The other day, as we were (re-re-re-)watching Breaking Bad during diner, I noticed the song Waiting Around to Die by The Be Good Tanyas. I already knew this great cover of the original song from Towns Van Zandt thanks to a game that we both completed not so long ago: The Walking Dead – The Final Season.
Lately, video games make me discover more music than… Well, it seems that video games are my only source of music since, you know, radios are dead.
A quick post to say that we had a lot of fun watching this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (yes, we’re fans!). Even if last year’s movie was great, it didn’t replace the real thing. This year’s contest was amazing, the setting was great, a lot of participants were actually quiet good (Iceland, Israel, Ukraine and Lithuania) and the presenters were better than usual.
However, I don’t know what made me the most happy, to see Italy win, since it was our favorite band of the evening or to see France lose, which is always very satisfying. French people are the worse winners/losers ever and their song was horrible and boring, I couldn’t have hoped for more. Sometimes, the universe goes your way.
Mastodon is probably the best prog-metal band in the world and, among Mastodon’s albums, Once More ‘Round the Sun is our favourite. Not only has the band a load of amazing songs, they also have fantastic videos and our favourite is Asleep in the Deep. It’s the epic journey of an ordinary house cat who meanders into a demonic catacomb filled with dark lord bullfrogs, terrifying rat kings and a brave warrior squirrel.
The clip’s co-director/conceptualist Skinner (who’s also the cover artist for the 2014 LP) said: “This concept was birthed out of my curiosity about what a cat really does at night while we are asleep,” Skinner says in a statement. “Where do they go? Cats have a very mysterious myth to them and I thought it would be cool to explore that, as little nocturnal heroes. I decided to put a sort of Joseph Campbell hero myth spin on it and add some Jodorowsky psychedelia as well. I’m more than excited about the way it came out! I love it!”. (source: RollingStone)
Well, we love it too. As a matter of fact, it is our favourite video-clip ever!
We’ve built an entire winter village, we’ve received our Homepod Mini, we’ve transferred our characters to another Realm and we’ve even seen Donald Trump, beat that!
Our Winter Village
Since it was impossible to log in World of Warcraft this week-end, mostly because of the impossibly long queues, we decided to cozy up and build our Lego Winter Village while watching Christmas movies. It was amazing and I only wish that there were more buildings available or that they would re-release the holiday train (which I’d buy in a blink).
Apple Homepod Mini
We bought it to replace our Bose Mini speaker. I had no expectations and I was already resolved not to use Siri because I thought that I would feel silly talking alone in my apartment.
First, setting it up was as easy as usual: detected and recognized by all my Apple devices out of the box. The sound quality is amazing, it fills perfectly my living-room without exaggerating the bass like Bose usually does.
What I use the most is Siri. Yes, I know what I said earlier, but operating my music player without having to use anything else than my voice is incredibly useful. I can navigate through my music, set up a timer, check the time or the weather and even add songs to my playlists without having to get up.
Draenor is the most populated WoW server in the world. How does that translate in terms of gameplay: horrible lag, impossible queues and a constant feeling that you’re about to be disconnected. What do you get in return? Full cities and people everywhere, very active chats the feeling to be part of a huge community. Is it worth all the negative points? Certainly not!
We’re now less than a week from our winter holidays and I can’t picture myself waiting 2 hours in a queue only to be disconnected after an hour and returned at the back of the queue.
And the problems aren’t only related to the launch of Shadowlands, we’ve been experiencing laggy zones for months, which makes relaxing activities like fishing nerve-wrecking.
When Blizzard announced the free transfers to lower population realms, we moved our guild and all our characters to Stormscale. The cities are still filled with people, the prices at the auction house are decent and the experience is entirely lag-free, even fighting mobs or summoning our mounts feel smoother.
As the transfers were complete, I had to change the names of a few characters, since they were already used on the destination server. My Blood Elf Paladin is now named “Dumar” and I love it, it has a nice crusader ring to it.
We’ve seen Donald Trump
We were building our Lego village while watching Christmas movies, among which: Home Alone 2. As Kevin is alone in New York, he ends up at the Plaza hotel where he asks his way to no one else than Donald Trump.
We had to wait the middle of August to get some real summer, but it’s finally here. It’s time to slow down, eat cold pasta salads, drink ice cold coffee and enjoy the blue sky.
If you’re searching for a good playlist for times like these, Rockstar Games provided it a few years ago in GTA V. Among all the in-game radios, my favourite is Radio Mirror Park. It features a lot of soft fresh synth-pop titles that are perfect for the morning coffee or a lazy stoner afternoon at the swimming pool.
The last title of the list – Heartbreak by Age of Consent – has been our favourite song several years in a row, but there are many excellent titles that we still discover years later. As usual, it is an Apple Music playlist, not only because I’m an Apple slave, but also because it’s the best streaming service (this opinion is a fact, totally).
One of the greatest features of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the hourly tune. While we love all musics from the game, our favourite is 5 PM. This smooth jazz tune with a touch of 70s bass is an instant shot of good mood.
During the 80s, one of my favourite thing to do was to go to town and purchase a tape of the Hit Connection, a hit compilation released yearly in Belgium. I would then listen to it with my Walkman until the tape would eventually stay stuck in the player and I would have to purchase it again.
So, when I think about eighties music (which will remain the best music until the end of times), I always remember my tapes of the Hit Connection. That’s why, even if it isn’t based on the official compilations, my Apple Music 80s playlist is titled “Hit Connection” (yes, I’m an Apple b*tch).
While it isn’t as charming as purchasing physical editions, streaming services are much more convenient (especially in 2020). Did we trade charm for convenience? Absolutely. Have I become an old nostalgic? Don’t we all…