Meet and Greet: The Mizzerables

The Mizzerables

Who: The Mizzerables of Chicago

What: Punk rock.

Whatever… This Sucks was recorded by 88 Fingers Louie guitarist Dan Precision at his Bombshelter Recording studio in Chicago, with a special guest appearance by Kevin Sierzega (Teen Idols / Bullets to Broadway).

Where: The Mizzerables website

The Mizzerables on Facebook

You can find their music here.

When: They will be playing at the Punk Rock Bazaar & Flea Market on October 13.

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Freezing Cold

Freezing Cold on Bandcamp

Freezing Cold of Brooklyn, NY will be releasing their album, Glimmer, within the next week.

They sound like indie rock/punk. Freezing Cold has a lot of energy and lyrics that actually mean something. You can understand what the singer is saying which is my favorite. The songs that I like the most on this album are “Pill Box” and “New Ways to Wait.”

 The music reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins. Not exactly like them but a similar vibe of trying to make a difference with music. Maybe they are just trying to play their music and not worried about making a difference. However, I don’t get the feeling that they don’t care about anything.

 

I would like to listen to this album while changing the world with Greta Thunberg. You probably want something with a fairly fast tempo if you’re going to protest and/or advocate for any worthy cause.

This video is kind of old but it’s the only one I can find from Freezing Cold.

 Freezing Cold is Jeff Cunningham (guitar & vocals), Angie Boylan (drums and vocals – who is currently the touring drummer for Sleater Kinney), and Nick Rice (bass)

For the love of Pinterest

https://www.pinterest.com/holley4734/pins/

In the last few months, I have noticed how many bloggers, especially book bloggers, do not have a Pinterest share button. Why?! I just want to share your posts on Pinterest. Occasionally, I create pins for other blogs just so I can share their post.

Some people don’t like Pinterest or see the value. I don’t get a million views from Pinterest but I get enough to make it worthwhile.

Personally, I do not spend a ton of time on social media anymore. I have streamlined my sharing process so it’s less than 30 minutes a day.

Everything that I can share from my blog automatically is set up that way. At the moment, Pinterest is not set up to share the first post. If you set up a tailwind account, you can schedule Pins to share. It’s not totally necessary but it’s an option.

I can only think of five things that are really easy. If you are a blogger and want people to see your posts, then what can it hurt?

  1. Use good images. Pinterest is very visual. Images are what people see first.
  2. Put things from your blog on their own board. Also add your blog link to your profile.
  3. Share on a group board or on a Facebook group for Pinterest.
  4. Put a share button on your blog. For every post. Please. Please. Please.
  5. Figure out what works for you and your blog.

If you are interested in learning more, here are some helpful posts about Pinterest.

Pinterest Basics

Using Tailwind

Organize Your Pins

Pinterest Group Boards

Please for the love of Pinterest, get a share button so I can share your posts!

Projection: #bookreview

Projection by Tabatha Shipley takes place in a typical American town where nothing exciting happens. It’s told from the point of view of Emma, an average teenager. The only thing different from real life is that everyone has chip implants so they don’t have to type or memorize anything. Memories can be sent to other people or projected on a screen.

Unfortunately, Emma’s chip begins to malfunction so her memories are shared whether she wants people to know or not. It leads to some pretty embarrassing moments. She also notices that some of the memories never happened.

Emma doesn’t know what is going on but she and her ex-boyfriend, Tyler, are going to find out. Tyler knows how to hack into computers.

Emma’s dad, Steve, is weird. He seems relatively harmless but was he actually harmless? Has anyone thought their friend’s dad was the weirdest dude on the planet? At some point, Tyler’s memory was wiped clean of anything about Emma’s situation. She knows that someone erased his memories but who? Was it her dad or someone he works with?

After Emma reminds Tyler of everything, they take a trip to the place that deals with the chips. Emma’s dad also works there.

Maybe I was hoping for more confrontation between Emma and the bad guys. They didn’t even get caught breaking into the office. I was hoping for a game of hide and seek at least.

The pace of the book seems kind of slow. I felt like I was waiting for something to happen until the last 1/4 of the book. It’s like being a teenager all over again . . . waiting to be an adult. Now look at us . . . being adults.

If you don’t like teenage crushes, technology or science fiction, then this might not be the book for you.

  • I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for doing a review. Thanks to Violeta. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Lightning Dust

Lightning Dust

Lighting Dust will be releasing their new album, Spectre, on October 4. The music feels like folk-rock but with a weird, spooky energy. If they had been around in the 60s, they would have fit in on the Woodstock stage.

It is reminiscent of a mixture of Mazzy Star and a little bit of Annie Lennox with a modern folk rock band like Rusted Root in the background. Honestly, that would be an amazing band in real life so Lightning Dust has not missed the mark. My favorite songs on the album are “Run Away” and “Joanna.”

Band members Amber Webber and Joshua Wells are currently based in Vancouver. They were both in the band Black Mountain until 2017. Lightning Dust started out as a side project.


If I could listen to Spectre while reading on a rainy day, it would be a perfect day. Also, it would be a good soundtrack for making a Halloween costume or searching Pinterest for pumpkin spice everything recipes.

Meet and Greet: Underwing

Underwing

Who: Underwing of Arendal, Norway

What:

They describe their music as progressive grunge. They just released a cover of “The Pot.”

Where: You can find the song in all of the usual places.

Spotify, iTunes

Why: I mean, why not. It might be your new favorite old song.

Bucket List Goal Completed: Visit a Haunted Location

On September 14, we finally made it to the Ohio State Reformatory. The word is that it is a haunted location. So I can officially cross visiting a haunted location off of the bucket list.

I didn’t see anything but I did smell chicken noodle soup. There was no chicken noodle soup anywhere. In the room used for entertaining guests of the prison – not the prisoners- I felt really cold in the area by the stage.

There are ghost tours of the prison. We’ll have to do this some other time. If you want to see what other activities there are at the Ohio State Reformatory, visit their website- The Ohio State Reformatory

Eva kept pointing at something in the chapel. I could not hear what she was saying at all. I think she saw a bird or something like a bird.
Eva thought she saw something move when she got a little further down the way.
I felt really cold while taking this picture. This room was used for entertaining special guests.