Monday Musings: Cyber Monday Deals

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Monday Musings is back with some Cyber Monday deals. We have some music, movies, and more to check out.

Star Wars trilogy on DVD/Blu-ray

The Star Wars trilogy is available for $20 on DVD and Blu-ray. The prequels are also up for $20. Get your Star Wars fix if you don’t already own the films.

Modern Vinyl deal thread

Modern Vinyl put up a great thread on various deals from a ton of great record labels and stores. Go grab yourself some good music today.It says Black Friday deals, but the Cyber Monday ones are there, too.

Wreck It Records digital sale

I put up a Cyber Monday sale for my label today. Some releases are “name your price,” but for those that aren’t, you can grab them for 50% with code “CYBER” over on Bandcamp.

Other Amazon Deals

Just hop on over to the Cyber Monday page on Amazon to check out tons of other deals.

Playlist: A Better Hand’s Fall Jams

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A Better Hand took some time to put together a playlist of their favorite fall jams. Take a look at their thoughts on the songs and listen to the playlist below.

The Wonder Years – I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral

Zack – “I love how they tie in all the songs off of the album into one song. They bring in key moments from each song and it’s the first time I’ve heard anything like that.”

Taylor- “This is my favorite TWY album and I think this is one of the best songs ever written. I also love getting drunk and screaming this entire 7 minute song with Zack and our buddy Andrew”

Brandon – “The Wonder Years. Hot damn, Soupy writes the most amazing lyrics. I can’t even describe it. They hit you in the heart every time. Everyone’s cried to TWY.”

Good Charlotte – The Young & The Hopeless

R&R Kyle – “This is the first pop punk album I got into and I feel like this song is the serious turning point in the album”

Zack – “Everyone goes through struggles and I think this song is very relatable”

Taylor – “Good Charlotte is the reason I started listening to pop punk, I think I’ve listened to this album more times than any other pop punk album”

Brandon – “We’ve all felt lost and down at times, and this song kind of reminds you that it’s okay to feel that way from time to time. Good Charlotte is definitely one of the bands that got me into pop punk.”

A Day To Remember – Right Back At It Again

Zack – “Watch the music video because Kevin Skaff is my hero for surfing on Ramen Noodles, and he’s from Minnesota!”

Taylor – “ I started listening to this album right when I decided that being in a band was going to be my future and it really gave me the motivation I needed from one of my all time favorite bands”

R&R Kyle – “I like how they talk about where they came from and how they reminisce about starting their band. It’s cool to hear that they really love playing music together no matter what the circumstances.”

Brandon – “This song is sick. This whole album is sick. The whole band is sick.”

Sum 41 – Confusion and Frustration in Modern Times

Sven – “I picked this song for the lyrics, One specific lyric “divided we stand together we fall” really resonated with me and I think it still relevant today. I think Sum 41 is a very important band in our scene. They have had a big influence on our band and they’ve been one of my favorites since day one.”

Brandon – “Sum 41 have always been inspiring to me because they bridge the gap between pop punk and metal, which are my two favorite genres.”

All Time Low – The Girl’s A Straight-Up Hustler

Sven – “This is the song that really made me want to be in a band.”

Zack – “All time low is my favorite band of all time, I’ve got a tattoo of their logo and their stage banter is hilarious. Their shows are lit.”

Taylor – “These guys have been a huge influence on our band from day one so they absolutely had to make the list.”

Brandon – “All Time Low are one of my favorite bands, you can never go wrong with them. This song is relatable because we’ve all known someone caught up in the trends, and been with someone we really can’t stand and inevitably ended up walking away from them.

The Story So Far – Quicksand

R&R Kyle – “It’s cool how this song holds true to old school punk roots, but still has a catchy melody that makes it modern pop punk”

Taylor – “TSSF has quickly become one of my all time favorite pop punk bands”

Brandon – “They write some pretty cool instrumentals and relatable lyrics.”

A Better Hand – So Long Goodbye

We picked this song because it really means a lot to all of us. So Long Goodbye recognizes the hardships of having to leave people and things behind in order to chase your dreams. Breaking away from normal routine and following our own path is the only way we can truly be happy.

Box Car Racer – There Is

Zack – “This song is such a good jam, and I don’t think enough people know about Box Car Racer.”

Brandon – “Self doubt sucks, and this song is all about that. Still a good song though.”

State Champs – Nothing’s Wrong

Taylor – “I think this song and the entire album are written so well. The bridge in this song hits so hard it’s hard not to jam to.”

Brandon – “State Champs = Fav pop punk band. I love the instrumental to this song so much”

Neck Deep – 19 Seventy Sumthin’

Sven – “This song is definitely an emotional rollercoaster.”

Zack – “I love seeing this different side to ND and I hope that ABH can do something similar.”

R&R Kyle – “This song really makes you appreciate the people who support you, and makes you realize, they play a bigger role than you may think.”

Taylor – “There aren’t many songs that can bring a tear to my eye, but this one has done it many times. My dad has always been so supportive of me and I can’t imagine the loss those guys felt.”

Brandon – “I showed this song to my mom and she almost cried. This song makes me have an optimistic outlook on relationships and life, despite the heartache that comes with it. A lot of people are afraid to fall in love for this reason, but I think it’s worth it. Leave a good impression on your family, and they will make it through.”

Simple Plan – I’m Just A Kid

Zack – “This song reminds me of the good old days running around as a kid in the summer.”

Taylor – “I remember jamming this on my iPod when I was younger every time I got mad or upset.”

Brandon – “Everyone related to this at one point in time, you can’t deny it.”

Pierce The Veil – Circles

We all had a really hard time deciding which PTV song to put on here, we would have put them all if we could have. Misadventures is definitely our favorite album of 2016.

R&R Kyle – “This is hands down one of my go to albums when I don’t know what to listen to.”

Zack – “It’s incredibly relatable to what is going on in the world.”

Brandon – “PTV have grown to be one of my favorite bands lately, especially with the release of Misadventures.”



Welcome to Geekdom 058: Stranger Things 2

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Welcome to Geekdom returns this week, as does Jacob Tender, with a discussion on Stranger Things 2. We dive into the characters and discuss the plot, setting, and music selections. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.

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Monday Musings: SI’s 2018 Mock Draft

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Monday Musings is back, but things are a little different today. I only want to spotlight one article because Sports Illustrated already started some coverage for the NBA draft next year.

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2018 Mock Draft: First Round Predictions

The aim of our mocks is to project what the first round of the draft might look like if the season ended today, based on which players are trending. Our Big Board (coming next week) will serve as a more definitive, fluid prospect ranking based on our own evaluations. Given it’s November, take the projected order of teams with a grain of salt—we’re simply working off the standings. We won’t waste our time on team needs or best fit at this stage.

Sports Illustrated has some great insight into the college players who could be going in the first round. If you’re like me and can’t find the time to keep up with prospects, give this a read and see who your team could possibly draft next year.

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.

Playlist: Foxture’s Influences


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.