Musician’s Log 2.0. Stardate June 16th 2011

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on June 16, 2011 by TheFifthSister

Okay, so I do actually have an update as a musician and not a crazed fan… well, actually it is as a crazy fan but… well you’ll see.

So I mentioned last month that I was working on at least two Xena-inspired songs. I have the first draft of lyrics for one completed! I’m also, finally, working on the Sanctuary song I started thinking up ideas for before Christmas. But I wanna talk about the Xena song.

I made a joke on Tumblr about some little line Xena would sing to Gabrielle about her abs… and well, the song went from there. It’s Xena’s attempt at writing something for Gabrielle as like a present. I’ve been getting encouragement from fellow Xenites who share my opinion that Xena and Gabrielle were indeed married! This goes back to the shipper song I completed a month or so ago… (check previous posts)

So, here’s the first draft.

Here… I Wrote This For Ya

You know I’m not good at talking
Words are really your thing
But I’m giving this a try
Seeing as it’s only for your eyes…
I know I haven’t always treated you good
I’m usually in a dark and angry mood
You bring me outta that in your special way
I love you more than I can say

I’m sorry I made that crack about your hands
And used your top to tie up that man
And for the time I used messed with your scrolls
And when I put that eel in your bedroll

Your abs are fine
O’ bard of mine
With a smile that lights your face
And that cute, firm… embrace
I love the things you do
I love your perky… attitude
Even your talent for getting kidnapped
Put the wammo on my heart and now I’m trapped

You are the best thing that ever happened to me
The light that guides me
My soulmate to the end of eternity
Not that I deserve you after what I used to be

There you go. Been writing guitar for it all afternoon so hopefully I’ll have some idea how it’s gonna sound sometime soon. Please, leave me comments, criticisms, Xena/Gabrielle references you might like to see included and anything else you wanna say about it!

Thanks for reading!
Blessed be.

Shippers unite 😉

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Chosen One

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 16, 2011 by TheFifthSister

I’m totally slacking on my updates this month….

So, anyone who knows me know that my favourite band in the world Universe is Sci-Fried.

They rock. True story. In fact, they rock so much that they have their own video game! Another true story.

Chosen One is an RPG based on the song of the same name. It’s modelled on old school RPG games, the likes of Legend Of Zelda, and it features band members KSV, Dr Vern, Dammit Jim and Chuck on a quest to save the princess from the evil warlord Sunshine (it’s an ironic nickname!) Sunshine also happens to Sci-Fried bassist! There’s lots of references to a host of fandoms, games and general geekdom. It’s easy to play. The design and look of the game is quite cool (it was fun to spot all the Sci-Fried things in different areas of the game). It’s a great running commentary for anyone who’s ever played and enjoyed an RPG video game.

It features their friends as characters along the way… and I get to be the wisecrackin’ fairy, sent to aid the quest. Yup, I feature in the game as the fairy guide to KSV which doubles as the game menu.

Let me tell you that is the greatest thing in the world! I am so touched, happy, hyperactive, goddamn excited that they did that for me! I admire Sci-Fried so much, really look up to them as musicians and songwriters and nerds and this is the treatment I get. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU GUYS!

So, yes, I have motivations for people playing this game. Bragging rights. Spreadin’ the Sci-Fried love. The total epicness that is a quality, entertaining game. Not to mention it features some awesome 8-bit versions of some of my fave Sci-Fried tracks.

Please support a talented band.

Download Chosen One FREE from their site and check out their music today!
www.sci-fried.com

Me with Chuck, Dr Vern and KSV of Sci-Fried

Musician’s Log. Stardate June 16th 2011…. aka WHY MY LIFE IS AWESOME!

Posted in Gigs, Just talking with tags on June 16, 2011 by TheFifthSister

Yes, the title changed slightly for this post but what a weekend I had!

So, I went to see Jonathan Coulton at Union Chapel, London on Saturday 11th June. I love that man!
He’s one of my biggest inspirations. He inspired me to learn to record, to write nerdy songs and become a solo artist and acoustic musician. He’s the reason I do what I do!

And so I went to see him. I sat with the biggest smile on my face the entire night.
Paul and Storm were excellent, as always, and very entertaining and inspiring in their geeky ways!
But JoCo was just mind blowning. His songs are genius! Amazing gig. He played a lot of my favourites and I even got to see “Blue Sunny Day” which I didn’t expect. He did a few of the songs of his new album out later in the year and I’m really excited about it. It sounds like it’s gonna be a good one!

And Jonathan Ross and his wife sat in the front row of the chapel. Paul pulled her up during a song which was hilarious! And as ever it was fun to pretend to be a pirate (Captain’s Wife Lament) and then a zombie (Re: Your Brains)

But the icing on the cake was the end of the gig! Paul, Storm and JoCo all came out and signed autographs and posed for photos! I GOT TO MEET JOCO! A MAN THAT HAS INSPIRED ME FOR YEARS AND HAD  A PROFOUND IMPACT ON MY LIFE! And I stood plugging Sci-Fried to him… pretty sure he thought I was nuts. But Sci-Fried inspire me just as much and I wanted to share the Sci-Fried love!

Me with Paul and Storm

Me and JoCo

So that’s why my life is awesome this week!

Thank you Universe. Thank you Paul and Storm. Thank you JoCo.

It’s The First Of May…

Posted in Just talking, Music with tags on May 1, 2011 by TheFifthSister

Outdoor ******* starts today!

The brilliant mind of Jonathan Coulton has just the song to celebrate this most wonderful day. Play it loud and play it proud!

Musician’s Log. Stardate April 30th 2011

Posted in Music with tags , on April 30, 2011 by TheFifthSister

Woah. A whole month without an update.
Well, well… I’ve been having fun writing songs. Mostly. Had my head stuck in my notebook the past few weeks and my hands on my guitars trying to complete a couple of songs.

One, a Xena-inspired song, is really stumping me though. I’ve written the chorus to it but not sure how to approach the verses. That one’s on the back burner for now but I promise you, it’s coming!

The song that I’m really geeking out  happy about is my song on the topic of fangirls and shipping.

Shipping, derived from the word relationship, is the belief that two fictional characters, typically from the same series, are in a relationship, or have romantic feelings that could potentially lead to a relationship.

I’m quite proud of this one. It’s been a lot of fun to write because I am an avid shipper and have quite a lot of fun discussing ships with friends. I’ve been getting lots of support on Tumblr writing this one and major support from the GAGD gang. Tumblr is like shippercentral for fangirls, I swear! I hope everyone finds it fun and relates to it in someway.

So I promised a few people a demo of the song because they loved the lyrics and wanted a rough idea of what it was going to sound like. I swear I was going to do something of a higher quality than this but the CPU on my laptop is beyond frakked and my laptop kept crashing whenever I tried to do anything more complicated in Pro Tools. Once I have some studio time at work I’ll get to working on this in it’s full arrangement (I’m talking full band… fingers crossed!!!) This is just to show it off to people really…


I’m not sure what to call this song either. If you have any suggestions and/or comments please leave a message at the bottom of the page.

And another new love song is in the works. Also Xena-inspired. Check back for more on those developments.

I don’t think I mentioned this yet but I’m now on Facebook go ‘like’ my page and keep up-to-date with my latest nerd happenings. I’m updating that more often that twitter with what I’m writing about. I think there’s a link on the side of this site somewhere…

Much love,
Geeks unite!

Musician’s Log. Stardate March 28th 2011

Posted in Just talking, Music, WORD! with tags , , on March 28, 2011 by TheFifthSister

First of all, I wanna say happy birthday Lucy Flawless Lawless!! Who doesn’t love her, right? I was a massive Xena fan as a kid and an even bigger fan as I get older. Lucy was the first hero in my life.

Howdy. Been a while since I posted anything other than Sci-Fried praise. Heh. So in love with Future Tense. Amazing album. Anyone go and order it after my review? If you didn’t, you’re missing out!!

It’s really been inspiring me to go back to writing some new songs (or in some cases finishing ones that I’ve started) and so far I’ve got a few new ideas. One song I’m working on is a Xena themed song (hense the shoutout to Ms Lawless at the start). So far it’s got a kickass chorus! Oh yeah. And working on making this a rockier tune than some of my previous work. I’m a little tired of the acoustic sound. Not whilst performing, I’ll probably stick with that, but as I write and eventually record I wanna try something different. Besides, I think it will lend itself to the subject more considering how much Xena rocks! The working title is Two Against The World and I’m hoping it’ll tell the tale of Xena and Gabrielle’s lives/adventures. I’ve probably gotten myself in over my head with this one but I’m determined to write a song worthy of my geek rock idols!

Got a few other ideas formulating. Happy to be writing again!

Not a lot to report otherwise. Busy being a tech at work, working on a recording project with Leicester band Temple of Lies (recommend them to grunge/metal fans for sure!) and working hard on WORD! things as well. It’s all go and all fun and I’m feeling a sense of balance and excitement at it all.

Would also like to plug Riese The Series. For anyone who knows my song Girl And Her Wolf, it was inspired by and based on the web series. It gets it’s UK premiere tomorrow at http://www.syfy.co.uk. Make sure you check it out!

 

 

Sci-Fried’s “Future Tense”: A Review

Posted in Just talking, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by TheFifthSister

 

In the not so distant future the decaying world economy forced a brilliant team of scientists to launch a secret initiative. This initiative would forever change the course of events that have placed the human race on the brink of extinction. They sent one band back in time to alter the course of events in the hope that changing the past would save the future.

The project – Future Tense.  The band – Sci-Fried.

Never heard of them? They’re a band that rock; populated with nerds. Badass rockers when they take the stage. The Force is strong with them. Get ready to believe! Get ready to be Sci-Fried!

 

Future Tense is the third album released by Sci-Fried. And what an album it is!

Geek Rock

This song is truly a defining moment for geek culture and displays nicely why I’m such a fierce supporter of Sci-Fried! They are the definition of geek rock! Being a geek is something to be proud of. This song lays out just want Sci-Fried are all about and what geek rock can become. Redefining geek rock! Such an inspiring song, especially for songwriter like myself. Amazing guitar solo at the end here!

LV-426 (Aliens)

I just love the lyrics! Just when you didn’t think Aliens could be more badass, you hear a song like this! Fantastic music, especially the build up towards the end. Fantastic vocal samples from the film performed by the band. This song is at its best when listened to on headphones to make full use of the panning done on the samples. I swear, I was walking down the street listening to this track yesterday and one of the samples sounded like it came from me and scared me to death! Perfect for an Aliens song! Amazing music from Chuck, Sunni and Dammit Jim here!

Chosen One

I love 8-bit! So when I heard the intro of this song I freaked the hell out! A nice rap. I challenge you to listen to this and not want to get your console out and play games! Just goes to show there’s always someone in the world that understands you and your need to game.  Now I gotta go play some while I can use this song to explain not leaving the house for 40 hours…

Foiled Again (Legion Of Doom)

Those poor unlucky bastards… Don’t you just feel bad for the Legion of Doom after hearing this?! I kind of want them to succeed – just once – and feel a little better about themselves. Lovely guest appearance from Marc With A C again (he appeared on the Christmas song “Star Wars Christmas”) Hope to see more collaborations in the future!

We’re Ready To Believe You (Ghostbusters)

What was the name of that song in the Ghostbusters movies? Who You Gonna Call? Frak that! It’ll never catch on. This should be the Ghostbusters 3 theme song! Frak calling Ghostbusters… call Sci-Fried!

Possibly the best song on the album. Very catchy, very fun and makes you wanna grab your nearest phone. The guitar riffs on this song are amazing – but the bass riff and drum beat on the verses are outstanding.

Tech Support

There could be worse ways to get your computer fixed! Right? How many times have you been asked to fix someone’s computer? Someone’s iPhone? I know on occasion I’m asked to “look” at something because I’m into all that “nerdy stuff”. Haha. This is a great little anthem for all the unpaid tech support of the world. It’s worth offering to help someone with their computer problems just for an excuse to play this song. Clever lyrics. Great trumpet performance too!

Embrace The Darkside (Star Wars)

Frak being a Jedi kiddies – join the darkside! This was the Emperor’s downfall when trying to turn Luke – he didn’t have a killer 80s metal track. If Luke had heard this song then Return of The Jedi would have ended very differently! Complete with epic 80s guitar solo.

Looking Back At Today

Where’s my damn robot?! Seriously, I am pissed about this too! I have to make my own damn bed every day. What’s up with that?!  There’s so much to love about this song… mostly because you spend the whole song going “hang on… he’s got a point there!”  I want my damn robot! Definitely a challenge to the scientists and techno-geeks of today.

The Away Team (Star Trek)

Everyone needs a Star Trek song and this is personally my favourite of all of Sci-Fried’s Star Trek songs. This just rocks! Pounding drums, heavy guitars. The chorus is an anthem! And of course the lyrics are fantastic! You know you’re in good hands when they beam down the away team to take care of things. This could be a great reality TV show – or a Robot Chicken sketch!

A Silly Song (Monty Python)

Proud to be a Brit!

I had the pleasure of hearing this amusing track when I visited SFC in August 2010. I’ve been really excited about this one coming out! Great to see that the boys can pull of something like this without it being so silly that you hate the song. I’ve been bouncing around to this for days! As with most Sci-Fried songs, the best parts are the little one liners from the series that they add in between the lyrics! I have to commend KSV on his performance… and commend everyone on all the little SFX that the band created themselves. A must for all Python fans! Captures the spirit and silliness well.

Fifty-One

This song has one hell of a guitar solo! This is better than “The Great Escape”. There needs to be an epic Area 51 escape movie because this song was made for it!

Serenity Lost (Firefly)

Frak you Fox! Long live Firefly!

Captures the heartache of Browncoaters everywhere whilst also being a great overview of what was a great series. Great hints at the Firefly theme in both the guitar part and the lyrics. A convention hit, for sure!

Vampires Suck

This brings back to focus how vampires should be portrayed. I hate Twilight! Hence why my favourite part of the song is “no more beaches, no more beer; vampires sparkle if they’re queer”. Thank you boys!

So Far From Home (Stargate)

Frak you Syfy! Long live Stargate!

Sci-Fried let the beauty of one of my favourite franchises live on through this driving song. Sure to be a convention hit with all the Gaters still mourning Syfy’s decision to axe the newest series. Picturing a lot of P90s held high…

Evil Dead Guy (Evil Dead Trilogy)

Aren’t those drums just the sexiest thing you’ve ever heard? What an intro!

I’ll admit to being a bad geek and having not actually seen the Evil Dead Trilogy before hearing this song*. Loved the song that much I watched all the movies and this song really conveys a sense of the films so well – dark and evil. Some great lyrics and KSV’s performance and Dr Vern’s voice are perfect for the topic of song. Rob Zombie’s gonna be jealous he didn’t write this one!

(*Evil Dead had been on my list of must-see-movies for far too long and this finally pushed to watch it. Thanks boys!)

Invasion

Who knew the invasion of planet earth would have a beat you could dance to?

*******

Okay, that was me talking as a geek. Now I wanna talk as a sound engineer. Really well recorded. Really well mixed. Excellent arrangements. Massive amount of parts on each song and impressively mixed and layered, especially the multiple vocal tracks. Excellent production. And as always, the best part of a Sci-Fried album are the SFX and voice samples that they throw in. All recorded themselves and they are always amusing and add even more humour to the songs. There are some great ones on this album!

Geeks making sound with varying tempo? Indeed! “Geek Rock”, “So Far From Home” and “Evil Dead Guy” will have you moshing so fiercely your neck will never be the same again. “A Silly Song”, “Tech Support” and “Invasion” will have you dancing. “Serenity Lost” and “Foiled Again” will have those lightsabres waving high and proud. The guitars are incredible, supplying ample air guitar opportunities. The drums and percussion are outstanding. Great vocals from both Dr Vern and KSV.

This has been a labour of love for Sci-Fried and all their hard work has paid off. I think this is the best of all their albums! Every song rocks hard and shows a great love and knowledge of its topic. There’s something here for almost every geek, no matter where you fandom lies. I’m a very proud Sci-Fried fan today.

Sci-Fried are an independent band. They have no label backing – completely self-sufficient. Fund their albums themselves and depend on their fan support. Please order Future Tense from them. Order Geeks Unite and Ramming Speed also (two fantastic albums that I proudly own) for more fandom fun including Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, Heroes and many more Star Trek, Star Wars and Stargate songs.

 

Future Tense is out March 25th.

We are all Sci-Fried!