I shared about FMLYBND’s single “Far Away” over a month ago – and today they finally released a 7 song EP – 3 of which you might have heard before. They added an acoustic track of their song “Electricity” at the end of the EP too – to wrap things up in a smooth way.
Let’s just say – I’m stoked this is finally out. So many good tracks that have a little dance influence but with heavy melodies and great layered textures especially in “Gold.” Listen to it the album via Spotify below – or buy it on iTunes.
Loving this track from Toronto’s dance-pop band – Nightbox. The first single “Burning” was produced by MSTRKRFT‘s Al-P and Sebastien Grainger and has already been making waves on the internet. I like it because it has a feel-good aspect to it – and that bass part is hard to pass over. When the vocals kick in “Use me up, use me up,” I just can’t get enough of the music – it’s so simple, but in a different way, complex with all the layered instruments. Listen for yourself and let me know what you think…
If you’re like me…then you read a lot of blogs. I like doing it right when I wake up – grab a cup of coffee and flip through my Google Reader full of blogs filled with creative inspiration. It helps me post things on here and get ideas for personal projects. Just the other day – I found out Google Reader is being shut down come July 1st. This disheartened me. Google Reader has been a daily visit for me since maybe 2010 – it’s been easy to integrate into my bookmarks and smartphone – and it has been the reason for a lot of posts on here.
Well today I have searched for a new substitute for the ever famous Google Reader…and I believe I have found it.
The first one I tried was Pulse, just because Steve Jobs was quoted once saying “Pulse…is a wonderful RSS reader if you haven’t seen it…” – and since Steve Jobs is practically the creator of several things I’m surrounded by at this one moment…I thought I’d listen to his advice.
Pulse was a great RSS reader – very design friendly – very sleek and sexy, and you could integrate Google Reader into it. So far so good. The main idea is to have each post be a picture and it would make up a mosaic on the front page – so basically – the better the picture – the higher your interest. Personally – it was annoying to try to integrate my Google Reader feeds because I had to do them each individually by blog. I played around with it – after I integrated my Google account – for a few minutes…but for me…it didn’t have the endless post scrolling option I like. I like to view all my posts one by one – kinda give each project or design I see a chance before passing on it. I still like the idea of Pulse…but I think they have some more things to work on.
Then came Feedly.
Feedly was closer in design to Google Reader, but with a little more modern approach. It had what I wanted – the endless post scrolling option with also a mosaic option – just in case I was feeling rowdy. The iPhone app for it is beautiful too. It was a lot easier to integrate my feeds from Google Reader then Pulse…all I had to do was hit the Sync Google Reader button and sign into my account – BOOM – done. Everything categorized already and took no effort on my part. The organization aspect of Feedly is great too, it’s easy to move one RSS feed to another category, or move a category up in levels based on personal importance.
Needless to say – I believe I should have been using Feedly a long time ago. Google Reader was good to me, but Feedly just seems to be more of an actual reader then others.
I’m curious what you think – if you have Google Reader – try these out and let me know if you agree or disagree.
I remember driving around Phoenix, Arizona blaring Foals first public release “Antidotes” and thinking that it was the best music for my life at that moment. It really was a great record. It was hip. It was indie. It was different. I actually bought it on iTunes (not my preferred music downloader now…Amazon all the way!) which for me was a long time ago. I kind of lost interest in the second release “Total Life Forever” – I think it was mostly because I listened to the first one too much and was kind of burned out on them, or I didn’t want to be let down, because I liked the first one so much.
Well they released a new album titled “Holy Fire” – which is their most “mature” project to date. I say “mature” with quotes, because it is a completely different sound for them. It’s heavier – it’s bigger – it’s…well…more mature. They wanted a sound that would “reach the back of the stadium.” And I believe with this new record they’ve achieved it.
The first song I heard was Inhaler – I had to shazam it, because I wasn’t familiar with the new sound. I can see the entire stadium go cray when the song kicks into overdrive around 1:50 with a breakdown that Tom Morello would be proud of. People on drugs will probably just keep doing what they’re doing. Which is fine. People who aren’t on drugs will fist pump into the air while trying not to hump the person in front of them – which will happen…and that’s ok. The person in front of you will understand.
The next song on the record is My Number which is more of a bob your head / move your body / dance the night away kind of song. With some fuzz bass and intricate guitar parts – the chorus stand’s alone with a freaking catchy melody.
The whole album is full of building layers that release into some great moments. Foals have definitely found their niche – and will probably continue to surprise you with each new listen of this record.
I enjoyed this entire album. I’m not sure if I can complain about anything. It’s the “new” Foals. It has homages to their previous sound here and there, but for the most part they reinvented themselves into a band that could stand the test of time. Listen to the album and watch the video for Inhaler after the break…
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are music making machines. Long time collaborators have teamed up with Reznor’s wife Mariqueen Maandig, and art director Rob Sheridan to bring us How To Destroy Angels. It’s not every day that you come across a band as diverse as these four. It seems they rely heavily on the digital aspect of music which is a trademark for Reznor & Ross.
The new album, “Welcome oblivion,” which was released March 5th, is a combination of several years and songs released on previous EPs – all combined into an hour long journey into the minds of some of music’s biggest names. It has the feel of Nine Inch Nail’s 2008 release “Ghosts I-IV” with the added pads and dissonance from The Social Network soundtrack…which Reznor and Ross both made together. Not a bad combination if you’ve listened to both of those albums.
Maandig does a great job softening the mood with her airy vocals and adding some depth the the electronic landscape that was made behind her voice. I think if Trent would have sung on these songs, they would have gotten more flack then they do now for sounding a little too much like NIN. It’s impossible not to hear the industrial elements from the bigger band. It’s definitely not a bad thing, especially for me being a Nail’s fan…but it definitely makes it harder for HTDA to jump out of the ever looming shadow.
Some tracks to listen to: How Long, Strings And Attractors, the title track – Welcome oblivion, and Ice Age. Those give you a nice range of what How To Destroy Angels is trying to achieve.
RATING: 5 / 10
Not my favorite Reznor / Ross collab, but definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of their other stuff. Watch the … interesting … video for “How Long?” and listen to Welcome oblivion after the jump…
I’m a big IPA drinker, and one of the beer’s that I can not forget about, from the Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival, is Gigantic Brewing Company‘s IPA. Gigantic is based out of Portland, Oregon and has been making waves since it’s opening in 2012. Which is pretty impressive – seeing as that it is already in liquor stores up here and hasn’t even been opened a year. But enough about the brewery…let’s talk beer.
The pour had a nice clear, orange-golden color to it, with a pretty substantial head of foam – which for me is not always too bad. I kind of like a little foam, just because it’s part of the beer – a lot of people want to skip it and move straight to the liquid – but it doesn’t bother me a whole lot, unless it’s half the glass…then that’s a bad pour. But I digress.
The taste of the beer, from what I can remember, was, for me, 85% hoppy, 10% citrusy, and the remaining 5% the other ingredients fight it out. I’m a man – and I like my hops – that’s why I’m a fan of this beer. After the swallow, your left with a little bitter hop aftertaste, but nothing that’s out of control. I’m giving it an 8 out of 10 – because it was a memorable beer and had the taste that I like in an IPA. A good strong hops flavor is a great way to win over my approval.
Try Gigantic’s IPA for yourself and let me know what you think via Facebook / Twitter / or comment on this post. I’d be curious how many beer drinkers we have reading and maybe start a good discussion.
I’m a fan of the band Emery. So much so…that I booked them for a show in Anchorage, AK which is a huge undertaking seeing as not many bands come to Alaska without a huge sum of money landing in their pocket. I was pretty stoked to have them up here and to hang out with them, because I literally listened to their music for a super long time. Since then I’ve hung out with them in several different states at random venues and cities and got to know them a little better – which brings out the fanboy in me.
I was super excited to hear that Emery’s frontman, Toby Morell, and guitarist, Matt Carter, were going to do a side project – simply titled Matt & Toby – that was a little on the softer side. I expected some hymns and a few original songs, but after watching their “music video” for the song “What Plays In My Head” I was sold on the new direction, the originality of the song, and the reminiscent sound of Emery.
Digging around on their Youtube a bit…I found out that some of these songs were actually made for Emery – but just didn’t make the cut for an actual album. It pleases me greatly to hear these songs done the way they wanted them done with not having to step it up a notch to fit with Emery’s repertoire.
I really am loving this album. Enjoy the simplicity of it too, it’s not over saturated with sounds – a route they could have taken. The lyrics are very “Emery-ish” – which is a huge reason why I started listening to them in the first place.
Check out the entire album below- then go buy the album on Amazon here. Then comment on what you think of this side project – I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.
On kind of a short vacation right now. Enjoying Girdwood, Alaska for the weekend while a friend gets married – it’s always nice to get away from the house / work for a bit. Stayed in the Alyeska Resort and have enjoyed a Tram ride up to the 4 star restaurant “Seven Glaciers” which is on top of a mountain. You can follow my adventures on instagram – username: theseoldcolors.
Anyways…I’m getting off track. I have an hour or so free to enjoy some time to myself while I suck up the free wifi – and with that free time I finally got to listen to the rest of the new Circa Survive album “Violent Waves” on Spotify – (which you can listen to below as you read).
I’ve been a fan of Circa since my friend turned me on to “Juturna” in college – and have loved everything since that first album – with the addition of Waves is no exception.
First off what I notice right off the bat is they’re heading back to their roots with the opening track “Birth Of The Economic Hit Man.” It’s a seven minute psychadelic trip through wailing guitars and bass heavy verses that remind me of Juturna. It’s interesting that they started with a 7 minute track – you honestly don’t see that much – but since they don’t have the confinements of a record label – they can do whatever they damn well please. That attitude comes through the record via vocals from Anthony Green, who after 4 records (and a well received solo project) still has it. I have no complaints with his voice at all….AT. ALL. It’s an unstoppable train of dynamics and range over the amazingly composed instrumental aspect.
Overall I give this album a solid 4 out of 5. It’s worth listening to all the way through…probably more then once. Which I definitely have, and is definitely a stand out album from an amazing discography.
Boy, would I love to get my hands on one of these. Asus, the Taiwan computer tech company, has officially announced their cool new toy, the Taichi, to battle both laptops and tablets. They combined the functionality touch screen of a tablet to the back of a very light and portable laptop.
The Taichi boasts using Windows 8 on 1920 x 1080 HD resolution screens with a great viewing experience from any angle. Future models, Asus says, will weigh 3 pounds and be .71″ thick, while the inside will carry Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i7 processor, 4GB of ram, and SSD storage.
I love having a tablet and I love having a laptop, but there are sometimes when I go to a coffee shop and am not sure which one to bring. Do I bring the easy to carry tablet? Or the adapter heavy / more proficient laptop? Somedays I bring both…but end up using only one. With the Asus Taichi – it could be a way easier answer to the question.
After seeing The Avengers on Friday, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to review it. So many people are already raving about how good it is that I felt like a review that came out after the film claimed the top spot on the list of highest-domestic-opening-weekends ever, nudging out the last Harry Potter installment by a good $30 million, would just be too much. I thought this, but then I went to see it again and couldn’t help myself.
I’m sure most of you reading this have already seen the film by now considering that The Avengers accounted for 80% of all ticket sales last weekend. Those who haven’t, this review will be spoiler free, but make your plans to go see it as soon as you can. The film needs no introduction, an all-star cast, 5 “prequel” films that have been leading up to this for the past 4 years, and an incredible writer/director all “assemble” to create, in my opinion, one of the best comic-book superhero films of all time. There I said it. Now I know some of you may be thinking “Whoa. What about Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins? The Dark Knight? and The Dark Knight Rises (coming July 20)?” Well, let me explain.
For me, The Avengers and The Dark Knight trilogy can’t even be put in the same genre. The Avengers is much lighter in tone and much less serious while The Dark Knight is grounded in reality and considerably darker than any of the Marvel films. One of my friends put it this way, “As a film, The Avengers is a comic-book. The Dark Knight is a graphic novel.” That sums it up quite nicely if you ask me. You would never see an invading alien race, or an alien race of any kind in Nolan’s Batman series.
That said, The Avengers is every bit what fans want it to be. I went in with high expectations (like I try not to do), and came out with those expectations having been left in the dust. All of the concerns I had going into the film dissolved. Problems a lot of people saw with making a film of this caliber, specifically with balancing the screen time of the individual heroes, disappeared. Every character has their time and they utilize every second of it. There are a few standouts, but you will undoubtedly leave the theater trying to remember every line of dialogue or scene that made you laugh. Some of the characters may stick in your mind more than others, and Joss Whedon, the writer/director, gave The Hulk a life that 2 previous films, and 2 different actors couldn’t quite accomplish.
Read the rest of the review after the break. (more…)
I’ve been stuck in my room for the past couple of days thanks to the winter sickness – so I’ve been filling my time with Netflix. Lots of it. Probably a little too much. In my search for some good movies that I’ve never heard of – I found Max Manus.
Max Manus is the story of the man who was a famous Norwegian Saboteur / resistance fighter during the second World War that helped in the collapse of the Nazi party.
The movie starts in 1940, Max is 20 something in a German occupied Oslo, and will do anything to regain his country back. He has a go-get-em attitude in the beginning of the film. Writing propaganda with his buddies to keep the resistance spirit alive, getting careless and “immortal” and ends up being chased by the Nazi’s. Through this he retreats to Sweden where he trains and becomes a leader of his own team. He leads them all over Norway completing sabotage missions that he and his best friend Gregers devised against the Germans.
He and his team played a big role in bringing down the Nazi regime to end World War II, and this movie is very accurate on how they did it.
Read the rest of the review and see a trailer after the break
Everyone needs goals in life. They are what provide excitement, something to strive for beyond the rigors of the daily grind. Some people call these aspirations their “bucket list” – dreams to accomplish before death. My list of life goals range from riding a horse at a full gallop to chopping down a tree with an ax. I believe life goals should be diverse and unusual in order to experience things you typically wouldn’t in the normal course of life.
The most recent addition to my list is a noble one. It opens me up to cultures from across the globe, gives me a sense of what’s important to people and provides a glimpse into the history of different regions. I was given a book for my 30th birthday this past September called 1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die. And I intend to do just that.
The book features beers from all over world – from Argentina to Wales, Australia through the US. Even beers from countries such as Ethiopia, Israel and the Isle of Man. The brews aren’t listed by rating (the authors don’t even provide a rating) but rather by the following categories: Amber, Blond, White, Dark, and Specialty. The authors leave it up to the reader/drinker to determine ratings.
Beers are featured in the book not only because they are the best, but also because of the cultural impact the beer had or due to the unusual history or because the beer is simply unusual.
After each beer I try, I add my rating into the book in order to keep track of the ones I’ve tasted. Then I tweet my assessment and grade on Twitter (@The_LukeG). I’ll use this blog to give updates on my progress and provide thoughts on the best and most interesting beers I try as I work toward accomplishing my newest life goal.
It’s a story we’ve seen numerous times before…the origin story. A guy gets bitten by a radioactive spider, gets superpowers, and has to take great responsibility because of his newly acquired great power. Chronicle is about the polar opposite of that. There are no great words of inspiration from a dying mentor, and no responsibility…just three high-school students who suddenly have a superpower.
The story of the film centers around Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan) who begins documenting his life via camera. Andrew is a social outcast and is bullied at school by his classmates and at home by an alcoholic father while his mother dies of cancer. His only real friends are his cousin, Matt Garetty (Alex Russell), and his video camera which he takes with him everywhere to very mixed reactions. They attend a rave where Andrew meets Steve (Michael B. Jordan), who recruits him to document a hole that he and Matt found in the ground, which, if you haven’t guessed already or seen the trailers for the film, becomes the source of their power. The majority of the film is made up of the three friends exercising their new ability. The pranks are harmless at first, but then things fall apart very quickly.
Each character has a specific role to play as their power magnifies their personality. Steve is the rising star who is destined to go on to bigger and better things. Matt, in turn, becomes the mentoring character, seeing a need to give themselves rules and limitations on how and when to use their power. Finally, Andrew is the misunderstood, shy character whose dark side lies dormant until events start to unravel around him. Each actor plays their character well, with Dane DeHaan being the best example. DeHaan creates in Andrew a villain that you want to sympathize with, almost an anti-villain. You want him to not be bullied or to lash out at his abusive father and the film gives you these things, but does so in a way that only furthers Andrew’s downward spiral.
Read the rest of the review after the break. (more…)
Back in August, a film came to my attention from the director and star of the OSS 117 films (which I will review on a later date) simply called The Artist. At that point, it had just won the award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and been nominated for the coveted Palm d’Or, which it lost to filmmaker Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. Since then, however, it has garnered universal acclaim, tallied up a number of awards, and been nominated for multiple Academy Awards. Pretty good for a silent film.
That’s right. The Artist is a silent film, it even plays like a old film in the boxed, 4:3 format instead of widescreen. Certain cinemas in the UK have actually had to give reimbursements because audience members did not realize that it was a silent, black and white film. I’m certain that those who have stayed for the entire feature are glad they did.
The centerpiece of the film is George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), who is a film star in the golden age of Hollywood. The film starts us at the premiere of George’s latest success, The Russian Affair, where a chance encounter with aspiring actress Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) is just the beginning of what’s coming. What is coming? Sound! Films that feature people actually talking. George laughs this off as a phase initially; but slowly, he begins to realize that he is in the minority, and as he begins to disappear, a new wave of Hollywood stars begin to rise, including the young Peppy Miller.
Read the rest of the review after the break. (more…)
I’ve been following Enter Shikari off and on for a super long time. The first time I remember listening to them was the song “Mothership” on the album Take To The Skies. Back then I wasn’t a super fan of screaming in my music, I’m still not the biggest fan of it, only when a band has a good mix of screams and melody in their songs I’m more inclined to like it.
The thing that I think got me hooked on Enter Shikari was their ability to intertwine different elements from almost every genre.
And that’s exactly what they do on their newest album “A Flash Flood Of Colour.”
They stick to their main element with rock, but like they’re known to, they don’t stop there. This time they added a few bits of dubstep, yea that’s right, dubstep, in their songs. They’ve always had some kind of electronic synth on their songs, and they just took it to the next level, by making your ears fall in love with Enter Shikari.
Their second single off the album, Arguing With Thermometers, starts out as probably their heaviest track on the album, but then breaks into an alternative chorus then followed by a dubstep breakdown. I honestly dont know how they do it, but it works so well.
This album is without a doubt, one that I will be listening to for a while. The songs range from slow to fast to political to party…which is a pretty good feat if you ask me.
RATING: 9.5 out of 10
Because it’s a blend of all my favorite genres…and it’s so dang addicting.
Watch their videos for Arguing With Thermometers and Sssnakepit after the continuation…
Over a year ago, a musician and a filmmaker decided to embark on a journey together. In their words, it was “a reckless pursuit of what might work.” These men were/are David Stukenberg (the musician) and Joel Hager (the filmmaker).
Their mission, to create and document the creation of an album recorded solely in an abandoned silo.
Less than a month ago, all their hard work and long nights paid off and The Silo Project was released.
Both the album and film are simplistically beautiful. A very natural, earthy quality presents itself here that one would not find recording in a studio.
It is an inspiring leap into the reckless that offers a unique glimpse at the world from inside a silo.
Two songs off the album:
If you want more…
Also you should buy the album.