I received this email submission back in June 2017; so right off the bat, a slap on the hand to me for not getting to the review until now, nearly a year later.
Yesteryear by Anela & The Early Hours
Anela & The Early Hours is an indie pop group out of London, Ontario. Yesteryear is their debut album; here are some of my thoughts about it.
Right off the top, I have to be honest and say that this album did not “wow” me. I feel that it is a solid, well-produced album, but it doesn’t stand out as something special to me. That said, I would still recommend giving this album a listen.
Like I said, it sounds well-produced. It’s “radio ready”, in the sense that it sounds good over my speakers and headphones – the sound isn’t too flat or anything like that. Guitar work in the 7 tracks is delicate but has a presence, and the drums have a certain “pop” to it. I like lead singer Anela Navarro’s voice, though it doesn’t fluctuate through very much range (however it sounds like she potentially has a wide vocal range in her if she chose to use it).
Singles from the album include “Space” and “All Alone”, for which there are some YouTube videos you can watch: here and here. The stand-out track for me though was “Stuck With You” – I liked that one the best.
Overall, “Yesteryear” is a good album and I recommend it. 3/5. You can purchase it from iTunes, or stream it on Spotify/Soundcloud/Bandcamp (link above).
I was a holdout of Netflix for a long time, but with the demise of Shomi last November, I finally bit the bullet. Most months I don’t even pay for it out of pocket money, using cash earned through SwagBucks. So I’ve been enjoying it a lot.
Here’s the full list I’m reading from, courtesy of MobileSyrup. Go ahead and click, I’ll wait for you to come back for my highlights. Note that this list is for Canada only – I have no idea what’s coming in other regions.
First and foremost, Stranger Things 2 is at the top of my list, coming October 27th – just in time for Halloween! The trailer for it looks pretty sweet, too; you can find that on YouTube.
Goosebumps – I don’t think this movie got very good reviews, but in keeping with the Halloween theme for October I think it’s worth a watch and worthy of going onto My List.
Wheelman’s description makes it seem very much like it’s a B movie dressed up with some moderately high production value. I don’t know, it sounds like it could be worth watching on a Saturday afternoon.
That’s about it for my list of new things to watch; but apparently after October 9th, Mad Max: Fury Road is going by the wayside. I’ll have to find some time to watch that one, since I still haven’t gotten around to it. Interestingly, Fellowship of the Ring is leaving Netflix, but NOT The Two Towers or Return of the King.
Here’s your podcast update for June! There’s actually a lot going on for what is usually considered an “off-season” for entertainment. If you want, you can see my subscription list at https://podstand.co/profile/lwgrs
I don’t recall dropping any subscriptions. Good news!
This list is somewhat long! That’s really cool.
- The Pitch is back! Three new episodes came out, and while I was disappointed with the unannounced break I’m pretty happy there are new shows to evaluate. Season 3 started June 14th and is now part of Gimlet.
- Grant Lawrence is back on CBC Radio 3! Which is now “Canada Sounds”, which I need to listen more for a proper evaluation. I guess they got tired of doing the usual show of just playing cool music with the occasional feature. Now it sounds like something tied even more strongly into Canada. Episodes are short, it seems!
- Radio Free Burrito – Wil Wheaton is trying to keep to a weekly schedule. So far so good. I’ve always liked this show, and it’s pretty much an audio version of his blog. A show I usually listen to first as soon as it comes out.
- Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder – season 2 seems to be looking at the Daniel Morgan murder from a slightly different perspective, assuming that the listener is familiar with the story. Leans heavily on the host’s new book.
- Overthinking It Podcast episode 464: E.T.: I Learned it from You, Alien Dad!
- Why this episode? Because for a long time I’ve been meaning to re-watch E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. I keep seeing it on Netflix and I don’t think I’ve watched it in 20+ years. This episode is a deep dive on what’s going on with the movie E.T. (as opposed to covering the apparently terrible Alien Covenant), and was really fun to listen to. They touched on so many aspects that I’d never noticed before so I had to watch it.
- Pair this listening with a viewing of E.T. You won’t regret it!
Just one – Back to the Futurama. For the longest time, Futurama Pedia was the only Futurama podcast around but that’s changed! Back to the Futurama is going through all of the Futurama episodes in order, from what I can tell. I haven’t listened through everything, and still need to finish listening to their Space Pilot 3000 episode. But it’s pretty good!
Got any podcasts you’d like to recommend?