Friday, February 2, 2018

Dear Women Song-Writers / Performers: You don't need the Industry anymore.


It is safe to say that it has been an amazing year for women in music. Between the Times Up Movement, Me Too, and the fact that Lorde, Pink, Kesha,Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Camila Cabello, Halsey, Dua Lupa and Cardi B (just to name a few) all have wonderful music out confirms the fact that women are doing very well right now in the music industry.

The Grammy's president loves to differ however. It's funny that recently he has backtracked on his initial statement about women needing to "step up" to be nominated for more grammy's, The huge backlash he received is well deserved, and sadly reflects how tone deaf the music industry really is.

It brings up the huge elephant in the room that everyone needs to be talking about. Technology has become not only so advanced but also incredibly accessible for everyone. Which means, we are more connected now more then ever for the first time in....ever. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. All have become important tools for the entertainment industry to use to keep their artist in constant communication with the fans, and that has completely changed the game. 
Amazon music, ITunes and Spotify have made it easier for the consumer to not only listen to their favorite artist, but also purchase their singles or whole albums if they choose.

Buying music in the traditional sense is not what it used to be. Tours have become a better source of income for these artists, and now the music has become the afterthought. So the big question is, where does this leave the music industry powers that be?  Do artists really need them as much as they keep telling them they do? The answer is simply no.

Prince, Mj, Radiohead, Bjork, Madonna, have all had their frustrations with the industry, with some of these artists named here gone on to either creating their own labels or just going to smaller more independent labels. You would think with the supposed millions of dollars you could potentially make from the bigger labels, why would they bother going smaller, knowing that it might end up being smaller income for them. The answer is a simple one: artistic freedom and control.

The sad reality of the big labels is that these artists don't have the freedoms that we would all like to believe they have, They can say they are the boss, woke, whatever the case may be, at the end of the day the label gets the last say on almost everything. There are some exceptions, but that is more rare then we all might realize. At this point, I feel the shift is changing, and I feel it's something bigger then just the tone deaf issue of the Grammy's only have 9% of the nominations going to women.
I feel we also need a change in power, and labels at this point have too much power, and have brainwashed these performers and song-writers into thinking they truly need them.
Which is not the case at all.

There are plenty of independent labels or even the possibility of starting their own label if they really wanted too, that could not only give them the creative freedom they truly need, but it would also take away the desire for newer artists to think they need to work with the bigger record labels to be relevant.

My advice to all the singer-songwriters, performers and all over badass women in this fucked up industry:
1.No matter what they keep telling you, you truly do not need them as much as you think you do.

2.Music has become easier to access for your fans, the big box way of purchasing has all gone the way of online, so there is no need to worry about getting your music out there.

3.You can still make records, just use your own money, or find a more independent label who will give you the freedom I know you desire and you deserve.

4.You can still tour! That's where all the money is anyway, just focus all your efforts there if you want too. Even if the venues are a little smaller and the productions are little less grandiose, you truly don't all those bells and whistles.

5.And if you truly worried about not making money from doing this huge shift, just understand this. Whatever you do, the fans will follow. I was so upset finding out that Dr. Luke will still profit off of Kesha's album Rainbow, and I don't want another Dr.Luke to profit off of all your hard work.
Or better yet, why don't you all come together and form your own label! Can you imagine the power you would have?! I think this idea, not matter how big it seems, is the answer in many ways.

Whatever you choose to do, just know the fans will follow! You will never have to worry about that! As long as you keep giving us the amazing music we love then we will always be there to support!
Just know that no matter how many things this industry will say to make you feel lesser then, know that it's bullshit and you don't need them as much as they need you! Let's show the world how badass you all are, and let's give the power back where it should have always been, to the artists. 

It's what the industry deserves. 

xoxoxoxox----Nerdychick



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Hidden Brilliance of Drew Monson.





Normally I don't listen to many new artists, since at 34 years old I am basically an old fart and all new music sucks big donkey balls.
But, I am proud to announce that youtube star Drew Monson does not suck big donkey balls.
He is, in fact, incredibly talented, and if you are not listening to his music than you are missing out.
I remember I found him via Shane Dawson's channel, and I thought he was funny, but I always had a feeling that there was more to him then he let on.
So I started watching his channels ( his main one and a music channel with all his original music and covers) and I never realized how honest he was about his life, which is pretty refreshing for a youtube personality.
Sometimes his videos were a burst of sunshine and love and other times I found myself crying when he was talking about his struggles with depression. No matter what he was doing or talking about in his videos, he has always stayed true to himself and I have nothing but respect for that.
It's hard that we live in an age where are whole lives are dictated by the glossy falsities of social media.
This world does not like messy, it does not like real, it does not like us to just be our fucking selves. That is why Drew Monson is truly special in that way. He goes against all that, and just posts whatever songs or videos he wants.
I love the fact that you have no idea what you are getting with him.
You don't know if he will say something incredibly funny, something that makes you think, or something that makes your heart ache.
This is what makes not only him brilliant, but his music as well.  

xoxoxox----- Nerdychick.

Please check out his Spotify channel! 


Or buy his music On Amazon Music or Itunes! 

Check out his youtube channels too of course! 

His Main one:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK4lZM1dC6jEDzEhwPYvqMw

His Music one:
https://www.youtube.com/user/thepophefakes

Monday, January 8, 2018

It's okay to not be okay...... (a thought)

In about a little over eight months from now I will get to relive the worst day of my life from four years ago. September 1st, 2014, the day my Father passed. September 6th, 1983 is also my birthday. That was one of the most surreal experiences of my adult life thus far. Seeing my dad pass, and then five days later "celebrating" the day of my birth with my family and three kids.
To be honest, at this point I don't even remember what we did. Everything since September 1st has been a huge blur of life, sadness, confusion, job, kids, etc.....tonight I was treating myself to one of my many midnight mindless video binges on facebook.
I am obsessed with scrolling through videos of puppies, kitties, food, comedians, you name it, I watch it. Most of the time its light hearted, only once and a while do I come across ones that really speak to me. 

"It is okay, to not be okay."

Ugh......

I know that sounds like some low budget hallmark card with a kitty and damn heart on it, but the reality of that phrase hit me like a ton of bricks. In this world of social media, and expressing ourselves 24/7 to people who may or may not even truly care about me, I have stopped thinking about the obvious. That if your sad, angry, lost, it's okay. It's okay to feel those feelings, it's okay to say that sometimes life's sucks big donkey balls.

It's. Okay.

Having someone who was not only your father but your best friend pass while trying to make sure the kids are alright about being heartbroken over the death of their grandfather is no easy task.
I have seen over time, that the time I needed to properly grieve kept getting put on the back burner, Honestly, I think I was too afraid to be messy, to yell, to be angry in front of the kids.
I was worried that I would confuse them or make them sad, but I have only found that almost four years later that all of those pent up things I never let out in the first place have manifested into coming out into other ways that I didn't plan.
My kids now get mood swing mommy. and that is never what I intended through all of this.
I kept lying to myself all these years that I was okay, that time heals all wounds, blah blah blah bullshit. But the reality is that I was too scared to simply say that nothing was okay, I am never going to fully be okay, and this IS okay! 

So I sit here now, still having a broken heart after all these years, time does not fully heal, it just tries to patch once and while, until my heart just rubs raw again. But that's okay as well.

If you come away with anything right now I hope that it is this. 

Life is hard, sadness is sometimes essential to get us to the next moment, and that is okay. 

It will get better, but for now, it's okay to just be who you need to be in this moment. 

Let's not hide, let's not think we are an inconvenience to other people, because you are not! 




If we're not okay being a little broken, then we're never going to have the hindsight to help fix others, 

and that is never okay. 

xoxoxox

----Nerdychick. 






Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Hypocrisy of Hollywood.




Happy Early Thanksgiving bitches! I was originally going to talk about my favorite Thanksgiving specials and all that fun random shit, but I decided to save that for next week and talk about something that is more important to my heart. I wanted to discuss all the Hollywood sexual abuse scandals and why none of this shit shocks me in the slightest. I decided to  do something different so I am going to do a video! Yay look at me being all technologically advanced and shit. lmao Oh god I need a life.......Enjoy!

----- xoxox Nerdychick.

P.S, Also Let me know in the comments your thoughts and how you feel about everything going on in the industry.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Kookiest, Spookiest Halloween Mix (and shit!) xoxox

It's the most super awesomeness time of the year assholes! It's truly the only reason why I get out of bed at this point (well, I guess also for my kids too..whatever!) and I wanted to share my favorite music with you! 

Halloween is all about the costumes, we all know this, but for some reason the music always gets overlooked. Which is a shame, since there are some truly catchy. cheesy, and very creepy songs out there! Don't get me wrong, xmas has some of the most beautiful songs,  but Halloween definitely can hold up on its own, it does have one of the biggest songs going for it by way of Thriller! Hello!!! 

On that note, I decided to put my insomnia to use this morning and was up till roughly 4:30 am making a huge Halloween mix on Spotify! My OCD tendencies come out in full force when making a mix. Not only do I have a vey sick obsession with music in general, I get a very special hard on for old and obscure music from the 30's and 40's, and if it's Halloween based, Oh forget about it! I am done!!!  ha ha ha ha.....don't judge me, I still have not gotten much sleep. I am living solely on Coca-Cola and Shrimp chips at this point.
So, I hope you enjoy this incredibly random but super fucking cool Halloween mix! I also added some cool old radio ads just cause....why not?!
Also Basil Rathbone, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Bela Lugosi are thrown in for good measure, cause it would just not be a proper Halloween mix without them! Enjoy!

xoxoxox ---- Nerdychick 

P.S. Don't think that I added these older songs in there to be cool or quirky! I aint no hipster bitch! I legitimately love these all these songs! The mix I made for my co-workers last year had many of the same songs.
I would  just like to believe that I am an old soul trapped in a 34 year old body. xoxox



Monday, October 16, 2017

I'm Back Bitches!!!

After an extremely long hiatus and a lot of soul searching, I have decided to start this Blog up and running again! I am very aware that I am literally the only person who blogs anymore at this point (I'm an old bitch who is stuck in her ways, sue me!) But I wanted to change the nature slightly of this blog. 

For years my big problem has been that I am interested in way too many fucking things that it borders on unhealthy. Because of that, this blog became more of a catch all of whatever caught my fancy and less about what I really wanted to talk about in the first place: Art and Music.

So, I have decided to go back to my roots and really talk about the things that matter to me. At this point in my life, I don't care about views, shock value or any of that bullshit that I thought mattered at the time. Don't get me wrong, I am still feisty as shit, but I have decided to channel all this weird fucking energy, and use it to talk about what I love the most. Music, Art, Reading, Love, Coffee, Harry potter and Halloween! 

So hold tight while I figure it all out, but just know that my goal is to bring you something different, hopefully insightful and also fun at the same time. 

On that note, Here's an artist that I am currently listening too. I really think you should take a listen. they're quirky but that is what I simply love about them. xoxo

The Damned on Spotify! xoxo

-------- Nerdychick



Monday, November 24, 2014

The Top 5 Thanksgiving Specials of All Time




I am 95%  sure this is authentic attire....

With Thanksgiving just 3 days away (the 27th people!!) I thought I would take this moment and highlight some of my favorite t.v. specials from this glorious holiday were we raped and pillaged from the Indians, and every year we celebrate with a turkey and yams....or something like that, I really didn't pay attention in history class.....Any who, when your done binge eating here are my top five picks for your viewing pleasure! 

xoxox

Nerdychick
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The Top 5 Thanksgiving Specials of All Time.

5. Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)




This special focuses on Charlie Brown and basically how much everyone hates him.
The whole gang invites themselves over for thanksgiving, even though he tells them he is going over to his grandma's house. Yes, his friends are dicks.
 Who needs enemies when you have friends like Charlie browns?! lol



4.The Mouse on the Mayflower (1968)

















One of the few Rankin and Bass specials that was not done in questionable stop motion animation,
and actually one of there better ones. While the story of the first Thanksgiving might be a little cringe worthy for the jaded mofos out there, It is told through the eyes of a mouse, which is smart and basically means the writers have zero accountability for actual facts, plus mice are just so fucking cute!



3. Garfield's Thanksgiving

Disclaimer: For legal reasons (damn you copyright laws and the people who enforce them!) I cannot find anywhere on youtube a full copy of Garfield's Thanksgiving episode.So instead I will show you some lovely still shots from the special,....
















If you are STILL having troubles figuring the basic premise, It all centers around John taking Garfield to the vet, and in true horn dog mode, John invites the hot Vet to his house for thanksgiving even though John does not know how too cook....at all. Of course John's sassy grandma with a chainsaw comes into play, but you will just have to watch the hilarity ensue on your own so here's a link for part one and part two on Metatube. Enjoy!



2. The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't (1972)


















My eyes have truly been opened after watching this special.
It is the story of the first thanksgiving and how a cute little squirrel brings one young pilgrim and an Indian named Little Bear together, to see past there differences and come together on this sacred of days...Thanksgiving. Between the classic cheesy Hannah-Barbara animation, songs that they sing (yay friendship!) and the kooky adventures the two lead kids get into, it's hard to ever believe how history got it so wrong! I don't care what your textbooks say, it was the squirrel who saved thanksgiving dammit!!!



1.The Muppet Show Episode 408: Arlo Guthrie (1978)

















As a longtime devoted fan of The Muppets It is safe to say that this is one of my favorite Thanksgiving Moments from television. Sadly, this episode is from season four and since it is not available to the fans on dvd the only way to even watch this right now is through youtube (video above) or if you are lucky to find a copy of this episode on The Very Best of the Muppet Show Volume 2, but that was made for the uk only,...so good luck with that. My hope is one day the fucktards at disney will release the rest of the seasons for the fans, and stop postponing it's release!!  On another note, Enjoy what I consider classic muppets, go make a bobby sandwich and Enjoy your thanksgiving like any good mother fucking christian!


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I hope this list has been helpful in killing at least 5-10 minutes of your precious time, My sincere wish for you on this thanksgiving is to hug your family, gorge on food, kiss a native american and apologize by saying "My Bad!" and Enjoy your family by ignoring them while you get ready for black friday...you selfish pricks.



Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!!!

xoxoxox


Nerdychick

Monday, November 17, 2014

A letter....

My dad and I hiking when I was 6.....

Greetings and salutations my dear readers of the page,

It has been a long time since I have been on here, and while I was gone a lot has changed in my life. I can safely say that it has officially been the worst year of my life and I simply cannot wait till that clock strikes midnight on new years,....

My dad passed away on September 1st of this year....for many of you know (or may not know) I never really speak of my family on this site. I usually try to keep it light, but I just needed to be real today and tell you how close my family is and how devastated we are that my dad is no longer here. Not a day goes by without me thinking of him, and wishing I could just see him one more time. He was not only my dad, but my best friend. The only person besides my husband who truly understood me. We could talk about anything, laugh together, he showed me how to be a true fine artist, and he was one of the most creative people I have ever met. I owe who I am to my dad, and the hole in my heart is deeper then I ever thought possible....

I have been thinking a long time about what to do with this site, and I think I will keep it up and start to update it about once a week. If nothing else, I really need distraction in my life from thinking of him. I don't think that is healthy, but that is the way I choose to deal with grief.

Know that I love you all, I thank you all for always reading this random little site, and I will see you in a couple of days with new topics.


xxoxoxox

Nerdychick 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Today's Mix:5/5/14



Hello and welcome back! After a long hiatus and being way too busy to write for this blog I have started to try my hardest and once and awhile come by say hi! So....hello.:-)
Today's random good times is a mix I made of songs that I am absolutely obsessed with right now.
Oddly enough they all have a theme that I really didn't notice until after I made this little mix...sadness, lonely, and hope.
So, if your feeling a little bit of any of those right now I hope maybe this mix might help a little.
Sometimes the best kind of therapy is the music kind.

xoxoxox

Nerdychick83

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