My Thanks to Welcome to Geekdom

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Deanna Chapman for many years now. We’ve worked together on various projects, been on each other’s podcasts, and developed a nice online friendship. She has a podcast called Welcome to Geekdom that dives into movies, books, tv shows, comic books, and so much more. It’s a great show created by a dedicated and driven individual. The time and effort she puts into making this show is inspiring and all the episodes that have been released show that.

The podcast has been going strong since 2016 and there are a whole bunch of new guests lined up for 2020. If you’ve never given it a listen, now’s a great time to subscribe and get lost in geekdom.

Some episodes you may enjoy:

Basically, if you like awesome pop-culture stuff, there’s a chance it’s been talked about on this podcast. All of the links to subscribe in your favorite podcast player can be found here.

Liner Notes (February 14th, 2020)

Another week has come and gone. In this week’s newsletter, I do the same as every week: go through the music and entertainment I consumed over the last week and make bad jokes. You’ll find early thoughts on New Found Glory, Soccer Mommy, and my love for season three of Mr. Robot. Plus, a playlist of ten songs I enjoyed this week, and this week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.

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Review: Katie Gately – Loom

Katie Gately - Loom

Loom isn’t the album experimental musician and producer Katie Gately intended to make. At the time of her mother’s diagnosis of a rare destructive cancer, she was close to finishing an entirely different album. However, she quickly recognized that she “didn’t have the bandwidth to make that record anymore.” So, she returned to her Brooklyn family home and completely recreated the album around the 10-and-a-half-minute saga that deals with substance abuse, “Bracer,” which was her mother’s favorite track. Where her 2016 debut album, Color exhibited a frenzied and fierce listen, Loom reveals equally frantic textures and retains her debut’s display of melodic pop sensibilities. Although, this time around, her voice is front and center, atop harsh sound design.

Gately’s mother passed away in 2018. To convey the enormity of such a loss, she’s added real earthquake recordings and samples of further wreckage, such as peacocks screaming, wolves howling, pill bottles rattling, a machine gun going off, the take-off of a fighter jet airplane, a coffin shutting, and heavily processed audio from her parent’s wedding. The swiftness of her mother’s diagnosis and passing held an impending weight over Gately, and so Loom captures the bizarre nature of imminent doom, but also with some iridescent colors.