Music to grind LFR to…

The Godmother has asked for submissions to her Ultimate WoW Mix Tape, an idea I simply love.

Back in the day on my own blog, and holy crap it’s been years, I used to do a Raid Song of the Week feature, basically until the hosting I was using for it (eSnips) broke. 🙂 It was fun, and I do miss it, but I was nowhere near as clean in my pursuit of the perfect raid music as The Godmother is.

The Godmother is for reals. Just her off-the-cuff list of songs she provided as examples, and her description of what mood or WoW situation they fit in are off-the-chain. (Note – BBB jumps shark with hackneyed expression that was dead before it arrived. Take cover, Arizona.)

I don’t have a real, serious contribution to her list, but it still inspired me to share some music with you (as well as send you to her blog contest, the actual point of the post).

I do have one song I always found perfect for one particular situation im WoW. Whenever I run Karazhan for fun, I still love popping in Paralyzer by Finger Eleven when I’m on Maiden of Virtue.

Well I’m not paralyzed, But, I seem to be struck by you; I want to make you move, Because you’re standing still.

It’s a good song, but it’s too old school for a modern WoW raid song entry. And how many people these days can relate to why being paralyzed by her, and wanting to make her move would be even relevant?

It doesn’t really cut it. Not for a suggestion fir the Utimate WoW Mix Tape. No ma’am.

I DO have a relevant song, but I am absolutely certain it’s not what The Godmother was looking for. So, instead of submitting it to her awesomesauce contest (which you should totally be participating in so I can reap the benefits of your suggestions on her final tape), I’m going to share my perfect song with you.

Every single time I run LFR, the tentacles are all around me. Tentacles.

No, not testicles, tentacles. Tentacles! Tentacles waving around, tentacles with eyes, tentacles flapping and flailing and flaming with a flouncing flourish.

Whether it be tentacle trash on Warlord Zon’ozz, tentacles of fire on the Spine of Deathwing, or tentacular tentacles of terrible tentational destruction on Madness of Deathwing, it’s all tentacles, all the time.

Except when there are oozes. And dragons. And, well, fine. Screw you, I’m fixated on the tentacles.

I just so happen to have a song about tentacles.

Oh hell yes I do. I am the Big Bear Butt, and when I say I have a song about tentacles, I’m not screwing around.

So I happily present to you, on this fine Friday, a song about tentacles, called, appropriately enough, Tentacles, from the album “A Shoggoth on the Roof”, published by the H. P. Lovecraft Society, and given to me years ago by my buddy Mannyac. If you can find the album, I heartily recommend it. Alex loves listening to it in the car, particularly this song.

Enjoy the tentacles, my friend. May you make it through LFR without feeling… violated.

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The Flame Wreath Chant – by request

We were talking about something in ventrilo just now, I dunno what, and I was reminded of the wonders of Karazhan raiding… and this was one of those shared moments that I think all of us could relate to at the time. So, by request from Blackbear, here you go. 🙂

Shade of Aran in Karazhan… I will NOT move when Flame Wreath is cast, or yes, yes indeed…. the raid blows up.

Who else remembers those wonderful pugs, when over vent you hear the scream, “Who moved? Who F)&(*^^ moved?!?”

I hope you enjoy this… blast… from the past. /sunglasses

The Final Step!

The grand day is finally upon us, and I think I’m all set.

There is just ONE last thing I need to attend to before the Expansion rolls out.

Buy gold? No, not hardly.

No, an event of this magnitude needs… a soundtrack!

I’ve just gotta have the right tunes to be jammin’ while playin’ WoW, mon!

So, I’ve got my Loreena McKennitt CDs on the computer, and I’ve got to figure out what the perfect mix of songs, in the perfect order, is to take into Cataclysm.

I’ve got the Book of Secrets, The Visit, The Mask and the Mirror, and Elemental. Oh, and the two CD live set, but I’ve got all the songs from that on other CDs, so that doesn’t count.

That’s a lot of songs. It’s gonna be hard work to pick just the right ones.

DARN hard work.

I refuse to quit, though. I don’t care if I have to listen to beautiful music all night if that’s what it takes, I’m not going to stop until I’ve got the perfect ‘mix tape’.

That’s just the lengths I’m willing to go in pursuit of my art, man.

I know, I know. How do I do it? How do I find the strength to carry on through such adversity? Such hardship?

I honestly couldn’t tell you. I’m just that amazing, I guess.

I hope everyone had a great launch night experience, and I’ll see you on the other side!

Listening to The Highwayman, probably.

Bouncy, happy people and pugged raids?

Let’s start this off with a song that Kyre sent in this morning. Thanks Kyre!

As soon as she saw the Night Elf Kitties, it brought her back to a song and she just had to share it with us. I think it captures the feel perfectly!

I hereby present to you “I want a purple kitty for my birthday, mom” by Charlotte Diamond, frmo the album “Diamonds and Dragons.”
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Thank you again, Kyre, I have to say that certainly put a smile on my face this morning!

Last night, a group of Sidhe Devils went into Naxx, and they had a wonderful time. Some of them got Achievements for The Plague Quarter and the Spider Quarter, showing they triumphed in those areas for the very first time. They went in on time (or thereabouts), and despite a couple teammates needing to leave suddenly in mid-run, including the guy leading the run, they still managed to finish in a respectable 2 hours.

This is not their story.

I was not part of that group. I had intended to sign up, along with Cassie, but Cassie’s niece had a graduation ceremony from High School set for 7 PM.

We thought about educators and their need to thank each other and make sure everyone knows how wonderful they are so nobody cuts their funding, and figured… we wouldn’t be home before 8 :30. There were 9 people in the graduating class.

So we went to the graduation, and didn’t sign up for the raid.

This isn’t the graduation story, either.

This is the story of a Bear in Hunter’s clothing that logged in at about 8:45 server, saw that the Naxxramas crew were going strong, and looked around for something to do.

I’d mined the night before. I’d mined for hours while talking in vent, and had bags full of ore and Eternals that I didn’t need in the first place. Blech.

We had so many people in Naxx, that there weren’t enough folks on to go mess around in a regular or heroic instance. Maybe run a very old instance that someone leveling could use?

And then I saw it. Someone in Dalaran General Chat looking for.. and get this, as I’m on my Hunter… looking for 1 more DPS, preferrably ranged, for heroic Naxx.

When the hell does that ever happen?

I whisper and get an invite.

What the hey, it will be fun just to be seeing the inside of Naxx where I don’t have any other worries on my mind than aim and shoot.

They have already taken down Spider Wing, Patchwerk and stupid injector heroin addict guy. They’re on Gluth, and a good time shall be had by all. They’ve even got vent.

Most of the folks were from a guild on our server called Inquisition, one I really haven’t had much to do with before, but there was a good scattering of other people from guilds I do know about, like Heroes Ledger and Legion of the Valkyrie, good guilds with a reputation for being nice people.

Hmmm. Vent seems pretty reasonable, too. Strange. This couldn’t possibly be a pug with nice people, could it? In heroic Naxx mid-week? That would be too weird.

The raid leader was very good. He was calm, seemed reasonable, had a noted lack of sarcasm in his voice, and never once that I know of ever got pissy with anyone in the run.

That was remarkable.

He knew the fights pretty well, and while he did assume everyone present knew all the basic fundamentals, he made some specific tips during discussions that were pretty smart, tips that, while I have noted the problems in the past, I have never as a raid leader made a point of mentioning to the group as a wanring.

Just as an example that leaps out at me, since I was on my Hunter, when we were standing getting ready to enter the green slime tube to go see the doggie, the raid leader mentioned that all Hunters should dismiss their pets prior to entering the tube, and we should call them once we are actually on the ground.

Well, shoot, I’ve been in here in 10 man mode on my Hunter, and I’d found out the hard way the first time that if my pet was with me in the pipe, when I jumped he’d stay up there on the pipe, unable to be called, and unable to jump down to me, and out of range of Dismiss Pet. I had to wait for the pet to die from the poison dot of the pipe before I could rez him.


I’d noted it… but it never occured to me in later runs to mention that to the group. I tend to not give specific advise to players on what to do with their characters, because I don’t want to have people thinking I want to tell them how to play their class. I’ll talk about “DPS should do this” or “The tank should do that”, but generally not class specific stuff. But hey, here were three Hunters in a raid, and he threw out this pointer, and lo and behold, the other two Hunter’s hadn’t known.

Smart. Casually smart. I liked that.

So anyway, we got ready and went in and jumped Gluth.

And we wiped a few times.

We ended up needing to adjust the way kiters handled the zombie chow, take some of the excess uber heal off the tanks and put them on kiters, and also get practised on the kiters keeping the chow as far back as possible, and bunched up, so we could blow them up during Decimate a lot easier.

Learning curves in a pug, but no worries.

I was having a good time with the group. The people leading the run, while not enjoying the best success in the world, really seemed nice. At the very least, they didn’t explode into name calling and blaming and outrage, they didn’t descend into pessimism or a black depression… they just kept an upbeat perspective and kept right on trying.

After a few wipes, we lost a healer. So I asked Lixie, the only healer at 80 not in the guild Naxx run that seemed open to maybe doing something, if she’d like to come in.

She was willing, and away we went.

I believe immediately after she joined us, boom, down goes the doggie.

Loot was handed out, and by an interesting system.

The way it was described, everyone had the opportunity to roll and win one epic or Tier piece for a main spec, and one epic or Tier piece for an off spec for the night. If you win one for both your main spec and your off spec, your other rolls wouldn’t be considered unless everyone else passed on it.

Nobody seemed angsty about this, and the Tier chest piece that Hunters can use dropped. I rolled, and my mighty *4* did not garner me any loot. Lol.

Still, I certainly did not go on the run for loot. I went ’cause I wanted to shoot stuffs, and so far I’d had a lot of fun shooting stuffs.

Next up, Thaddius.

We destroyed the trash quite readily, and lined up for the first go.

We had problems on our first attempt, with one tank not taunting on his target after a tank throw, and Fuegan NO KIDDING took off, ran all the way down his ramp, across and ran up the OTHER ramp to start going to town on the other tank.

Of course, while that was going on the Tesla Coil link was broken, and the lightning was chaining all up one side of the raid and down the other. Ouchies!

So, a wipe.

After that, despite Inquisition being really great… the raid just fell apart.

First off, my computer chose this particular moment to crash. And I’m not talking about the computer itself… just WoW. Spectacularly.

It crashed logging back into Naxx. It crashed when reloading the game and trying to get on my Hunter. It crashed again after rebooting my entire computer and trying to log back into my Hunter. It crashed, and crashed, and crashed.

All the while, as minutes fly by, I’ve got 24 people waiting on me. And waiting. And waiting.

Amazingly, and this astounded me, the raid leader finally uttered a patient sigh, and said in vent “We’ll leave Windstar in group, but we need to get moving. Let’s go ahead and do it with 24.”

Someone commented, quite helpfully, that maybe if I tried to log onto another character it would break my Hunter free of whatever the &^)&^ was going on.

No, let me rephrase that the way my guildies saw it in Guild Chat last night.

Maybe if I tried logging into another character, it would break my fucking Hunter free of whatever the fuck was going on while an entire fucking raid was waiting on my ass, and I would calm down and no longer want to put my fist through my screen.

Not that I have anger issues, or anything.

My most massive hot button is letting other people down after I make a commitment. I was freaking torqued WAY over max stress ratings by my computer crashing WoW continuously.

Anyway, the advice worked. I logged into my Druid, and it chugged for a long time before doing so. Then I tried logging into my Hunter again, and for the rest of the night it was fine.

I got back into my Hunter only to spend the next five minutes rooting for them, as they tried to down Thaddius, but eventually they went down to a few bad Polarity shifts.

Now, understandably I think, there were some comments made about how, if you’re going to volunteer for a raid, you really need to be running Deadly Boss Mods or similar. They didn’t hammer on the point, but they did say that there is no excuse for someone that volunteers for a raid to not be running Deadly Boss Mods, and I for one agree. You get 25 people dancing, and each person HAS to be able to see what they’re own polarity is after a shift, nobody can be watching all those players and telling them.

Anyway, so they wiped and went back in.

Here is where I started feeling pretty bad for these guys.

They were, in my opinion, doing everything right. They were being nice, were patient, explained the fights and their expectations of people very well, and had good strategy for each attempt. When something would happen, they’d look at what happened and come up with a solid plan for how to prevent it happening again, such as shifting focus to chow control on Gluth.

But someone didn’t release after the Thaddius wipe, the raid all got put into ‘+combat’ mode, and nobody could get out of combat mode either. We couldn’t leave the place after jumping off the pipe. We had no Warlocks to do summons to speed things up. We had two people leave the raid.

We ended up having to either portal or hearth out of there to clear the chamber to get out of combat, and then come all the way back in. We had to find replacements for the people that left.

I asked, and Melpo and Shadewynn agreed to come on in… and then we all had to run without healing support through Frogger since everyone was already at Thaddius… and Melpo died on Frogger and we had to wait some more while he came back and tried again.

Oh, and Frogger seemed to be out of sync, where the people that died didn’t line up with where the graphics showed the little slimes to be. Helpful, that.

Everything being said, we finally got in our next attempt on Thaddius at about 11:15… and wiped once again to Polarity shifts.

At this point, and without pissiness, some folks said that it was just too late for them to go on and they left, and Inquisition had to call the raid.

We had been in there for about 2 and a half hours, and had downed Gluth.

The raid leader actually had the class to thank everyone for coming and for being patient, and apologized for the troubles in taking down Thaddius.

All in all, it was a pretty interesting night.

We didn’t accomplish much, but I had fun, because I enjoyed shooting stuff… and I enjoyed seeing that there are folks that are out there running pugs, and being responsible and considerate of others. They just want to get their raid on, clearly don’t have a big enough guild to do it entirely from within, try and pug it, and see no reason why they shouldn’t.

Would I have liked the chance at more loot?

Sure, who wouldn’t?

But what I liked more was the attitude of the entire pugged raid, that the problems were just that… problems to be overcome, no more, no less, and no reason to freak out on people.

Hopefully, the next time Inquisition wants to do a pug, they’re able to get 100% Deadly Boss Mods equipped folks.

And I can certainly say that, even if I knew I were going to spend another 2 and a half hours of wiping just to down one boss, if they were to invite me, I’d go again.

Fun times, fun times.

My only true regret, was that I invited Shadewynn, Melpo, and Lixie into the raid, and now all three of them are locked into a heroic Naxx instance that has bosses dead, even though two of them never even got to see one single boss die.

But next week will be a new week, with new opportunities. Right?

Thanks again for coming in with me, my friends. Despite the lateness of the night… it was fun. 🙂

The perfect Heigan dance song

I’ve been meaning to post this thing for weeks, and have never really found the right time before.

For some reason, and I really couldn’t say why, now seemed like the perfect time.

I really hope that the next time you dance the Heigan dance, you’ll at least momentarily think of this song. 🙂

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I do so love the Violent Femmes. Can you guess the name of the song?

A new song! No, I'm not kidding!

I ain’t sung it yet, since I’m still busy… and Cassie swears if I sing again, she’ll show me the secret technique that helps male opera stars sing soprano. It has something to do with piano wire, and some latin word… prostrati? Castrati? Sounds like a new type of mochachino at Starbucks to me.

Anyway, I wrote this originally in fond remembrance of our first run at the new boss of Vault of Archavon. I hope you enjoy it.

To be sung to the tune of The Gambler, by Kenny Rogers, a man who knows some fried chicken. Hmmm, broasted!

The Raider

On a late summers evening, in a raid bound for Emalon,
We got the invites going out, with Wintergrasp in our reach
The leader ran the plan down, as we buffed up for the first go
He asked for any questions, before the tanks went in deep.

The tanks went in blazing, the healers started casting
The tempests went the wrong way; while the main tank stood and died
We barely saw the fight start, before the whole damn raid had blown up
As we regrouped and got buffed up, you could hear the laughter fade and die.

You got to know when to pull em, know when to taunt em,
Know when to call for heals and know when to Sheep.
You never loot no bosses when they’re waiting to be rezzed now.
There’ll be time enough for looting when the raids on their feet.

We put on our best game face; we set aside thoughts of laying blame
We stopped expecting easy epics, woke up and prepared to fight
And the vent got deathly quiet, and the leader sent the tanks in.
And you coulda heard a pin drop, when the raid all still wiped.

You got to know when to pull em, know when to taunt em,
Know when to call for heals and know when to Sheep.
You never loot no bosses when they’re waiting to be rezzed now.
There’ll be time enough for looting when the raids on their feet.

Now every raider knows that the secret to surviving
Is keeping under aggro; and powerful main tank heals.
cause every pulls a winner and every pulls a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is purple pixels for your gear.

Now when we finished wiping, the Wintergrasp timer went off
We’d spent too much time dying and the instance closed us out
Our leader started sobbing, and the guild all started bitching
The shock of real hard content, and nobody got T8!

You got to know when to pull em, know when to taunt em,
Know when to call for heals and know when to Sheep.
You never loot no bosses when they’re waiting to be rezzed now.
There’ll be time enough for looting when the raids on their feet.

Now taking offers for someone that can sound remarkably like Kenny Rogers to sing this one on mp3. I can get you the backing track, I’m sure. Why? ‘Cause I’m evil, of course. No other reason.

Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

“I played a Hunter” by Frances!

Breana‘s cousin is simply flat out amazing!

Frances is apparently getting married in a few weeks, and understandably she is under quite a bit of stress.

But she was still willing to find the time to sing this, and Breana sent it to me to share.

I understand that Chocolate Mousse may have had some influence on this happening.

Hey, who can hold someone to blame for anything they do while under the influence of chocolate?

Now, this is awesome. Incredibly awesome. What a beautiful singing voice.

However, understand that this is acapella. There ain’t no background music. So no crankiness! Just listen to that incredibly lovely voice!

We do have background music, but they didn’t have it available when she recorded this. Breana will ask her if she’ll do it again… which would kind of make this the unplugged version. 🙂

Anyway, you can download the song itself, this version, from FileFront from this link.

I Play A Hunter by Francis.mp3

And below is the player so you can hear it streaming right now!
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The official Shadow Priest song?

So, running that Kara PUG last weekend, we had more Sidhe Devils than just Cassie and I in there. It went over two days, and during that time we had the awesome healing of Daxie and Doodle, plus the hunter fun of Nighthawke’s alt.

Good times were had by all.

At least, that’s what they told me. 🙂

At one point, early on, I’m doing my usual rotations of damage dealing, opening with some mana DOTting Vampiric Touch goodness, followed by Shadow Word: Pain, Mind Blast, Shadow Word: Death, and Mind Flay until a cooldown is up or a DOT expires.

And for those who aren’t aware, Shadow Word: Death is a very fun, very awesome evil little Shadow Priest defning spell you get in end game. It is an instant cast direct damage spell that is very mana efficient and does some slam-bam good damage.

The catch?

If your Shadow Word: Death does not cause a Killing Blow, YOU take a very large chunk of damage yourself. A hefty chunk.

I love that spell.

So, there I am blasting away, having a good old time of it, and I have noticed a time or two that group 1, the melee and tanks, are taking a hammering… but group 2, the casters… the group I am feeding mana to.. is also damn near always at 100% health. Why? Well, with a Paladin tank and Consecrate up all the time, I MAY have been slipping my Vampiric Embrace in there on the rotation… like, all the time. hey, a DOT is a DOT, and as long as I ain’t pulling aggro, and my Vampiric Touch is always up and giving mana back, well… what’s a little group healing between friends?

But it was making it that much more noticeable that group 2 is, like, always at 100% health… except for that damn Shadow Priest that keeps taking 1000 – 1500 or so damage every so often, over and over.

And I swear Doodle at one point asked me what the heck was going on, that I kept taking damage that he was healing.

And I explained that I was a Shadow Priest… “It’s okay, I’m emo, baby, every so often I have to cut myself to see if I still feel. It’s a Shadow Priest thing.” 

And Dax pipes up by starting to sing ‘Hurt’. And I shushed him, not because his singing was bad, as you know he sings great, but because we were in a mixed PUG group… I didn’t want to freak out the straights that short in the run, damnit!

But I was thinking about it… and I think he’s right.

I hereby wish to nominate Trent Reznor’/Nine Inch Nails’ “hurt”, as sung by Johnny Cash, for Official Shadow Priest Anthem.

And if you don’t agree… what’s your choice?
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Damnit, Trollin is absolutely right… I had somehow completely forgotten about Mana Mana, what ratshag had posted and what i’d seen an awesomed at…

There can be no song above Mana Mana.

A little music for Breana

A little music for Breana, and everyone else that has told me they like the Celtic and Irish music, and wish I still shared a song once in a while…

I present to you Silly Wizard… and no, not the Unicorn Song. Instead, this is teh Queen of Argyll, one of my favorite songs of all time.

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Dax has created the perfect WoW song – The Pugging Kara Blues

Earlier, I shared with you the rendition of Wreath of Fire that Dax from Musings of a Nutjob had done.

It turns out that Dax was just getting started.

The only input I have had on this project is to be a listener, as Dax decided he had an idea for a different Johnny Cash tune.

I love this song. It is beyond belief how much I love this song.

While I am putting it up on streaming player here, later tonight I will find a solid place with good bandwidth to host it for your download leasure.

Because this, ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages, is a keeper.

This one I’m going to be listening to, at full blast, in my car.

I hereby present to you, the Pugging Kara Blues, lyrics and performance and everything great solelyby Dax of Musings of a Nutjob.

And let me just say, how proud I am to be in the same guild with this man. Rock on, Dax. I’ll be hunting down that other backing track you wanted. Bet on it.

Direct download is;

And the Streaming is;
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