charging, a decade-old tech that’s finally made its way into the iPhone. Apple doesn’t make a wireless charger yet—the AirPower mat comes next year—but the iPhone 8 works with any pad using the popular Qi standard. The phone charges quite a bit slower on the pad than plugged into the wall, but it’s worth it for the freedom. Wireless charging makes the iPhone feel less like a Tamagotchi needing constant feeding, and more like a digital sidekick that’s always ready to go.

The iPhone 8 is more of an update than a whole new phone like the X. David Pierce has a good review of what’s new on it.

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.