Music Monday: Nile - Iskander D’hul Karnon

Death metal is loud and ugly. And I love it. There are no heavier, uglier, more brutal bands out there than Nile. They sing about nothing but ancient Egyptian history and their album art displays their chosen theme. And if you listen closely enough, you might learn a thing or two about history.

Or you could, you know, read a book about it. It would probably be faster. I love Nile and frontman Karl Sanders, but even after all these years, I can hardly understand him.

Music Monday: Deadlift Lolita Pump Up JAPAN

Everyone has those off days. Where they wake up and even doing the bare minimum seems like an impossible mountain to climb. I’ve been there myself. All my life, I wanted to be a writer, and now I’m living my dream and working to grow my business and writing each and every day, but I still have those off days. Those days where nothing matters. Getting a handle on publishing and marketing and writing seems pointless in a world where there is just so much content competing with your work.

The feeling is not permanent. It’s not insurmountable. Those off days are just a chance to reinvigorate yourself. Pick yourself up, get to work, and pump up, Japan.

Look, I know. It’s all sorts of bizarre. Here’s this huge muscle dude prancing around in a bikini top and skirt while all these other costumed guys flex and lift giant stuffed animals. Then you have the gorgeous Reika, who’s a beast all her own.

What, you may ask, are you looking at?

This song strikes at Japan’s stagnating economy and overall ennui, but it’s a call for the whole country to not give up and to keep going. I like to focus on a single line.

“For now, it’s time to get to training. Get your footing, and restart!” This song is pure 100% motivation.

Also, the blond guy in the American flag one piece has so much fun with this video. He does not fail to keep it sexy. That’s an entirely different message, right there.

I’ve liked Ladybeard when he was with Ladybaby and I like him now with Deadlift Lolita. I’m glad he’s still doing his thing, despite setbacks and obstacles. I’ll keep going too.