Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Upcoming Review - Tame Impala

I will be posting my review of Tame Imapala's 'Innerspeaker' on Friday. It's a psychedelic indie style release that has had plenty of very positive reviews. Apologies for the slow updates, the winter nights are drawing in and it's getting toward the busiest time of the year for everyone!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Benton Craze

News travels fast.  On Sunday a youtube video appeared of a hilarious deer/dog/man chase. The fact that it was trending worldwide so shortly after upload highlights the sheer power of internet communication. Today it is still trending in others forms. An instant meme. For the few who haven't seen this:

Just a quick update, found this absolutely hilarious, as did most. Apparently the owner could face charges if any animals were injured. He's a lucky boy that no cars were involved. Pretty sure he'd be lawyer-ing up otherwise.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Purchase - MacBook Pro 13"

Update time. As part of my university course (and fees) I have now ended up with a 13" Macbook Pro, something I never thought I'd own. Somewhat unfortunately for me, I'm a complete Apple noob, having only purchased an iPod touch prior to this, but I have to say I am thoroughly impressed.

I'm actually doing a degree in Audio Production, which involves production, mixing, MIDI programming and other such skills. Apple have exclusive rights to Logic, which is one of the highest quality Digital-Audio Workstations, so students basically require an Apple computer to complete the work. Any way I won't bore you with that any longer.

What I wanted to talk about and discuss is your personal impression on Macs and MacBooks compared to PC's. I found the user interface to be a lot clearer and enjoyable to operate, some of the tasks performed are outrageously quick compared to a PC.Currently enjoy it so much I may even be tempted to take out insurance on it, if it turns out not to be included in the home cover.

So, in good time I'll be able to give you my full opinion on the MacBook Pro, but for now I want to hear your views. With running both a medium-high end gaming PC and the latest Pro there are definitely comparisons to be made.

Pc or Mac? Both? What do you prefer?

Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Future Of The Internet

It's not often many of us stop to consider where information technology will be in 5 to 10 years time. I've decided to dedicate a post to this very subject, as some of the possibilities are truly worrying.

As I write to you, the main English service provider, BT, is under pressure to block The Pirate Bay from any access on their service. The site as we all know is infamous for having vast quantities of pirated and stolen information content, from movies to documents. This is something we could see happening on a much larger scale in the future, in a bid to stop all illegal content flow on the web.

If you have a couple of minutes, watch this rather interesting clip on a proposition by the entertainment king-pins.

See what I mean? I'm by no means saying that pirating content is right. Of course, it is not. My lecturer recently suggested: What if in 10 years time the internet is closer to your premium TV subscription? It's plausible to believe service providers will sell 'packages' with access to certain sites only in a bid to prevent piracy. It all depends on how much pressure the fat cats want to apply.  We could be on our way to a very dark era of information communication indeed.

The internet is one of the final places on earth which facilitates for free speech and freedom itself. We cannot afford to let it fall under control to an entity, or we lose our own online privacy as well as freedom. If you have no privacy how can you ever be free?

You may recall an earlier post of mine stating that piracy was the cancer killing the music industry. It may well kill online freedom as a whole if we let bills like PROTECT-IP pass.

Eager to hear your thoughts on this.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Small Update

Whilst I've been busy with lectures and the like, writing content has not been easy to fit in. However I will be posting something very interesting involving the future of the internet very soon.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You - My Take

This is going to be a tough one. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a band close to my heart, I will try not to let this affect an honest review.

Remember the distinctive guitar parts of Under The Bridge? Give It Away? Californication? Snow? John Frusciante, the creator of those amazing riffs has left, and is replaced by long time friend and collaborator Josh Klinghoffer. Being a huge fan of John, his departure made myself and many others (including the remaining members) consider the future of the band and what it can be without him. Anthony and Flea eventually decided 'onwards & upwards' so here we are with 'I'm With You'

The first thing you'll notice is that Josh has chosen his own path, a path which does not see him replicate Frusciante's virtuoso licks and chops, with often raw to the core emotion driven solos. This works well on a few levels, but the problem is when it comes to the soloing itself, it's almost as if he isn't interested. Both The Adventures of Raindance Maggie and Factory of Faith have low key, low on the neck solos with well spaced but not at all interesting note combos. A downside to his otherwise warming textural playing if ever there was one.

Soon enough you arrive at Brendan's Death Song; widely accepted to be one of the top 20 songs the band has made, no mean feat when you consider the quantity of rock chat #1's RHCP have had, more than any other band in fact. It's brilliant, one of the few songs on the record that actually invokes some kind of emotion within an album that sadly is nowhere near as effective as By The Way or Stadium Arcadium.

Chad favours disco-styled beats throughout, which brings an interesting twist on the band’s works. He’s a little less in your face this time around and quite frankly is on absolutely top form with bassist Flea (Who was recently voted #2 bassist of all time in Rolling Stone) With this in mind, it begs the question (to myself) why isn’t the album as engaging and catchy?

The album for me is littered with small flashes of brilliance on sheer plateaus of blandness. Annie Wants A Baby has some fantastic moments, the swaying guitar, and the gently sung ‘sent along the way’ is a truly effective melody. The guitar work here most reminds me of Frusciante, perhaps that’s why it’s my personal favourite.  There are a couple niggling things; For one I find that Anthony isn’t supported strongly enough with background vocals, too often his voice just doesn’t quite cut it when holding the extra syllables. As well as this, the emotion is pretty much there, but the cryptic and often exciting lyrics of albums passed are not as present. Pretty much every message conveyed on the album is written on a billboard for all to see.

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I think overall I’m With You is a Mother’s Milk of sorts. Josh is asking himself ‘what does this band’s fan base need from me?’ Similarly to John when he replaced Hillel Slovak. The band is effectively new. It’s by no means a failure but it doesn’t quite live up to their high standards. If I may make one more point, it is that the name 'I'm With You' is a very bad choice. It's not at all memorable nor enjoyable to have bouncing around your head. 'Uplift Mofo Party Plan' is more like it.

So, is there a Blood Sugar Sex Magik coming up next?  Thanks for reading, I’d love to hear your views, feel free to share with fellow RHCP fans.

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