Stever – Playground Isolator CD Review

Stever – Playground Isolator

(you can also read our Interview with Karen here: Karen Stever Interview )

I’m a fan of warped music. No, quite literally, music that is warped, like playing a slightly sun damaged LP on a record player. Dwell on that sound for a moment while I set the rest of this up, we’ll return to the topic of warped music in just a bit..

Myspace is a great place to network and discover new music. I have certainly spent many an hour just browsing other myspace pages, not exactly for the people on them but for the music they listen to.

One such listen session brought me to a song, Sicko. Cool was the initial thought. I followed it to the myspace page of Karen Stever. After giving the other tracks a listen, I requested Stever as a friend.

As time went by bullitens were posted. One such was from Karen Stever letting the readers know of a Music Bailout Plan.

Get this; she signed a CD, mailed it to me, and the best part, I didn’t have to pay for it until I had the money! Of course I paid for it right away, I can’t stand being in debt to someone, but that’s not the point. The point is, how many musicians out there will do that??

That is pretty damn cool in my book!

Onto the CD itself:

We have 12 tracks with a running time of about 53 minutes.

The first song, Sicko…

Remember that warped music I mentioned at the beginning of this? This song is where it begins. Just a hint of it mind you, but it grabs me! Like an explosion at the beginning of a movie. Another track, Funeral Mute, has a warped music intro as well. It’s not obnoxious, it not a ruined spot on your LP, it’s art.

The album has dark overtones, like dark industrial alternative music. That’s not to say it’s depressing because, well, it’s not. It’s like a ride in a horror house at a carnival. It’s got twists and deeper meanings, each song is it’s own attraction.

It reminds me of music that I would listen to late at night back in the ’80′s. That is, not the average Top 40 that everyone pretended to be into, but the hardcore music that was made for the fans of music. Stuff like Pixies, Concrete Blonde, Bad Brains, and Black Flag. Music that had a REAL sound to it, not today’s resampled unoriginal crap.

I can honestly say that a lot went into the music put forth here. Raw emotion. I get the feeling by listening it’s not just lyrics being sung in hopes of cashing in, but instead it’s something made with passion, meaning, and pulled heart-strings.

Karen, I want to thank you for sharing that personal connection with us.

No question this is a thumbs up!

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Zombie Hunt Podcast

This is what happens when I get bored while driving…
Not the best production out there, but hey, I spent the time doing it, now you gotta listen…

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Zombies in the Bible

As we grow closer to Easter Sunday, I figured I’d explore the various passages found within the Bible as they pertain to Zombies.

There has been a long standing argument that Jesus could have been a zombie.  He died on the cross, was placed into a cave, came back to life.  Yeah, that could be a very basic interpretation of what a zombie is, but..

That is not what we are going to discuss today..

Instead, I want to explore some of the other texts within the Bible itself.

Let’s start off with:

Zechariah 14:12

12 This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13 On that day men will be stricken by the LORD with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other.

That sounds like a zombie plague to me!

This next chapter I find especially interesting as it not only warns of what will happen, but it also tells how to survive the zombie outbreak:

Isaiah 26:19

19 But your dead will live;
their bodies will rise.
You who dwell in the dust,
wake up and shout for joy.
Your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead.

20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until his wrath has passed by.

Those two passages above are from the Old Testament, and I am of the opinion that they certainly had their share of zombie outbreaks!  But what about in the New Testament?

Let’s take a look…

Matthew 27:51

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.
52 The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

1 Corinthians 15:51

51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—
52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

 

There are many more passages within these texts that go on to desribe more events and situation in which zombies partake.  True enough the term ‘zombie’ is not in the Bible but in looking over what was written down all those years ago, I’d say we have a pretty clear picture that zombies DID exist back then and that they were a threat.

I just wonder what they did the eliminate that threat…

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Alpha Promo Zombie

My buddy David over at www.AlphaPromoWorld.com told me about a couple of goodies on his site.

He runs a promotional products company, has done stuff for Disney, Starbucks, Harris, Longdoggers, Imus (just don’t my zombies nappy headed zombies! they’s eat ya!), and more.  I think it’s pretty damn cool that he took the time to put together some items with my site in mind.

Check ‘em out:

 

Now how cool is that??

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