Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ Is Ok, but Never Great

After watching the first six episodes a lot of critics were out on Netflix’s new series Iron Fist. The reviews haven’t been kind. While it’s hard to judge a whole show on just shy of half of its episodes, it’s important for a show to grab the audience from the start. Iron Fist doesn’t quite do that. While I made it through the whole thing, the start of the show was slow. The latter half is definitely better, but many people could find themselves giving up on the show before that happens.

Kickstarter for The Matches Documentary Close to Goal

This Kickstarter for a documentary about The Matches is really close to its goal, figured I’d give it a little signal boost for any fans that may not have seen it yet:

Bleeding Audio is a feature-length documentary featuring The Matches, a band from Oakland, CA, who experienced a meteoric rise in the mid-2000s, signing with Epitaph Records, and quickly putting out 3 records produced by the likes of Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion), Nick Hexum (311), Mark Hoppus (blink-182), and John Feldmann (Goldfinger).

“The Pop-Punk Coloring Book”

A second edition of “The Pop-Punk Coloring Book” is up for order on Etsy.

The book is 40 pages, 19 of coloring and activities, and 19 of information on the featured bands.

Featured bands include All Time Low, Blink-182, Sleeping With Sirens, The Story So Far, The Maine, State Champs, Patent Pending, Green Day, Waterparks, Twenty One Pilots, Pierce The Veil, The Summer Set, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, We The Kings, Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, and Bayside.

Advertisers Seek More Control After Unintended Breitbart Spots

Jessica Toonkel, writing for Reuters:

Some advertisers are working overtime to scrub their spots from websites including Breitbart News, an unintended consequence of the automated ad buying systems that are meant to lower costs and allow for more targeted advertising.

Those trying to keep their ads off certain websites are finding they must take steps to verify the spots they bid for are where ads actually appear and that there are no third parties involved that can result in ads winding up in unintended places.

Another consequence of just throwing your ads up everywhere and praying for clicks: you don’t know where your brand ends up being shown, and what it’s next to.

The Seamless Transition of Fleet Foxes Albums

A Reddit user correctly predicted how the new Fleet Foxes album will open. Here’s Ben Kaye at Consequence of Sound summarizing:

User blackbirdpie has apparently been bugged for years that the final song on Fleet Foxes’ 2011 album, Helplessness Blues, ended too soon. “I’ve always had the feeling that the end of ‘Grown Ocean’ seems slightly incomplete and was wondering if this was on purpose,” they wrote on the Fleet Foxes subreddit. They went on to say they felt like “a final chord or line is missing that would tie things up. It got me thinking that maybe Crack-Up will open with that missing chord, so that Helplessness Blues blends seamlessly into it.” […]

This sounded like a pretty but unlikely thought, that a band would choose a specific note to connect albums made six years apart. But then frontman Robin Pecknold himself logged on to respond to the theory. “First note on new album is F for exactly this reason,” he revealed in a response to the original post.

Moose Blood Remove Drummer Following Accusations

Moose Blood have booted their drummer, Glenn Harvey, following accusations of sexual harassment:

It’s taken a few days to respond to everything that’s circulating online at the moment regarding our band but Glenn Harvey is not currently a member of Moose Blood.

In no way do we support any disrespectful or inappropriate behaviour towards anyone, male or female. This is not a decision we’ve taken lightly.

We will continue with our North American tour, with the exception of St. Louis tonight, with our good friend on drums. Moose Blood and our label Hopeless Records will be making a charitable donation to RAINN to show our support and awareness.

We appreciate your patience and your loyalty.

The “is not currently” language seems a little non-committal.

iTunes Gets “Rent Once, Watch Anywhere” Feature

Apple have released a new version of iTunes which finally lets you watch your rental movies across multiple devices:

The new ‘watch anywhere’ feature for rentals appears to require iOS 10.3 and tvOS 10.2 however, although iOS is currently in developer and public beta and tvOS is only available in developer beta previews. Both software updates are likely coming soon for all users based on previous beta cycles as well as this iTunes release.