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Team #22) Abbie and Ryan (TAR21)
2020.09.03 10:06 scottydrewsterTeam #22) Abbie and Ryan (TAR21)
Team #22) Abbie and Ryan (TAR21, 5th) The rise and fall of Abbie and Ryan is a story of soaring highs and then heartbreak across 9 legs of the Amazing Race and one that is pretty unique across all 31 seasons. The Dating Divorcees come into the race as the athletic dating couple with Abbie a Dance teacher and Ryan who practises Jiu Jitsu. They are a little older than our traditional dating couples in their early 30's. Ryan is uber competitive and wants to beat Rachel and Dave's record of leg wins. Leg 1 they start out strong and become somewhat villain-ish as they pass sentimental early faves Amy and Ryan for the win and the chance at $2m prize. This doesn't seem to curse them early-on as they take a second win in Leg 3 in Indonesia. At this point an alliance of Twinnies, Texas and Chippendales has started to form and Ryan in particular starts to find the Twinnies very grating. This then starts to form into more of a rivalry in later legs. It's in Leg 7 when they start to unravel due to travel chaos at the Frankfurt airport as they miss their flight and are stranded hours behind the other teams. They turn to the Beekmans to form an allyship to run the rest of the leg together which would secure their survival as the Beekman's cant complete the synchronised swimming detour. However both are saved by the Rockers lost passports which enables both to live on. At this point they have still only won a few legs and survival is paramount and you can tell their spirits are a little crushed as they fight against their friends to reach the F4. They have one of the most emotional legs in TAR history in their final leg in Netherlands. Again working with the Beekmans they are expecting both to be U-Turned after another Frankfurt travel debacle. Yet they are blindsided by the Chippendales who u-Turn them before the Twinnies block the U-Turn in a game-changing move. With the other detour to complete in the rain in Amsterdam we see Abbie breaking down as she receives the last of her tips from a woman who she cries on as she finally completes the task. This raw emotion of knowing her task was done, but their race was over was a really powerful moment as they knew the $2m prize wouldn't be theirs. A couple that were the centre of the action all through the season with both inter and intra team drama and it was very compelling seeing them go from competitive powerhouses to rootable under-dogs in the space of a few legs. A unique story for a team who I enjoyed rooting for and against throughout the season. New nomination is Zev and Justin 2.0 a really fun team with a hilarious yet agonising loss in the F4. They were one of the highlights of the season but not on legendary status like a lot of the other teams left in the rankdown. Current pool: -Joe and Bill (TAR1, 3rd) -Frank and Margarita (TAR1, 2nd) -Ken and Gerard (TAR3, 3rd) -Rob and Amber 1.0 (TAR7, 2nd) -Nat and Kat (TAR17, winners) -Zev and Justin (TAR18, 5th) -Amy and Maya (TAR25, winners)
2020.09.01 13:28 scottydrewsterTeam #29) Bill and Cathi (TAR19)
Team #29) Bill and Cathi (TAR19, 5th) This was a really tough decision as I loved this team but think the other teams in the pool have an overall stronger storyline or more iconic moments. So it pains me to cut our most recent older team of the farmer grandparents from season 19. Bill & Cathi come into the race as your sweet older couple who are also pretty physically active for a team in their 60's. Against a number of fit young dating couples they look to be an early-out and their Leg 1 performance does nothing to dismiss that. As they struggle for hours to find the balloon clue in Taiwan they fall to last place and are luckily spared NEL, however are hours behind the 10th team. Nevertheless they hit 1st in Leg 2 whipping through their speed bump and roadblock before losing some time in the detour. They arrive 4th at the pitstop before having to give over all their money dropping them to 7th. From Leg 5 they really move into another gear taking a handful of Top 3 finished (with 1 taxi error costing them another podium). They shine with the self-driving in Denmark, so much so that Ernie and Cindy cruelly U-Turn them so they can secure 1st place. Bill and Cathi still hit 2nd and it starts a small rivalry between the two teams. Their love and devotion towards each other is so inspiring to watch and one of my fave moments is between Bill and Cindy. As Cindy asks how they met as Bill says they met at school and got married straight after they graduated college together. Whilst Cindy met Ernie over a shot ski. However they then struggle in Leg 9 as they receive another NEL before finsihing last in Belgium as they get lost on a self-drive as day turns to night. However we get one final athletic flourish from them both as they have amazing bodies in their orange body building get-up. My fave team from season 19 and a personal favourite of mine too and I wish there were other teams in the pool I could cut first. Would've been great to see them on 24 but they had an amazing run and I would've hated to see them ruin their legacy with a poor showing. They seemed to have so much fun on the race and Cathi's 'I like the view' as Bill is ascending the cliff always makes me smile. A fun competitive older team and a RIP to Bill who passed away a few years ago. I am nominating Lyn and Karlyn the best friend Moms how became the first FF team to reach the final 3. A huge accomplishment and upset in beating out the Beauty Queens for that final finale spot but I was rooting for Dustin and Kandice. Current pool: -Frank and Margarita (TAR1, 2nd) -Meredith and Gretchen (TAR7, 4th) -Rob and Amber 1.0 (TAR7, 2nd) -Lyn and Karlyn (TAR10, 3rd) -Abbie and Ryan (TAR21, 5th) -Amy and Maya (TAR25, winners) -Tyler and Korey 2.0 (TAR31, 2nd)
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2020.08.23 19:21 lostinalibraryDoes anyone have any good sports romance recs with steamy scenes where the sport actually plays a role in the book beyond ‘I play X’? (bonus points if it’s a rom-com)
Basically I’m talking about books like the Pucked series by Helena Hunting (Pucked Over and Pucked Off were my favorites of that series). Ideally I’m looking for a book with steam, some laughs, and where the sports job actually plays a part in the book beyond a character saying ‘I play X’ or one ‘gotta go to practice babe’ scene. I really enjoyed the Pucked series because each book revolved around a different couple AND there were lots of cameos from characters from previous books. I also loved how the Pucked series showed the couples working through what it’s like to date some whose job it is to travel all the time. Or have multiple practices a day. Or have women literally throwing themselves at them. So the job caused some conflict they needed to work out. I’ve read the Hot Jocks series by Kendall Ryan and found it to be just okay. I didn’t like how there were rarely any cameos from the other players, and the sport barely played a role in the book. Plus all of the sex scenes were nearly identical for each couple (Pucked series gave us variety). I liked how in the Pucked series you got to feel that comradery of being on a team and it had scenes at practices and games which didn’t really happen in Hot Jocks. I’ve read a few other sports books like Blindsided by Amy Daws (too fluffy for me, but if you like friends-to-lovers then you might like it), Puck Me Secretly by Odette Stone (no offense, but this was one of the worst books I’ve read in my life), a few of the Off-campus books by Elle Kennedy (once again, the sport barely played a role, and I didn’t get that part of a team feeling, and the college angst wasn’t my thing), and the All In series by Helena Hunting (this one had me missing the humor and sports focus from her Pucked series). TLDR: I guess what I’m looking for is a sports romance that has humor, steamy scenes, is dual pov, actually has the sport (the practices, teammates, and games) play a decent sized role, and if it’s part of a series to have characters have decent sized cameos in the other books. I guess I want to read more books like the Pucked series. Lately I’ve been on a hockey kick, but I’m open to reading about other sports too! Any recs? Or am I being too specific? Thanks in advanced!
2020.07.31 18:59 thecambridgegeekAudio Drama/Fiction/RPG Debuts - July 2020
I've got what I think is a mostly exhaustive list of the new audio drama series that came out in July, which may be of interest to those looking for new shows. See below. Anyone want to tell me any I've missed, and I'll update it? (Note, "new" here means that the Ep1 of the RSS feed was released, or a previously non-fiction feed started producing fiction.) Listened to any of them that you would recommend? Previous months are available here: https://www.thecambridgegeek.com/results.php?proof=Releases&tag1=Audio%20fiction And the ongoing updates (just in case you don't want to wait for the end of the month) are available here: https://twitter.com/AudioDramaDebut And I do a weekly podcast collecting a few trailers here: https://www.thecambridgegeek.com/archive/add/add.php 7/1: A Girl's Fiction (Fiction - Anthology) Site: https://anchor.fm/a-girls-fiction/ Synopsis: Hi guys! And welcome to A Girl's Fiction. This is a podcast where I'll be writing stories exclusively for this podcast and will be sharing them with you. I hope that you're able to relate with some of these stories. If not, I hope that you can find some enjoyment in these stories. RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/2808ddc4/podcast/rss 7/1: Citadel Goes Viral (Dramatised - Slice of life) Site: http://www.citadelgoesviral.com/ Synopsis: Hi! This is Citadel Arts Group, a Leith based theatre company dedicated to giving a voice to older people. When the Covid virus hit the country, all our projects had to go on hold. That was when we turned to Zoom and we gave our playwrights group the challenge of creating short audio scripts for Citadel to record using the new technology - well, new to us anyway! 7/1: Piano Teeth (Fiction - Anthology) Site: https://www.pianoteeth.co.uk/mutterings-1 Synopsis: A podcast from Piano Teeth. The voice inside your head. Expect darkly-comic, surreal and strange adventures all from the comfort of your own mind. RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/pianoteeth/feed.xml 7/1: Shadow of Arcanum (RPG - Urban fantasy) Site: https://anchor.fm/shadowofarcanum Synopsis: It has been 20 years since Vecna was defeated and Exandria has only gotten darker and crueller. Five companions set out on an adventure that will change their lives forever and will make them question everything they thought they knew. Shadow of Arcanum is a full POC lgbtq+ Actual play Drama. RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/236ff5e0/podcast/rss 7/1: The Eternity Archives (RPG - Anthology) Site: https://www.theeternityarchives.com/ Synopsis: A biweekly actual play TTRPG podcast. Join us as we venture A between realms to protect the fabric of reality by exploring everything the tabletop world has to offer! RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/www.theeternityarchives.com/feed.xml 7/1: The Mistress Files (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery) Site: http://www.buzzsprout.com/870172 Synopsis: There's no such thing as true evil in this world. Evil is only defined by which side of the line one stands. Follow the tales of The Mistress, one of the most feared criminal masterminds the world has ever known, and ask yourself: Which side are you on? RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/870172.rss 7/2: The One Stars (Dramatised - Comedy) Site: https://theonestars.libsyn.com/ Synopsis: The One Stars is a Comedy Fiction Podcast. Join our host Negative Nancy and her only friend Chatbot as they fly through space aboard the decrepit Space Windu. The One Stars features 'One Star Reviews from All Across the Multiverse. All reviews in The One Stars are fictional except when otherwise noted. RSS Feed: https://theonestars.libsyn.com/rss 7/3: Cape Lock (Dramatised - Urban fantasy) Site: https://anchor.fm/cape-lock/ Synopsis: KINH's investigative reporter Christina Glass looks into a town that only exists in peoples minds. RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/20ada960/podcast/rss 7/3: Please Tell Me What To Do (Fiction - Interactive) Site: https://soundcloud.com/law-kaaw Synopsis: Speed-written audio drama. I release Friday, you vote what to do next over the weekend, we do it all over again. It's like goosebumps if the kids grew up but the author did not. 7/3: Ritual (Dramatised - Anthology) Site: http://www.dirtyprotesttheatre.co.uk/ritual-plays Synopsis: Three short plays from Dirty Protest Theatre in partnership with National Theatre Wales and Sherman Theatre in association with BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Arts. RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/23df6b14/podcast/rss 7/3: Scared By Scott (Fiction - Horror) Site: https://anchor.fm/scaredbyscott/ Synopsis: Do you like listening to scary or spooky stories? Then sit back and listen to short horror stories presented to you with minimal music and sound effects for that campfire story feel. Try not to get scared… RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/24176334/podcast/rss 7/3: The Pulp Cast (Dramatised - Anthology) Site: https://anchor.fm/thepulpcast Synopsis: The Pulp Cast is a fictional audio drama presentation in nostalgic anthology style. 21st Century stories with old school panache. Depressed detectives, dangerous dames, far-out journeys to outer space, and deep into the human mind. Enjoy original teleplays and new adaptations of forgotten gems from the under-appreciated underbelly of the Golden Age, reshaped and brought to life by the Pulp Cast's creators who are joined by an endearing and enthusiastic cast of guest voice actors. Grab your flashlight and pull the sheets up high, as we leap full speed ahead into the past! RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/247dd6f0/podcast/rss 7/4: Apocalypse Songs (Dramatised - Urban fantasy) Site: https://anchor.fm/apocalypse-songs Synopsis: Red Scare Theatre Company presents a five part audio drama experience. A supernatural thriller about music journalist Amy Louise Chen (Cassandra Tse) whose investigation into an obscure 1960s musician leads her down an unexpected path. RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/26ce8ee0/podcast/rss 7/4: Daring Adventures (RPG - Fantasy) Site: https://buzzedandboard.com/daring/ Synopsis: Follow along with this intrepid crew as they set out on Daring Adventures. RSS Feed: https://hibiscus-mandarin-x69k.squarespace.com/daring?format=rss 7/4: Figuring Out Will: A Radio Play (Dramatised - Slice of life) Site: https://soundcloud.com/user-644927447 Synopsis: In a world full of emotional pitfalls, one geeky teen will join forces with his two best friends to face his insecurities and escape the friend zone by realizing it never even existed in the first place. Comedy. Drama. Doritos. Get ready to figure out Will. “Figuring Out Will” is a coming-of-age story set in a video store written by Alec Kerr that made its debut at the NYSummerfest Theater Festival at the Hudson Guild Theater in Manhattan August 2018. 7/4: Green Door Theatre Company (Dramatised - Comedy) Site: https://soundcloud.com/greendoortheatrecompany Synopsis: Just imagine: it's Halloween night, winds are whistling through the crooked trees, darkness falls - and you begin to listen to the spookiest radio play ever recorded by Green Door Theatre! 7/4: Surely You Quest (RPG - Fantasy) Site: https://www.lunarlightstudio.com/ Synopsis: Avast and Ahoy! Prepare yourselves for high seas adventures and shenanigans as 3 heroes find out what awaits them in the mysterious oceanic world of the Chroma Archipelago. Jenny (Played by Hayley Rose), Lenny (Played by Mike Patten), and Pidge (Played by Blue Lennox), embark into the world of DM, Ryan Mitchum's, creation. What awaits will be incredible, daring, or at the very least hilarious. RSS Feed: https://pinecast.com/feed/surely-you-quest 7/4: Tales of the Resistance (Dramatised - Anthology) Site: https://www.sfmt.org/talesoftheresistance Synopsis: The San Francisco Mime Troupe present four two-part original political comedy audio plays, broadcast bi-weekly, each written and performed by Mime Troupe veterans and newcomers, and each in a different style. Each episode will be about 25 minutes long, and presented as podcasts and as radio shows on stations across the country. 7/4: This American Wasteland (Dramatised - Post-apocalypse) Site: http://thisamericanwasteland.com/ Synopsis: This American Wasteland is an audio drama that follows an aftermath. Archived accounts narrate this story of a post-apocalyptic America. RSS Feed: https://feeds.captivate.fm/this-american-wasteland/ 7/4: Welcome to the Revolution…Go Pats (Dramatised - Comedy) Site: https://kevanglin.wixsite.com/gopats Synopsis: A comedy audio-play about the American Revolution. RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/gopats/feed.xml 7/5: Lost and Broken Things (Fiction - Horror) Site: https://audioboom.com/channels/5027088 Synopsis: Lost and Broken Things is a podcast featuring tales of original short fiction, generally exploring topics of a dark and disturbing nature. RSS Feed: https://audioboom.com/channels/5027088.rss 7/6: Dungeon Dive Bar (RPG - Fantasy) Site: https://dungeondivebar.podbean.com/ Synopsis: Join seven friends as they delve deep into the ancient and mysterious Emerald Spire! RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/dungeondivebafeed.xml 7/6: Once Upon A Time In Trieste (Dramatised - Historical) Site: https://silverpineproductions.com/2020/07/05/once-upon-a-time-in-trieste-the-audio-drama/ Synopsis: A 19th Century princess and a 20th Century revolutionary are trapped in a fairy tale castle, both struggling to come to terms with momentous events they have helped to shape. Over a night of prayer, cards and violence, they confront each other – and their own inner demons. By morning, only one of them is left. 7/6: Room Infinity (Dramatised - Thriller) Site: https://www.spreaker.com/show/room-infinity Synopsis: Mark Infinity, a survivor of an accident that had just occurred a year ago. Although Mark was released from the hospital in a fair good state, he had one major problem! His memory of that event that put him there where mysteriously gone. With only sparks coming back through a multitude of headaches, unknown people who somehow know who he is and especially the people in the black suits who are called “The Marked Ones”. RSS Feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4491449/episodes/feed 7/6: The Drunken Geek (RPG - Fantasy) Site: https://thedrunkengeek.com/ Synopsis: The Drunken Geek is your chance to listen in on some nerds playing roleplaying games, starting with Pathfinder 2nd Edition. Fortunately, as they're all pub quiz hosts, they're pretty funny nerds. RSS Feed: https://drunkengeek.libsyn.com/rss 7/7: Beyond the Dark (Fiction - Science fiction) Site: https://beyondthedark.podbean.com/ Synopsis: Atmospheric sci-fi stories. Each episode is a new world to explore. You might find yourself in the heart of a cyberpunk metropolis, a post-apocalyptic wasteland, or a strange alien world. Every story has its own professional cast, an original score and accompanying sound effects for a truly immersive experience. RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/beyondthedark/feed.xml 7/7: Craiglockhart (Dramatised - Historical) Site: https://craiglockhart.simplecast.com/ Synopsis: WW1 - 1917. When DAVID ALLISTER, a facially disfigured war hero, writes a biting condemnation of the war, he is placed in the care of DR ETHAN DRURY at Craiglockhart mental hospital until he agrees to publish a retraction. While there, he meets ARTHUR BRIDGELAND, a shell-shocked soldier obsessed with returning to battle after having been labeled a coward. David delights in tormenting Arthur until he meets and falls in love with Arthur’s suffragette sister, LUCY. Steam Punk meets James Whale by way of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. RSS Feed: https://feeds.simplecast.com/2USktUnT 7/7: Eternal Future Productions (Dramatised - Historical) Site: https://www.eternalfutureproductions.com/ Synopsis: Welcome to Eternal Future Productions! 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RSS Feed: https://feeds.simplecast.com/Anmhcr83 7/13: Gates (Fiction - Science fiction) Site: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1216082 Synopsis: A secret war is being fought in the shadows after three people were infected by a four hundred an eighty million year old race of super beings and one of the original inhabitants of Earth.The infection has spread further and now in our time it will hit the fan. Dillon and Paul, along with Evil Bill can change into anything and slip inside the very shadows cast on the ground their enemies stand on, but only when Evil Bill wills it because they are now his puppets to command.This action packed Sci-Fi follows Evil Bill, his son Paul and Dillon Briggs as they fight Sensei Shisuki and look to uncoverthe mystery of their changes! RSS Feed: https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/1216082.rss 7/13: Lost Terminal (Dramatised - Science fiction) Site: https://www.spreaker.com/show/lost-terminal Synopsis: A sci-fi podcast searching for a response to "Hello world". RSS Feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4488937/episodes/feed 7/13: Para.docx (Dramatised - Urban fantasy) Site: https://blacklilac.podbean.com Synopsis: Para.docx is a supernatural podcast following the work of the NCRD’s filing staff as they handle reports from all across America — assuming the reports themselves behave. RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/blacklilac/feed.xml 7/13: Wire Canaries (Dramatised - Crime/Mystery) Site: https://wirecanariespodcast.carrd.co/ Synopsis: Wire Canaries are live, it's 11am on the 8th September 2070... A monthly amateur podcast in which two underground radio presenters, one frantic researcher, and one ex-cop struggle to uncover what's been hidden behind the dead-end investigations of eight missing people in the isolated city of Malingate. RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/2ba46854/podcast/rss 7/14: Endeavour: Through the Maelstrom (RPG - Fanfiction) Site: https://www.endeavourshow.com/ Synopsis: A new ship. A new crew. A new era!Endeavour: Through the Maelstrom is a Star Trek Adventures actual play set in the 25th century, decades after Star Trek: Picard. Join us as we build transwarp conduits into uncharted space. RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/endeavourshow/feed.xml 7/14: The Great Chameleon War (Fiction - Science fiction) Site: https://www.thegreatchameleonwar.com/ Synopsis: Welcome to the Nesting Zone: a surreal rim of jungle around Mt. Tahoma prowled by transdimensional reptiles. The Amanuensis catalogues his expedition up the volcano slope and records stories of explorers caught in the evolving dreamscape. Paleo-mythic lizard pyromancy. Blood whisper secrets. Carnivorous astronauts. Cursed poem hallucinations. Staying sane is not an option. RSS Feed: https://greatchameleonwar.libsyn.com/rss 7/14: WG3 - Wrestling: Grit, Guts, & Glory (Dramatised - Sport) Site: https://wg3wrestling.com/ Synopsis: The official podcast for WG3 - Wrestling: Grit, Guts, and Glory! Every week we will break down all the action on Monday Night Substance, livestream Pay-per-views, conduct interviews with your favorite wrestlers, and dish out all the 100% unfiltered and uncensored dirt in the world of your favorite fictional wrestling world. Hardcore wrestling fiction for hardcore wrestling fans! RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/2102e100/podcast/rss 7/15: ConSensual (Dramatised - Romance) Site: https://consensual.sounder.fm/ Synopsis: Romance for riot grrrls. Join us for season one, Ten Week Turnabout, a contemporary romance story featuring a strong heroine in New York City and her small town turnabout date from the life she thought she left behind. RSS Feed: https://feeds.sounder.fm/3182/rss.xml 7/15: Fast Times at D&D High (RPG - Urban fantasy) Site: https://fasttimesdnd.com/ Synopsis: Fast Times at D&D High is a new Actual Play podcast set in a magical homebrew world from the mind of Dungeon Master Persephone! RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/fasttimesdnd/feed.xml 7/16: Dying Breeds (Dramatised - Comedy) Site: https://linktr.ee/dyingbreeds Synopsis: Dying Breeds is a mockumentary series about clinging onto the old ways. Your host and roving reporter, Gervaise Sareen, searches out the people and professions of yesteryear to see if their days are numbered, or whether there's life in the old dogs yet. RSS Feed: https://feeds.acast.com/public/shows/5f06236f93c905058972fff1 7/16: The Long Short Road (Dramatised - Slice of life) Site: https://soundcloud.com/user-649069426/the-long-short-road-radio-drama Synopsis: A quick tale of one woman's interactions with charity. 7/16: The Vertical Path (Dramatised - Science fiction) Site: https://soundcloud.com/theverticalpath Synopsis: When Earth catches a glimpse of a war raging on a distant world, human civilization begins to develop a conflict of its own. 7/17: CALLISTO (Dramatised - Horror) Site: https://anchor.fm/elliot-somerfield/ Synopsis: "I know that there is something down there beneath the surface of this moon. It’s been there billions of years, entirely alone, waiting, until we arrived - and it knows that we are here." When five astronauts are sent to one of Jupiter's moons to research its sustainability for a potential colony, they discover a mysterious signal coming from below the surface, a signal which raises the suspicion that they may not be as alone as they thought. RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/229b3184/podcast/rss 7/17: The Jeane Dixon Effect (Dramatised - Historical) Site: http://www.buzzsprout.com/1217390 Synopsis: Jeane Dixon, America’s first “celebrity psychic,” comes to life in Joseph Rodota’s play, THE JEANE DIXON EFFECT. The former Southern California housewife predicted everything from presidential assassinations to Hollywood marriages, captivating television talk show hosts and dominating supermarket tabloids. Was she a genuine psychic? Or simply delusional? And did her cat really have ESP? Starring Valerie Leonard as Jeane Dixon. 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The first show is Lockdown Quiz, perhaps unsurprisingly about a quiz during lockdown. 7/18: Red Dirt DnD (RPG - Western) Site: https://www.reddirtdnd.com/ Synopsis: Red Dirt DnD mashes together fantasy with the Wild West. The actual play Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons podcast takes place in the fictional country of Rutoya as four adventurers map the Ka’alban Frontier for the Dwarven train barons. Elves and Orcs collide with saloons and sheriffs in this show featuring local Oklahoma actors and D&D veterans. RSS Feed: https://feeds.captivate.fm/reddirtdnd/ 7/18: White Heron Theatre (Dramatised - Anthology) Site: https://www.whiteherontheatre.org/white-heron-radio-theatre-3/ Synopsis: In the theatre we have a tradition. Whenever the stage goes dark between performances, we always like to leave a single light burning in the house until the curtain can rise again. We call it - a “ghost light.” And until we can all meet once more at White Heron, we’re pleased to offer you something we like to call our Ghost Light Series. Original Radio Drama created especially for you, our Nantucket audience. Nantucket's White Heron Theatre Company presents White Heron Radio Theatre. Our first series, The Ghost Light Series, is adapted by Mark Shanahan from Blue Baillett's book Nantucket Ghosts, 44 True Accounts. Performed by White Heron's award-winning actors. Original music, sound design and audio production by John Gromada. Produced by White Heron Theatre Company. RSS Feed: https://feeds.simplecast.com/aV1QngEo 7/19: Echo Chamber Audio Plays (Dramatised - Slice of life) Site: https://linktr.ee/echochamberaudio Synopsis: Passionate about new-writing, we develop scripts through virtual table reads, and we make audio plays. We are interested in telling stories we dont often hear, by people we want to hear more from. All are welcome here. We want to evolve into a community of people that make and take the form forward - a true audio collective. RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/echochambefeed.xml 7/19: Parallel Lies (Dramatised - Science fiction) Site: https://parallelliespodcast.tumblr.com/ Synopsis: In which a space pirate and an AI have a really long conversation... In the distant future (and in space), Deryn wakes up in a doorless room, with only a disembodied AI voice to keep her company. Bored (and slowly losing her mind), Deryn tells Tobias her story. But not everything is as it seems. RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/2cc1b700/podcast/rss 7/19: Rise of the Shattered Sun (Dramatised - Science fiction) Site: https://davidewright.com/ Synopsis: Rise of the Shattered Sun is an Audio Drama set 800 years in the future. After a global conflict, an unlikely source wrested peace from the jaws of chaos. The Sol system has changed, and humanity is not just for humans. RSS Feed: https://rotsspod.libsyn.com/rss 7/20: Low Tide (Dramatised - Comedy) Site: https://lowtide.fm Synopsis: In our world, Low Tide is a scripted comedy podcast. But in fictional Conch County, Low Tide is a popular news and culture radio program that airs on Conch Public Radio. If you're a fan of NPR, Parks and Recreation, or Welcome To Night Vale, tune in to Low Tide. We have tote bags. RSS Feed: https://feeds.simplecast.com/mmzP_KsS 7/20: The Case Files of Donovan Thane (Dramatised - Horror) Site: https://thecasefilesofdonovanthane.podbean.com/ Synopsis: Vampire Detective Donovan Thane takes on any case. Even those of the macabre and other worldly. RSS Feed: https://feed.podbean.com/thecasefilesofdonovanthane/feed.xml 7/20: The Landscape of a Heart (Fiction - Thriller) Site: https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-landscape-of-a-heart-audio-book Synopsis: Returning home from war, recovering from what should have been fatal injuries, Matt Blair has spent months in isolation in his childhood bedroom. He has been welcomed and celebrated as a war hero by his family. As summer wanes, Matt decides it's time for him to put it all behind him and move on. In a seemingly manic episode and to his family's surprise, he embarks on a vacation alone. But the world would soon crumble around him making the tragedy he was trying to move on from, just the beginning.
A rescue operation through the desolate wasteland that was once the midwest of the United States and the fateful connection to the destruction is too much to be only a coincidence. Matt begins his true journey. A journey that will exceed the boundaries of his own life and sanity, his pain and the human collective unconscious ensues. The true Landscape of a Human Heart is revealed. RSS Feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4453956/episodes/feed
2020.07.17 20:45 thewhitemarkerTeam #159: Trey and Lexi (TAR21)
159. Trey and Lexi (Season 21, 3rd Place)
Clearing up a nominee spot that’s been around for about 75 turns now... Trexi have a very strong run in TAR21. They win three legs and finish in the top three a total of nine times. They had the lead heading into the final roadblock of the season where Lexi has to recall the translations of ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ in the countries they recently visited. Unfortunately she is unable to complete the task in a timely manner, allow the goat farmers and chippendales to pass them. This college football player and cheerleader duo are almost exactly what you expect them to be. Amicable. Pleasant. Friendly. Of course, those three words are basically synonyms, and that’s why they’re getting cut here. We really don’t learn to much about Trey and Lexi throughout their run and they fail to standout, not only among the teams in TAR21 but also among the various cookie-cutter young, competent, dating teams that make it near the end. They find themselves in an alliance with Natalie and Nadiya and Jaymes and James and we see them u-turn Jaymes and James, knowing they had already passed, to ensure Ryan and Abbie’s elimination. But they are always secondary characters and their allies, with bigger personalities, eat up much more camera time. Overall, they were perfectly nice, strong racers, and presumably great people, but they lack emphasis and come off as a bit too vanilla on the show. My nominee is going to be Lake and Michelle, TAR9’s 6th place finishers. When Lake and Michelle weren’t yelling at each other they were actually kind of funny. Unfortunately those moments were few and far between. The current pool is:
2020.07.10 14:15 alienkweennTitle: Petition to Modify Parent-Child Relationship and Motion to Transfer
Cause No. 04-1277 In the interest of Tylee Ashlyn Ryan, A Child In the 22nd Judicial District Court of Hays County, Texas
Discovery Level Discovery in this case is intended to be conducted under level 2 of rule 190 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.
Objection to Assignment of Case to Associate Judge Petitioner objects to the assignment of this matter to an associate judge for a trial on the merits or presiding at a jury trial.
Parties and Order to be Modified This suit to modify a prior order is brought by LORI NORENE RYAN, Petitioner. Respondent is JOSEPH ANTHONY RYAN, JR. Petitioner is the mother of the child and has standing to bring this suit. The requested modification will be in the best interest of the child.
The order to be modified is entitled Final Decree of Divorce and was signed by the Court on May 18, 2005.
Jurisdiction This court has continuing, exclusive jurisdiction of this suit, subject to the Motion to Transfer filed herein.
Child The following child is the subject of this suit: Name: TYLEE ASHLYN RYAN Sex: Female Birth date: 09/2002 County of residence: Travis
Parties Affected The following parties may be affected this suit: Name: JOSEPH ANTHONY RYAN, JR. Relationship: Farther
Process should be served at 508 Sunfish, Lakeway, Texas 78734.
Health Insurance Information Information required by section 154.181(b) of the Texas Family Code may be provided in Respondent has represented to Petitioner that the child is covered under Respondent’s policy through his employment.
Child’s Property There has been no change of consequence in the status of the child’s property since the prior order was rendered.
Modification of Conservatorship, Possession and Access The order to be modified is based on a mediated settlement agreement. The circumstances of the child, a conservator, or other party affected by the order to be modified have materially and substantially changed since the date of the signing of the mediated settlement agreement on which the order to be modified is based.
Petitioner requests that the rights and duties of the respective conservators of the child be modified to provide as follows: Petitioner requests that Respondent, JOSEPH ANTHONY RYAN, JR., be removed as Joint Managing Conservator and Petitioner, LORI NORENE RYAN be appointed Sole Managing Conservator of the child. Petitioner requests that the terms and conditions for access to our possession of the child be modified to provide as follows: Respondent is under investigation with the Hays County District Attorney’s office for indecency with a child. Petitioner requests the Court to deny Respondent access to the child until the Court determines it is in the child’s best interest. Alternatively, if the Court finds that awarding Respondent access to the child would not endanger the child’s physical health or emotional welfare and would be in the best interest of the child, Petitioner requests that the Court render a possession order that is designed to protect the safety and well-being of the child, including but not limited to ordering that the periods of access be continuously supervised by an entity or person chosen by the Court, ordering there be no overnight possession, ordering that the exchange of possession of the child occur in a protective setting, ordering Respondent to refrain from the consumption of alcohol or a controlled substance within the twelve hours before or during the period of access to the child, and ordering Respondent to attend and complete an intervention and prevention program or, if such a program is not available, to complete a course of treatment with a mental health professional in accordance with section 153.010 of the Texas Family Code. The requested modification is in the best interest of the child.
Support The order to be modified is based on a mediated settlement agreement. The circumstances of the child or a person affected by the order have materially and substantially changed since the date of the signing of the mediated settlement agreement on which the order to be modified is based, and the support payments previously ordered should be increased until the child is eighteen years of age and, if the child is enrolled under chapter 25 of the Texas Education Code in an accredited secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma and complying with the minimum attendance requirements of subchapter C of chapter 25 of the Education Code, or enrolled under section 130.008 of the Education Code in courses for joint high school and junior college credit and complying with the minimum attendance requirements of subchapter C of chapter 25 of the Education Code, or enrolled on a full-time basis in a private secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma and complying with the minimum attendance requirements imposed by that school, until the end of the month in which the child graduate from high school. Petitioner requests that any increase be made retroactive to the earlier of the time of service of citation on Respondent or the appearance of Respondent in this modification action.
The requested modification is in the best interest of the child.
Request for Temporary Orders Petitioner requests the Court, after notice and hearing, to make temporary orders for the safety and welfare of the child, including but not limited to the following:
Confirming Petitioner as the temporary sole managing conservator. Ordering Respondent to pay an increased amount of child support while this case is pending. Denying Respondent access to the child, or, alternatively, rendering a possession order in accordance with section 153.004(d)(2) of the Texas Family Code or providing that Respondent’s periods of visitation be continuously supervised. Ordering the appointment of a guardian ad litem for the child. Ordering the psychological evaluation of JOSEPH ANTHONY RYAN, JR. and the child. Ordering JOSEPH ANTHONY RYAN JR. to attend a parent education and family stabilization course. Ordering Respondent to pay reasonable interim attorney’s fees and expenses. With regard to the requested temporary order for sole managing conservatorship, Petitioner would show the Court the following: These temporary orders are necessary because the child’s present circumstances would significantly impair the child’s physical health or emotional development.
Request for Temporary Restraining Order Petitioner requests the Court to dispense with the necessity of a bond, and Petitioner requests that Respondent be temporarily restrained immediately, without hearing, and after notice and hearing be temporarily enjoined, pending the further order of this Court, from:
Disturbing the peace of the child or of another party.
Withdrawing the child from enrollment in the school or day-care facility where the child is presently enrolled.
Hiding or secreting the child from Petitioner.
Making disparaging remarks regarding Petitioner or Petitioner’s family in the presence or within the hearing of the child.
Consuming alcohol within the 12 hours before or during the period of possession of or access to the child.
Canceling, altering, failing to pay premiums, or in any manner affecting the present level of coverage of any health insurance policy insuring the child.
Exercising any possession of the child pending further order of the Court.
As the basis for the extraordinary relief requested below, Petitioner would show that before the filing of this petition Respondent has engaged in the conduct stated in the affidavit attached as Exhibit A. Based on that affidavit, Petitioner requests the Court to grant the following relief. Issue and order excluding Respondent from possession of our access to the child, TYLEE ASHLYN RYAN.
Motion to Transfer This Motion to Transfer is brought by LORI NORENE RYAN, Petitioner, who requests transfer of this proceeding.
This Court has acquired and retains continuing, exclusive jurisdiction of this suit and of the child the subject of this suit as a result of prior proceedings. The principal residence of the child has been in Travis County, Texas during the six-month period preceding the commencement of this suit. Venue is proper in that county.
Request for Attorney’s Fees, Expenses, Costs, and Interest It was necessary for Petitioner to secure the services of Amie Rodnick, a licensed attorney, to preserve and protect the child’s rights. Respondent should be ordered to pay reasonable attorney’s fees, expenses, and costs through trial and appeal, and a judgment should be rendered in favor of this attorney and against Respondent and be ordered paid directly to Petitioner’s attorney, who may enforce the judgment in the attorney’s own name. Petitioner requests postjudgment interest as allowed by law.
Conclusion Petitioner requests that citation and notice issue as required by law and that the Court enter its orders in accordance with the allegations contained in this petition.
Petitioner requests that the Court to confer with the child. Petitioner requests that the Court immediately grant a temporary restraining order restraining Respondent, in conformity with the allegations of this petition, from the acts set forth above, and Petitioner prays that, after notice and hearing, this temporary restraining order be made a temporary injunction. Petitioner requests that, on final hearing, the Court enter a permanent injunction enjoining Respondent, in conformity with the allegations of this petition, from the acts set forth above. LORI NORENE RYAN requests that the Court order the transfer of this proceeding in accordance with the allegations of this motion. Petitioner requests attorney’s fees, expenses, costs, and interest as requested above. Petitioner requests general relief. Respectfully submitted, Law Office of Amie Rodnick 507 W. 7th Street Austin, Texas 78701 Tel: (512) 477-2226 Fax: (512) 477-2126 SignedAmie Rodnick State Bar No 17140100 Attorney for Petitioner SignedLori Norene Ryan, Petitioner STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF TRAVIS BEFORE ME, THE UNDERSIGNED AUTHORITY, on this day appeared LORI NORENE RYAN, who after being by me duly sown, stated on her oath that the foregoing allegations in support of the Motion to Transfer are true and corrected. Dated August 18th 2006. Signed by Notary Public, Paula W. Spears, State of Texas COUNTY OF TRAVIS “My name is Lori Ryan (aka Lori Vallow), and I am over the age of eighteen years, of sound mind, and have personal knowledge of the facts stated herein. “I am the mother and primary joint conservator of Tylee Ryan, age 3, and Colby Ryan, age 10. Joseph Ryan is not Colby’s father and does not exercise visitation with him at present. “Recently, in late July, 2006 my daughter began expressing fear of her father and became resistant to going to his house. Since she is only three, she cannot always articulate her feelings but indicated her father is “crashing into her” and she does not want to visit. Previously, she had liked going to see her father. I have taken her to a play therapist to try and find out if anything happened that should be cause for concern. “With no prompting from me, after this behavior from my daughter began, my son then disclosed on or about August 6, 2006 that Respondent had been inappropriate with him when we were still together and living in Hays County and had threatened to harm me if he ever told what happened. I have taken him to the Hays County authorities to be interviewed. There is now an ongoing Child Protective Services investigation (I did make one of several reports) and an indecency with a child investigation ongoing in Hays County. “I request that possession be suspended between Tylee and her father until the criminal investigation is resolved, or that in the alternative, the court make orders that will protect the health and safety of the child.” Signed August 18, 2006 LORI NORENE RYAN STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF TRAVIS BEFORE ME, THE UNDERSIGNED AUTHORITY, on this day appeared LORI NORENE RYAN, who after being by me duly sworn, stated on her oath that the foregoing statements are true and correct. Dated August 18, 2006 Signed by Notary Public, Paula W. Spears, State of Texas --- The above are all of the pages of the Petition to Modify Parent-Child Relationship and Motion To Transfer dated August 18, 2006.
Just check out this page for the detailed nitty-gritty. TL;DR: Barbra Streisand wanted really badly to do a remake of Gypsy, and it was on and off more times than lights hooked up to a Clapper switch in the bedroom of an argumentative elderly couple, with a host of hold-ups (authors Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim being two, Universal Pictures -- a studio that first expressed interest, activated it, and then sent it into turnaround -- and STX Entertainment -- a distributoco-financier that joined and then pulled the plug when another financieproducer dropped out -- being two more), a handful of prospective directors (Matthew Warchus, Ryan Murphy, Robert Luketic, Barry Levinson), a few possible co-stars (Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga, John Travolta, Alec Baldwin), and two screenwriters (Julian Fellowes and Richard LaGravenese). Barbra is now off the project (a shame, as while I agree that she was probably too old and there wasn't enough CGI in the world, I like the poetry of her book-ending her career with a defining female role), though her co-producer Joel Silver stayed on, and Amy Sherman-Palladino (Emmy-winning writedirectoexec producecreator of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) is working on a new version entirely. But before the project became someone else's baby, it was Barbra's. And in the summer of 2014, she brought in LaGravenese (Oscar-nominated writer of The Fisher King, prior screen adaptor of The Last Five Years, and a previous collaborator on The Mirror Has Two Faces) to rewrite Fellowes' initial screenplay. When promoting The Last Five Years in February 2015, LaGravenese spoke at length to ComingSoon.net about his work on Gypsy:
I just rewrote Gypsy for Streisand and they’re now pulling that production together, they're looking for a director [...] Barbra and I rewrote it and it was great working with her, and I think she's going to be an amazing Rose, so I hope it comes together.
Though he couldn't answer who might direct, he further elaborated to Queerty.com:
I finished [the screenplay] before Christmas. Barbra and I worked on it from September through the fall. I had the best time with her. I can't even tell you. It was like a fantasy come true. I did my first draft and went to her house to do rewrites. She's so meticulous in the best possible way. We went through it page by page by page. I played Herbie and she played Rose. I'd play Louise and she'd play Rose. We laughed and had the best time together. I hope it gets made because having her sing that score and play that part would be the penultimate moment for those of us who love that musical. She's just extraordinary to work with. She cares so much. She's so passionate about it. She's so smart. We had such a great time [...] The script is at the studio. Joel Silver is a very tenacious producer. I hear that he's going to make sure this happens.
When asked how he got involved, he said:
...she sent me Gypsy to read and it just evolved into wanting to do a rewrite on it, which was primarily about putting Arthur Laurents' book back into it, because it's the best fucking book of any musical. [Laughs] And then expanding and doing things I've always wanted to do in terms of character for Louise and the relationship between June and Louise. It's a tough show to make cinematic. "Some People" is a very tough song to make cinematic. It's a dynamic song, but it takes place in a kitchen. So how do you film that? It's the toughest number in the show. All of those things we worked on were really fun.
(This was a refrain he repeated to Playbill in the summer of 2016 when it looked like production would begin the following year: "The difficult problem [with Gypsy] is making it cinematic. That's the nut to crack. Coming up with a concept that helps to make it cinematic. For instance, you have 'Some [People],' which is this gigantic song which she sings in a kitchen, so how do you make that [cinematic]? These are the things that we worked on, making things more visual...") And, of course, when queried about her suitability age-wise, he was ready for that too:
I think it's more about her singing that score. She's an actress and it's a movie. When Sarah Bernhardt was in her 70s she was performing younger roles. It doesn't matter to me. She looks fantastic, first of all. I'm not going to be watching the movie doing math. I just want to hear her do that part. I know she can do it. For those who are going to have that problem, nothing we do is going to help that. They're going to be out to comment on that. I'd rather have her play the part and sing that score and fuck the rest of it.
Now, I can't claim that the script I'm about to give you is the final product. LaGravenese made that much clear to Playbill in 2016: "Barry Levinson is directing, and he came on with a concept. It's hard to describe without giving it away. He came up with a cinematic concept that I think works, but it means that things have to be changed a little bit. People have to embrace the fact that it won't be the theatrical Gypsy -- it will be the film Gypsy. But all the songs are there." The script I'm about to give you is a good deal closer than that. (Judging by the title page date, it may well be the rewrite completed in sessions with Barbra just before Christmas.) But a script I have for you! If you feel like reliving what might have been, or are just curious to see what a different screenwriter's take on Gypsy than the Roz Russell film would be, click here to view and download.
2020.06.15 05:47 gthomas37List Of Obscure/Boring/Purple Edit Contestants From Seasons 1-16
Here is a complete list of contestants from Borneo-Micronesia that I find to be obscure and/or boring. Hopefully someone stumbles across this or something. Anyways here you go... Borneo- Dirk- Just a really boring dud that no one ever remembers Considerations- Joel, Stacey, Ramona Australian Outback- Mitchell- Honestly boring contestant that I literally only remember for being tall Nick- I couldn't ever remember his name and he was so boring. Just a very boring and average person. Considerations- Kel, Mad Dog Africa (I really dislike this season so sorry if there's a lot)- Jessie- Remember that she was sick. That is all Diane- She had 1 confessional and got sick Carl- Grumpy old man with no interesting characteristics. Considerations- Linda, Kim J. Marquesas- Patricia- Remember that she was Maraamu's mom. That's it Gabe- Cause like he only got interesting when he got stupid. Zoe- The OG purple edit who had 5 confessionals?! I didn't even learn her name till the merge. Considerations- Peter, Gina, Robert Thailand- The whole Sook Jai tribe (minus Shii Ann and Robb) and John/Tanya- They were all boring or forgettable and that's why they have never returned. (John, Tanya, Jed, Stephanie, Erin, Ken, Penny, Jake) No one was considered because they were almost all obscure except for Ghandia, Robb, Shii Ann, Ted, Helen, Jan, Clay, and Brian Amazon- Everyone from the pre-merge minus Daniel and Shawna (sort of) I mean they were all really boring or forgettable (the pre-merge was kinda a boring section of Amazon) Considerations: Shawna, Butch Pearl Islands- Skinny Ryan- He was skinny? Michelle- Only thing I remember is when she chugged that gross smoothie when she wasn't supposed to. Trish- I mean she did nothing till her boot episode. Shawn- Fought with Fairplay and lost Rupert's spear, but still managed to be boring Considerations- Nicole, Osten, Tijuana All Stars- I mean they are all stars none of them are obscure so there you go No Considerations Vanuatu- Brook- Voted out and that is...it John P.- Wait he was on the show? Mia- Fought with Twila and that's about it Brady- Now are we sure he was on the show? Lisa- She was boring and sucked at the game. Goodbye *Man I should've just said "Vanuatu Pre-Merge"* Considerations- Dolly, Leann Palau- Wanda/Jonathan- Left on Day 2. If someone could tell me one thing about Jonathan I would be seriously impressed. Ashlee- Zoe Zanidakis wanna be that left pretty early Jeff- Got hurt and was dating Kim. Kim- Boring and Dull/Lazy Willard- Never said anything and was boringggggg Ibrehem- He was quiet and never did anything. Considerations- Janu, Gregg Guatemala- EVERYONE FROM THE PRE-MERGE (except Brian and Amy)- Jim, Morgan, Brianna, Brooke, Blake, Margaret- All nobody's who were so forgettable and were voted out because of how boring/lazy they were. Brandon- Farm boy that was sorta interesting, but again just very forgettable. Considerations- Lydia, Cindy Panama- Melinda- Cirie's friend and underrated in my opinion Everyone from the Swapped La Mina Tribe (minus Terry)- Misty, Ruth-Marie, Dan, Nick, Austin, Sally La Mina was a snooze fest compared to Casaya and none of them were interesting so.... Also I can't tell the difference between Nick and Austin. Considerations- Tina, Bruce Cook Islands- Sekou- First boot and not super memorable. Cecilia- WHO? J.P.- Bossy boring guy Stephannie- She got voted out because of mash potatoes ): but forgettable Cristina- Average lady but not interesting TV Flicka- I only remember the hair. Rebecca- Again WHO? Most forgettable castaway ever Considerations- Billy, Jenny, Sundra, Becky Fiji- All Pre-Merge Players (except Lisi and Rocky)- Jessica, Erica, Sylvia, Gary, Liliana (possibly most obscure contestant ever...), Rita, Anthony All so forgettable. I mean all these people were not memorable and just so boring. Edgardo- Hidden four horsemen member Considerations- I think I covered them all China- Aaron- Just a very non-interesting person. Considerations- Leslie, Jaime Micronesia- All the fans that didn't make the merge (Mary, Mikey, Joel, Chet, Kathy, Tracy) Well I hope you enjoy this list sorry if I missed a few. I will respond to comments if you have any and the reasons I didn't do the rest of the seasons is because I am currently doing a survivor marathon and these are just the seasons I have seen. (:
JULIE MAUREEN LOFGREN February 27, 1942 - May 28, 2020 Julie Lofgren passed away peacefully on May 28, 2020 after three courageous battles with cancer, showing us the meaning of bravery and being a true fighter. She was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver, WA to A. Warren and Dorothy Johnson on February 27, 1942. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Julie lived in Vancouver, Camas, Hazel Dell, Bend, Hockinson, Battle Ground, and Yacolt. Julie graduated from Battle Ground High School and attended Clark College. It was at Clark College that she met the love of her life, John Lofgren, and their marriage spanned 52 years. Julie liked to work with numbers and meet new people which fit perfectly with her 25 year career as manager of Columbian Newspaper Credit Union. She followed that with 10 years of service in the Clark County Fair accounting office. She accomplished all of this while being a great mother to two children. Julie truly believed in family and was unselfishly caring, loving, and encouraging. She loved to entertain and host family events. Mom/Grandma Julie built traditions with her kids such as playing board games, Old Maid, Yahtzee, and coloring books. Her bottomless Christmas stockings were legendary. She spent countless hours supporting her children and grandchildren at school events, sporting events, and dance studios. Julie had many interests including sewing, knitting, crocheting, card and dice games, ceramics, music, walking/hiking, and travelling, especially to the Hawaiian islands. She was a member of a monthly Bunco group (for over 50 years), GWFC, and the Quarry Senior Living vocal group. Julie attended Laurelwood Baptist Church. Julie loved chickens and cardinals, but had a true soft spot for cats. Her cat friends included Big Boy, Middie, and Evee. Julie is survived by her brother, A. Warren (Nancy) Johnson Jr.; sister, Linda (Rodney) Nishimura; son, Eric (Kendra) Lofgren; daughter, Amy (Ronnie) Mason; grandchildren, Mallori (Adam), Haylee (Ryan), Madelyn, and Jonathan; great-grandchild, Aubrey; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; and her parents, A. Warren and Dorothy Johnson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society For Southwest Washington. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Please sign her guest book @ www.columbian.com/obits source: http://obits.columbian.com/obituaries/columbian/obituary.aspx?n=julie-maureen-lofgren&pid=196341213
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Romney said to a reporter, “We need a voice against racism, we need many voices against racism and against brutality. And we need to stand up and say black lives matter.” posted by TooShiftyForYou on /pics Click here to view the post. ● 17,433 Upvotes ● Posted: 07/06/2020 at 23:26:38 UTC
Fun fact: cars stuck the middle of the protest got home more quickly than if they had used the 101. posted by KedaZ1 on /gifs Click here to view the post. ● 10,207 Upvotes ● Posted: 08/06/2020 at 06:38:35 UTC
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Open Letter to Steve Huffman and the Board of Directors of Reddit, Inc– If you believe in standing up to hate and supporting black lives, you need to act posted by DubTeeDub on /AgainstHateSubreddits Click here to view the post. ● 17,780 Upvotes ● 3 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 08/06/2020 at 12:50:57 UTC
My journey of growing coffee at home. In low altitude. In a suburban backyard. posted by Nickgb83 on /Coffee Click here to view the post. ● 1,640 Upvotes ● 3 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 08/06/2020 at 11:30:49 UTC
I tried recreating the \"High Ground\" scene in Animal Crossing... posted by gevurah22 on /PrequelMemes Click here to view the post. ● 100,822 Upvotes ● 3 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 30/05/2020 at 10:38:16 UTC
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https://imgur.com/a/8Xa9iVm `Edit: thank you so much for my first awards!` posted by Artemis64z on /YouShouldKnow Click here to view the post. ● 1,158 Upvotes ● 2 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 0 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 08/06/2020 at 02:21:32 UTC
As a Black woman, I'm really disappointed to see the lack of history, studies and references in your AMA responses. I spend a lot of time educating myself and my family on Black history in the U.S. and Black history globally. I read international news and stay a part of wide reaching travel groups to see what life is like outside of America. I travel outside of the country any chance I get and this AMA has really colored me to BLM as not having themselves together with hard and fast facts. `You need strong answers. Defund the police? Ok, how? Replace it with what? You cannot remove a system without replacing it.` This is the biggest call for Black Americans (I cannot speak on other Blacks or Africans). We need an AGENDA with strong backing. Or the call for resources to STUDY items that would support the necessary agenda to improve the lives of Black Americans. `I'm done reading this AMA because it's not. It's a lot of reposting and saying going to BLM website.` But I do have one question, what will you do with this information that you've received on Reddit? Will you actually give Black Americans the agenda they need to be able to focus on positive reform in their own communities? posted by CynfulDelight on /IAmA Click here to view the post. ● 919 Upvotes ● 2 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 0 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 08/06/2020 at 16:51:24 UTC
I just looked it up in the WIPO database. The Department of the Air Force is pursuing classifications 6, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 24, 26, 28, 34, 35, 41. Netflix Studios 16, 25, 28, and 41. `So it looks like they will conflict over 16, 28, and 41:` * Class 16: Paper and cardboard; printed matter; bookbinding material; photographs; stationery and office requisites, except furniture; adhesives for stationery or household purposes; drawing materials and materials for artists; paintbrushes; instructional and teaching materials; plastic sheets, films and bags for wrapping and packaging; printers' type, printing blocks.* Class 28: Games, toys and playthings; video game apparatus; gymnastic and sporting articles; decorations for Christmas trees.* Class 41: Education; providing of training; entertainment; sporting and cultural activities. `This means they're basically going to clash over naming rights in merchandising, and they'll probably have to carve out Class 41 at a finer-grained subclass level.` In Japan they're both screwed, as a company there has 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, and 25 locked down since 2003. posted by Legal-Software on /nottheonion Click here to view the post. ● 7,077 Upvotes ● 2 reward(s). ● 1 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 0 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 08/06/2020 at 15:08:42 UTC
Very few people will support those who have consistently been advocating against them, even when those who traditionally opposed them are suddenly aligned with them. `Putting aside decades of animosity to stand together is the right thing to do, and also incredibly difficult, which was pretty much the point of stirring that animosity for decades. ` It doesn’t matter which side you are on, the dynamic is the same. The BLM crowd thinks the 2A crowd is all racists and the 2A crowd thinks the BLM crowd is all looters. Both are obviously false, and yet our distrust of “the other” keeps the obvious truth from being recognized. Again, almost as if that was the entire point of creating false divisions. `It isn’t black vs white, it isn’t right vs left, it’s the people vs the state. We the people share a common enemy, but we ignore that truth to hold on to the lie. ` Break the paradigm. posted by Endless954 on /AdviceAnimals Click here to view the post. ● 1,229 Upvotes ● 2 reward(s). ● 0 silver reward(s), 1 gold reward(s) and 1 platinum reward(s) ● Posted: 08/06/2020 at 13:41:02 UTC
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2020.06.04 20:14 Wandering-Tiger[S] Tiger Island: Winners at War CAST REVEAL!
It's time for Tiger Island's biggest season yet as the show heads back to Tanzania to see 24 former winners duke it out for two million dollars! Who will prevail out of the largest and most competitive cast to date? This is Tiger Island! Meet the Cast: Chungu (gold tribe): Jonathan Oeil-Penien (Winner of Tiger Island: Borneo, 6th place on Tiger Island: All-Stars, 15th place on Tiger Island: Philippines) - The original Tiger Island champion, Jonathan set off the series’s tone as one of the most idiosyncratic on the sub with his mystifying win all the way back in Borneo. Returning for All-Stars, Jonathan’s keen eye for strategy showed through once again as he managed to shake the target on his back and make it all the way to the final six, where he was shockingly evacuated from the game. Jonathan got a chance to return to his former glory in the Philippines, but ended up on the ill-fated Tingnan tribe, which never won an immunity challenge. Even as the series’s original winner, Jonathan survived three votes before his tribemates, David and Hailey, at last took him out of the game. Coming back once again to defend his crown, can Jonathan stand erect and prove his classic game to a cast from all generations of the series? Angela Bechtold-Sinema (Winner of Tiger Island: Panama and runner-up of Tiger Island: Heroes vs. Villains) - One of the most unlikely villains in the entire series, Angela came into Panama as an unassuming, middle-aged professor who made a splash by asserting her minority rights against the men after the swap, using the super idol to blindside Laurel. Going into the merge, she initially played the men and women against one another before taking the men out, leaving an all-female final three. Once there, Angela convinced Clara to make the most shocking move of the season and blindside her closest ally, Yu, on her way to win the game by just one vote. She returned with her villainous tactics once again and spearheaded a strong alliance of fellow villains, including fellow winner Ramsey and All-Star Conner. After losing a rock draw just before the merge, Angela used the Heroes to take out her former adversaries on the villains and ultimately ensure a final three of herself, Ramsey, and Conner. Unlike Panama, she didn’t have a clear goat to take to the end like she did in Clara, and ended up losing to Ramsey in a landslide as he became the first two-time winner. In a rematch, can Angela triumph over Ramsey and claim her second crown? Kerri Calder (9th place on Tiger Island: Guatemala, winner of Tiger Island: Micronesia, and 17th place on Tiger Island: Heroes vs. Villains) - Kerri has a true rollercoaster ride of a career on Tiger Island, becoming the first person to ever find a hidden immunity idol during Guatemala, but then the first person ever to be voted out with one in her possession. Already a local legend, Kerri turned her legacy around on Micronesia, when she carried a dominant Favorites majority into the merge and destroyed the Fans, ultimately facing off against her greatest ally, Tamara, in the final two. After an unprecedented 4-4 tie, Kerri ended up winning Fans vs. Favorites and redeemed her legacy. Returning as a Hero four seasons later, Kerri decided to break with her loyal legacy by flipping on the very first vote to avoid being the victim of a rock draw, after which she was never able to work her way out of the minority again and she became the season’s fourth boot. Can Kerri continue her pattern with another triumph on her fourth time out and keep her game from going south again? Bill Vargas (Winner of Tiger Island: Redemption Island and Tiger Island: Game Changers) - Starting Redemption Island off on the weak San Carlos tribe, Bill and his tribe seemed doomed for destruction until he rallied them into a comeback and carried numbers into the merge, after which he struck down members of the opposing tribe and some of his own allies to carry his two closest allies, Ryan and Reynold, into the finals. With so much blood on his hands, Bill defended himself against an apprehensive jury to win the game over Ryan by just one vote. Showing resilience, Bill changed his strategy up in Game Changers, connecting himself to power couple Becky and Zeke as the blood on their hands piled up. His under-the-radar strategy paid off as the jury proved resentful against the two and awarded Bill a win much more decisive than his first. One of three repeat winners playing this season and the only one with a perfect record, can Bill pull off a third win and show his stripes once again? Ibuki Lyons (5th place on Tiger Island: Nicaragua and winner of Tiger Island: Caramoan) - The winner of the second Fans vs. Favorites, Ibuki started off his Tiger Island career on one of the most famous seasons, Nicaragua. There, he played a shady and cutthroat game where he flipped on allies such as Candace and David, toppling a fan favorite in Zeke Tolkien as well. Ultimately, though, the target on his back grew too big and he went out at the final five. Five seasons later, he came back in Caramoan and led the dominant Favorites into the merge, where he again staged brutal blindsides of social players Natalie and Max. The target on his back came too much once again at the final six, but he managed to save himself with an idol and then win the final two immunity challenges to bring him through into the finals, where he won the season in a landslide. Can he replicate his feat in Fans vs. Favorites or will the target on his back come back to bite him yet again? Nadia Berging (Winner of Tiger Island: Kaoh Rong) - On Kaoh Rong, Nadia started off with a wild time in Cambodia when her closest ally, Kevin, found himself in trouble but managed to save himself with an idol at only the second Tribal Council. Though she lost Kevin after the swap, Nadia teamed up with her frenemy, River, to run the post-merge by playing the other factions off of one another, taking out key threats in Daley, Leilani, and CB on their way to the finals along with their goat, Graham. In the end, Nadia pulled off a win you’d only see in the movies when her strategic game won out over River’s more physical game and proved that she’s not just an everyday player. Can she pull out another win against fellow Tiger Island royalty? Dan Bajer (Winner of Tiger Island: Millennials vs. Gen X) - After spending the pre-merge kinda dark and quiet, Dan came alive after the merge to side with underdogs Miranda and Duncan and fellow power player, Reese. After helping Miranda and Duncan become the comeback kids, Dan showed them their execution days by betraying them once again, along with their ally Zeystev. Dan’s final threats, Morton and Gus, joined his crimson tide of blood soon after and he found himself in the final three. Despite all the blood on his hands, Dan proved his game was never just a fool’s song by narrowly winning the game over Jenni. Will Dan again be able to call upon the forces from above and net another win for himself? Elsa Bridgert (Winner of Tiger Island: Ghost Island) - Elsa’s winning game in Ghost Island nearly met an early end when an unfortunate early swap put her in the minority, only for her and her ally Zach to work together and stage a blindside on early threat Terry. Elsa kept control into the merge, taking control of the game with Alec and Emma before the double Tribal saw her lose her grip on the game and end up in the minority, powerless as her new allies, Zach and Kelsey, went home. At the final seven, however, Elsa managed to pull a surprise blindside on power player Deli and make the finals with her former allies, Alec and Emma, after all, where the jury awarded her resilient gameplay with a victory. Can she handle the challenges of season 40 and make the end once again? Tamu (green tribe): Victoria Moobande (Winner of Tiger Island: Africa, 8th place on Tiger Island: All-Stars, and winner of Tiger Island: South Pacific) - All the way back in season 3, Victoria managed to play a peachy-keen, traditional game where her alliance held power the entire way until Tobi une.xpectedly went on an immunity run at the last minute. Unfazed, Victoria convinced Tobi to take her to the final two regardless, where she pulled off a surprise victory against him by only one vote. Returning for All-Stars, Victoria once again slipped through into the merge with a powerful alliance, but this time met opposition she couldn’t overcome when the game split 4-4 at the final eight. With nowhere to run, Victoria and her four stood firm and went to rocks, where bad luck ended up taking her out of the game. Returning along with fellow rock draw victim Kipp for South Pacific, Victoria ran her tribe once again on her third time out, but found herself on the bottom after the merge when her ally, Louis, got blindsided. Shockingly, Victoria managed to flip the most loyal person in the game, Jack, over to her side and played an idol on her right-hand man, Doug, to take control all the way to Day 38, when she blindsided Doug for his likability. Before the jury the next day, Victoria managed to tie Jack’s game with four jury votes each, but won the game on the revote, becoming Tiger Island’s second two-time winner and also the second to win via tiebreaker. Never having had been properly voted out, can Victoria continue her streak and net herself a third win this time around? Casey deGilet (4th place in Tiger Island: Pearl Islands and winner of Tiger Island: All-Stars) - Another old-school dynamo, Casey played a steady game on Pearl Islands and seemed destined for the Final Tribal Council until his closest allies, Kelsey and Cam, betrayed him at the final four, only to end up losing the game to outsider Whitney. Returning the very next season, Casey kept fellow winner Maddy as a shield through into the merge before he found himself in the final four as the outsider this time, facing down a united Taboga three. Winning the final two immunity challenges, Casey took out jury threats Sam and Don before truly beating the best and winning the All-Star title over legendary player, Rayna Bean, in a landslide vote. Now on another All-Star season, will Casey once again claim the crown? Sofia Progresso (Winner of Tiger Island: Guatemala) - Another All-Star player and local legend, Sofia played a quiet yet dominant game throughout Guatemala, making it to the final three with her closest ally, Kass, in tow, where they surprisingly struck down the biggest threat in Aidan. Once in the finals, Sofia’s strong social game and intense jury performance earned her the win over Kass by only one vote. Can she prove herself in a modern setting and earn off her stripes against the best of the best? Aiden Gonzalez (Winner of Tiger Island: Fiji and 5th place on Tiger Island: Heroes vs. Villains) - During Fiji, Aiden established himself as one of Tiger Island’s most unlikely winners ever by teaming up with a notoriously unlikable alliance Pablo, Nicholas, Greta, and Trey. Shockingly, he managed to convince the alliance to turn on one another at the final five and take out Trey, before getting Pablo to force a tie against Greta at the final four, at which point he got through to the final three and easily won the season. Returning for Heroes vs. Villains, Aiden found himself in an underdog position when the Heroes got decimated, but he and his underdog alliance of Jasoi and Rayna managed to slip through the cracks after the merge and convince the Villains to turn on Maddy and Abby. He lost Jasoi at the final eight, but then played an idol to blindside legendary player Rango right after! After his goddamned loss, Aiden pulled out immunity to save himself once again, but had nowhere to turn at the final five and finally saw his game come to an end. Whether he’s in power or on the bottom again this season, can Aiden get himself another win? Shawn Fitzgerald (Winner of Tiger Island: China and 12th place on Tiger Island: Blood vs. Water) - Shawn made a splash on his very first episode of Tiger Island, misplaying the idol but holding a commanding majority for the rest of the game afterwards, taking his strong alliance of three all the way to the finals, where he narrowly won the game. Shawn’s enigmatic game got another chance on Blood vs. Water when he returned alongside his daughter, Brett, and ended up again leading a powerful alliance before an inopportune swap put him in danger. Eventual runner-up and unlikely power player, Susan, ultimately blindsided him and he went on to lose to Redemption Island queen Becky in the final duel. Can Shawn return to his former glory this time around and win once again? Katharine Jenssen (Winner of Tiger Island: One World and 5th place on Tiger Island: Game Changers) - Another baffling winner, Katharine’s all-female tribe seemed doomed on One World, until a swap saved her chances and took her through to the merge, where she teamed up with her ally, Brooke, to enact revenge on the men’s tribe and send all the peons out of the game. Sliding into the final three with Brooke and Kacey, Katharine defended her game against an aggressive jury and made up for her social game with her strategy, earning the title of Sole Survivor. On Game Changers, Katharine found herself in an early minority but was unable to pull herself out that time, losing her ally Travis in a tied vote and rock draw, but prolonging her bottomfeeder run into the merge all the way to the final six, where she formed an unlikely alliance with Zeke to blindside legend Rango. With her last ally, Hailey, with immunity though, she was unable to break the powerful threesome of Bill, Zeke, and Becky at the final five and finally saw her underdog game come to an end. Will Katharine be dealt a better hand on her third time out and manage to grab the crown once again? Andrew Fisch (12th place on Tiger Island: Palau and winner of Tiger Island: Cambodia) - Originally playing in Palau, Andrew found his game short of measuring up and ended up in the minority, banking on a myth of Tom flipping and losing out once he didn’t, cut short of the merge. Returning for Second Chances, Andrew found an unlikely ally in Izzy and it was opposite day from his Palau game as he held control going into the merge. Cracking the codes of how the jury would vote, Andrew brought the two biggest goats in the game, Michele and Travis, into the final three, where he unanimously won one of Tiger Island’s biggest seasons ever. Can he don the struggle once again and pull out another win or will it prove a Sisyphean quest? Dawn Griffin (Winner of Tiger Island: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers) - Easily cruising into the merge after only attending one Tribal beforehand, Dawn found herself at the head of an alliance alongside Wetty, but soon flipped against Jenn to take her out and instead ally with power player Jasmine, taking her Rubenesque charms with her to the final three, where she narrowly won the game against her and Wetty. Playing an old-school game with only a few pivotal betrayals, can Dawn replicate her feat once again against 19 other winners? Wiki (red tribe): Merritt Simon (Winner of Tiger Island: The Australian Outback) - Winning all the way back in Season 2, Merritt oversaw the first big flip of the entire series when she engineered a blindside against her own tribemates, Julia and Carly. Her alliance nonetheless narrowly won out after surviving two past votes tiebreakers, and a key final immunity challenge win let Merritt carry her ally, Lindsey, into the final two where she won by only one vote. Back a whopping thirty-eight seasons later, can Merritt break the other winners’ hearts and claim the two million for herself? Maddy Broode (Winner of Tiger Island: The Amazon, 9th place on Tiger Island: All-Stars, 10th place on Tiger Island: Heroes vs. Villains, 5th place on Tiger Island: Blood vs. Water) - All the way back in Season 6, Maddy’s gameplay horrified yet mystified viewers when she made the most of being swapped into the minority, getting Sam and Kiall to flip on the men during the first-ever battle-of-the-sexes season. Carrying her dominance into the merge, Maddy then disposed of Sam and Kiall and took her closest ally, Frances, to the end for a unanimous victory. Taking her record into All-Stars, Maddy evaded the target on her back by turning the tribe against heroes Batbayar and Shane and making it all the way to the merge, where she was narrowly blindsided. In Heroes vs. Villains, Maddy unsurprisingly ran the Villains tribe by pulling in a disciple in Rango, only for him to blindside her when she took a shot at fellow winner Angela. Maddy played for a fourth time in Blood vs. Water alongside her husband, Chuck, and unsurprisingly ran the tribe of returning players. She then reversed the curse of being the merge boot on her past two seasons by playing an idol and blindsiding Rayna Bean’s son, Preston, just after the merge. She and Chuck then dominated the merge along with the duo of Kelsey and Susan, but ended up in the minority and voted out once again, only to return from Redemption Island and claim fifth place after failing to win immunity against the united duos of Louis and Oliver and Kelsey and Susan. Now playing for a fifth time, the most of any Tiger Island player, can Maddy finally claim another crown necklace? Gabriela Bruno-Ludwig (Winner of Tiger Island: Cook Islands) - Gabriela, along with the other members of the all-Hispanic Waititi tribe, dominated the premerge portion of the game after the swap, carrying numbers into the merge where they decimated the rival tribe as well as threats from their own side like Eduardo and Lita. Ultimately, Gabriela tried to pull a blindside on Dante at the final four, only to fail when he pulled out the idol. Gabriela went on to defeat legendary player Dante in the finals anyway, her physically dominant game taking the victory over his strategic prowess and crowning her the winner. Back after twenty-seven seasons, can Gabriela prove she can still perform in the series’s modern era? Ramsey Peris (Winner of Tiger Island: Gabon and Tiger Island: Heroes vs. Villains, 12th place on Tiger Island: Game Changers) - Coming from rough beginnings in Gabon, Ramsey’s Puru tribe seemed doomed until he flipped the game on its head and got the rival Shira tribe to collapse in on itself, taking his allies Nellie and Roddi all the way to the end of the game where he won in a landslide. Three seasons later, in Heroes vs. Villains, Ramsey once again took a tight trio to the end when his alliance of Angela and Conner entered the merge in the minority but played the other Villains against the Heroes to make it all the way to the final three, where Ramsey won the game once again. Playing for a third time on Game Changers, Ramsey again seemed well-positioned going into the merge, this time with the numbers, but fell victim to a shocking idol play from El Diablo when his majority failed to split the votes. Tiger Island’s first two-time winner, can Ramsey claim the throne a third time and prove himself as the greatest once and for all? David “Dave” Zdenko (Winner of Tiger Island: Nicaragua) - One of Tiger Island’s most unlikely winners and hailing from one of the most popular seasons, Dave played a slow, yet steady game, attracting allies to him and taking out threats such as Zeke and Ibuki at key times, ensuring an all-older tribe final three in the process. He then won with only four out of nine jury votes in a split decision, instantly becoming a controversial winner. On his second time out, can Dave defend his title from naysayers and prove his merit as a winner? William Zorrall Hellmann (Winner of Tiger Island: San Juan del Sur) - William made a splash on the second Blood vs. Water season by winning the first Exile duel against his granddaughter, Sadie, and then easily made it through to the merge where he and Sadie ran the game until the end. Surviving even after their side lost a rock draw and dismantling notorious power couples Chi and Haley and Kate and Brandon, William got his pair all the way to the end where he won the game and became one of Tiger Island’s oldest winners. Can he show that he’s still got it eleven seasons later and get himself a second win? Drake Margolis (Winner of Tiger Island: David vs. Goliath) - Starting off on the Goliath tribe, Drake made all the right moves to win David vs. Goliath, even after he seemed in early trouble when the Goliaths fell in on themselves after the first tribe swap. Still, he fought back the tribe’s temptation to vote him out by mobilizing rumors about Jessica’s treachery to vote her out for good. He continued his historical conquests after the merge, first recruiting Marnie against Amie and then throwing her to the dogs or whoever. He did the same to his close ally, Danni, after a null vote left them as the only vulnerable players at the final five. He then earned his way into the final three by making fire and ultimately won the game, going the real long distance all the way to the end. Can Drake come through the right open doors to win once again, or will he find those doors shut in his face? Christine Shannard (Winner of Tiger Island: Tanzania) - Tiger Island’s most recent winner, taking the title just last season, Christine slipped through the cracks of an unfortunate swap to meet up with a united Damu majority at the merge. Easily coasting through into the finale as the last woman standing, Christine took out key threats in Tonio and Gordon, her peachy social game and old-school strategy eventually earning her the win. Can Christine become the first Tiger Island player to win two consecutive seasons or will she fall victim to another former champion? See you soon for Tiger Island's landmark 40th season!
2020.06.04 04:15 HaloInsiderWhich guests who have not been on an episode in over a year (either Main Feed or Patreon, excluding cameos) are you most hoping will come back soon?
Hey, folks! We're about to kick off a new miniseries and it got me thinking about guests. Every new series allows us the opportunity to welcome some exciting new people into the Blank Check fold, but I wanted to look back at some of the people who haven't been on in a while and see who the Blankies would be excited to see return one day. For context, here are people who haven't been on in over a year, with their last episode and date of the episode included. This doesn't include cameos like on the Five-Year Anniversary episode or the Denim Invasion live show. o Chris Cabin - Manhunter (06/02/2019) o Eric Szyszka - Manhunter (06/02/2019) o Sam Rogal - Guardians of the Galaxy (05/21/2019) (Patreon) - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (10/16/2016) (Main) o Karen Han - Dumbo (04/28/2019) o Jordan Fish - Frankenweenie (04/11/2019) (Patreon) o Jamie Loftus - Dark Shadows (04/07/2019) o Michael Cerveris - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (03/24/2019) o Pilot Viruet - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (03/17/2019) o Matt Singer - Planet of the Apes (03/03/2019) o Paul F. Tompkins - Mars Attacks! (02/10/2019) o Julio Torres - Edward Scissorhands (01/13/2019) o James Schamus - The Third Blank Check Mailbag/Hulk Live @ Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn (01/11/2019) (Patreon) o Rebecca Bulnes - Beetlejuice (12/16/2018) o Jamie Lee - The Intern (11/18/2018) o Sarah-Violet Bliss - It's Complicated (11/11/2018) o Lola Kirke - What Women Want (10/21/2018) o Mani Lazic - The Parent Trap (10/14/2018) o Elena Lazic - The Parent Trap (10/14/2018) o James Newman - Space Jam (09/30/2018) o Ray Tintori - Life of Pi (09/16/2018) o Matt Rogers - Brokeback Mountain (08/26/2018) o Bowen Yang - Brokeback Mountain (08/26/2018) o Peter Labuza - Ride with the Devil (08/05/2018) o Alison Willmore - Eat Drink Man Woman (07/08/2018) o Romilly Newman - Ratatouille (06/03/2018) o Joey Sims - Ratatouille (06/03/2018) o Rebecca Drysdale - The Incredibles (05/20/2018) o Valorie Curry - Terms of Endearment (03/18/2018) o Paul Scheer - Running Scared (03/11/2018) o Miriam Bale - Basic Instinct (01/28/2018) o Andrew Jupin - Total Recall (01/21/2018) o Stephen Sajdak - Total Recall (01/21/2018) o Jonathan Braylock - Detroit (11/19/2017) o Jerah Milligan - Detroit (11/19/2017) o James III - Detroit (11/19/2017) o Sonia Saraiya - The Hurt Locker (11/05/2017) o Lux Alptraum - Point Break (10/08/2017) o Peter Serafinowicz - Talking Maul Live @DCM19 (08/20/2017) o Amy Nicholson - Memento (07/02/2017) o Joe Garden - The Adventures of Tintin (04/22/2017) o Joanna Robinson - Minority Report (03/06/2017) o Rachel Lang - Toruk: The First Flight (12/03/2016) o Josh Ruben - The Abyss (10/07/2016) o Rachel Sanders - The Terminator (09/25/2016) o Layne Montgomery - Roadies (09/04/2016) o John Trowbridge - Denim Invasion Live @DCM18 (07/26/2016) o Louis Peitzman - The Visit (04/01/2016) o Seaton Smith - The Last Airbender (03/18/2016) o Murf Meyer - Signs (02/14/2016) o Diana Kolsky - Signs (02/14/2016) o Matt Patches - Unbreakable (02/08/2016) o Connor Ratliff - Watch With Us Live @ Union Hall (11/30/2015) o Mike Ryan - Revenge of the Podcast – More Deleted Scenes (11/16/2015) o Mike Drucker - Revenge of the Podcast – The Jedi Order (10/19/2015) o Chase Mitchell - Attack of the Podcast – The Deleted Scenes (08/28/2015) o Morgan Evans - Attack of the Podcast – Count Dooku (07/20/2015)
2020.06.01 14:56 BlackKanjiG3Need for Speed Heat: Amy Vs Street Kings (future series)
Hey guys, I'm looking for some players who can join me on a biggest video on Need for Speed Heat, the idea is, Amy gonna compete against the Street Kings who they were defeated by Ryan Cooper and beat Ryo Watanabe. For the cars it has to be: Drift Speed Grip Drag Showdown (Mix of 4 types of races) The crew names: Tougeunion Grip React (I don't remember the name) Rogue speed Nitrocide Apex Glide (Showdown) Five players gonna drive five cars as: Ray Krieger (BMW M3 E92) Aki Kimura (Mazda RX-7) "role taken" Karol Monroe (Ford Mustang GT "2015") Nate Denver (Chevrolet Bel Air or Ford Mustang Boss 302) Ryo Watanabe (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X) "role taken" And I gonna drive: BMW I8 K.S Edition Chevrolet Corvette K.S Edition Ferrari 488 GTB BMW M3 E46 GTR Subaru Impreza WRX STI "2006" I'll let you know if I had a date on my mind, if you're interested, send me a friend request on PlayStation (WilDestroy7). Thanks for reading this, stay safe everyone!
Diplo - Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil
Release Date: May 29th, 2020 Label: Mad Decent Producers:
Atticus Matthew Ross - Track 12
Charlie Handsome - Tracks 3 and 11
Diplo - Tracks 1-12
Joey Moi - Tracks 3 and 11
Jr. Blender - Tracks 4 and 5
King Henry - Tracks 2-6 and 9-11
Maximilian Jaeger - Tracks 7, 8 and 10
Orville Peck - Tracks 1 and 7
Philip Scully - Track 8
Ryan Tedder - Tracks 4 and 5
Trent Reznor - Track 12
Youngkio - Track 12
(songwriters in parenthesis)
Intro feat. Orville Peck - (Orville Peck; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
So Long feat. Cam - (Ariel Rechtshaid; Sasha Sloan; Tyler Johnson; Benjamin Mathis; Camaron Ochs; Diana Gordon; Henry Agincourt Allen; Michael Hardy; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
Heartless feat. Morgan Wallen - (Ernest Keith Smith; Henry Agincourt Allen; Morgan Wallen; Ryan Vojtesak; Ryan Hurd; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
Lonely feat. Jonas Brothers - (Henry Agincourt Allen; Joe Jonas; Nick Jonas; Philip Meckseper; Ryan Tedder; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
Dance with Me feat. Thomas Rhett & Young Thug - (Jeffery Williams; Justin Bunetta; Phillip Meckseper; Ryan Tedder; Thomas Rhett; Thomas Wesley Pentz; Zac Brown; Zach Skelton)
Do Si Do feat. Blanco Brown - (Bennie Amey III; Henry Agincourt Allen; Phillip vo Boch Scully; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
On Mine feat. Noah Cyrus - (Henry Agincourt Allen; Julia Michaels; Karen Marie Orsted; Maximilian Jaeger; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
Real Life Stuff feat. Julia Michaels & Clever - (Amy Allen; Julia Michaels; Matt Zara; Maximilian Jaeger; Phillip Scuffy; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
Hometown feat. Zac Brown & Danielle Bradbery - (Henry Agincourt Allen; Sasha Sloan; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
Heartbreak feat. Ben Burgess - (Ben Burgess; Henry Agincourt Allen; Maximilian Jaeger; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
Heartless feat. Morgan Wallen & Julia Michaels - (Ernest Keith Smith; Henry Agincourt Allen; Morgan Wallen; Ryan Vojtesak; Ryan Hurd; Thomas Wesley Pentz)
Old Town Road (Diplo Remix) - (Montero Lamar Hill; Trent Reznor; Atticus Matthew Ross; Billy Ray Cyrus; Jocelyn Donald)
Leave your thoughts below. Do you like it? Do you hate it? Favorite songs? Least favorite songs? All thoughts welcome (Disclamer: Yes, this album might not be as "country" as some may like it to be but there are enough country artists involved with this album to where it deserves a discussion post. So please don't post "this isn't country" in the comments. Go listen to Mike and the Moonpies new album instead)
2020.05.24 15:37 c-lingsA (very lengthy) examination of Nick and Jess throughout the show + thoughts on the last two episodes of Season 7
Hello everyone! Having finished the series for the first time yesterday (did a two week binge when I found out it had come to Netflix in the UK, since it was a show that I’d always had an eye on), there’s been a lot on my mind about it. As a whole, I *loved* it — the characters and their development (and there can be a lot of nuances in this regard), the insane premises of comedy — this show really connected with me emotionally, and it’s easily one of my favourite shows ever. Having said that though, I came out of Season 7 feeling…a little underwhelmed. Before I discuss Season 7, I do want to contextualise my feelings on the show to present my underlying biases. Having said that, the scope of this can be infinite, so I’ll try and hone it a little by doing a season-by-season recap with an especial focus through the lens of Nick and Jess. That’s not to say that the other characters weren’t compelling in their own right (they definitely were) — it’s just that I have a feeling this will already be very lengthy, which I can understand is a turn-off. I’ll mark the “recap” with lines too, so if you want to skip it, that’s perfectly okay. I should of course preface this with the most apparent bias: I loved Nick and Jess as a couple, and that never changed throughout. ___ As for the seasons: not much to write about Season 1 and 2, as I think their quality (especially Season 2) and the Jess/Nick story there speaks for itself. Season 3 on the other hand is a bit more of an irksome affair. I felt the inclusion of Coach in Season 3 felt forced and diluted the group dynamics and relationships (though I did feel he clicked by Season 4, but then he left again). Schmidt for the first 9 episodes or so is a difficult arc, but retrospectively it’s pivotal for his character arc (which, as an aside, is magnificently woven throughout the show). As for the Nick/Jess relationship, I felt that they wrote it poorly by following a repetitive structure of ‘Nick acts like a child; Jess fixes him’. I felt that this structure was disingenuous to the relationship that the prior two seasons had built up, as while sure Jess did take care of him, one of the reasons they worked is because they were a relationship of equals. They had their differences, but they both healthily supported and encouraged each other — Season 3 largely rejected this lateral idea. Furthermore, restricting the two to only scenes of them as a couple weakened both characters as well as the show. By the time they did break up, I understood why — the writers needed a soft reset, but it bugged me that things had gotten to where they were. Nevertheless I accepted what they’d setup as the model for the breakup: both characters needed to confront themselves and grow. After a disappointing Season 3 (which still had bright moments to clarify — I was just offering my specific points of critique), Season 4 was a massive turnabout. I loved Season 4, and in my view, it had some of the most consistently great comedy of the show (also of course, the rebuilding of Schmidt and Cece as friends to the ultimate pay-off was also excellent — but again, can’t talk about everything). I also appreciated the parallel relationships concept — Jess dating Ryan, and Nick dating Kai to show people who were similar and “perfect” for them, but for those to ultimately not work out because they weren’t relationships that allowed either of them to grow. However, I really did not like Ryan, because his character to me was simply “attractive British guy” — he had no semblance of flaws or depth, which just made him feel really bland (and not much of a character at all — especially in a show filled with such strong ones). Kai wasn’t necessarily complex either, but her role was minimal and unobtrusive by comparison to Jess and Ryan, who were given a lot more screen time as a serious couple (which only accentuated the flaws of Ryan as a character). I also think they wrote off both relationships a little too weak (Kai leaves on a punchline, albeit one that has some meaning, whereas Ryan ghosts her and ironically shows a smidge of personality for once in not being there), but I digress, because of the overall direction for Nick and Jess: the beautiful slow burn. While I was going through Season 4, I was noticing how they’d gone at lengths to separating Nick and Jess — for the first half or so, they essentially had little-to-no scenes together. Initially, this bothered me because even if you’re not pairing them romantically, their dynamic together is one of the cornerstones of the show. I reflected on this however, as the realistic fact that they were exes, and even though they did address the awkwardness in “Cruise”, there had to be a little bit of separation — they were still friends, so having that space was an appropriate way of going about it. What sold me on this was the little touches of them becoming closer again — in “LAXmas”, Jess gets Winston and Nick the first class tickets to Chicago, but even though they’re in their First Class cabin and ready to fly, Nick still detects that the sadness in Jess, and he gives up those travel plans to be there for her — the show cleverly covers this by having all the friends come back to support Jess, but the fact that it was Nick who noticed and then initiated that did stick with me. Then later, when Ryan ghosts Jess, while everyone else is bored at the Portland trip, Nick again is sensitive to how Jess is feeling and suggests that they go on her planned tour. Similarly again, it’s covered that “all the friends” go on her trip, but Nick is clearly the driving force for this. This then builds towards their scene in her childhood bedroom that’s emotionally gripping, but still appropriately pulls the reins. It was by this point that I “got” why they were separated and appreciated these more tender moments. This builds towards that scene in “Panty Gate” where it’s Nick who sits Coach down and talks with him about the long-term future (which was one of the points that led Nick and Jess to break up in the first place). That talk very much touches Jess (and shows Nick’s character), and though the pair joke at the end that 40-50 years down the line, it’s probably Winston who’s there beside them, the subtext is clear. This builds in the Season 4 finale with the AssStrat mug, which after discussing their relationship, they throw the mug away…only for them to both later try and retrieve it at night at separate times. Now of course, Winston being Winston, kept the mug for his own reasons (to be fair, it was a waste of a perfectly good mug), but I interpret the mug as being symbolic of them as a couple…in the end, neither were really ready to close the lid on it. So, I really appreciated how Season 4 developed the two. Season 5 was interesting. It has its lulls here and there, but its overarching story (with Schmidt and Cece), as well as the development of the characters allow for some great storytelling moments (still some comedy gold of course — we really can’t forget the guys having a fisticuffs in a desert with Katy Perry’s Roar playing through). I think they do a good job with Nick/Jess again here with the slow burn. Reagan is meant to be the opposite of Jess, but Nick’s relationship with her is an essential part of his growth and the two coming back together. We have “Goosebumps Walkaway” where Jess’s underlying feelings for Nick are very clear (“He’s the only person I’d ever go in a duct with”…”He kind of sneaks up on you”…”[kisses you like a coal miner]…after a long day in the caves”) — from Jess’s side, by being the mediator in Nick/Reagan, her feelings for Nick begin to slowly bubble. Her getting with Sam is perfect from a story perspective because in a sense, it allows her to come to terms with her past. Her relationship with Sam is filled with moments of her and Nick — like her learning that Nick gave her the Cubs helmet — which she thought was entirely thrown together — but was in fact filled with great meaning as it was a memento of his passed father. That Nick goes so far as to break it for Jess shows just how much he cares for her, and that Jess frames it for him later shows the reciprocation. That the Iron Curtain and True American (which really kickstarted and broke up Nick/Jess respectively) is what serves as the scene for the breakup of Jess/Sam is appropriate and Sam’s parting words “It’s Nick” is just an incredible scene and begins the full-blown realisation that she never stopped loving Nick (and from the wedding — whether it’s her realising the bank account “doesn’t really matter” or the scene where she tells Nick to realise how incredible he is — she’s finally confronted herself and grown. On Nick’s side, the relationship with Reagan serves to show his growth. Even with Jess as mediator, season 5-6 is very much the build-up of Nick’s character — he’s more emotionally mature, wants to express his feelings and communication, desires for deeper connection, etc. — he very much grows into the person that Jess wanted, just as Jess grew herself. Season 5 is very carefully sprinkled with tender moments of the two, and there is a moment that I can’t quite recall is Season 5 or 6, where there’s tension between Nick and Jess over Nick’s relationship with Reagan, and Nick has an outburst where he says to Jess something along the lines of “no matter what I do [for you], it’s never good enough”. Even though he was talking technically about Jess’s reaction to his and Reagan’s relationship, that line speaks volumes as to the purpose of him and Reagan. Nick and Reagan, was deep down, whether he knew it or not, always about doing right for Jess. It boils to what I feel is an understated point about Nick — his overthinking and nature of his love for Jess. It’s easy to regard Nick as lazy, and to an extent he is, but that “laziness” to me is the product of his low self-esteem, his anxiousness that’s brought up throughout the show. Whether it’s him telling Jess in “Injured” that he’s simply afraid, or “Virgins” where his father reassures that him that while he doesn’t have to do anything he doesn’t want to, he doesn’t need to overthink everything as the best stuff in life is when you appreciate what’s around you and not overthink it (which was always Jess); Winston has a great moment with him about this in Season 7 too (about the reason for his procrastination — which is really about his procrastination not just for writing but just for life in general). In applying it to Jess, Nick fell in love with her from the very beginning, but he never did anything about it. He never played jealous or sabotage anything — in fact, he unconditionally supported her and was always there for her. That slip of the tongue in “Cooler” (where he says he doesn’t want him and Jess to kiss “like that”) — he never expected them to be together — he loved her but she was too good for him, and it was never in the realm of possibility for him. That explains much of his actions of them when they weren’t dating, because he never had the internal confidence to believe he deserved that love, so it was closed off for him. Jess on the other hand needed the push to realise she did always love him; these were their individual journeys that kept them apart. It’s why when he breaks up with Reagan in Season 6, and his conversation with Bob (“she has the biggest heart, part lighthouse, part compass”), the beautiful exchange with Schmidt to push him for once in his life to “not be afraid”) — it was always Jess. I’ve sort of devolved from the season-by season recap at this point. I will note though that I was not a fan of the first half of Season 6. At all. I *hated* the reappearance of Robby in Season 5, and especially Season 6 — nothing against the guy, but he felt like a total charisma vacuum (which was part of his character I guess), and he sucked a lot of wind out of the show especially in Season 6. He and Jess did not need to get together, and in general the first half of Season 6, a few funny moments aside, is disastrous and just…boring filler. I suppose it’s obvious that I loved the build up in the second half of Season 6 of them getting together, and I agree that we needed a little *something* after they kiss in the elevator (as a side, I love that it’s Dirty Dancing that pushes Jess almost as much as I love the speech Schmidt gave Nick). Personally, I would’ve been happy with a bit of dialogue, but there is something powerful as well with having no words at all. ___ So now, the recap of their story is done, and I can address Season 7. I get why they did a time skip — if they didn’t, it would’ve just ended up panning like a revised Season 3. I also appreciated that the characters are now grown up. It’s a development that really manifested in the last few seasons, but it was appropriate, because as great as it is to see these loveable weirdos get caught up in all sorts of hijinks, there’s a beauty in seeing them grow past that, even if that comes at the expense of losing some comedy — it’s a sign a show has to end, but in a good way. I don’t really compare Season 7 to the rest because it’s meant to be different, and I treat it as if the show ended after Season 6, and Season 7 was just the bonus epilogue. I’m mostly fine with it, and I don’t mind the engagement being drawn out, because while a little tedious, the drive-in theatre Dirty Dancing setup with the group watching, is in a way, perfect. I think my biggest issues with Season 7 come in the last two episodes, but more so the wedding. I get it’s a sitcom. Weddings end bad. But something about Nick and Jess’s wedding just felt off. Even if you compare it to Schmidt and Cece’s wedding which technically went wrong, that still had lovely set pieces, important characters present, and the wedding at the loft is a beautifully fitting scene. Somehow, Nick and Jess’s wedding just doesn’t hit those high notes for me. By going excessively in the direction of the curse and everything going wrong, it just felt like the show was robbing the couple of the tender happy ending it deserved. I know going over-the-top was intentional, and I know the whole thing was a commentary on the rocky nature of their whole will-they-won’t-they, but it just felt like a joke that went too far (this felt like the real Engram Pattersky from the writers). They had a sweet enough ending, and it was just fine…but that was the issue. It was just there. It felt incredibly rushed and thrown-together, and I just did not like the direction. I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but I feel that Nick and Jess deserved better than that. It could be argued that Season 6’s direction was all over the place, but I’m willing to forgive it because of how well they built things at the end. Season 7 was really an opportunity to give them the moment they deserved, especially after the elevator scene at the end of Season 6, but it just rang hollow. I don’t hate sitcom trope weddings; I liked Schmidt and Cece, and for Brooklyn 99 fans, I liked Jake and Amy’s wedding, but I don’t know; I’d love to get more perspective on it, because it really soured me. With the finale, there were a lot of clear nostalgic touches, but I don’t know if it was the wedding from the previous episode, but it was a little hollow. I get that they were going for a classic ‘nothing happening’ New Girl episode, and the whole thing being Winston’s greatest prank was certainly meta, but I also feel they could’ve pulled for more emotional strings for the finale. I recognise I have my own preferences, but the two final episodes just sort of ended the show with indifference. It was time for them to move on, and things did need to end, but I just felt like they hit the crescendo with the proposal, and what followed…just happened. It made Season 7 just feel very rushed. I know this has been a long piece, so I guess, the point of this all was how did you all feel about the final two episodes of the show? Did it feel like an appropriate conclusion for Nick/Jess and the show as a whole? I suppose, this can just be a forum for thoughts about any parts of this.
2020.05.18 17:09 TSLPDustinS04E03 - Devil's Knot Official Discussion
Disclaimer: This is an official discussion thread. Spoilers will remain untagged. If you have not seen the film or listened to our episode, we highly recommend you refrain from continuing until you’ve done so. Please report broken links or out of date information. Title:Devil’s Knot Year: 2013 Synopsis: The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a Satanic ritual. Director(s): Atom Egoyan Starring:
Andi's season had a bit of everything, a good villain in Nick, good dates and good contestants.
Future Bachelor Nick Viall before he lost his soul
Future Bachelor Chris Soules
Josh Murray (Bleh)
Marcus Grodd formerly of Marcus and Lacey of BIP 1
Eric Hill competed on this season shortly before his untimely death (Rest in Peace)
QUOTE: "If you weren't in love with me then why did you make love to me?" -Nick to Andi on ATFR
The season is tainted by some due to Josh Murray's verbal abuse to Andi after the season. Andi was nonetheless a fun bachelorette.
 Bachelorette Season 8: Emily Maynard:
Men genuinely doting on her; she was sold as America's sweetheart and lived up to the expectation on her season
Future Bachelor (and franchise success story) Sean Lowe
Future Bachelor (and franchise success story) Arie Luyendyk Jr.
One-f Jef Holm
Rich-boy Kalon McMahon
QUOTE: "Get the F out" -Emily to Kalon after Kalon refused to deny calling Emily's daughter Ricki "baggage" in a relationship.
Emily was fiercely protective of her daughter and did not shy away from grilling the men about their readiness.
Emily took no BS from the men and had the men genuinely fighting for her. She came across as incredibly endearing and sweet which made her retort of Kalon more impressive.
Emily's season demonstrated the manner in which a cast invested in the lead can drive a season. Her men were very into her and she provided a soft but firm hand to guide the season. Unfortunately her and Jef did not last.
Group B: S11 Kaitlyn Bristowe vs. S14 Becca Kufrin*
 Bachelorette Season 11: Kaitlyn Bristowe:
A two-bachelorette season and a roller-coaster ride throughout. Kaitlyn was a true wild-card and had en equally engaging cast.
Shawn Booth formerly of Shawn and Kaitlyn
Future Bachelor Nick Viall (when he lost his soul) in his mid-season return only to be rejected at F2 again
Future Bachelor Ben Higgins
Tanner of Jade and Tanner
Princeton Ian ("You are a shallow person")
Jared of Ashley and Jared
Clint & JJ ("Villains gotta vil") and their bromance
Joe Bailey ("A turd" per Amy Shumer)
Tony the Healer
Almost-bachelorette Britt Nilsson
QUOTE: "I felt guilty about the timing [of having sex with Nick pre-FS]. I had a very strong connection with [Shawn] and I felt guilt from that because that's not something I would do in my everyday life." -Kaitlyn in an ITM worrying about how to tell Shawn (her front runner) that she slept with Nick Viall (the other front runner and mortal enemy to Shawn) pre-fantasy suite.
Shawn and Kaitlyn's engagement lasted three years and they seemed genuinely happy. As sad as it is they truly seemed to fall in and out of love. 3
Kaitlyn was unapologetically herself and did things her way.
[28#] Bachelorette Season 14: Becca Kufrin*:
The last "normal" season with a happy (and still lasting) engagement
Future Bachelor and former virgin Colton Underwood of Colton and Cassie
Master of Stagecoach Blake Horstmann
Jason Tartick of Kaitlyn and Jason
Night one legend Grocery Store Joe
Male model Jordan Kimball
Chris Randone (formerly?) of Krystal and Chris
Reformed Garrett Yrigoyen of Becca and Garrett
QUOTE: "I want to get a Costco membership together!" -Becca after Garrett's proposal.
Becca was regarded (imo) as being normal, reasonable, likable with a solid group of top men. Becca and Garrett's relationship has been solid throughout; they genuinely seemed in love at the end.
Group C: S13 Jason Mesnick* vs. S1 Trista Sutter*
 Bachelor Season 13: Jason Mesnick*:
The first bachelor to marry a contestant from his season
Future Bachelorette Jillian Harris
Scorned former F1 Melissa Rycroft
Former Runner-up Molly Malaney currently of Jason and Molly
QUOTE: "Aren't you afraid that you'll pick someone then down the road think 'oh my God I picked the wrong person!'?" -Molly to Jason during their FS date.
This was an eerily-accurate foreshadowing to Jason dumping Molly at the FRC, sobbed like a baby over a balcony, proposed to Melissa then pulling a switcheroo on Melissa on ATFR six weeks later.
Melissa had no idea that he wanted Molly back and it was BRUTAL. Jason then asked Molly for another chance -- 10 years later they are married and happy with a daughter (and Jason's son from a prior marriage)
Revitalized the franchise by proving that with a serious and established lead the show can work. Also solidified the formula of recycling a popular contestant from a prior season.
[27#] Bachelorette Season 1: Trista Sutter (nee Rehn)*:
The first bachelorette ever, first person from the franchise to marry someone from her season and the first TV wedding.
Future Bachelor Bob Guiney (famous for being the bachelor who slept with "five and a half women" during his season)
Ryan Sutter of Trista and Ryan
Runner-up Charlie Maher
In general the men all got along and there was not a lot of fighting in the house.
QUOTE: "This day is a day I have dreamt about my entire life with a man whose face was blurred. Now I see his face and a future of dreams come true... I see it with you." -Trista before Ryan's proposal.
17 years later Trista is the godmother of the franchise. Her marriage proved early on that the show can work and brought legitimacy to the premise of the franchise.
Group D: S15 Hannah Brown vs. S17 Sean Lowe
S15 Hannah Brown:
Initially hot mess of a bachelorette who grew into a self-loving strong-willed woman. While she did not find love (thanks to Jed and his girlfriend) she found herself.
"The most respectful man I've ever been with" Tyler Cameron
Future Bachelor Peter Weber (#windmill) currently of Peter and Kelley
Jed Wyatt who lied about a girlfriend after proposing
Super-villain Luke Parker
Dylan Barbour of Dylan and Hannah G.
Old Matt Donald
Eternal Meme John Paul Jones
(hopefully) future bachelor Mike Johnson
QUOTE: "I have had sex and Jesus still loves me." // *moves rose podium* -Hannah in response to dumping Luke P.
Hannah was open about her insecurities personally and as the bachelorette; this moment saw her embrace what happened and finally take a stand against super-villain Luke P.
When Luke P. returned at post-FS rose ceremony she moved the rose podium away from him
Hannah's season was one of the most popular modern seasons but had a decidedly unhappy ending. Hannah and the franchise achieved new cultural relevance; never had I ever seen random celebrities and non-fans discussing the show or what Hannah would do with Luke P.
S17 Sean Lowe*:
The first and only bachelor to marry his F1
Catherine Lowe (nee Guidici) of Sean and Catherine
Future Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock of Desiree and Chris
Sparkle girl Tierra LiCausi who can't control her eyebrow
Role model and advocate Sarah Herron
QUOTE: "I miss you every time we say goodbye. I don't want to say goodbye anymore. I want to spend the rest of my life making you feel like the most special women in the world." - Sean's proposal to Catherine.
She said yes before even seeing the ring gasping for air.
Sean was incredibly sincere throughout his season and delivered a classic love story. The woman were likewise serious and enamored with him. Tierra was a notable and entertaining villain with her antics throughout the mansion.
Shameless plug, his twitter has great dad jokes and always makes me smile when I'm stressed. :)
Results from Round of 16
Emily, Kaitlyn, Trista, Sean and Andi all had decisive victories. I was surprised about Sean's defeating Chris' so soundly; Chris' season is often cited as a lot of fun
It is hard to discern a bias towards lasting love.
Hannah's season BARELY edged out Rachel's season. I was not surprised it was this close as both are cited as some of the better seasons. (Personally these are two of my favorite all-time seasons for very different reasons)
I added an option to support a resurrection round before the finals.
2020.05.06 22:26 Ghost-Quartet30 Albums You May Have Missed In 2017
Hi, for the month of April I did a series of writeups in the Daily Discussion threads about albums from 2017 (the year I became a pop fan) that I think were overlooked or underrated. They have been compiled here for your viewing pleasure, edited for brevity.
For Fans Of: The Beach Boys, Electric Light Orchestra, staring at the night sky while walking through the city alone
Description:Across The Multiverse is an album about someone lost in space, always searching for something that they’re never quite sure if they already found. It’s a romantic sort of longing though, that special sort of sincerity that can only come from the most sardonic among us. Dent May’s voice wails as the big orchestrations clatter around him, his earnest vocals sounding somewhat detached and melancholy against the sea of instruments. This is counterbalanced by the straightforward lyrics, which lack in poeticism but make up for it with a sort of blunt charm. The album definitely has an old-school vibe to it with its classic lounge friendly rock style, but something about mixing the retro aesthetic with the spacey content really works. He’s just jamming out as he drifts through the universe, and he sounds great doing it.
Genre/Length: Bedroom Pop + Chiptunes / 21 Minutes
For Fans Of: Kero Kero Bonito, Dorian Electra, being a #epicgamer
Description: nelward has experience with both scoring video games and making straightforward pop, so he’s able to balance the two worlds better than most, but it helps that his musical style is so off-the-wall that nothing would really feel out of place in one of his songs. The sheer audacity of it all and the nods to classic pop remind me a bit of the hyper pop movement, but his references draw from video game music and it gives his music a unique feeling. His has a distinctive vocal style that sees him striking strange pitches at times and jumping into falsetto, but this unusual form of crooning makes perfect sense within the internal logic of his music. Everything is almost chaotic, but in a very artificial kind of way. This aesthetic reflects the themes of the album well: it’s about (in my interpretation) filtering the real world through the artificial to help cope and understand. The rambling lyrics careen around random imagery like technology and food, but these minutiae are just sonic pleasures swirling around the core messages of the songs.
Sample Track:“seafoam breeze” is a quirky little song about colors, among other things.
Description: The best way I can sum this album up is “a lot of fun;” sunny, dancing in the living room style pop anthems. Brother Bear (aka Matt Puckett of Mother Falcon, if that means anything to you) does a great job with the arrangements, leaning in to ’70s/‘80s sounds as well as more contemporary hip-hop to give the songs a vintage feel with a bit of an edge. Protextor’s rap skills are impressive but he also has surprising singing chops that make the choruses of the songs really soar. These two can’t seem to be contained to any one genre, constantly shifting styles between tracks from disco to funk to r&b; in spite of this shotgun approach the album feels very cohesive and maintains quality throughout. There’s even a feature from Cupcakke! This is such a well put together pop record I’m shocked it went so under the radar.
Sample Track:“Not Tonight” is a disco-pop song that feels like it was lifted right from the ’80s.
For Fans Of: Ariana Grande, BoA, the Radio Disney era
Description: If you’ve ever wondered what Ariana Grande might have sounded like if she’d debuted as a teen pop star in the ‘90s, it might’ve been something like Beverly. A powerhouse vocalist with an old-school sensibility, Beverly feels like she fell through time and into modern Japan clutching this LP to her chest. Her throwback sound is very versatile, scanning the annals of pop history for doo-wop cuts, ‘90s bubblegum/r&b tracks, soulful ‘00s contemporary pop jams, and all sorts of other pleasantly nostalgic treats. It’s her voice that really elevates the tracks though, she’s an incredibly powerful singer who sells the hell out of all the songs. While maybe not the most groundbreaking project it’s still an expertly assembled pop album handled by a strong vocalist, and those are always welcome. If you’ve been missing pop that’s huge and loud, this could be it.
Sample Track:“Empty” could easily be an old school Christina Aguilera cut.
Description: This is one of the most powerful musicals to have come out in a long time and it produced an absolutely gorgeous cast album. The musical tells the story of an Egyptian orchestra who, due to a miscommunication, end up stranded in a remote town in the Israeli desert and must spend the night with the townspeople. Not much really happens in the show, but it’s a tender exploration of the human condition and the loneliness and longing for connection that we all share, and the songs really reflect this. The music is very intimate, something not usually associated with a big budget Broadway musical, but the simmering music combined with the all star performances from the cast illustrate the story beautifully. The composer pulls from Middle Eastern styles, and there are beautiful instrumental interludes peppered throughout the album that showcase this even more, and the lyrics are breathtaking as well. It’s a modern classic of both music and theatre that everyone should listen to.
For Fans Of: LOONA 1/3, early MIKA, secretly streaming “ME!” by Taylor Swift
Description:Color Crush is like spending all day at a carnival, it’s a journey packed with excitement that gradually winds down into a gentle parade of lights. This album is so genuinely joyful, with every part being calibrated for maximum fun. True to its name it’s full of colorful compositions packed with little flourishes that give everything a playful, imaginative feel. The writing is sharp, and the compositions are smartly rooted in heavy 808s that cut through the noise and give the album some kick beneath the cute. The members of ELRIS are very talented and their ebullient voices have surprisingly diverse tones that carry the album through its weaker moments. On the whole this is a short album, but one where every track is worth while.
Genre/Length: Rap / 32 Minutes For Fans Of: Princess Nokia, Jamila Woods, alt-r&b albums with a concept Description:Creature! is an appropriate name for this album because Nitty Scott is an absolute beast. I love her voice, she oozes confidence and her flow is so clear and natural. You get every word she says, which is good because she has some things to say here. The album tells the loose narrative of a woman named Negrita who falls “down the rabbit hole” into pre-colonial Puerto Rico and reconnects with her roots, and through this character Scott is able to express her own experiences as an Afro-Latina woman. She appropriates “exoticism” for herself here and allows the sounds of the Caribbean to haunt this album, and they blend perfectly into the poppin’ beats to give the album a unique sound. Magical realism is often a part of her aesthetic, but it works particularly well here. She finds time for both ferocity and fun on this album, managing to address the struggles of her ancestors while still celebrating being a badass rap chick.
Genre/Length: J-Idol Metal + Synthpop / 35 Minutes
For Fans Of: Poppy, Dreamcatcher, anime music from hell
Description: Branding themselves as “ultra-dark” and writing songs about witches and Lovecraft, NECRONOMIDOL are a gem from Japan’s colorful “alt-idol” scene. Their concept is that they fuse metal with traditional idol sounds, lacing their shredding guitars with synths and electronic elements. It’s an interesting blend that gives them a broad appeal to fans of both metal and pop and this album is a great showcase of that. They offer headbanger metal tracks and foot stomping synth pop tracks in equal measure, all with that wickedly dark flair that gives the group its name. “Creepy children singing” is a horror movie staple but NECRONOMIDOL weaponize it, juxtaposing the members’ youthful voices against the creepy production to haunting effect. This album has such a goth aesthetic while still having a lot to offer musically, and it’s a great introduction to an interesting music scene.
Sample Track:“4.7L” is a DDR-esque darkwave banger
For Fans Of: Summer Walker, Amy Winehouse, romantic movies
Description: Though this album has a somewhat silly title it’s actually a very elegant exploration of love by one of the finest voices new voices in r&b. The chilly (almost lo-fi) r&b arrangements are sparse but detailed, and supplemented by touches of old school hip-hop, Motown, lounge music, and more. This vintage sensibility is draped around Aalegra like a cloak as she glides through the album, capturing every different kind of melodrama there is to romance with a knowing sigh. Her rich, raspy voice is like water that flows through her songs, and she plays well with the featured artists too. The sheer style of this album is impeccable, no matter what Snoh Aalegra is expressing she makes it sound effortlessly cool. That’s the word for the whole album really: effortless.
Sample Track:“Fool For You” showcases Snoh Aalegra’s ability to be absolutely mesmerizing.
For Fans Of: Dolly Parton, Elle King, Janet Jackson’s experiments with non-dance genres
Description:Freedom Highway is an exploration of the struggles of black people in America. The stories she tells are harsh but presented simply and matter-of-factly, making them feel intensely human rather than melodramatic or preachy. Some of these songs are covers of classics, most of them are original compositions, and you can’t even tell which are which because of how timeless her writing is. These songs are brought to life by rich compositions of thumping percussion and twanging strings that make the perfect backdrop for her haunting voice. While her music is accessible it’s way more on the “country” side of “pop-country,” leaning in to the blues, jug band music, spirituals, gospel, folk ballads, dixieland jazz, and probably more styles that I can’t even name, but there’s also the odd hip-hop/rap track sprinkled in there, blending seamlessly in with the rest of the songs (which, I think, is the point).
Sample Track:“We Could Fly” got rave reviews for how ageless it sounds
For Fans Of: Avril Lavigne, P!nk, the band Lindsay Lohan is in in Freaky Friday (2003)
Description: Hey Violet feel like that girl you knew in high school who was kind of a mess and always had some insane story to tell about doing something that should have lander her in jail, but her eyeliner was always perfect and she was the coolest chick you knew. Between the DGAF vocals, the robust pop production, and “fuck you” topics this album has spunk in spades. There’s an unexpected diversity of tracks, touching on disco, rock, straightforward pop, emo, even a few cheerleader-esque tracks that call to mind “Hollaback Girl;” it feels old-school in a way with how it mines the history of pop, but it’s more retro-chic than anything else because Hey Violet are far too cool to seem behind the times. This album just slaps in a way that many albums coming out today don’t, and they should have become a bigger force in the pop scene after this.
For Fans Of: Rufus Wainwright, Shy Girls, digging through music for feelings like a pop archeologist
Description: Rostam had already cut his teeth in the music business for a decade as a member of Vampire Weekend and a writeproducer for other artists by the time, which is why it’s interesting that this album sounds so… innocent. It feels like a dreamcatcher that’s caught bits of dreams and memories as they’ve flown past and now they hang flickering like Christmas lights. These moments are tender, melancholy, inconsequential, earth shattering, but all presented in a fashion that makes them feel familiar and approachable. Rostam’s voice melts over the tracks like butter, his warm and throaty tone making him blend into the fabric of the music in a way that makes him sound all encompassing rather than shapeless. The album sounds like everything and nothing at once, it’s easy to listen to and a little difficult to get the most out of, but the rewards are enough to keep you coming back for more.
Sample Track:“Bike Dream” is a sexual yet sweet little song.
For Fans Of: Charli XCX, Kesha, alt-pop girls on the fringes of the mainstream
Description: Imani Coppola is the kind of artist who does whatever she wants, a rebellious spirit whose chosen field is pop music. Her music always feels trendy and relevant but ever so slightly… off, somehow. Hypocrites is a great example of that, a pseudo-concept album devoted to exploring modern life wherein Imani gives her sardonic takes on everything from online dating to how awesome she thinks she is to a diss track directed at her cat. There’s clearly some level of parody to the over the top persona she’s projecting, but exactly how much is left up to the listener. Whatever her true intention, her characteristic witty lyricism makes the songs really fun to listen to, even if you roll your eyes every now and then. Musically it’s an eclectic mix of autotune drenched electro pop and more organic tracks which pull from all sorts of random styles, not her best work but her lyricism and strong ear for melodies keep it a solid listen.
Description: This is the soundtrack to a J-Drama I’ve never seen, I just stumbled across it while searching for something else, but I’m glad that I did because it’s a really cute album. Takeshi Hanzawa (who also records under the name FreeTempo) is a fantastic electronic producer and his compositions on this album are fantastic. It’s mainly based in warm synth-heavy house and a funky big band sound (with some non-obtrusive vocals to spice things up), but he finds a lot of wiggle room within these styles. The songs capture a great selection of moods like peppy, hopeful, melancholy, anxious, and everything else you could need. It’s a surprisingly seductive album, you start off grooving along to some cheery dance music and then a few minutes later you’re sitting there reflecting on your choices to gentle piano music. It may be an out of context soundtrack, but good music always connects.
Sample Track:“23:59” is such a thrilling piece of house music
Genre/Length: Synthpop + Rock / 50 Minutes For Fans Of: Poppy, Spellling, twisted indie horror films Description:The Lure is a film loosely inspired by The Little Mermaid if the little mermaid were actually two man-eating mermaid sisters who get a job singing at a cabaret in ‘80s Poland. As if that wasn’t wild enough, it’s also a musical with a kickass soundtrack! While I would recommend watching it, the soundtrack works perfectly well independently and still captures the surreal, goth aesthetic of the film through a strong collection of pop songs. The cabaret that the mermaids work at in the film is pretty seedy, and that grimy cheapness is reflected in the crunchy, almost karaoke sounding retro-synth music. The album also veers into metal at times, and haunting “siren songs” are peppered throughout the album as well, adding mystery and danger to the mix. The songs on the album are trying to sound pretty but they just can’t shake the darkness that lurks beneath them. It’s a wholly unique project and a very seductive listen.
For Fans Of: Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, basement shows from unknown bands
Description: For You The Moon is a collaboration project between two indie artists (Neil Reynolds and Cathryn Wake) and while I don’t know anything about either of them, they make a great impression here. They’re strong producers with big voices and despite the low budget they serve up huge melodies and ambitious production that’s constantly introducing new ideas to keep things fresh and moving. The album has a sharp electropop sound but it also has touches of vaudeville (owing to Cathryn’s theatre background) and emo rock (Neil is also the frontman of a band). I love how bold this album is, It’s a little bit crunchy at times, but I think that just adds to the appeal. They’re a nice shot of energy if you’ve been looking for some electric indie pop.
Sample Track:“Head In The Clouds” feels like something that would have gotten overplayed on the radio.
Genre/Length: Synthpop / 42 Minutes For Fans Of: LOONA, Meghan Trainor, daydreaming you’re a princess in a fairy tale Description: Since they debuted Lovelyz have crafted a “signature sound” that revolves around dreamy synths and tight harmonies (plus to a lesser extent chiptunes and theatre influences), and this album is the peak of their formula. Lovelyz are unapologetically frothy, but beneath their innocent aesthetic hides surprisingly complex song craft. While some of the songs on the album are just bubblegum-pop perfected, many of them are somewhat unusual sounding and offer twists via unusual arrangements and song structures. Their composers know what they’re doing and root their music in old school disco/pop/r&b sounds that allow them to be quirky while still maintaining that classic feel. The end result is a tight-yet-diverse album that’s intelligent for how sugary sweet it is.
Sample Track: Despite the world’s most generic title, “The” is an upbeat track with a spunky almost garage-band feel to it.
Genre/Length: Bubblegum Pop / 36 Minutes For Fans Of: The Cardigans, Meghan Trainor, retrofuturism Description: Pearl & The Oysters feel like a band that would be playing during a party scene in a ‘60s beachsploitation film, except that movie is set on the moon. A self-described “raygun pop” act, they filter that classic ’60s bubblegum sound through a layer of synths peppered with flashes of r&b and the result is a throwback that still sounds fresh thanks to the sharp production and slightly left-of-center writing. Their music sits on the right side of twee, remaining fun and carefree without being too obnoxiously sweet. They pay tribute to the Space Age, exotica, Wendy Carlos, everything you could want and more.
Genre/Length: Electropop / 17 Minutes For Fans Of: Selena Gomez, NIKI, local small time pop girls with bops Description: Though she’s recently made a shift towards being a baddie rap chick (her latest single was imaginatively titled “Ass Fat”) but she began her career as an aspiring pop girl. It’s a shame she didn’t continue in this direction because I absolutely love this EP; it’s a strong collection of trendy pop songs that still feel very fresh today. Some the unusual instrumental choices (the EP is meant to be influenced by her upbringing in China) and her somewhat airy, somewhat raspy voice give the album a sense of personality and she keeps the energy up while maintaining a chill vibe. The songs have themes of anticipation and reflection, an exploration of growing up and finding your place. For a fairly small artist she makes her songs feel very big, with cavernous production making the songs feel expansive and adventurous.
For Fans Of: Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, ‘80s/‘90s pop classics
Description: A lot of the time people hear a synth and just go “oh it’s ‘80s inspired” but Urbani really draws out the essence of artists like Madonna and Janet Jackson, and she has the chops to pull it off. Her confident and flexible voice pairs well with the huge production of stuttering drums, wailing guitars, and crisp synths. There’s even extended dance breaks! While the songs are perfectly calibrated to pump you up and get those hands in the air, the lyrical content is very well written and keeps the songs from just feeling like pretty noise. She provides nuanced examinations of the power dynamics that underscore her relationships; what drives her away, what pulls her back, and everything in between. She promised power, and she delivered.
Sample Track:“U Know I Know” has an ear worm of a hook and some tricky little lyrics.
Genre/Length: Pop + New Wave / 45 Minutes For Fans Of: Blondie, Sigrid, albums you can both scream along to in the car and listen to quietly while sitting at home Description:Pollinator is a deceptively strange album, tapping an unconventional menagerie of collaborators including Joan Jett, Blood Orange, Charli XCX, Sia, a pre-breakdown Lucian Piane, film YouTuber Adam Johnston, and a feature from the guy who voices Linda Belcher on Bob’s Burgers. These diverse voices and styles are filtered through that classic Blondie sound and the end result is an eclectic track list crackling with strong hooks and melodies. There’s a loose, almost psychedelic feeling to the album thanks to abstract lyrics and a general sense of “fuzziness” that’s pleasant to listen to. The songs are somewhat subdued because they can trust a legend like Debbie Harry to carry them, and she remains as powerful a performer as ever. Although they’ve perhaps become more unassuming, Blondie’s music remains as captivating as ever.
Genre/Length: Indie-Pop / 36 Minutes For Fans Of: Surfjan Stevens, Igor by Tyler, The Creator, internet weirdness that feels authentic Description:Pop Food is definitely Jack’s most accessible record thanks to the strong pop focused writing that features robust instrumentals, prominent melodies, and catchy hooks. It’s an unusual sounding album, but unusual in a comfortingly familiar way. Jack has a very distinctive voice which is incredibly flexible and emotive despite him sounding like he’s singing through a mouth full of marbles, a technique that lends his music a unique feeling. It’s a bit difficult to parse out what he’s saying but the lyrics are good too, abstract but honest and relatable. A big part of what makes Jack Stauber so successful as an artist is the solid, very human core that his work draws from; there’s an almost vulnerability to the weirdness as if the layers of filters and #aesthetic allow him to be truly free.
Sample Track:“Candy Eyes” melts me every time I hear it, such a touching love song.
For Fans Of: Lady Gaga, Robyn, remixes that sound like new songs
Description: One of three albums (💀) released in 2017, Remember Me takes songs from RuPaul’s under appreciated earlier albums and gives them the old school remix treatment. The rich r&b/house sounds that made up the original tracks are deconstructed and pieced back together as electric dance floor mixes, a wonderful new context for these classic hits. He worked with several different producers on this project who give this project shades, most notably the ear candy electro pop of the KUMMERSPECK tracks and the almost sultry huskiness of the ylxr tracks. RuPaul’s music has become something of a side project in recent years, but projects like this show his legacy is definitely something to remember.
Description: Before Tik Tok was pumping out hits we had Vine, which spawned the massively successful “Lost Boy” which gave way to Ruth B’s debut album Safe Haven. Though not as commercially successful as “Peter Pan,” Safe Haven maintained the same dreamy qualities while adding an even poppier twist. The songs on this album are crafted around simple hooks and melodies, which are then bulked up by romantic pop production. Ruth B has a knack for storytelling and each song has a unique angle and a satisfying journey. It’s wise but in that youthful sort of way that tries so hard to be poetic and reach for something greater even when it doesn’t succeed it’s charming. It has a bit of the spark that the flash-in-the pan adult contemporary stars of the early ’00s had, updated with a more modern sensibility. Like many one-hit wonders, Ruth B. deserved better.
For Fans Of: Grimes, M.I.A., video game soundtracks
Description:I’m going to link this interview with Fatima Al Qadiri where she talks about the meaning, background, and composition of this album because it’s very fascinating, but the abbreviated version is this: The EP takes its title from an Arabic slang term for a gender defying “evil queen,” though “evil” is a bit pejorative in this case. Al Qadiri notes that there’s no direct English translation of the term, but from my understanding it’s similar to Western conceptions of “fierceness” or being a “bad bitch.” A Shaneera terrorizes the gender binary, too loud to be contained, too sexual to be stopped, and that’s the spirit that Al Qadiri captures through energetic electronic music. An intoxicating blend of Arabic and Western electronic styles (with a dash of video game music thrown in), these are hot and heavy dance floor anthems that capture the wicked, mischievous spirit she’s going for perfectly. Voices shout at you from within the haze of music like they’re a final boss taunting you (or perhaps seducing you) as the bass hammers and synth melodies curl around your ankles. It’s a campy, chaotic, cinematic experience.
Sample Track:“Spiral” got a (mildly NSFW) music video
For Fans Of: P!nk, Paramore, female fronted rock acts from the Warped Tour era
Description: SAINTE is a side project by Taylor Jardine of the rock band We Are The In Crowd, and for her solo work she took things in a much poppier direction. And we all love a poppier direction. smile, and wave is a tight EP packed with electric hooks and vocals, with most of the songs being centered around self-discovery and cutting toxicity out of your life. The slammin’ guitars and drum licks of WATIC are still present but that spunky garage band energy has been polished to a colorful sheen, the rough edges smoothed out into something a little more plastic but no less compelling. It’s very cohesive but each song has a distinct enough idea and strong enough lyrics that they all really pop individually. I got a LOT of mileage out of this EP in 2017, and it’s something I always return to fondly.
For Fans Of: Aviators, city pop, YouTube videos of old songs playing over footage of ‘80s anime
Description: Cyndi Seui is confusingly named because he’s a man from Thailand, but fortunately the album is very straightforward. Inspired by the ideas of the vaporwave movement (less so the sound), with Summer FM he attempts to capture the feeling of listening to an imaginary radio station from another era. And he succeeds! The album is a steady stream of #mood music that feels gloriously kitschy and retro while still sounding relevant. Its shiny future funk stylings are spiced up by flashes of r&b/hip-hop, with distant vocals fading in and out just because they sound cool. Like vaporwave, what this album lacks in substance it makes up for in pure style. It really does feel like something to blast while riding down the coastline on a summer day, full of positive vibes and slick grooves.
For Fans Of: Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, underrated pop girls
Description:The Valley refines the sprawling excellence of Betty’s debut album into a collection of tight pop songs that reach for hit potential, and the end result It’s a veritable smorgasbord for the discerning pop fan. She offers up pitch perfect pop perfection of every type she can think of: empowerment anthems, love songs, breakup jams, covers, collaborations, all of which come pack with monster choruses and delectable synth work. She can make you feel like you’re flying and tug at your heart strings and make you dance, and sometimes all three at once. By all accounts this should have been a star making album, and despite its underperformance it stands as one of the best pure pop albums of 2017.
For Fans Of:Sucker by Charli XCX, soundtracks to children’s movies
Description: This was actually the last direct to video Barbie movie and while that makes me sad, I’m at least glad the series could go out on such a high note. Video Game Hero was a great film with a great soundtrack, fittingly tapping into an electropop/dance sound that goes surprisingly hard. As you’d expect from the soundtrack to a direct to video Barbie film the songs are a sugar rush designed to hype up young girls, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Though a little faceless, they make up for it in pep, and though formulaic, they make up for it with fun. I can’t pretend that this album is in any way highbrow but I also can’t deny that it’s enjoyable, and we could all use a little bit of unironic positive affirmation every now and then.
Sample Track:“Power Up” has a really fun instrumental.
Genre/Length: Alt-Pop + Rock / 32 Minutes For Fans Of: Kevin Abstract, Ryan Beatty, venting about the world on social media Description: A kaleidoscope of genres, shifting between sounds as fluidly as it shifts through ideas. It’s an album full of surprises, you never know what the next track is gonna sound like just like you never know what Tyler Cole is going to say or do. As the title implies the album deals with anxiety surrounding both romance and the general shittiness of the world writ large, and while it verges on /im14andthisisdeep at points his delivery and emotions are so raw that it’s still effective. It’s cool to hear an album that’s so unconcerned by sounding strange or ugly; his lyrics might not be the most erudite and his warbling falsetto and throaty screams aren’t perfect but these elements are always compelling. The album in touch with the zeitgeist without being cliche, and although the persona that Cole presents is very Instagram-friendly you can hear the genuine fear underneath it all that’s driving him to write this.
Sample Track:“Bones (Pt. 1 & 2)” are a good display of the genre shifting nature of the album, I love the country-ish second half.
And that's that! What are some other underrated gems from this year?
Hey guys, I accumulated quiet a bit of wants and I would like to find most or all of them, so if you have one or more of those, I would love to hear from you! You can PM me here. Audio wants Assassins 1992, London Anthony Barclay -- Balladeer, Paul Bentley -- Pres. Gerald Ford, Cathryn Bradshaw -- Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme, Michael Cantwell -- John Hinckley, Jack Ellis -- Leon Czolgosz, Michelle Fine, David Firth -- John Wilkes Booth, Louise Gold -- Sara Jane Moore, Henry Goodman -- Charles Guiteau, Paul Harrhy -- Giuseppe Zangara, Ciaran Hinds -- Samuel Byck, Sue Kelvin -- Emma Goldman, The Paul Bentley -- Proprietor, Gareth Snook -- James Blaine, Kevin Walton -- David Herold *Soundboard Camelot - 1/5/63 OBC Closing Night Julie Andrews (Guinevere), Robert Goulet (Lancelot), Richard Burton (Arthur), Roddy McDowal (Mordred) A Chorus Line - 5/23/75 New York Renee Baughman (Kristine Urich), Kelly Bishop (Sheila Bryant), Pamela Blair (Valerie Clark), Wayne Cilento (Mike Costa), Kay Cole (Maggie Winslow), Ronald Dennis (Richie Walters), Patricia Garland (Judy Turner), Ron Kuhlman (Don Kerr), Nancy Lane (Bebe Benzenheimer), Baayork Lee (Connie Wong), Priscilla Lopez (Diana Morales), Robert LuPone (Zach), Cameron Mason (Mark Anthony), Donna McKechnie (Cassie Ferguson), Don Percassi (Alan DeLuca), Michel Stuart (Gregory Gardner), Thommie Walsh (Bobby Mills III), Sammy Williams (Paul San Marco), Clive Wilson (Larry) A Chorus Line July 12, 1975 ~ Broadway Donna McKechnie (Cassie), Robert LuPone (Zach), Kelly Bishop (Shelia), Sammy Williams (Paul), Priscilla Lopez (Diana), Thommie Walsh (Bobby), Baayork Lee (Connie), Wayne Cilento (Mike), Patricia Garland (Judy), Don Percassi (Al), Renne Baughman (Kristine), Michael Stuart (Greg), Pam Blair (Val), Cameron Mason (Mark), Nancy Lane (Bebe), Ronald Dennis (Richie), Kay Cole (Maggie), Ron Khulman (Don), Clive Clerk (Larry) A Chorus Line July 25, 1975 ~ Broadway Renee Baughman (Kristine Urich), Kelly Bishop (Sheila Bryant), Pamela Blair (Valerie Clark), Wayne Cilento (Mike Costa), Kay Cole (Maggie Winslow), Ronald Dennis (Richie Walters), Patricia Garland (Judy Turner), Ron Kuhlman (Don Kerr), Nancy Lane (Bebe Benzenheimer), Baayork Lee (Connie Wong), Priscilla Lopez (Diana Morales), Robert LuPone (Zach), Cameron Mason (Mark Anthony), Donna McKechnie (Cassie Ferguson), Don Percassi (Alan DeLuca), Michel Stuart (Gregory Gardner), Thommie Walsh (Bobby Mills III), Sammy Williams (Paul San Marco), Clive Wilson (Larry) A Chorus Line April 24, 1976 ~ Broadway Robert LuPone (Zach), Clive Clerk (Larry), Ron Kuhlman (Don), Kay Cole (Maggie), Wayne Cilento (Mike), Baayork Lee (Connie), Michael Stuart (Greg), Donna McKechnie (Cassie), Kelly Bishop (Sheila), Thommie Walsh (Bobby), Nancy Lane (Bebe), Patricia Garland (Judy), Ronald Dennis (Richie), Don Percassi (Al), Renee Baughman (Kristine), Pamela Blair (Val), Cameron Mason (Mark), Sammy Williams (Paul), Priscilla Lopez (Diana) A Chorus Line - 3/31/79 London closing night Petra Siniawski (Cassie), Geoffrey Webb (Zach), Wendy Baldock (Sheila), Graham Turner (Paul), Diane Langton (Diana), Linda Williams (Val), Leslie Meadows (Bobby), Jeffery Shankley (Al), Jo-Anne Robinson (Kristine), Richard Lloyd-King (Richie), Liz Bagley (Connie), Mark White (Mike), Judy Gridley (Judy), Nina Caie (Bebe), Susan Claire (Maggie), Lance Aston (Don), Peter Barry (Mark), Christopher Molloy (Greg), John Chester (Larry), Martin Baker (Roy), Thom Booker (Butch), Rachel Izen (Tricia), Peter Loury (Tom), June Ingrahm (Lois), Juliet Naylor (Vicki), Tracie Hart (Liza), Carla Farnsworth Webb (Paula), Julie Collins (Wendy) A Chorus Line September 29, 1983 ~ Broadway Donna McKechnie, Ann Rienking, Cheryl Clark, Vicki Fredrick, Deborah Henry, Angelique Ilo, Wanda Richert, Ann Louise Schaut, Pam Sousa (Cassie), Eivind Harum, Joe Bennett (Zach), Kelly Bishop (Sheila), Sammy Williams, Tommy Agulair, Rene Clemente, Steve Crenshaw, Drew Geraci, Wayne Melendandri, Evan Pappas, George Pesaturo, Sam Viverito, Timpthy Wahrer (Paul), Priscilla Lopez, Chikae Ishikawa (Diana), Thommie Walsh (Bobby), Baayork Lee, Jennifer Ann Lee (Connie), Wayne Cilento (Mike), Patricia Garland, Sandahl Bergman (Judy), Don Percassi, Scott Plank (Al), Renne Baughman, Kerry Casserly (Kristine), Michael Stuart, Justin Ross (Greg), Karen Jablons, DeLee Lively, Mitzi Hamilton (Val), Cameron Mason, Timothy Scott (Mark), Terri Klausner (Bebe), Ronald Dennis, Gordon Owens (Richie), Kay Cole (Maggie), Ron Khulman, David Thomé (Don), Clive Clerk (Larry), The Current New York Company, The International Company, The National Company, The Bus & Truck Company, The Las Vegas Company, The Chicago Company and the Foreign Companies A gala performance featuring almost every cast member from every major production since 1975. Became the longest running musical in Broadway History on this date, and would hold that title until 2000 SOUNDBOARD Evita London July 1978 Elaine Paige (Eva Perón), David Essex (Ché), Joss Ackland (Juan Perón), Siobhan McCarthy (Mistress), Mark Ryan (Magaldi) (Not the one with the last track patched from the album) Evita 1980-01-22 – West End, Prince Edward Theatre, London, UK Elaine Paige (Eva Peron), John Turner (Peron), Gary Bond (Che) Evita 1980-04-05 – West End, Prince Edward Theatre, London, UK Marti Webb (Eva Perón), Gary Bond (Ché), John Turner (Perón), Mark Ryan (Magaldi), Siobahn McCarthy (Perón's Mistress) Follies February 20, 1971 ~ Boston (First Preview) Dorothy Collins, John McMartin, Gene Nelson, Alexis Smith, Yvonne DeCarolo Musical Numbers with some dialogue, Highlights Only. Follies April 1972 ~ Broadway (Opening Night, Colonial Theatre, Original Broadway Production) Alexis Smith (Phyllis), Dorothy Collins (Sally), Gene Nelson (Buddy), John McMartin (Ben), Yvonne DeCarlo (Carlotta), Ethel Shutta (Hattie), Fifi D'Orsay (Solange), Justine Johnson (Heidi).Follies April 5, 1972 (Matinee) Young Phyllis — Alexandra Borrie;Young Ben — John Johann; Dmitri Weissman — Edwin Steffe (understudy); Emily Whitman — Camila Ashland; Theodore Whitman — Ted Lawrie; Christine Crane — Jan Clayton; Kevin — David Roman; Willy Wheeler — Donald Weissmuller; Meredith Lane — Marion Marlowe; Sandra Donovan — Sonja Levkova Follies September 1972 ~ Los Angeles Janet Blair (Sally), Alexis Smith (Phyllis), Edward Winter (Ben), Gene Nelson (Buddy), Yvonne DeCarlo (Carlotta Campion), Ethel Shutta (Hattie Walker), Justine Johnston (Heidi Schiller), Mary McCarty (Stella Deems), Fifi D'Orsay (Solange LaFitte), Marti Rolph (Young Sally/Young Heidi), Suzanne Rogers (Young Phyllis), Kurt Peterson (Young Ben), Harvey Evans (Young Buddy), Camila Ashland (Emily Whitman), Ted Lawrie (Theodore Whitman), Helon Blount (DeeDee West), Sonja Levkova (Sandra Donovan), Terry Saunders (Meredith Lane), Jan Clayton (Christine Crane), Patrick Spohn (Vincent), Jayne Turner (Vanessa), Edwin Steffe (Dimitri Weissman), Michael Bartlett (Roscoe), John J. Martin (Max Deems), Joel Craig (Willy Wheeler), Roy Barry (Kevin), Candace Cooke (Roscoe's daughter), Jacqueline Payne (Young Hattie), David Evans (Young Vincent), Margot Travers (Young Vanessa), Joseph Nelson (Major-Domo), John Grigas (Chauffeur) Follies July 1977 ~ Milwaukee, MI Dorothy Collins (Sally), Anne Jeffreys (Phyllis), Jack Washburn (Ben), Ted Lawrie (Buddy), Jill Corey (Carlotta Campion), Dorsey Vogt (Hattie Walker), Janet Baxter Peltz (Heidi Schiller), Honey Sanders (Stella Deems), Jo Fischer (Solange LaFitte), Alice Cannon (Young Sally), Kathy Taylor (Young Phyllis), Kevin Daly (Young Ben), Frank Root (Young Buddy), Marianne Challis (Young Heidi), Julie Jenner (Emily Whitman), Betty Wragge (Thea Whitman), David Curry (Vincent), Irma Curry (Vanessa), Paul Albrecht (Dimitri Weissman), Clyde Laurents (Roscoe), Cris Groenendaal (Max Deems), Joe Billone (Kevin), Gary Barker (Chauffeur), Jeanne Krempp (Young Carlotta), Diane Nicole (Young Hattie), Mib Bramlette (Young Stella), Judith Ann Conte (Young Solange), Ruth Anne McCoy (Young Emily), Jan Wahl (Young Thea) Follies 1985 ~ Manchester Mary Millar (Sally), Josephine Blake (Phyllis), Kevin Colson (Ben), Bill Bradley (Buddy), Jeannie Harris (Carlotta Campion), Chili Bouchier (Hattie Walker), Betty Benfield (Heidi Schiller), Meg Johnson (Stella Deems), Monica Dell (Solange LaFitte), Liz Izen (Young Sally), Debbie Snook (Young Phyllis), Stephen Hale (Young Ben), Paul Burton (Young Buddy0, Meryl Richardson (Young Heidi), Shirley Greenwood (Emily Whitman), Bryan Burdon (Theodore Whitman), Peter Honri (Vincent), Marie Lorraine (Vanessa), David Scase (Dimitri Weismann), Joseph Powell (Roscoe), Les Want (Max Deems), Lorraine Croft (Young Stella), Mitch Sebastian (Young Vincent), Kim Ismay (Young Vanessa), Linda Jane Holmes (Francesca), David Morgan-Young (Kevin), Anthony O’Driscoll (Chauffeur), Anthony Thomas James (Photographer) Guys and Dolls Revival 1992 ~ Broadway Peter Gallagher (Sky Masterson), Nathan Lane (Nathan Detroit), Faith Prince (Miss Adelaide), Josie de Guzman (Sarah Brown), Walter Bobbie (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Eleanor Glockner (Agatha) SOUNDBOARD Gypsy - Broadway - 1974 Angela Lansbury, Zan Charisse, Rex Robbins Hello Dolly - Broadway - December 27, 1970 - Closing Night Ethel Merman, Jack Goode, Russell Nype, June Helmers, Danny Lockin, Georgia Engel Hello Dolly - Broadway - 1978 Carol Channing (Dolly Gallagher Levi), Eddie Bracken (Horace Vandergelder), Florence Lacey (Irene Molloy), Lee Roy Reams (Cornelius Hackl), Robert Lydiard (Barnaby Tucker), Alexandra Korey (Minnie Fay), K.T. Baumann (Ermengarde), Michael C. Booker (Ambrose Kemper), Johan Anania (Rudolph), P.J. Nelson (Ernestina) Into the Woods March 17 1993 - Sydney Judi Connelli (Witch), Simon Chilvers (NarratoA ComposeMysterious Man), Tony Sheldon (Baker), Geraldine Turner (Baker's Wife), Pippa Grandison (Cinderella), Dean McRae (Jack), Melissa Jaffer (Jack's Mother), Sharon Millerchip (Little Red Ridinghood), Phillip Quast (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), D. J. Foster (Rapunzel's Prince), Leonie Cambridge (Rapunzel), Deborah Wells (Cinderella's Stepmother), Jenny Vuletic (Florinda/Snow White), Jacquline Linke (Lucinda/Sleeping Beauty), Susanne Towers (Cinderella's MotheGranny) Into the Woods March 28, 2012 - Baltimore Lauren Kennedy (Witch), Jeffry Denman (Narrator), Erik Liberman (Baker), Danielle Ferland (Baker's Wife), Jenny Latimer (Cinderella), Justin Scott Brown (Jack), Cheryl Stern (Jack's Mother), Dana Steingold (Little Red Ridinghood), Nik Walker (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Britney Coleman (Rapunzel), Robert Lenzi (Rapunzel's Prince/Cinderella's Father), Alma Cuervo (Cinderella's StepmotheGrandmotheGiant), Nikka Lanzarone (Florinda), Eleni Delopoulos (Lucinda), Jeremy Lawrence (Steward/Mysterious Man) Nice to have an audio of Danielle Ferland (the original Little Red Ridinghood on Broadway) as the Baker's Wife. She's amazing in "Moments in the Woods"! La Cage Aux Folles - London - July 24, 2009 Philip Quast, Roger Allam, Nolan Frederick, Ben Deery, Alicia Davies, Tracie Bennett, Iain Mitchell, Abigail McKern, Adrian Der Gregorian, Scott Spreadbury, Matt Krzan, Nicolas Cunningham, Darren Carnall, Gary Murphy, Ben Bunce, Leanne Harwood, Robert Maskell Little Shop Of Horrors The Comedy Theatre London 12th August 1985 Seymour - Barry James, Mushnik - Harry Towb, Audrey - Claire Moore, Orin and others - David Burt, Crystal - Nicola Blackman, Ronnette - Dawn Hope, Chiffon - Shezwae Powell, Audrey II - Gary Martin Notes: The track with "The Meek Shall Inherit" contains the following scene which includes "Somminex" and "Somewhere That's Green (Reprise)." A Little Night Music January 23, 1973 ~ Boston (Opening night) George Lee Andrews, Len Cariou, Despo, Patricia Elliott, Beth Fowler, Hermione Gingold, Laurence Guittard, Garn Stephens, Glynis Johns, Judy Kahan, Mark Lambert, Barbara Lang, Victoria Mallory, Teri Ralston, Benjamin Rayson, Elaine Tomkinson, Gene Varrone A Little Night Music October 17, 1995 ~ London Judi Dench (Desirée Armfeldt), Siân Phillips (Madame Armfeldt), Laurence Guittard (Fredrik Egerman), Joanna Riding (Anne Egerman), Brendan O'Hea (Henrik Egerman), Lambert Wilson (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm), Patricia Hodge (Countess Charlotte Malcolm), Issy van Randwyck (Petra), Claire Cox (Fredrika), Di Botcher, Louise Reckon-Richards, Kate Dyson, Tim Godwin, Sylvia Griffin, Stephen Hanley, Paul Kynman, Joe Maddison, John Owen-Jones, Ernestina Quarcoo, Morag McLaren Oliver! January 1965 ~ Chicago Ronny Kroll (Oliver Twist), Davey Jones (The Artful Dodger), Robin Ramsey (Fagin), Judy Bruce (Nancy), Danny Sewell (Bill Sykes), Alan Crofoot (Mr. Bumble), Bram Nossen (Mr. Brownlow), Dawna Shove (Widow Corney), John Miranda (Mr. Sowerberry), Ruth Maynard (Mrs. Sowerberry) On the Town 1971 ~ Broadway Ron Husmann (Gabey), Jess Richards (Chip), Remak Ramsay (Ozzie), Donna McKechnie (Ivy Smith), Phyllis Newman (Claire De Loone), Bernadette Peters (Hildy), Tom Avera (Pitkin), Marilyn Cooper (Lucy Schmeeler), Fran Stevens (Maude P. Dilly) Promises, Promises - 1968 Broadway soundboard Jerry Orbach (Chuck Baxter), Jill O'Hara (Fran Kubelick) Rebecca Caine: No, No, Cosette - London - March 25, 2012 Rebecca reveals her dark side. Music by Blitzstein, Vernon Duke, Turnage, Ravenhill/Offenbach, Kern, Porter, Novello, Yeston, Coward and more. With Nathan Martin on piano. Rocky Horror June 22, 1991, London Anthony Head (Frank N Furter), Craig Ferguson (Brad Majors), Zalie Burrow (Janet Weiss), Tim Whitnall (Riff Raff), Kate O'Sullivan (The Usherette/Magenta), Vicky Licorish (Columbia), Ivan Kaye (Dr. Scott/Eddie), Adam Caine (Rocky), Peter Bayliss (The Narrator), Ian Good (Phantom), Julia Hampson (Phantom), Penelope McGhie (Phantom), Paul Reeves (Phantom), Stephen Thiebault (Phantom), Mark Turnbull (Phantom) *Final performance Sunday in the Park with George 1990 West End Phillip Quast (George), Maria Friedman (Dot/Marie), Sheila Ballantine (Old Lady/Blair Daniels), Nuala Willis (Nurse/Harriet Pawling), Michael O'Connor (Franz/Dennis), Nicolas Colicos (A SoldieAlex), Gary Raymond (Jules/Bob Greenberg), Nyree Dawn Porter (Yvonne/Naomi Eisen), Michael Attwell (A Boatman/Lee Randolph), Megan Kelly (Celeste #1), Clare Burt (Celeste #2/Betty), Aneirin Huws (Louis), Di Botcher (Frieda/Elaine), Ellen van Schuylenburch (Woman Looking for a Glove), Barry Atkinson (Man Playing the Horn), Matt Zimmerman (Mr./Charles Redmond), Vivienne Martin (Mrs./Billie Webster), Buffy Davis (A Waitress), Simon Fielder (A Photographer) -Tracked Sweeney Todd (Broadway Revival: 1989) Bob Gunton (Sweeney Todd), Beth Fowler (Ms. Lovett), Jim Walton (Anthony), Gretchen Kinglsey (Johanna), David Barron (Judge Turpin), Micahel McCarty (Beadle Bamford), Eddie Korbich (Tobias), SuEllen Estey (Beggar Woman), Bill Nabel (Pirelli) Sweeney Todd - Melbourne, Australia - June 21, 2019 Anthony Warlow and Gina Riley West Side Story - Scandinavian tour - Copenhagen, Denmark - March 16, 1962 - Soundboard David Holliday (Tony), Jill Martin (Maria), Carole Gray (Anita), Rikki Septimus (Bernardo), Gordon Wales (Riff) Video wants Anything Goes London -- July 17, 2004 Sally Ann Triplett, John Barrowman, Martin Marquez, Simon Day, Mary Stockley, Susan Tracey, Rachel Stanley Amazing quality with a lot of close-ups! Almost look like it's a proshot! 2 DVDs Assassins 12/21/90 ~ New York Victor Garber,Terrence Mann, Jonathan Hadary, Lee Wilkof, Annie Golden, Debra Monk, Patrick Cassidy, Greg Germann From Playwrights Horizons; one head in the way and filmed from very close; upgraded copy with clearer picture and sound; a very nice video A Into The Woods Nancy Dussault (Witch), Cynthia Sikes (Baker's Wife), Chip Zien (Baker), Kim Crosby (Cinderella), Edmund Lyndeck (NarratoMysterious Man), Robert Westenberg (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Ben Wright (Jack), Barbara Bryne (Jack's Mother), LuAnne Ponce (Little Red), Marin Mazzie (Rapunzel), Dean Butler (Rapunzel's Prince), Merle Louise (Cinderella's MotheGranny/Giant), Joy Franz (Stepmother), Kay McClelland (Florinda), Teresa Burrell (Lucinda), Adam Grupper (Steward) Complete recording of Nancy Dussault in the role of the witch. The recording looks like it was professionally shot with one camera, maybe for media purposes. It is completely watchable, but unfortunately there is a decent amount of generational loss. File Format: VOB, 1 Disc Into The Woods 1989, Broadway Betsy Joslyn, Dick Cavett, Chip Zien, Chuck Wagner, Barbara Bryne, Ben Wright, Danielle Ferland, Kim Crosby Broadway Highlights nicely filmed, about an hour's worth of footage; Cavett was still new and didn’t know all of the lines yet. A little dark at times, but good quality overall! File Format: VOB, 1 Disc Into The Woods 1993 ~ Wytenshaw, England Caroline O'Conner, Grania Renihan, Glyn Kerslake, Charles Foster, Fenton Gray, Barry James, Di Botcher, Lindsey Dawson Very well filmed, extremely clear video. Almost looks pro shot with nice closeups and good sound A Into The Woods 1993, Sydney, Australia Judi Connelli (Witch), Simon Chilvers (NarratoA ComposeMysterious Man), Tony Sheldon (Baker), Geraldine Turner (Baker's Wife), Pippa Grandison (Cinderella), Dean McRae (Jack), Melissa Jaffer (Jack's Mother), Sharon Millerchip (Little Red Ridinghood), Phillip Quast (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), D. J. Foster (Rapunzel's Prince), Leonie Cambridge (Rapunzel), Deborah Wells (Cinderella's Stepmother), Jenny Vuletic (Florinda/Snow White), Jacquline Linke (Lucinda/Sleeping Beauty), Susanne Towers (Cinderella's MotheGranny) A Little Night Music 1995 ~ London Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Riding, Siân Phillips, Issy Van Randwyk, Patricia Hodge Highlights of this legendary, amazing production from the National Theatre, London; some generation loss but nice video with good sound and some closeups, shaky. B+ Merrily We Roll Along 1981 ~ Broadway (Lonny Price, Jim Walton,Ann Morrison, Jason Alexander) UPGRADED!!! Amazing video considering its age, great sound A Miss Saigon 1989 ~ London Lea Salonga, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Bowman, Claire Moore, Peter Polycarpou, Keith Burns From the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Act I is highlights only with an almost complete Act II. Generation loss and spotlight washout but watchable and clear sound B Nine 1982 ~ Broadway Raul Julia, Anita Morris, Karen Akers Very old, good for its time, picture is grainy, good close-ups Upgraded video with commerical from Anita Morris at start explaining that about her censored scene from the show; better video A Noises Off 1983 ~ Broadway Dorothy Louden, Victor Garber, Brian Murray, Linda Thornson, Paxton Whitehead, Deborah Rush, Jim Piddock, Douglas Seale, Amy Wright Nicely filmed from the balcony, with occasional heads at the bottom of the frame. Surprisingly good considering it's age, but some slight generational loss. A- Nymph Errant London -- 1989 Kaye Ballard, Andrea McArdle, Alexis Smith, Larry Kert, Lisa Kirk, Patrice Munsel, Maureen McGovern, Liliane Montevecchi Star-studded London concert presentation of the rarely seen Cole Porter musical. Some slight generation loss, but a very good quality video with excellent zooms. Rocky Horror Picture Show 1990 Piccadilly Theatre, London. Mary Maddox (Usherette/Magenta), Gina Bellman (Janet), Adrian Edmondson (Brad), Jonathan Adams (Narrator), Edward Tudor-Pole (Riff Raff), Linda Davidson (Columbia), Richard O'Brien/Tim McInnerny (Frank N Furter), Adam Caine (Rocky), Gordon Kennedy (Eddie/Dr Scott), Zalie Burrow, Ian Good, Kate O'Sullivan, Paul Reeves, Stephen Thiebault (Phantoms) The Music Man 1980 ~ Broadway Revival Dick Van Dyke Camcorder video; some generation loss B The Three Musketeers 11/17/84 ~ Broadway, Revival Brent Spiner, Ron Taylor, Chuck Wagner, Liz Callaway, Marianne Tatum Nicely filmed from the balcony of this show that closed after just 9 performances. Some generational loss; DVD also includes a TV review by Pia Lindstrom; nice video A- Here is my list: https://musicalsforall.weebly.com/
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