Jon Spencer Reviews Discord & Server Events! – Introducing our Composition Competition

I’m Excited!

As you probably already know, I’ve started a lot of fun community initiatives and events over the years and I’m proud to say we have ANOTHER! Not only that, but I’m also wanting to tell you about my Discord which already has tons of great discussion and fans in it right now. So how do these two tings link together? Let’s dive right in and find out!

Discord Info

First let me tell you about the Discord so you know what we do there and how this relates to our latest community event. The space is fairly relaxed with a heavy emphasis on supporting each other and hanging out. We have lots of discussions nearly every day on a variety of topics, so there’s something for everyone there. Each week we have hangouts, which include D&D, weekly Anime Music Quiz, and more!

If this sounds like a place you want to belong to, then I’d be very happy to have you. There aren’t a lot of rules, so don’t make me add any more and we won’t have a problem. Get help with your project, find collab partners, discuss, and have fun! You can find my Discord by clicking the banner below.

Discord Promo

Sever-wide Events

Now the exciting part! We get to talk about the server events which have just launched on the Discord. Every so often we will be hosting various cooperative and competitive events that are open to all Discord members on the server. Here’s a fast overview:

While we’ve always had little server events from Anime Music Quiz to D&D, and Friday hangouts, I recognize that not everyone is always able to participate in these events. For awhile now I’ve thought it’d be fun to run various server-wide events that last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. That’s where this section of the server comes in!

Q: So what kind of things will we be doing?

A: We will be doing various activities, some competitive and some cooperative. Think something like a “jam” project or OWLS, but for the server folks here. The goal is to learn and sharpen skills while having fun doing it. Current ideas for activities include writing exercises, art challenges, and more!

Q: Who can participate?

A: Anyone! I’ll also be promoting this on Twitter, and I’d ask you do the same. Don’t feel like you need to join every event, but if you do…

Q: What do I get for participating?

A: While I would like to offer more things long-term, right now participating in events will net you a custom title in the server. This will denote you as a more active member and describe what event you participated in. Winners of events will also receive unique titles for the bragging rights. If you want to help provide prizes or something to make this more interesting let me know and we can work that out.

What are we doing this time?

This time we’ll be doing a music composition competition, but before you decide this is too hard for you hear me out. Not only is this software free and easy to use, there’s a $20 prize on the line to boot! Here’s some more information about the software we are using, Bosca Ceoil.

See how easy it is? There’s a little more to the contest, all to help you get started, but not much else. Here’s what you need to know:

There are only 5 things you need to do to enter the contest:

  1. Join my Discord by clicking any of the links or images above or right here.
  2. Download the free software, do the tutorial, and play around with it before even looking at the competition file. You can find the software:
    1. Here on itch.io
    2. From the creator’s site here
  3. When you feel comfortable with the software, download the competition file on my Discord under “event information” and get to work! Be sure to read the rules and follow all instructions, there aren’t many but the few that I have are very important.
  4. Create your song and share your progress with those in the Discord. Even though this is a contest, we are helping each other out and providing feedback along the way. So don’t be shy, and as the contest states, you can have a partner for this one so it might be an easy way to find somebody to work with!
  5. Finally, when you are done, submit your final song and wait for results! As you do, give feedback on the work everyone else is doing and help out with questions. It’s really that simple!

I hope you’ll be joining us for events like this one, and many more to come. Thanks for giving this a read and I’ll see you on the Discord!

‘The Dirt’ Film Review

Grade: B

Colson Baker, Douglas Booth, Daniel Webber, and Iwan Rheon in The Dirt (2019)

There is no denying that musical biopics are making a comeback. With the success of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and the upcoming ‘Rocketman’ set to hit theaters this summer. It is even more prevalent with the new Netflix film, ‘The Dirt’, which is based on the best-selling autobiographical novel of nearly the same name (subtitled ‘Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band’) by the members of Mötley Crüe, consisting of Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx. You would expect the story of one of the most controversial hard rock bands of the 80’s to be fodder for a documentary about the band itself (which was what I expected at first), yet screenwriter Rich Wilkes, and director Jeff Tremaine could not help but ride off the success of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

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My Anime Music Playlist – A Response to Apprentice Mages Lounge (Nearly a Year Later)

Ok, I Know This is Late…

Way back in December 2017, Derek posted on his site, Apprentice Mages Lounge, a post titled, “My Anime Music Playlist…” in which he shared his anime playlist at the time. He then went and requested others share their lists with him. I had intentions to do so, but I wanted to wait until I had a respectable list. Well, nearly a year later, I believe today is finally that day with my current 80+ song list which I updated weekly since the day Derek originally posted! Continue reading “My Anime Music Playlist – A Response to Apprentice Mages Lounge (Nearly a Year Later)”

‘Before I Wake’ Film Review

Grade: A-

For a while, Mike Flanagan’s ‘Before I Wake’ was suspended; at the time, Relativity Media (the original distributor of the horror film) filed for bankruptcy, causing it not to have a theatrical release for quite some time. Who knew that it would be a Netflix original film in 2018! It was quite the surprise to see that the film – starring Kate Bosworth and up-and-comer Jacob Tremblay – had finally got the release after quite some time. I decided to watch ‘Before I Wake’ with my girl two weeks ago when she was in the mood for a movie. She was excited, yet I was skeptical. Horror movies are lacking in quality with incessant jump scares, and over-exploitation of gore just to get a reaction from audiences. Thankfully, ‘Before I Wake’ uses very little of these out-of-nowhere shocks, and mainly delivers a surprisingly deep story to overcome its horror movie tropes.

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Music Review: Thy Art is Murder – This Hole is not Deep Enough for the Twelve of You/Infinite Death (Demo and EP review)

Brutality, controversy and the beginnings of a genre 

It’s the early 2000’s and for many years the metal world has been gradually growing into more genres than you can count! One of the genres to grow from the Extreme Death Metal family was Deathcore, a blend of Death Metal and Grindcore; which is fast, heavy and abrasive. Today we’ll be taking a look into the beginnings of arguably one of the most popular early Deathcore bands still around; Thy Art is Murder.

Warning: The contents of this article contain song titles, and themes that are not suitable for everybody. They contain, violent, anti-religious and misogynistic themes. 

I do not support the views present in these songs I just enjoy the music.
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Music Review: Witchgrinder – Haunted (2015) (Random Music review)

The time that too many cooks made the dish better

a2078379994_10Today take a look at an album that is slightly obscure but amazingly good. A small band from Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, they are extremely underated so lets shed some light on Witchgrinder’s second album; Haunted Continue reading “Music Review: Witchgrinder – Haunted (2015) (Random Music review)”

Music Review: Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)

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The Devil Shuffled His Feet a Lot

After the first album with new singer William DuVall was a moderate success, Alice In Chains was now set on producing another album in the hopes of shifting their sound further away from the classic Alice In Chains we have all grown used to. Unfortunately, experimentation does not always end well as we find out here. Continue reading “Music Review: Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013)”

Music Review: Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)

The times have changed

The 90’s are over and grunge is literally a dead genre by this point. Seriously, not a single original grunge album has been released since 1999. It’s now 2006 and of the big 4 of grunge; Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, only Pearl Jam is still together. In this review we cover the reformation of Alice In Chains and peer into the new style of sound that they would become known for.

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Music Review: Alice In Chains – Dirt (1992)

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The creation of a timeless masterpiece 

In my last review we talked about Alice In Chains’ debut album, Facelift and the early days of the Grunge genre. In this review we will take a look at the expertly crafted follow up, and gaze upon what is quite possibly one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

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Music Review: Alice In Chains – Facelift (1990)

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The birth of legends

It’s 1990, and the music world is in the midst of a metal domination, with such acts as Slayer, Metallica, Cannibal Corpse and Sepultura playing for sold out shows across the countries of the world and blasting through the speakers of a younger generation of kids and adults. But as with the turning of the decade new things surface, and the 90’s emerging trend is a new genre of music known as Grunge. Combining elements of both Pop and Rock, Grunge had all the elements to appeal to a younger generation of listeners. The birthplace of the genre is commonly considered to be in Seattle, Washington, with up and coming bands like, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. Alice in Chains is another such band to pop up from Seattle with a grunge sound, but with a major difference, whilst most of the other Grunge bands had Rock or Punk influences, Alice in Chains had an unmistakably metal sound to it. Appearing on the scene with their debut full length album Facelift in 1991; opening our ears and minds to this strange new style for many years to come. Continue reading “Music Review: Alice In Chains – Facelift (1990)”