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Despite the title of this issue, I actually don’t have a whole lot to say other than the crap down below. So instead of spending a lot of time trying to come up with something to say here, I will just direct you to the rest of this week’s newsletter. Enjoy and have a good weekend!
Leia likes to sit at the table and watch me eat.
Last night, Rebel Rock Radio ended it’s hiatus with an episode about a bunch of random topics. The episode was called Son of Shenanigans. Things were changed up quite a bit. Mainly, my long standing co-host DJ is no longer with the show. He went solo. This week, I was joined by Dragon Buddy of ATSW The Escape Pod, Blake of Dork Wars Podcast, and the meme queen herself Tina. We talked about pizza, tacos, streaming music services, and a bunch of other random stuff. The tunes we played on this episode came from Fabled Mind, Major Awards, Seablite, and Pity Party. Check out the replay of the video on YouTube or check out the various audio platforms below:
See the various audio platforms at bio.link/rebelrockradio!
Another podcast update that I wanted to share was the most recent episode of One Band 5 Songs. Last week (there was no episode this week), Dave covered the music of English band Shit Present. It was a really good episode. Go check it out on Spotify below:
Here are a couple of albums that have release anniversaries this month.
First, Motley Crue’s Shout At The Devil was released 40 years ago this month. Damn that makes me feel old. It was released on September 23, 1983 by Elektra Records. It contained 11 tracks including the title track, “Looks That Kill,” “Too Young To Fall in Love,” and “Ten Seconds to Love,” among others. It peaked at #17 on the US Billboard albums chart and has been certified 4x platinum in the United States.
Next, September marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s In Utero album. This was the final album of theirs that was released before the death of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain. I remember being in boot camp when this album came out. It was released on September 21, 1993 via DGC Records. It was produced/engineered by Steve Albini. Personally, I like this album a lot more than its 1991 studio predecessor Nevermind. Some of my favorite songs from the album include “Scentless Apprentice,” “Heart-Shaped Box,” “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle,” and “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter.” It reached #1 on both the US Billboard albums chart and the UK Albums chart. It also has been certified 5x platinum in the United States.
And since I forgot to do this already, here is a list of some of my favorite albums that were released last month (August 2023):
I don’t have much to update this week on gaming. I ordered and received the core set for the Star Wars Shatterpoint miniatures game earlier this week. I also ordered an airbrush kit so that I can paint those miniatures. I’m looking forward to jumping in and playing that game.
I found out earlier this week that there is a game store here in Norman that runs the X-Wing miniatures game every other week so I might start getting in on that. I really enjoyed that game. Prior to COVID, my son and I were part of an X-Wing league and I still have all of my stuff.
Another Star Wars related game I’m going to try and get going is the Star Wars RPG. I’ve got quite a few campaign ideas that I haven’t gone through with because I haven’t found anybody that wants to play it. I found a couple of people recently that are interested so hopefully, I’ll get that thing going soon.
Oddly, I did not watch any movies this week, either at the theater or on a streaming service. There isn’t really anything out in theaters right now that I want to see. Next week, both The Creator and Saw X come out though.
I mentioned in the last issue that I would eventually start the 3rd book in the Darth Bane trilogy. Well, I started it and I finished it. Much like the 2nd book of the trilogy, I did like this one but I still prefer the 1st book in the series over the others.
I think the next audiobook series I’m going to start will be the Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy.
Another book, well comic book trade paperback, that I read this week was actually a re-read of Star Wars: Jedi vs Sith by Darko Makan. It was originally released as a 6-issue mini-series in 2002. It is a very abridged version of the first book in the Darth Bane trilogy. VERY abridged. Still, it’s a good read.
I also read this book that I got in the mail recently called Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith. It was a really quick read but it was a fun read. It was written by Marc Sumerak but told in the perspective of Darth Sidious. That is, it reads like he is telling the story. Pretty cool little read.
Another short pull list week:
Star Wars: Dark Droids - D-Squad #1
For some reason, I’ve been in a Rise Against mood this week. So instead of posting a single track, here is a link to a Rise Against playlist from Spotify:
I actually like the Rise Against playlist on Apple Music better but for some reason I can’t get links from Apple Music to work properly on this platform so click here if you wanna check that one out.
That’s it. As I said earlier, have a good weekend and remember to BE MORE KIND!
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