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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Updates on my birth date

It has been far too long, and oh how I've missed you my friends! I have a ton of album reviews to put up, as well as some book and product reviews for something a little different:) I also joined Influenster and will have some exciting giveaways! You can learn more about the new by visiting their revamped site or Facebook and Twitter pages. I look forward to giving you guys improved content, and more consistent posting in the coming months! Love and peace, Renia Zen

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Return From a Reasonable Hiatus

Organ Music, Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped, the newest release from Moonface (aka Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown and Wolf Parade, among others,) is more than a treat. A delight for your ears, this album delivers a heaping dose of keyboards, synth, and drum machine along with Krug’s incredible vocals. While it is a bit raw and vulnerable, this album is anything but dainty. You experience a powerhouse of sound from one of music’s most genius creative minds. Floating around on chords much like waves in the sea, this record of approximately 38 minutes will take you to a wonderful place of ethereal sounds. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
Purchase at : jagjaguwar Download a free track too!
Peace out, Reniazen

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Middle-aged Melancholy

Sometimes we imagine the worst possible scenarios when meeting someone new, then the one awful situation we didn't think of is what actually comes to pass. This is somewhat the story in Daniel Clowes' Mr. Wonderful. You may be familiar with his quiet, quirky characters from Ghost World, and they too could inhabit the world of Marshall, the titular character of this particular piece. Clowes has a way of using 1950s romance comics, gay erotic romance, and boring everyday life to create an interesting version of our own reality. Instead of wondering what might happen, Clowes explores many possibilities and offers some laughs in what might otherwise be a bleak drama about a middle-aged man whose luck in relationships has just about run its course. Fleeting moments of joy scattered throughout immense embarrassment make this an engaging graphic novel not to be overlooked.

Today I am happy to announce that I have a galley copy to giveaway to one lucky reader. All you need to do is comment below with your thoughts on the best format for romantic fiction, and be sure to leave your email so I can contact you if you win!

If you don't win, but still want a copy, be sure to visit Pantheon Graphic Novels to purchase.

Love and peace,


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pontypool Changes Everything

Pontypool (2008):
Dir- Bruce McDonald
Writer-Tony Burgess
Stars: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, & Georgina Reilly

Sick of glittery vampires without fangs, shitty remakes of true cinematic masterpieces, and movies with 18 sequels (aka franchises bent on destroying the film industries' last breath of creativity)? Well do I have a gnarly gem for you; Pontypool. Many of you may know that I love a good, gutsy zombie film, whether it's Dead Snow or Fido, but this one takes the cake! Fresh, original, and damn thrilling, Pontypool delivers what few horror films manage, though many have tried; you are actually tense during this film, constantly trying to figure out what the hell is going on (in a good way.)
Did I mention there's politics, philosophy, and a tiny bit of quantum physics, too? Hot damn, how's that for entertainment! Don't wait too long for your next trip to the soon-to-be-deceased video store, so you can find out for yourself just how stellar this film truly is.

Check out the trailer here:

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Friday, February 25, 2011

"What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us?"

This is one of many questions asked by (as well as printed inside the front flap of)The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier. At once thoughtful yet understated, this book makes you wonder how people you know would view you if every ache and pain, whether on the inside of your body, the outside, or emotional, were visible as light emanating from the source of said pain. Would everyone freak out up "the illumination's" sudden beginning? Would fundamentalists declare the end times to be upon us? Would you try to hide your pain? All this and more is examined within the pages of this novel.
It's a pleasant, fairly quick read that I felt only fell short in one area: it should have probed deeper. Brockmeier delves into some pretty heady material, only to stop short of making a few precious, and in my opinion necessary, realizations. Otherwise, I found this to be a wonderful piece of fiction. Not to mention a great contribution to local literature (as the author resides in Little Rock.)
Buy your own copy here:

Peace and positive vibes,

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Deerhoof Takes Me to a Better Place

Upon first listening to Deerhoof vs. Evil I knew I would have to listen to the album many more times before I could properly review it, as said album blew me away. After about 30 more listens, I feel a bit more qualified, so here it is.
This album will be one that constantly stays on rotation in the car and at home. If I could sum it up in one word, I'd be a genius, because at this point, I don't know a way to describe it in just one word. Cerebral, terrific, utterly breathtaking, these are just a few of the adjectives I feel come close to expressing my affection towards this masterpiece.
You may have heard the incredible single "Super Duper Rescue Heads!," which is still one of my fave tunes on the album. However, this doesn't give you the whole picture. Ranging from dance/electro/pop-rock to european and asian style instrumentals, with some psychedelic ambience thrown in the mix, this is truly an epic record, that I think would appeal to those with tastes in many different musical styles. Give it a listen after you pick it up from the always fabulous Polyvinyl and let me know what you think!

Super Duper Rescue Heads!:
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011