Ah 2016, the coffee stain on the desk that is the 2010’s. It’s certainly been a bit of a weird year! Politics have turned down a road that no-one expected. Not even those leading the way saw this coming! On top of this, there are claims of the year being cursed thanks to a constant stream of big name deaths from all corners of the entertainment industry. 2016 has certainly been a year that many want to be over!
For the past year or so, I’ve been listening to the Distraction Pieces Podcast, by Scroobius Pip. This is part of the Distraction Pieces Network set up by Pip himself. Pip started off his media career doing spoken word at open mic nights. It was on this circuit that he met Dan Le Sac, who provided electronic beats to Pips words. This projected them both into the British Hip-Hop scene and have allowed both to carry on to bigger and better things. For Pip, this included starting his own record label, Speech Development Records, and Podcast network.
Well look at that. Dawn is breakin’. It’s a brand new day, Rick! – Negan
Warning – Spoilers ahead!
It’s safe to say that this episode has gone down as one of the most anticipated episodes in the history of The Walking Dead and it certainly lived up to the wait. After the episode finished airing in the U.S.A. twitter was flooded with instant reactions, ranging from people loving how the story-line played out (albeit noticeably upset), all the way to people vowing to never watch the show again, due to the increased level of gore that this episode brought.
Let’s be honest for a second though. When the cliffhanger of the previous season is a screen covered in red after our newest antagonist, Negan (TWD Newcomer, Jeffrey Dean Morgan), has just brutally beaten an unknown member of their community to death with Lucille (his barbed-wire covered baseball bat), you can’t really expect things to be all rainbows and unicorns.
Luke Cage is the latest series in a line of Netflix/Marvel adaptations leading us up to The Defenders mini-series due to air in 2018.
It follows Luke Cage (Mike Colter) after the events of the Jessica Jones series from last year, where we were first introduced to his character.
Now living in Harlem after fleeing Hell’s Kitchen in the final episode of Jessica Jones, we follow the story of Luke Cage coming out of his quiet life in the shadows to become the street level hero that Harlem needs.
TL;DR – This is a career defining album that plunges Every Time I Die to darker more personal song writing than we’ve heard before, representing the band’s various styles from the last 18 years.
I first heard Every Time I Die in 2005 when I had Scuzz TV on in the background of whatever I was doing at the time and Kill The Music came on. Those killer riffs and great range of vocals had me hooked from the get go and I’d soon booked tickets to see them play at The Legendary TJ’s (Newport, South Wales) a few months later. Their energetic live show sold it for me and I was a fan for life.
Low Teens is most definitely the culmination of all their work, spanning their 18 year career so far.
Whilst travelling back from work one day, I tweeted @JustEatUK about a new advert they had hung on the train I was using. Complete with TV Box Set food puns printed on a takeaway receipt, it was a recipe for engagement.
— Mike Whitehead (@8dayssooner) November 25, 2014
The Just Eat social media team replied swiftly asking if I was going to be watching Baking Bad or The Walking Bread. What happened next, I didn’t expect… A tweet from Walter
White Wheat himself!
— Walter Wheat (@BakingBad) November 25, 2014
After some to & fro, between Walt, Just Eat and myself, alongside a cheeky request, I had a copy of Baking Bad in the post on its way to me. A few days later it had landed on my door step.