Wizard Rock Primer, Part 1

  • Jul. 13th, 2009 at 6:35 PM
theemdash: (HP Wrock Love)
A few people tasked me with writing up a Wizard Rock Primer, and who am I to deny such a request? What you'll find (in two parts!) is a brief description and history of Wizard Rock, followed by a run down of some of my favorite bands. There are lots of links, embeds, photos, and downloads in this post, so hopefully you will soon know your Harry and the Potters from your Parselmouths (and be eager to find more Wizard Rock on your own).

    I do encourage you, fans of Harry Potter, to check out this post.
    Wizard Rock is not just a bunch of kids singing off-key.


What Is Wizard Rock?
Wizard Rock (or Wrock) is rock music about the world of Harry Potter. Many bands take on a persona from the books either as a specific character (The Remus Lupins) or as students (The Parselmouths are Slytherin students) or as other characters/organizations from the books (The Whomping Willows, Ministry of Magic). A band named for one character may not write all of their songs from that character's point of view.

What does Wizard Rock sound like?
The sound of Wizard Rock is very diverse. There's everything from raw garage bands (Harry and the Potters) to music that is more techno/remix-based (Ministry of Magic) to traditional rock sounds (The Remus Lupins) to folk/blues (The Whomping Willows) to metal (Voldemort) to rap (Dumbledore). So you're likely to find a Wizard Rock sound that is similar to your normal musical tastes.

Don't Take It Just From Me
TIME Magazine recently released an article on Wizard Rock and had this to say about the movement.

… [I]f you’re trying to get your head around wizard rock, punk is a good place to start. Like punk, this is a subculture in which the fundamental poles of popular culture, cool and uncool, have no meaning. Nerds tend to be very comfortable with powerful, unironized emotion—Harry and the Potters’ 2008 tour was titled Unlimited Enthusiasm. As the poet said, they’re too busy singing to put anybody down.
Lev Grossman, July 20, 2009


When you're done with the Primer, you might want to check out the full article here.

Wizard Rock, A History )

For all bands I've provided embedded songs which will give you a 30-second preview of each song. If you would like to hear a song in its entirety, click on the link and you can listen to it on imeem. If you are still curious about a band, click on the band webpage and you can hear more of their songs from their MySpace music players. Also, all of the bands listed here are available on iTunes, so you can use iTunes to preview tracks or buy digital copies of their albums.

While I support trading Wizard Rock to help people fall in love, I urge you to help support the bands by purchasing either physical or digital copies of their songs and albums. Purchasing albums allows them to tour and encourages them to continue producing music about Harry Potter.

Harry and the Potters )

Draco and the Malfoys )

The Whomping Willows )

The Remus Lupins )

Continued in Wizard Rock Primer, Part 2!

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NEWS!

  • Aug. 20th, 2008 at 1:26 PM
theemdash: (Doctor Who Tardis)
It has just come to my attention that TimeLord Rock exists. I would wag my finger at [livejournal.com profile] surferartchick for not telling me sooner, but since she told me at all, I'll just squeal and jump up and down.



Also, I just put it together that this is one of the Five Awesome Guys and my brain just went, "Didn't [livejournal.com profile] scifigirl flail "Trock" at you and you said, 'WTF is that?' and she didn't answer?!?!?" SO. [livejournal.com profile] surferartchick, you have my thanks. [livejournal.com profile] scifigirl, you're lucky I love you because it is clear that your love for me is questionable.

Now then, as penance, please provide me with more links. McKay needs to be made aware of this movement. (Even though he'll probably want to buy a guitar and start like The K-9 Companions or I Think I'll Call You Fred or something.)

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NEWS!

  • Aug. 20th, 2008 at 1:26 PM
theemdash: (Doctor Who Tardis)
It has just come to my attention that TimeLord Rock exists. I would wag my finger at [livejournal.com profile] surferartchick for not telling me sooner, but since she told me at all, I'll just squeal and jump up and down.



Also, I just put it together that this is one of the Five Awesome Guys and my brain just went, "Didn't [livejournal.com profile] scifigirl flail "Trock" at you and you said, 'WTF is that?' and she didn't answer?!?!?" SO. [livejournal.com profile] surferartchick, you have my thanks. [livejournal.com profile] scifigirl, you're lucky I love you because it is clear that your love for me is questionable.

Now then, as penance, please provide me with more links. McKay needs to be made aware of this movement. (Even though he'll probably want to buy a guitar and start like The K-9 Companions or I Think I'll Call You Fred or something.)

A Post About Music, No Really!

  • Aug. 20th, 2008 at 8:46 AM
theemdash: (HP Wrock)
Well, by "music" I mean "Wizard Rock" so some of you may be disappointed with me.

Today Alex Carpenter (The Remus Lupins) posted a blog which is essentially an explanation of comments that appeared in an MTV article purporting tension between the Wizard Rock and Twi-rock communities. (There's Twilight Rock, yes I know; I'm shocked, too. Also, I feel that I have to find some to listen to because it must be fantastic.) Alex claims that the initial reaction to Twi-rock was more like, "Really? There's Twilight Rock?" than the dissention the MTV article claims. (And that sounds about right as I can figure that most of the groaning and booing would be in reference to Twilight and not Twilight Rock.)

Anyway, the comment Alex explains is this:

" 'Twilight' is sort of like the 'Hannah Montana' of literature," the Remus Lupins' Alex Carpenter explained to MTV News. "If you're outside the 14-to-16-year-old age range, you might listen to it, and it might get stuck in your head, but it's not good literature. It's not really enriching your life the way 'Harry Potter' might."


Which in my estimation is pretty much the best description I've seen of Twilight. It's pretty horribly written, if you ask me, but the last hundred pages or so I really was flipping pages to find out what happened (*will not comment on predictability here*). So, it's a pop book, reading it isn't a bad thing, writing music about it isn't a bad thing either. GO LOVE WHAT YOU LOVE!

And that's what Alex was saying in his post at The Remus Lupins' MySpace. (yes, I linked you to MySpace, I'm sorry.)

Alex explains himself in a wonderful way, being very supportive of Twi-Rock (the same as he's supportive of most fan expressions which is just one of the many reasons I love him), and says many quotable things.

My favorite is this:

. . . [O]ne person saying "your popular book is like popular music" is really not the end of the world. And I don't even think it's that mean. As a Wizard Rocker—we've had to go through a lot worse than this—really, I mean, were dorks that play music about Wizards.


♥ x 1,000,000

And I'm a dork that listens to music about Wizards. Rock on, Alex Carpenter, rock on.

And if anyone is wondering about those Twi-rock bands:

Mitch Hansen Band
Be Safe Bella (side project of Wrock band Owl Post)
The Bella Cullen Project
Bella Rocks

Ministry of Magic's Aaron Nordyke apparently recommends that a male Twilight fan should start a band named Edward and the Cullens because "every teenage girl in America will love you."

A Post About Music, No Really!

  • Aug. 20th, 2008 at 8:46 AM
theemdash: (HP Wrock)
Well, by "music" I mean "Wizard Rock" so some of you may be disappointed with me.

Today Alex Carpenter (The Remus Lupins) posted a blog which is essentially an explanation of comments that appeared in an MTV article purporting tension between the Wizard Rock and Twi-rock communities. (There's Twilight Rock, yes I know; I'm shocked, too. Also, I feel that I have to find some to listen to because it must be fantastic.) Alex claims that the initial reaction to Twi-rock was more like, "Really? There's Twilight Rock?" than the dissention the MTV article claims. (And that sounds about right as I can figure that most of the groaning and booing would be in reference to Twilight and not Twilight Rock.)

Anyway, the comment Alex explains is this:

" 'Twilight' is sort of like the 'Hannah Montana' of literature," the Remus Lupins' Alex Carpenter explained to MTV News. "If you're outside the 14-to-16-year-old age range, you might listen to it, and it might get stuck in your head, but it's not good literature. It's not really enriching your life the way 'Harry Potter' might."


Which in my estimation is pretty much the best description I've seen of Twilight. It's pretty horribly written, if you ask me, but the last hundred pages or so I really was flipping pages to find out what happened (*will not comment on predictability here*). So, it's a pop book, reading it isn't a bad thing, writing music about it isn't a bad thing either. GO LOVE WHAT YOU LOVE!

And that's what Alex was saying in his post at The Remus Lupins' MySpace. (yes, I linked you to MySpace, I'm sorry.)

Alex explains himself in a wonderful way, being very supportive of Twi-Rock (the same as he's supportive of most fan expressions which is just one of the many reasons I love him), and says many quotable things.

My favorite is this:

. . . [O]ne person saying "your popular book is like popular music" is really not the end of the world. And I don't even think it's that mean. As a Wizard Rocker—we've had to go through a lot worse than this—really, I mean, were dorks that play music about Wizards.


♥ x 1,000,000

And I'm a dork that listens to music about Wizards. Rock on, Alex Carpenter, rock on.

And if anyone is wondering about those Twi-rock bands:

Mitch Hansen Band
Be Safe Bella (side project of Wrock band Owl Post)
The Bella Cullen Project
Bella Rocks

Ministry of Magic's Aaron Nordyke apparently recommends that a male Twilight fan should start a band named Edward and the Cullens because "every teenage girl in America will love you."

Wizard Rock!

  • Jul. 11th, 2008 at 8:12 PM
theemdash: (HP Padfoot)
Tuesday night I got to see a really rocking Wizard Rock show. Joined by [livejournal.com profile] katilara, [livejournal.com profile] jedimara77, and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers, I rocked out to Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills, The Whomping Willows, Draco and the Malfoys, and my favorite band, The Remus Lupins.

Justin Finch-Fletchley & The Sugar Quills )

The Whomping Willows )

Draco and the Malfoys )

The Remus Lupins )

It was a very very awesome wrock show and I'm really fighting very hard to remind myself that even though I will be 3 hours from Birmingham next Saturday, I should not leave my cousin's wedding to go to a wrock concert.

I've got more pictures up here and if anyone finds videos of songs from this performance that I don't have linked, please comment with links! I linked to every performance I could find.

I love wrock!

Wizard Rock!

  • Jul. 11th, 2008 at 8:12 PM
theemdash: (HP Padfoot)
Tuesday night I got to see a really rocking Wizard Rock show. Joined by [livejournal.com profile] katilara, [livejournal.com profile] jedimara77, and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers, I rocked out to Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills, The Whomping Willows, Draco and the Malfoys, and my favorite band, The Remus Lupins.

Justin Finch-Fletchley & The Sugar Quills )

The Whomping Willows )

Draco and the Malfoys )

The Remus Lupins )

It was a very very awesome wrock show and I'm really fighting very hard to remind myself that even though I will be 3 hours from Birmingham next Saturday, I should not leave my cousin's wedding to go to a wrock concert.

I've got more pictures up here and if anyone finds videos of songs from this performance that I don't have linked, please comment with links! I linked to every performance I could find.

I love wrock!

WROCK!

  • May. 9th, 2008 at 10:00 AM
theemdash: (HP Marauders)
Okay, I don't know what took [livejournal.com profile] madam_minnie so long, but she's finally all flaily over Ministry of Magic and found out THEY HAVE MUSIC VIDEOS! AND THESE VIDEOS ARE RIDICULOUSLY CHEESY!

I've so far only watched the one for Escape From Azkaban, but I promise, as soon as I'm done with this work stuff: Gonna be some geeking goin' on! :D



In case I haven't said it: I love nerdy boys. I love them so much.

WROCK!

  • May. 9th, 2008 at 10:00 AM
theemdash: (HP Marauders)
Okay, I don't know what took [livejournal.com profile] madam_minnie so long, but she's finally all flaily over Ministry of Magic and found out THEY HAVE MUSIC VIDEOS! AND THESE VIDEOS ARE RIDICULOUSLY CHEESY!

I've so far only watched the one for Escape From Azkaban, but I promise, as soon as I'm done with this work stuff: Gonna be some geeking goin' on! :D



In case I haven't said it: I love nerdy boys. I love them so much.

Wizard Rock Day

  • Oct. 30th, 2007 at 6:53 AM
theemdash: (HP Harry)
Wrock on! It's Wizard Rock Day! I had some trouble coming up with my list because I have an intense love for The Remus Lupins. I have, however, squashed down that love to come up with a more rounded list of my top ten favorite Wizard Rock songs. And I should stress that these are my current favorite songs because Wizard Rock is a wonderful thing and my favorite songs change quite frequently (did I mention my intense love for The Remus Lupins?).

1. SPOILERS FOR HP7 Wizards Who Died by Remus and the Lupins
And, Padfoot, I miss you more than all the others / And I salute you, brother!

2. Wizard Rock Twist by The Remus Lupins
And it's plain to see that even Harry P. would do the twist.

3. Wizard Rock Heartthrob by The Whomping Willows
It soon became clear that rockin' wasn't enough / If you're gonna score with groupies than you gotta be a hunk.

4. Voldemort Is Awesome by Draco and the Malfoys
Voldemort, I think that you are freakin' awesome / Don't you know that I want to be freakin' awesome, too?

5. Slug Club by Harry and the Potters
You can be the teacher's pet or you can pet the teacher in the Slug Club

6. Snape Vs. Snape by Ministry of Magic
But now there are no layers of evil left to shed / and if he heard me sing this song I'd would be good as dead.

7. The Boy Who Lived by Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls
He's the one they call Harry Potter / lightnin' scar and hair like his father's / with the task only he can do / he'll keep fightin' 'til the fighting's through

8. My Dad Is Rich by Draco and the Malfoys
My mom says she loves me / when she tucks me into bed. / How's your mommy doing / in the mirror of Erised?

9. Victory Party by The Remus Lupins
Voldemort's been hoisted on his own petard / all over the years I know he's been waiting, eagerly anticipating / a coup de grace for the Boy Who Lived, the only one he ever feared / poor Harry's been through enough without needing a Deus Ex Machina.

10. The Firebolt by Harry and the Potters
Riding that broom would be so fun / putting dust on Malfoy's two-thousand and one.

Other Wrockin' Posts
If you've made your own Wizard Rock post, let me know and I'll add your link here!
[livejournal.com profile] dragonbtween has a post here which covers some songs I almost put on my list and showcases her love of Draco.
[livejournal.com profile] roadtriphome has a post here which is much more focused since she's fairly new to Wizard Rock (and not quite as obsessed as I am).
[livejournal.com profile] amedia has a post here which is a list of a bunch of songs I haven't heard. Wrock!
[livejournal.com profile] getaway_machine has a post here which focuses on humor. Oh yes, humor.

Wizard Rock Day

  • Oct. 30th, 2007 at 6:53 AM
theemdash: (HP Harry)
Wrock on! It's Wizard Rock Day! I had some trouble coming up with my list because I have an intense love for The Remus Lupins. I have, however, squashed down that love to come up with a more rounded list of my top ten favorite Wizard Rock songs. And I should stress that these are my current favorite songs because Wizard Rock is a wonderful thing and my favorite songs change quite frequently (did I mention my intense love for The Remus Lupins?).

1. SPOILERS FOR HP7 Wizards Who Died by Remus and the Lupins
And, Padfoot, I miss you more than all the others / And I salute you, brother!

2. Wizard Rock Twist by The Remus Lupins
And it's plain to see that even Harry P. would do the twist.

3. Wizard Rock Heartthrob by The Whomping Willows
It soon became clear that rockin' wasn't enough / If you're gonna score with groupies than you gotta be a hunk.

4. Voldemort Is Awesome by Draco and the Malfoys
Voldemort, I think that you are freakin' awesome / Don't you know that I want to be freakin' awesome, too?

5. Slug Club by Harry and the Potters
You can be the teacher's pet or you can pet the teacher in the Slug Club

6. Snape Vs. Snape by Ministry of Magic
But now there are no layers of evil left to shed / and if he heard me sing this song I'd would be good as dead.

7. The Boy Who Lived by Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls
He's the one they call Harry Potter / lightnin' scar and hair like his father's / with the task only he can do / he'll keep fightin' 'til the fighting's through

8. My Dad Is Rich by Draco and the Malfoys
My mom says she loves me / when she tucks me into bed. / How's your mommy doing / in the mirror of Erised?

9. Victory Party by The Remus Lupins
Voldemort's been hoisted on his own petard / all over the years I know he's been waiting, eagerly anticipating / a coup de grace for the Boy Who Lived, the only one he ever feared / poor Harry's been through enough without needing a Deus Ex Machina.

10. The Firebolt by Harry and the Potters
Riding that broom would be so fun / putting dust on Malfoy's two-thousand and one.

Other Wrockin' Posts
If you've made your own Wizard Rock post, let me know and I'll add your link here!
[livejournal.com profile] dragonbtween has a post here which covers some songs I almost put on my list and showcases her love of Draco.
[livejournal.com profile] roadtriphome has a post here which is much more focused since she's fairly new to Wizard Rock (and not quite as obsessed as I am).
[livejournal.com profile] amedia has a post here which is a list of a bunch of songs I haven't heard. Wrock!
[livejournal.com profile] getaway_machine has a post here which focuses on humor. Oh yes, humor.
theemdash: (HP Trio)
This is just a reminder that tomorrow, Oct. 30 is a very special day, (Unofficial and Semi-Impromptu) Wizard Rock Day!

Participating in Wizard Rock Day is very simple. All you have to do is update your journal with a post listing your 10 favorite Wiz Rock songs. If possible, provide a link so that people can hear this awesome music.

    If you've never heard a Wizard Rock song, tomorrow is the day to listen to one!


I'll be making my own Wrocking post early and am happy to compile everything in once place, so if you're participating in Wizard Rock Day, drop me a link in the comments.

And feel free to spread this to your own flists and beyond. Wrock on!
theemdash: (HP Trio)
This is just a reminder that tomorrow, Oct. 30 is a very special day, (Unofficial and Semi-Impromptu) Wizard Rock Day!

Participating in Wizard Rock Day is very simple. All you have to do is update your journal with a post listing your 10 favorite Wiz Rock songs. If possible, provide a link so that people can hear this awesome music.

    If you've never heard a Wizard Rock song, tomorrow is the day to listen to one!


I'll be making my own Wrocking post early and am happy to compile everything in once place, so if you're participating in Wizard Rock Day, drop me a link in the comments.

And feel free to spread this to your own flists and beyond. Wrock on!

Wizard Rock Show

  • Aug. 15th, 2007 at 2:02 PM
theemdash: (HP Lupin)
Last night [livejournal.com profile] dragonbetween, [livejournal.com profile] getaway_machine, and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers joined me for a Wizard Rock concert at the Orlando Public Library. Playing were The Whomping Willows and The Remus Lupins. Officially, it was totally awesome.

[livejournal.com profile] dragonbetween and I arrived a bit early and got to listen to The Remus Lupins play a bit of Harry and the Potters' "Save Ginny Weasley" during their sound check. I have some affinity for that song, so that was fun.

Also fun is that Toby, the drummer for The Remus Lupins, looks kinda like Ronon (from Stargate: Atlantis, for those not following). This realization tickled me and [livejournal.com profile] dragonbetween and if there ever is a story about how Ronon is a huge Harry Potter fan and starts a Wizarding rock band on Atlantis, it's not my fault. ETA: We also decided that Ronon is a Hufflepuff. Don't ask.

There are a few pictures and some download links under the cuts (if a song has a hyperlink, there's a download). I highly encourage everyone to support Wizard Rock and go buy CDs from both of these wonderful bands.
The Whomping Willows
The Remus Lupins

The Whomping Willows )

The Remus Lupins )

The whole experience was totally awesome. I'm definitely going to be looking for other Wizard Rock shows in the future. We totally need Wizard Rock at DragonCon.

Wizard Rock Show

  • Aug. 15th, 2007 at 2:02 PM
theemdash: (HP Lupin)
Last night [livejournal.com profile] dragonbetween, [livejournal.com profile] getaway_machine, and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers joined me for a Wizard Rock concert at the Orlando Public Library. Playing were The Whomping Willows and The Remus Lupins. Officially, it was totally awesome.

[livejournal.com profile] dragonbetween and I arrived a bit early and got to listen to The Remus Lupins play a bit of Harry and the Potters' "Save Ginny Weasley" during their sound check. I have some affinity for that song, so that was fun.

Also fun is that Toby, the drummer for The Remus Lupins, looks kinda like Ronon (from Stargate: Atlantis, for those not following). This realization tickled me and [livejournal.com profile] dragonbetween and if there ever is a story about how Ronon is a huge Harry Potter fan and starts a Wizarding rock band on Atlantis, it's not my fault. ETA: We also decided that Ronon is a Hufflepuff. Don't ask.

There are a few pictures and some download links under the cuts (if a song has a hyperlink, there's a download). I highly encourage everyone to support Wizard Rock and go buy CDs from both of these wonderful bands.
The Whomping Willows
The Remus Lupins

The Whomping Willows )

The Remus Lupins )

The whole experience was totally awesome. I'm definitely going to be looking for other Wizard Rock shows in the future. We totally need Wizard Rock at DragonCon.

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