I Apologize For The Hiatus

Hello music lovers! I apologize I haven’t posted since ‘Nam, but I am back!

I had been dealing with some personal issues, but I am back on track to be enjoying life. There may be a few more kinks ahead for me, which may cause me to take brief breaks from the blog, but please stick with me and I’ll produce for you! There are two excellent reviews from contributors Dan and Keith that I will be posting later today so stay tuned and tell your friends all about Chwomp!

Here’s a favorite song of mine for your listening pleasure:

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Apology For Not Posting The Past Few Days

I apologize to those that follow this blog. I have been busy with family activities, job applications, and life in general. It has been quite taxing and I have neglected the blog, but don’t fret friends because I will be getting back at it as best as I can this coming week, with special care towards to the ‘best of’ pieces. Thanks for hanging around; it truly means a lot.

Here’s ‘Inside Out’ by Eve 6. It’s a great song and I hope you enjoy it, I assume that most ’90s kids’ have heard it though!

The Best Of Chwomp: October Edition

Since Chwomp has been steadily rising in popularity of the past few months, I figured why not do a monthly ‘Best of’ feature? There have been a ton of quality posts this entire month, and I will do my best to put them in this piece but being scatterbrained I may miss a few! Enjoy them for the first, second, third time!

(Thanks again for over 3000 views this month alone! You’re all the best!)

Here are several of our favorite pieces this month:

Relive when I went to a Taking Back Sunday concert in Columbus, Ohio!

The crowd, including myself and my friend, sang every song in unison with the band. Every chorus, every backing vocals, every lead vocals. Everything was sung by the crowd. It was truly a fantastic experience. Taking Back Sunday played popular songs ‘Cute Without the E (Cut from the Team)’, ‘Liar (It Takes One To Know One)’ and ‘Make Damn Sure‘ (last song of the night), but also played fan favorite songs ‘My Blue Heaven’ (one of my favorites), ‘One-Eighty By Summer’, and ‘What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?’ The band also sprinkled in ‘Catholic Knees’ (the only song off the album New Again to be played – to my knowledge) and ‘Call Me In The Morning’ – which is a fantastic song.

The Rambler Series:

We are a nation asleep. A nation that has been sedentary for decades just laying about waiting to be woken from our empty slumber. We have become a dreamless country and there seems to be no hope for our dreams to return.

Almost a week after the government has re-opened (this piece was featured 10/23), I felt it was the right time to throw my two cents into this whole ordeal. I am not going to talk about certain issues or agendas that Congress has but simply this: it is literally the Red Republicans versus the Blue Democrats. George Washington warned us in his farewell address that a rise in political parties would be detrimental to our government and society. Well, I think, wherever good old Georgie is, that he is laughing his ass off and saying, “I told you so.”

Here is an archive of all the daily music news!

Dave Grohl is unsure of this situation.

Dave Grohl is unsure of this situation at hand. Charles Barkley wants you to check out ‘The Rambler’ pieces!

Band of The Week Features:

All right, so technically Ylvis isn’t a band in the traditional sense, but a group rather – very similar to Lonely Island – that makes music. In fact, many [new] fans consider them the Norwegian Lonely Island. That’s pretty good company for Ylvis to be in as a comedic music group, but I’m going to elaborate more on Ylvis than just Ylvis being the Norwegian Lonely Island.

The band formed in 2005 and had already played their first show by March 4th of the same year. Near the end of 2005/beginning of 2006, the band signed to Fallout Records. The Fratellis were on their way. Their first EP was released in April of 2006 simply dubbed The Fratellis EP. Songs on the EP include ‘Stacie Anne’ and most notably ‘Henrietta’ (their first single).

Before Jukebox The Ghost were Jukebox The Ghost, they were Sunday Mail (2003) – a band formed by the trio while attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Within two years of creating Sunday Mail, the band decided to go on hiatus. During this hiatus, each member grew as a musician and individual, and began working on their own material. They wanted to regroup and collaborate on music together again, but with a new name for the band; thus the renaming to Jukebox The Ghost.

Do not confuse the band Polar Bear Club with the Polar Bear Club of Coney Island. I was utterly befuddled when I tried to find biographical information on the band and it led me to a site dedicated to ‘the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States.’ That’s awesome, Polar Bear Club of Coney Island, but I’m much more interested in the band.

The group now known as ‘OutKast’ was formed in 1992 in Atlanta, Georgia by André Benjamin (André 3000) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi). The original name of the hip-hop group was Two Shades Deep, but quickly became named as OutKast. The group is known as a hip-hop duo, but the pair use many different genres in their music, including:  blues, electronic, funk, jazz rock, spoken word poetry, and soul. Not quite a hip-hop duo at all, but that’s what makes OutKast great – the inability to pin them down onto one genre.

Big Boi and Andre 3000 implore you to read the 'Band of  the Week' piece on them. (Source)

Big Boi and Andre 3000 implore you to read the ‘Band of the Week’ piece on them. (Source)

NFL Predictions:

Fun Feature: Pokémon of the Week!

Meowth is a small, feline Pokémon with cream-colored fur that turns brown at the tips of its hind paws and tail. Its ovoid head features four prominent whiskers, wide eyes with slit pupils, and a gold oval coin embedded in its forehead. Its ears are black with brown interiors, and are flanked with an additional pair of long whiskers. Meowth is a quadruped with the ability to walk on its hind legs; while the games always depict Meowth on two legs, the anime states that Meowth normally walks on all fours. It can freely manipulate its claws, retracting them when it wants to move silently. The tip of its tail curls tightly.

According to the scientific logs found in the Pokémon Mansion of Cinnabar Island, Mewtwo was born of a pregnant Mew, found deep in the jungles of Guyana, whose embryo had been tampered with to alter its DNA. It was held and studied in the mansion where the scientists, including Blaine and Mr. Fuji, performed horrific gene-splicing experiments that made it vicious and extremely powerful. It eventually broke free of the Mansion, destroying it in the process, and fled. It can be encountered in Cerulean Cave, accessible only after a Trainer has proven his or her skill at the Indigo Plateau.

Other Features:

 

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3,000 Views Just This Month!

That’s right, you all (including other Interneters through other means) have viewed Chwomp over 3000 times this month! That’s nearly half of the total views since I began this blog in May; though early July was when I truly started to work out the kinks of the blog and began to find my niche.

Thank you all so very much and I look forward to bringing you more content to music, and the occasional post on sports and video games! I would love it if you told your music friends on WordPress to follow Chwomp, or to follow on Facebook and/or Twitter!

Thanks, again.

Technical Difficulties

Currently my laptop is going through a few issues of its own right, so I cannot even access my desktop; let alone post on WordPress (using my phone right now). I will post later on in the day so don’t fret!

Over 5000 Views!

Thank you all so very much for the page views, comments, and all around awesome!

Chwomp also has hit 2000 views in a single month for the first time ever as well!

For being so awesome and loyal I present you with this great ditty:

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The Rambler: Congress – Red vs. Blue

Ed. Note: This piece features what some may consider ‘swear’ words. You have been warned, but we at Chwomp would like to state that just because a piece features ‘swear’ words does not discredit the piece whatsoever. It is important to keep everything in context, and the below ‘swear’ words are kept in context. Please feel free to voice your opinion(s) in our comments section.

Please watch the below video of ‘Red v. Blue‘ before you read this. (Hell, you may not even have to read this after watching the video because it personifies my thoughts about Congress pretty damn well.)


For those who have never seen Red vs. Blue, it was a YouTube series created around 2003. It centered on the video game ‘Halo: Combat Evolved’ as a fictional, comedic series involving many characters and stories. The general attitude of the videos is described effectively in the video I have provided for you.

Almost a week after the government has re-opened, I felt it was the right time to throw my two cents into this whole ordeal. I am not going to talk about certain issues or agendas that Congress has but simply this: it is literally the Red Republicans versus the Blue Democrats. George Washington warned us in his farewell address that a rise in political parties would be detrimental to our government and society. Well, I think, wherever good old Georgie is, that he is laughing his ass off and saying, “I told you so.”

"I told you so." - George Washington (Source)

“I told you so.” – George Washington (Source)

Now, let me come to the defense of the parties just to keep things fair. The original concept of Congressional representatives, Senators and House members alike, was simple: take an ordinary citizen, a farmer, merchant, etc., that was deemed a viable voice by his community and send him to Washington to discuss and fight for the needs of his community; then after the talking and voting were over they would return home and continue their lives. That worked for a country the size of the original thirteen colonies. However, as our country grew ever larger, the edges of the map began being filled in, and more people began popping up every day – a problem began to arise. It became increasingly difficult for people to travel long distances for Congressional hearings, but also with there being more people it became hard to speak for all of the people. Here we begin to see that political parties are inevitable. Parties are incredibly efficient because they allow for individuals with common beliefs to come together and create legislation. So, in a world like today, political parties, in a reality, make sense.

HOWEVER (Caps mean this is serious business, people), the parties have strayed far from their intended purpose. They run rampant with our taxes, gerrymander, sling mud, and basically drive our country into the filth that whence came from my bowels. The scary part, folks, is that they make up 99% of Congress, the Reds and the Blues. Every bill that comes through seemingly plays out like the video at the beginning of this piece. Reds and Blues all fight over some meaningless issue that they hold to a Deity like level.

This latest shutdown was exactly that: petty fighting just because one is Blue and the other Red. This pettiness seeps out into the regular population and the fighting continues there. House Speaker John Boehner is quoted in saying “We fought the good fight…” in regards to the shutdown.

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?! Seriously? You think this is a game? The Reds and Blues do realize that they displaced hundreds of thousands of people for two weeks (could have been much longer) because of the endless bickering; finger pointing, nit-picking, lobbying for changes, additions, cancellations of the most random, pointless items. They almost brought our country to its first default and China was calling for a “De-Americanized” world. The worst part of it all is that during the shutdown when all of those people stopped getting paid, ALL of Congress still received full pay – millions of dollars still being paid to the very people that caused the whole incident. Then, they have the audacity to pat themselves on the back for saving the country from ultimate crisis. Unbelievable. Washington was right, these parties, the Reds and the Blues, will be the inevitable downfall of our country.

Congress has never had the greatest approval ratings, but the approval ratings are currently at a historic low.

Congress has never had the greatest approval ratings, but the approval ratings are currently at a historic low. (Source)

There is still blame to be put on the citizens, though. We keep re-electing these jag-offs. We keep complaining about Congress, and polls every year show a record low in approval ratings across the board. So, we are partly to blame for all of this. If we really want to make a difference, vote out the current members. Completely overhaul the whole damn thing; that is our Constitutional right, you know. All I know is that when voting season comes back around I will make an effort to raise awareness and encourage citizens to vote out current members. We need to be careful though, not to replace one scumball with another.

I was once proud by the fact that I am an American. But now, my current feelings to being so are expressed pretty well by Macklemore in his song ‘American.’ I’m embarrassed, disgusted even, that I live here. What do I have to be proud of right now? Someone enlighten me.

-The Rambler

(If you would like to contact your representative, but do not know who your representative is, please click this link!)

Source Material:

“American” –Macklemore, Album: Unplanned Mixtape

“Boehner: ‘We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win.’” –Bryan Koenig, October 16, 2013

“Red vs Blue” (Until 6:50)

Red vs. Blue Wiki