Friday finds: Unplugged

I’ve always loved live music and I try to go to as many concerts I can. I’ve even went to a few on my own ūüėĬ†For a while now I’ve playing a few sets¬†on repeat almost every day. So instead of sharing links, this Friday I decided I’d like to share the music that makes my hairs stand up and reaches the deepest parts of my being.

I’ve seen some of my favorite bands but it’s too bad I won’t be able to see Alice in Chains in their original state. Nirvana’s case is kind of the same. The only difference is that Alice in Chains is hands down¬†my favorite band and Nirvana have never been on top of my list but their Unplugged set definitely is number 3 on this one. My only hope stays with Pearl Jam. Until then, I can always experience these:

 

 

Friday finds

One more week is gone and it’s time share what the I’ve found on and off the Internet that is worth sharing.

First stop is this the amazing London based artist Sarah from House of Ismay, who makes brooches from the pages of worn out books, damaged maps and unwanted scraps of MDF and wood.

Check it out here: http://www.houseofismay.com/

My other find is this great looking recipe for a no-bake chocolate cake, which I’d like to try ASAP, so I hope I’ll share my take on it next week:

And the last one is a cool band named Para Planner that me and my friend happened to watch on Halloween. For those of you that don’t live in Bulgaria, too sad ’cause you’ll only be able to see them on youtube. For those of you that are lucky, you can check them in Sofia, I think they have roughly one performance a week.

Here is their youtube channel :

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbjGofGKACt_D4i_-Sx4ilA

And here is one of my favorites:

Rocking The Lord of the Rings

A few days ago I got talking with my friend from feralc4t¬†about music inspired by the biggest fantasy saga The Lord of the Rings. Needless to say, I’m a die hard fan and,¬†the nerd in me rejoicing, I had to make¬†a research. I knew Led Zeppelin were big Tolkien heads but it appears they are not the only ones. This is what I found out. Enjoy!

Led Zeppelin
The¬†1969 classic “Ramble On”, that also happens to be my favorite Zeppelin song:

Two songs from 1971: “Misty Mountain Hop” which is named for the place where Bilbo Baggins and the¬†dwarfs spend some time in The Hobbit¬†and “The Battle of Evermore”:

There are subtle allusions in “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” and the iconic “Stairway to heaven”:

 

Black Sabbath
Another classic rock band,¬†Black Sabbath were also inspired by the epic fantasy novels and wrote¬†“The Wizard” for their first album.

 

Genesis
The 70’s were great for LOTR-rock, as you can find in Genesis’ “Stagnation” and the reference for¬†Gollum: “Will I wait forever, besides the silent mirror/And fish for bitter minnows amongst the weeds and slimy water.”

 

Rush

Neil Peart, Rush’s drummer and lyricist, wrote both¬†“Rivendell” and¬†“The Necromancer”:

 

Megadeth
Although¬†“This Day We Fight!” takes its title from a line in The Return of the King that wasn’t¬†in the books, I thought it should be on my list.

 

Pink Floyd
It’s not 100% clear what¬†“The Gnome” is about, but you can see¬†it’s at least partly Lord of the Rings-inspired.

 

Styx

The band has a song called “Lords of the Ring” on their Pieces of Eight album.

 

Leonard Nimoy
And the crown jewel is the¬†Star Trek star’s nerd extravaganza¬†“The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.” Mr. Spock himself singing about¬†The Hobbit…what more can you ask for.

 

Electronic monday

Throughout my life I’ve listened to many different styles of music – from classics to metal, from jazz to rock, from country to industial. I’ve left the house and electronic music genre mostly for my teenage years. But for almost a year now Martin has been constantly exposing me to it and I’ve inevitably liked some of it. As a result here are my favorite ones:

Musical Friday

A week ago a friend of mine was good enough to share her newest find: the students of a yankee named Aaron Okeefe. It appears he offer private music lessons in Cincinnati, OH for students between 8 to 18. And believe me, he is one hell of teacher judging by what his students can do!

Love that they’re performing super hard songs, they sound absolutely professional, the instrumental and vocal performance is equally great and they are covering different styles. And that Tool cover is just kick-ass! If I had a kid and it was talanted I’d have fly it right away to Mr. Okeefe ūüôā

Hope you enjoy!

 

All the things that make me happy

manon

If you’re bored enough to read my blog regularly, you probably know my interests. Today I’ve put together a little scetch of most of my favorite things. Music, movies, books, art and drawing,cars, ¬†fashion, travel, Star Wars, fantasy and dragons, and beer:D I hope you’ll like it and I’d love to hear what are the things that put a smile on your face when you get up in the morning or get home after work.

Kings of sound

I’ve been listening to all those amazing raspy artists for the past week and it’s time to share. Some of them are universally recognised and super famous, some are young and not that popular, but they have one thing in common and it’s their giant talent. These are my favorite performances by Kings of Leon, Ryan Bingham, Eric Clapton, Matt Corby, Michael Collings, The Heavy, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, 3 Doors Down and Noah Guthrie. ¬†Enjoy!

A Red Hot Friday

Staying home for the past week has been a big pain in the ass. I hate being idle and I kind of ran out of things to do. So, as a new friend of mine advised, I decided to tell you what I would do if I was feeling ok. Just a recount of a usual Friday night out. I‚Äôd get my hair done, put on my favorite jacket and go out. It‚Äôs getting chilly in the evenings but I¬†wouldn’t¬†mind the breeze in my face after spending the week in the office. I‚Äôd go to my friend‚Äôs house, have a drink or two and catch upon what the girls have been doing. We’ll laugh a lot. That’s our thing. Then we’ll catch a cab to a nice bar. The taxi will be small and smelling funky but we will try to ignore it, maybe joke a little with the unlucky one that will sit by the driver. Then we‚Äôll listen to some Red Hot Chili Peppers and freeze ourselves because we‚Äôd have to go outside for a smoke.

That's my cousin on the poster, by the way :)

That’s my cousin on the poster, by the way ūüôā

We’ll dance a lot, maybe go somewhere else for more drinks, more dance and most of all more laughs. I’m sure someone will get hungry and we’d have to go to some of the few 24/7 restaurants in the city center. We’ll most definitely get on the nerves of the waiter but he’ll just smile and leave us to giggle as much as we want. Then we’ll have to repeat the whole cab experience but after the drinks it will be absolutely hilarious. I‚Äôll come home, take a shower and open a book‚Ķ