Thursday, December 17, 2009
I violated my unwritten rule to only include one song per artist this year with J Tillman, but he did release two albums and I have one song from each so maybe it isn't cheating after all.
and now here is the tracklist:
Darkstar - Aidys Girl's a Computer
Purexed - POS
Black Hearted Love - PJ Harvey & John Parrish
Solo Dolo (Nightmare) - Kid Cudi
Daniel - Bat for Lashes
Summertime Clothes - Animal Collective
Lakeside - BLK JKS
Steel on Steel - J Tillman
A Blip on a Screen - The Streets
Don't Forget Me - Neko Case
Kaufman's Ballad - Megafaun
Crosswinds - J Tillman
Coast of Carolina - Telekineses
Gimme Sympathy - Metric
p.s. time permitting a new dubstep mix will be done by end of year as well. also just ask me for a copy if you are gonna see me and it's yours.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
apparently there wasn't a ton of advertising dollars spent and UK gov spent about 35% of the total so there were tons of PSAs this year. Also a lot of commercials for the BBC and I learned that their tv shows have agencies cut their trailers and plan the campaigns.
Here are my favs from the evening:
Cycle Safety - Whodunnit
it may not be the best PSA ever to come out of England but it's a really simple idea to show how easy it is to miss cyclists on the road
VW Golf - Enjoy the Everyday
VW had a lot of good commercials this year but this was my favorite. The soundtrack from sounds in and around the car is a nice idea but even better is showing how the car as part of your life.
Virgin Atlantic - 25 years
personally my fav as I may have called out here before. it is inspiring, it is funny, it has the product benefits, and it asks for the sale. not much else you could ask for.
and here is the best commercial of the year as voted by the BTAA. The Walker printed the wrong info in their program
Hovis - Go on Lad
It is a strong commercial and it seems to tap into the uncertainty of the last year, but that may be why I didn't think it was the best. we have been reminded so much of the trouble in the economy that I want to be inspired and uplifted by advertising. it's a tough line to balance though because you don't want to appear out of touch with society either.
I will be very curious to see the themes and tones that show up next year
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
5: Five Years of Hyperdub
- The selection of previously released songs on Disc 2 sound to me like a dance music label that is forward looking and continually pushing boundaries.
- The selection of new music on Disc 1 though is a different matter. To me these are the sound of a group of musicians who have gone beyond genres. This isn’t dubstep, hip-hop, blip-hop, whatever. This is straight future music. Absolutely brilliant
J. Tillman - Year in the Kingdom
The sound is akin to Minor Works with a mix of solo and fuller arrangements, however this album is definitely his most polished/produced sounding yet which may or may not be related to his day job. The first half of the album has a 60s folk-psychedelia feel but as you reach the end of the album the arrangements become more stripped down and reminiscent of his earlier work.
Though not as strong as his previous albums, I would still take a J Tilman album over most anything our there.
Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day
I didn't even give this album a second glance until I heard a few songs on Sound Opinions a few weeks ago. Even then I wasn't sure that this was an album for me, but I previewed the entire thing and decided to take a chance and I am glad that I did. Though I have a few quibbles, this album is one of my favorites this year.
as I mentioned, I do have a couple issues with the album though:
- it's too long - needs to have at least three songs cut (ratatat productions, I'm looking at you)
- the completely misogynistic track 12 "make her say" - out of character with rest of album. worthless
- so I get that it is a concept album, but let people figure out the story. you don't need the narration song titles to tell you the story. Bat For Lashes was able to tell a similar story without all that. trust the storytelling in the songs to pull people along
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
That cliche - I can't imagine life without you - is bullshit. Of course you can imagine it. A poor, grey rag of a thing. Silence at the breakfast table and nobody to share the joke. Hollowness on waking. Sleeping at the wrong times. Uncoupled from the regular swing and tick of time. Doubled over in the supermarket, choking for breath by the freezer section, waving offers of help away, unable to meet their eyes. The shopping list in your hand not because there's so much to buy but because you can't hold anything in your brain. Buying her favourite biscuits. Six packets of them unopened in the cupboard at home. I could go on.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Was giving this gear some love via twitter this week but wanted to give it a better shout out so here you go.
Bicycle Fixation is dedicated to supporting bicycles and cyclists of all kinds, but have developed a line of biking gear catered to urban cyclists who want to have a bit of style that is bike ready.
For this past Christmas, received a pair of their knickers and a 4-season jersey.
Now that I’ve had a chance to try it out for a couple months, I can say I highly recommend this top. It works great as a baselayer on its own or as a regular top. I received the hemp and cotton one which isn’t as comfortable as a baselayer as the merino would be but I wear a summer weight baselayer under it frequently.
The best feature has to be the hood which has elastic and fits tight so it will go under your helmet. It completely blocks the wind (at least when the temp is 30s or above) without the need for a separate hat. This is a nice bonus when you get caught out later than expected or the temp drops more than expected. In really cold weather it also zips up into a balaclava to protect the face and neck.
I would definitely recommend checking out all of their biking gear.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
All the press surrounding A Positive Rage seems to treat it as their first live album, which would be fine if they hadn't released the 2006 concert on itunes.
This got me thinking about what constitutes an album in the music world today. When is it part of a discography or able to be played on the radio?
at this point, once an album is available legitimately to the public, it should be considered a release like anything that is available on CD in your favorite record store.
this may seem like a small, minor gripe of no significance, but I think it says a lot about the music and radio industries and technology. if an artist has a million friends on myspace why not treat the music like any other new release.
for 2 industries that are trying to remain relevant, it sure seems like they are just giving up sometimes.
btw in case you were wondering, the 2006 live Hold Steady is pretty good but Craig Finn's voice sounds pretty rough and scratchy.
on another note, despite being out of print on CD, it turns out that the Lifter Puller albums Fiestas + Fiascos and Soft Rock are available digitally on amazon (F+F on itunes as well).
appreciate the notice that these are sort of re-issued
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
It creates an emotional connection that keeps you watching and leads your thinking in a definite direction while letting you finish connecting the dots. A powerful way to increase your brand attitude.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
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Saturday, March 21, 2009
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Monday, March 09, 2009
- they touch on benefits that you should look for and that comcast provides
- they show a variety people with different needs benefiting from the product
- they make it seem like it is easy to get these benefits