Single Review: Ziggi Battles – Man Like Me
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by Tom Neil
2w ago
Ziggi Battles is a singer/songwriter, Drag Artist and drummer from Scotland. They identify as queer and use He/Him pronouns. Today I will be reviewing their single ‘Man Like Me’ which was released on June 25th 2022. The track is an anthem to Ziggi’s experience as a trans man, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to check it out. On a related note, we actually met Ziggi entirely by chance while shopping for Sushi, so you really can just encounter awesome people and by proxy awesome music anywhere.  ‘Man Like Me’ opens with a building tone that blends into synth driven vocals, and as the trac ..read more
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Food Review: Keith’s Hot Sauce (Various Flavours)
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by Tom Neil
1M ago
Before we move onto my actual review I thought I’d give you a brief bit about the creator of the hot sauces we will be discussing today. Keith Habersberger is one of the founding members of the Try Guys, together with Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang and Ned Fulmer, they created the format together back in 2014 while still working for Buzzfeed, debuting with their first video, Guys Try On Ladies’ Underwear For The First Time, which you can check out here.  The Try Guys remained under the Buzzfeed banner until June 16th 2018, when they announced that they had left, and started up their own i ..read more
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Food Review: Boost Energy – Juic’d (Various Flavours)
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by Tom Neil
2M ago
Boost Energy, is a British energy drink, from Boost Energy Limited, I’ve previous reviewed some of their original line of energy drinks which you can check out here, but today I will be reviewing their new addition, Boost Juic’d which focuses on more exotic fruit flavour mixes, and includes 5% Real fruit juice as well. The Boost Juic’d range also comes exclusively in larger 500ml cans, which are double the size of their standard 250ml for most of their other energy drinks. Watermelon & Lime Twist This one is so great, super smooth with just an immediate burst of flavour, the counterpoint b ..read more
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Food Review: Boost Energy (Various Flavours)
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by Tom Neil
2M ago
Boost Energy Drinks are the main product sold by British drinks company, Boost Drinks Limited, they are primarily sold in convenience stores, independent retail chains and similar places. The company was founded back in June 2001 by a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University, Simon Gray, who used a bank loan of £30,000 to fund his new venture, from the get go he always intended to target more independent sellers, as he felt his product would otherwise have been oversaturated by the bigger brands on offer. Since starting, Boost has continued to grow, and is now available in over 12 countries ..read more
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Book Review: The Partner Track by Helen Wan
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by Tom Neil
2M ago
So this book first came to my attention when it was announced that it was due to be adapted for TV by Netflix, featuring the sensational Arden Cho. I never like to do half measures, and I’m always up for discovering new and talented authors, so I immediately grabbed myself a copy. Before we start the review, some quick info, so The Partner Track was written by Helen Wan, a Taiwanese-American lawyer and author. The plot of The Partner Track was somewhat based upon Helen’s own experience as a young female, person of colour in the legal profession. The Partner Track follows the journey of Ingrid ..read more
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Food Review: Cà Phê Trứng (Vietnamese Egg Coffee)
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by Tom Neil
2M ago
So I originally came across this dish via Vice, and you can check out that video here. It intrigued me, and as someone who drinks a lot of coffee and loves unique dishes, I was excited to try it for myself. Unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be able to travel to Vietnam, any time soon, so instead Tori B Bearly was nice enough to make me one using the convenient recipe, also available via Vice, which you can check out here. Before I talk about what I thought of the Vietnamese Egg Coffee, I wanted to share a little about the history of the beverage. The Vietnamese Egg Coffee, or Cà Phê Trứng was c ..read more
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Single Review: Debacle – Flashing Lights
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by Tom Neil
2M ago
Debacle are a New York City based seven piece outfit made up of Dan Gardner on Guitar, Brendon Gardner on Bass, Andrew Marden on Keyboard, Zach Cubias on Trumpet, Alan Norton on Trombone, Dylan Balsamo on Vocals and Marc Norton on Drums. Debacle originally emerged as a group of friends in the New Jersey Ska-Punk scene, but have since broadened and shifted their genre, allowing for a free flow of creativity and passion that informs all of their music. Today, I will be reviewing their single ‘Flashing Lights’ which was released on October 16th 2022. ‘Flashing Lights’ opens up with some fun, ligh ..read more
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Single Review: RØNIN – Butterflies (Ready To Go)
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by Tom Neil
2M ago
RØNIN is an alt hip-hop singer/songwriter and musician from Australia, who has exploded onto the scene, with his previous tracks $HOOK and ALL GIRLS ARE THE SAME doing incredibly well, with both tracks reaching several million plays on Spotify. It’s clear that this artist is going places, and today I’ll be reviewing his new track ‘Butterflies (Ready To Go)’ which was released on October 28th 2022.  ‘Butterflies (Ready To Go)’ opens with slowly building, synth driven tones, and RØNIN’s vocals merge into the melody, initially distorted and reverberated, before they break through in earnest ..read more
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Single Review: Annabel Gutherz – Interstellar
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by Tom Neil
2M ago
Annabel Gutherz is a singer/songwriter and musician from Montreal, Canada, she began her music career in her early teens, using music as a way to cope with the trials and tribulations of youth. She attended Berklee College of Music, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Music Studies, and has continued her education, as she is currently completing her Master’s of Arts degree in songwriting with the same educational establishment. Interestingly enough, I’ve actually reviewed two other artists who’ve also attended Berklee, specifically Laufey and Lily Marie ..read more
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Single Review: Adam Giles Levy – Legendary
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by Tom Neil
2M ago
Adam Giles Levy is a singer/songwriter and musician from England, who much like someone else we reviewed earlier in the week, specifically Jonah Kagen, was inspired by fingerstyle guitar playing but has truly made the style his own, through his self taught guitar playing. Today, I will be reviewing his single ‘Legendary’ which was released on November 4th 2022, as part of his debut LP ‘Wake of Disarray’ which is being released by record label, Hillside Global. ‘Legendary’ opens softly, sustained guitar notes building, and then Levy’s melancholic vocals break through, balanced out by the harmon ..read more
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