• My Top Albums of 2011

    18. Dez. 2011, 16:18 von StankDank

    15. Cake - Showroom of Compassion

    14. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

    13. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

    12. The Strokes - Angles

    11. Destroyer - Kaputt

    10. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys

    09. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome

    08. TV on the Radio - Nine Types Of Light

    07. Thursday - No Devolución

    06. My Morning Jacket - Circuital

    05. MuteMath - Odd Soul

    04. The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum (The Complete Collection)

    03. Washed Out - Within and Without

    02. Jack's Mannequin - People and Things

    01. The Antlers - Burst Apart

    You can see EVERYTHING I've listened to in the last year here:

    As usual, it was a tough decision to complete the list of above. A lot of factors come into play. One disclaimer I must point out: I didn't listen to every single album released by every artist in 2011. It's true. That's why I invite you to post comments, or albums I might have missed. Or post a link to your Best Of 2011 list.

    2011 was such a great year for music. Below are some extra catagories I had to throw in...

    Best Comedy albums of 2011:

    Louis C.K. - Hilarious

    Patton Oswalt - Finest Hour

    The Lonely Island - Turtle Neck and Chain

    Best Reissues of 2011:


    Smashing Pumpkins - Gish

    Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

    Honorable Mentions for Best Album of 2011:

    Active Child - You Are All I See

    Al Di Meola - Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody

    Blind Pilot - We Are The Tide

    Bon Iver - Bon Iver (self-titled)

    Boy And Bear - Moonfire

    City And Colour - Little Hell

    Cults - Cults (self-titled)

    Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

    Feist - Metals

    Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

    Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

    Hank Williams III - Ghost to a Ghost

    Incubus - If Not Now, When?

    Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

    Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place

    Lady GaGa - Born This Way

    Lil Wayne - The Carter IV

    M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

    Mastodon - The Hunter

    Plaid - Scintilli

    PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

    Primus - Green Naugahyde

    Puscifer - Conditions Of My Parole

    Radiohead - The King Of Limbs

    Real Estate - Days

    St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

    Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - Rare Bird Alert

    Thievery Corporation - Culture of Fear

    Thrice - Major/Minor

    Tori Amos - Night Of Hunters

    Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine

    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

    tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L

    When Saints Go Machine - Konkylie

    Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation

    Awesome Albums I discovered this year, but were not released in 2011:

    Archers Of Loaf - Icky Mettle

    Beats Antique - Tribal Derivations

    Chinawoman - Show Me The Face

    Darwin Deez - Darwin Deez (self-titled)

    David Bowie - Hunky Dory

    Delphic - Acolyte

    Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True

    Freelance Whales - Weathervanes

    Four Tet - There Is Love In You

    Hank Williams III - Lovesick, Broke & Driftin'

    Harry Nilsson - The Point

    Infantree - Would Work

    Interpol - Interpol (self-titled)

    Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius (self-titled)

    Memory Tapes - Seek Magic

    Michael Chapman - Fully Qualified Survivor

    Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise

    Plaid - Double Figure

    Rachel Grimes - Book of Leaves

    Reverend Horton Heat - Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

    Richard Skelton - Landings

    Slint - Spiderland

    Slut - Nothing Will Go Wrong

    Thenewno2 - You Are Here

    Unknown Hinson - The Future Is Unknown

    And lastly, here are some other albums I liked from 2011, or I need to listen to them more to fully judge them:

    Amanda Palmer - Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under

    The Black Keys - El Camino

    Bright Eyes - The People's Key

    Broken Bells - Meyrin Fields EP

    The Cars - Move Like This

    Cut Copy - Zonoscope

    Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!

    Foster the People - Torches

    Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

    Grouper - A I A : Alien Observer

    Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu

    The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong

    Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some

    Phish - Hampton/Winston-Salem '97

    Tyler, The Creator - Goblin

    The Unthanks - Last

    Yuck - Yuck (self-titled)

    *Of course, I'm sure I forgot to put down your favorite album of the year. I probably did listen to it, unless it was some very obscure record. Forgive me for not listing it. I do intend on updating this list until the beginning of 2012. Please feel free to comment/message me a suggestion, or provide a link to your Best Of list.
  • Destroy the Runner

    30. Jun. 2009, 13:17 von marvSTARR


    wie findet ihr diese Band?

    Ich find der Gesang und die Gitarren und alles richtig genial ;)

  • Miss May I

    30. Jun. 2009, 13:15 von marvSTARR


    was haltet ihr von dieser Band?
    Ich find die einfach genial :)

    Künstlerseite: Miss May I

  • I got 50 questions "but a bitch ain't one"

    5. Nov. 2008, 11:21 von Aens

    Time for some games again, this took me close to an hour or so.

    1.How did you get into 29?
    - I'm not quite sure, but I think I heard their song Helvetistä itään on a radio station called YleX some time ago.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    - Not sure about this either, but I think it was Fire It Up.

    3. What's your favorite lyric by 33?
    - Haha, Anal Thunder has many funny lyrics, but I'd say Drink Myself to Death. The ending on Karaoke Nightmare where someone shouts "GLUE GLUE GLUE" is also hilarious.

    4. How did you get into 49?
    - I must have heard them from some music televison a long time ago.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    - Almost all of their studio albums, especially their older and newer stuff.

    6. What is your favorite song by 50?
    - As We Speak I think. It was such a great song live at Ankkarock 08, as I remember singing it along with the audience!

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad?
    - Well, kind of. I think you've heard Stairway to Heaven.

    8. What is your favorite song by 15?
    - They have such many good songs, Romeo is a great songwriter.

    9. What is your favorite song by 5?
    - Story Of My Life, Dance Craze or Leona.

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    - Hah, Monkey Wrench always makes me happy.

    11. What is the worst song by 40?
    - I think they have a couple of semi-weak songs but not bad, though.

    12. What is your favorite song by 10?
    - Ah, Kingston Wall has too many good songs. If I'd had to pick one, I simply couldn't. Otherwise, I'd say Time, The Real Thing or Shine on Me.

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    - Nothing, haven't listened that band so much anymore lately.

    14. What is your favorite song by 38?
    - Leaves Scar is awesome, but they have more good songs too that I would pick if needed.

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    - Opeth isn't really the happiest band there is, but The Drapery Falls just makes me think how good that song actually is and how good it was live. Kind of makes me a little sad too because I didn't get the chance to see them live in December.

    16. Is there a song by 25 that makes you sad?
    - Well, I sometimes listen to them when I'm sad. Down in a Hole, Nutshell, I Stay Away and Heaven Beside You especially. RIP Layne Staley.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    - Must have been Take My Pain Away.

    18. What's your favorite lyric by 11?
    - Some Kind of Love Song has funny lyrics. Mattias IA Eklundh is an awesome songwriter.

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1?
    - Daron Malakian.

    20. Is there a song by 14 that makes you happy?
    - Pantera isn't very much known from "happy songs", but Cowboys from Hell kinda makes me happy.

    21. What is a good memory involving 27?
    - My friend naming Black Hole Sun "Black Hole Son".

    22. What is your favorite song by 16?
    - Rain.

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47?
    - I actually don't have 47th listened artist so I'll pick Kiko Loureiro's Escaping.

    24. What is your favorite album by 18?
    - Easy one, The Poison.

    25. What is your favorite song by 21?
    - Pyhä yksinkertaisuus, great words in it.

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26?
    - Umm I think it was When I Come Around from MTV long time ago.

    27. What is your favorite album by 3?
    - Axis: Bold As Love. Are You Experienced? is also a brilliant album coming in 2nd, I just like Axis better.

    28. What is you favorite song by 2?
    - This is really a tough one, my favourite band. Gahh, Another Day it is then.

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32?
    - Can't remember.

    30. What is you favorite song by 8?
    - Under the Bridge or Wet Sand.

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live?
    - None, but he's such a fun guy and a great guitarist that I would like to!

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy?
    - All of their songs probably. Especially Miksei täällä humppa soi?.

    33. How did you get into 12?
    - Well who hasn't heard of Metallica, doh?

    34. What is the worst song by 45?
    - No bad songs actually.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34?
    - It could be Day Three: Pain.

    36. What is the first song you ever heard by 48?
    - Liberate from THUG.

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live?
    - None, and too bad I won't see them.

    38. What is you favorite song by 36?
    - Trilogy of the damned most probably. When the Walls Go Down is also epic for some reason.

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?
    - Tough one again, always played on the radio, so I'm not sure.

    40. What is you favorite album by 7?
    - Whoracle.

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy?
    - Bumblefoot has many happy songs, but Girl like You always makes me laugh, it's just so tragicomic.

    42. What is your favorite album by 41?
    - I don't have any of their albums.

    43. What is your favorite song by 24?
    - Tender Surrender.

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46?
    - That I bought a ticket to their gig last week.

    45. What is your favorite song by 35?
    - Vicarious. Remembers me that I should get more of their albums.

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?
    - Many. Bold As Love e.g.

    47. What is your favorite album by 4?
    - Crime Slunk Scene maybe.

    48. Who is a favorite member of 37?
    - Surprise surprise, Joe Satriani.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43?
    - Blitzkrieg Bop.

    50. What is your favorite song by 20?
    - The Metal, it's hilarious.
  • I have a seperate blog.

    12. Aug. 2008, 18:39 von The_Brownman

    My Blog

    It pretty much has a picture of me and i talk about a good ammount of things. I hope you guys will read it and think about some of the stuff i talk about, whether it be stupid or thoughtful. I am still gonna post on here though, just because I'm weird like that
  • Thoughts on the new

    26. Jul. 2008, 0:40 von Bastard1

    Now, there's been a lot of points on either side of the new design. Personally, I think it both has its advantages and drawbacks. I think the users causing an uproar to "bring back the old design" need to get over themselves. There will always be someone (or in this case, 10,000 something users...) who doesn't like change. And quite frankly, the old design was great, in usefulness and look.

    However, with this new design, which we'll just have to learn to get used to, come many new, exciting innovations. I know this sounds like a shilling, but I'm just a regular user giving my NOK 0,20,- on the situation.

    First up, let's check out the new additions with this new First off, there's the "library", an ingenious function which the previous lacked. You can see through EVERYTHING you've ever scrobbled/tagged/eaten with a nice side of bacon - every song by every artist. I was very upset when the Tag+Profile editor was removed, as it was very useful to remove mistagged objects from the library. So, naturally, since it worked pretty well and without bugs, I didn't understand, nor did I get any answer from staff about how and why it was removed. However, have paid back our waiting in dividends, with the new, user-friendly library.

    Going through everything you've ever scrobbled is kick ass. Finally I can remove those travesties I didst scrobble once upon a time, before I realized that mistagging songs and artists didn't help Artists like "Kill Bill Vol.1", "Nintendo GameCube" and "KEYSER SOZES ORCHESTRA" (thanks a lot, file sharing programs!) performing songs like "01 - Kill Bill Vol.1 - Twitted Nerve" and "13, Kaizers Orchestra - Maestro - Knekker Deg Til Sist (Live at Luftslottet)". DAMN, it feels good removing all that crap.

    Now on to the bad parts. For instance, the profile has been mucked up terribly. The info section is on the RIGHT side, and there's no way to align the text to the right side. Additionally, placing the shoutbox WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY down on the page, I didn't like. All in all, the new profile page looks bloated, and a lot of space could be better used. The old one was good, and everything you'd want to check up on (Shoutbox messages, groups) could be seen the instant you loaded the profile. I don't like all this waste of time with navigating ALL THE WAY DOWN. The last thing, the "recent journals" section, complete with number of comments is missing. You have to go to the journals page to even see them! I'm not gonna bother to do that, so when do I know when I get comments?

    Well, those are my thoughts. In time, we'll all get used to it, and happier we'll be. could still leave the old design as an "alternative" skin for those who won't embrace the future.
  • The Magical Review Tour, Part 3 : Various Artists - A Clockwork Orange

    28. Jun. 2008, 9:52 von Bastard1

    Well, yep, the Magical Review Tour™ is back and rolling, and this time it's the soundtrack to nothing more than the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's dystopian masterpiece, A Clockwork Orange, based on a an ownage novel by Anthony Burgess. The novel incorporates a special kind of breed of slang known as Nadsat, created by Burgess.

    The slang consists of school boy talk, russian and slavic syllables all jambled together, which would make your average sentence about the recession something like this; "During the recession, I and my starry grandfather did not get to viddy many sinnies, what with the corporate dook on our backs at all razzes. At the raz it did not matter, as I could spend my raz with like my droogs at the jolly ol' moloko bar. So it did not peet as much as you would think, oh my bratties."


    Spoiler warning! Plot and/or ending details follow!
    The movie is about the character Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his exploits in a world where violence is the only sort of entertainment around. And rape. And milk. And Ludwig van Beethoven. After one extreme spot of nastiness involving a plastic sculpture of a penis, Alex is arrested and becomes the test subject for a new cure for crime, in exchange for early release from prison. However, this cure, known as the "Ludovico Treatment", a sort of aversion therapy, not only conditions him against acts of sex and violence, but also against Beethovens "Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo)", which proves to be disastrous later on in the films. Once released, he is confronted with "evils" from his past, but ultimately receives his "absolution".
    Spoilers end here.

    Err, so I'll get on with the actual review of the actual album I am actually speaking about here then shall I? A Clockwork Orange is an eclectic mix of electronic synthesizer music, courtesy of Wendy Carlos (a.k.a. the Artist Formerly Known as Walter Carlos), classical music and pop. Needless to say, while this sounds like a clusterf*ck on paper, it comes out reeeeeeeal good and can really get one into the classical groove man. Let's get on with this.

    01. Wendy Carlos "Title Music from A Clockwork Orange"

    The opener is a real chillfest, especially considering the first thing you see in the film is the psychotic face of Malcolm MacDowell sitting in the good ol' milk bar with his droogs. The synthesizer really gets to show off what it can here, as it is as atmospheric as they come. Or at least something like that.

    The theme is a classic, no doubt about that. And damn me if it ain't parts of the hymn "Dies Irae" in it (which would later also be featured in another Kubrick film, The Shining). So top notch stuff to get in the mood for a strange soundtrack.


    02. Gioacchino Rossini - "The Thieving Magpie (abridged)"

    The theme segues into an abridged recording of Gioacchino Rossini's classic "The Thieving Magpie" (or "La gazza ladra" to you elitist operatics out there) and we all know this one right? Playful string lining going through this entire piece, which is catchy and great. And it all builds to the crescendo or whatever the term is. You know what I mean. It's a great song for beating people up...err, yeah! Seriously, flawless musicianship 'ere.


    03. Wendy Carlos - "Theme from A Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana)"

    The next one is basically just the theme with performed in a more "Beethoven" ish style. I prefer the original theme, but hey. Nothing hugely special about this...although it's not "bad" as such.


    04. Ludwig van Beethoven - "Ninth Symphony, Second Movement (abridged)"

    Next up is an excerpt from Ludwig Van's masterpiece, the Ninth Symphony. We all know how god-awesome this piece of fierce classical musicianship is, so out of the spirit of good taste in music and fear of looking like a mental midget, it gets a...


    05. Ludwig van Beethoven - "March From a Clockwork Orange (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement) (abridged)"

    Up next is yet another re-vamp of the Clockwork Orange theme, this time in a chintzy march. This is the fourth movement, which I believe is also known as the Ode to Joy or something, and we all know that from somewhere. Needless to say, it's a joyous romp to say the least. This I believe is really Carlos on the synthesizer and Rachel Elkind singing in a weird electronic voice, but it's tagged as Ludwig Van for some reason. Meh. It's good enough though, although it's probably the one I listen to the least, due to its cheesiness. And not cheesy in a good, like the Cheez Doodles™ I ate yesterday.


    06. Gioacchino Rossini - "William Tell Overture (abridged)"

    Next is the theme to the Lone Ranger TV series, and we all know this song from somewhere. You know, it's the fanfare that's always played in some funny british sketch. In the film, it's juxtaposed to Alex's consensual (nice one Alex!) sex with underage women, in really really fast playback speed. It's sort of hilarious and enraging at the same time, seeing as how that guy gets more action than me. He's a fictional character, goddamnit!


    07. Sir Edward Elgar - "Pomp and Circumstance March No. I"

    Another song we all know from somewhere, especially to us wrestling fans - it's "Macho Man" (I say that because I am required to; "Steroid Man" is more correct. I'd even settle for "Has-Been Man"!) Randy Savage's entrance theme. And of course all you Ivy League graduates know all about this. A march unmatched. Although I miss the intro from Savage's theme, you've gotta love it for its outro.


    08. Sir Edward Elgar - "Pomp and Circumstance March No. IV (abridged)"

    Next is the lesser known fourth march. I actually prefer this, as it is pretty much cooler. You can just imagine the Ivory Tower of Oxford or something eh? It's really the album's Dark Horse, if you will. Majestic to the max.


    09. Wendy Carlos - "Timesteps (excerpt)"

    Following the fourth march is Carlos' original composition "Timesteps", or at least an excerpt from it. Man, this is really like an early prototype for video game music - parts of it sounds exactly like a battle theme for some mech game. It's a strange atmospheric trip through synthesizer land, impressive each time. Although the full version is preferable, this still kicks a considerable modicum of ass.


    10. Terry Tucker "Overture to the Sun"

    Next up is some new blood - Terry Tucker composition "Overture to the Sun". Used in the scene where an annoying british person tries to annoy Alex the best he can - the treatment of course, disabling Alex from giving that punk ass bitch what he deserves. It's a catchy, medieval-ish tune, although quite simplistic. And it's a bit repetitive, but hey, still works.


    11. Erika Eigen "I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper"

    Next up is the cheesiest song I've ever heard on a soundtrack, not to mention the most anachronistic song. A strange song with a banjo accompaniment sung by some random chick. It's so inane and so weird it's good. I just like it. That's all.


    12. Gioacchino Rossini - "William Tell Overture (abridged)"

    Another section of the William Tell Overture by Rossini, this features the heavy melancholy strings, almost comically sad. A theme perfectly used in two instances in the film; first when Alex arrives in prison, that descending violin "riff" exemplifying the hopelessness of Alex's situation, and again when he's turned away by his own mum and dad. It's hard to believe that this is part of the same composition as the fanfare, but there it is.


    13. Ludwig van Beethoven - "Suicide Scherzo (Ninth Symphony, Second Movement) (abridged)"

    Then we have a synthesizer version of exactly the same version of the Ninth Symphony mentioned before. While it does little to expand upon that recording of the song, it's still bad-ass to hear it performed with synthesizers. It's really a testament to how good Carlos was on the synth. It's no better or worse than the orchestral one, but I don't like sort-of duplicate tracks on my albums, so it gets a bit of a lower score. Sorry there ol' chap/girl/thing.


    14. Ludwig van Beethoven - "Fourth Symphony, Fourth Movement (abridged)"

    Our penultimate track here is an abridged version of what I believe is the finale of finales from the Fourth Symphony. It kicks a certain amount of ass indeed, and is one of those classic endings to a song. I'm not a big fan of choir in my classical though - go instrumental or go home.


    15. Ludwig van Beethoven - "Singin' in the Rain"

    Our jouirney through Eclecticland ends with Gene Kelly's classic shownumber "Singin' in the Rain", disturbingly used in the film sung by Alex during a "surprise visit" to an elderly writer and his milf wife. You can probably guess the consequences of this visit from earlier statements about said psychotic main character, but there it is. It's lovably cheesy and will always remain that way. Its a classic nostalgia piece from the golden age of Hollywood and will forever remain that.


    Overall, like the film, it's a goddamn piece of ownage if there ever was one. The eclectic mix is executed rather well, and although it's a bit aways from perfect, it still mananges to be an extremely badass listening experience. And that's all for your humble narrator this time, oh my brothers and only blog-readers.

  • The Magical Review Tour, Part 2 : Carmaig de Forest - El Camino Real

    5. Mai. 2008, 19:02 von Bastard1

    Yup, it's more than half a year since last time, but due to boredom the Magical Review Tour is back on track! If you didn't catch us (me...) the last time, you can check out the first part of the 'Tour [URL=here!

    This time around, the subject matter is the third studio album by the California-bred singer-songwriter and ukulele-guitar-harmonica-violin-and-thousands-of-other-instruments czar of the U, S & A, Carmaig de Forest. If you've never heard of Carmaig before, it's not a big surprise. He's relatively unknown, with only 56 listeners on as of press time. However, don't forget that ancient saying - listeners are useless. Errr..?

    Anyhoo. Carmaig de Forest became known to me through another genius of singing and songwriting, the Quentin Tarantino of , Geoff Berner. Geoff is a bit better off with listeners. Anyway, at a lot of his live shows, Mr. Berner covers songs written by Mr. de Forest. Seeing as how Geoff Berner kicks ass, I assumed Mr. de Forest would as well. And boy hey howdy was I right.

    It would seem he's just an average guy writing songs for the ukulele. Now, we're not talking random covers of Hawaii songs like "Aloha, Moe" and whatnot, these are songs that are neither over the top or under it. Somewhere in-between. What the hell is the "top" anyway? However, Mr. de Forest is far beyond a meager "average guy". Simple, catchy and goddamn groovy is the name of his game. His voice is a "real" voice, nothin' purdy about it. Wise-cracking street punk poetry at its finest. Let's get crackin' with the review people.

    01. Leavin' It All to You
    The album starts off with a groovy, almost "rap"-ish fast song, where Mr. de Forest names everything that rhymes from here to the Heavens. An uptown lover with a downtown dad, a parrot, a kitchen sink, a rock shaped like a bowtie and a cherry lemon flavoured drink? All here. Too damn catchy for words. Just download it and see for yourself. The ukuele is INSANE. Just good to listen to whenever you feel like overstimulating your brain with subliminal awesomeness disguised as a random song. Too bad the second best song on the album is first...


    02. Henry & Jason

    Number two is the first Carmaig song I ever heard, when Geoff performed it at Oslo's smallest live venue, Sound of MU in '05. Although I actually prefer Geoff's sing-a-long version, the original is nothing to scoff at. Basically, it's just Carmaig and his ukulele with a looping drum beat that even some kid could play and some bass stuff. A story of a father and son, and their exploits in real life. Strange, yet fascinating. The chorus is a bit scary though, listen to those "lalalalalala" things in the background. The sort of NES-ish outro is great stuff.


    03. Bad Things Happen

    "Henry & Jason" fades into a ballad with the C-man on some kind of organ about losing someone and trying to get on with living. Profound. It sort of has the atmosphere of an early city morning in it, which is rare to find in music. Perhaps I'm just a strange dude who sees music for more than it is? Ahh so yeah, I like it.


    04. Sexy/Scary

    ...Uhh, the fourth track isn't really a track at all as much as a funny monologue about women who like it sexy and scary, but not both things at the same time or something like? Not really a song that I can rate as such, although it does not detract from the overall score of the album.

    05. Can I Die for You Baby

    Carmaig's monologue segues into a rock-ish track about what Carmaig would do for love. This is my least favourite track on the album. It's too repetitive and doesn't really have a nice sound to it. But you can't get everything can you? This is one of those rare tracks that I occasionally skip.


    06. Coldwater Park

    Now this may be one of his finest. A simple song about his childhood near Coldwater Park, Los Angeles, with funny lyrics and a simple undercurrent of bass, glockenspiel (?) and drums. And the ending of the song is just hilarious, I mean, I laughed when I heard it. It's not a comedy song, but man. Do I have a bad sense of humour or what? This is one of the reasons why Carmaig is eligible for Godlike status among the men of the 'uke.


    07. Canoga Park

    Another song about a park...Carmaig seems to like 'em. Anyway, this is sort of remniscent of early rap. Carmaig in a regular talking voice tells the story of a drug addict and his family in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, over a looped beat in the background...weird, but I like it. Also, I've failed at every attempt to transcribe the lyrics, not only because I suck at doing that, but also because it's too damn fast. If Carmaig hadn't become a ukulele singer-songwriter, he could be one of the top rap artists of today.


    08. Hey Angel

    ...Wow. What can I say? This is the best song on the album. Carmaig playing a tender ballad with a strange almost creepy piano arrangement or something. I shall speak no more, just let the sample do the talking. This reminds me of Maria. Not the Maria who's my friend here though, no hard feelings :P


    09. Kiss Me Seven Times

    The next song comes like a hangover after a foggy night on the town. It's almost comical how bad placing it right after "Hey Angel" is. Almost a crime. In the same strain as "Can I Die for You Baby", this is an average high-speed rock song at best. I like rock songs and all, but only when they're done properly. Sorry Carmaig, but no thanks for this.


    10. Six Young Girls

    The next escapade, "Six Young Girls" is like something out of The Beatles' acid period. If they had been alive today, they'd make something like this. Carmaig, in a slow droning voice (sort of like what you get if you choose "Slower speed" in Windows Sound Recorder) over one ominous note played on an organ. I seriously don't know what to think. It's not particularly great, then again, it's not bad. Perhaps I'd like it better if I had some dope? I guess I'll never know.


    11. The Woolly Mammoth

    Then comes another weird short monologue like "Sexy/Scary". It appears this is Carmaig's tryouts for an answering machine, some random stuff about a woolly mammoth lumbering across the plains. Again, I cannot rate it as it is not an actual song, just weird...stuff. It doesn't detract from the overall album this either though.

    12. Three Ships

    Carmaig's understated "finale" is an uplifting piece of songwriting wonderment about a better world or something. It's a good ending to a good album I reckon.


    Well, that's the album. I like it a lot, but be warned, It's weird, so according to several lead scientists, you probably will hate it. However, give it a shot. It gets the overall score of....


    Hope you enjoyed another edition of the randomly posted Magical Review Tour! This is Ben, signing out. No, I'm not a geek...I think? I'm not one of those emo bastards either. I'm me.
  • C&C: A Greatest Hits

    7. Feb. 2008, 20:27 von Niai8889

    Ok so I'm quite possibly the biggest C&C fan ever. (Although definitely not the best player). And part of what makes C&C what it is to this day is the amazing music which atmosphorises (that's not a word is it?) every single game. The Tiberian Universe would not ooze an unfathomable sci-fi awesomeness without the seeping electronica that reflects the unpredictable modern world, or the Red Alert universe would be lost without brain melting metal and upbeat techno. Most of this can be accredited to Frank Klepacki - a wonderful composer who the video game industry is lucky to have. However, not all C&C tracks have been composed by him alone.

    Anyway, because I'm so addicted to the C&C music, a couple of months ago I decided that I wanted to create a C&C Greatest Hits playlist because quite frankly, it deserves it. I've only just gotten around to it however and boy it was hard. I've spent the past two days deciding which tracks to include. After choosing roughly 50 tracks out of what must be 150+ C&C tracks in total, I wanted a playlist of 25 songs. Narrowing down the first 8-15 tracks from that 50 was ok, but after hours languish on it, I felt it was impossible to hack it down to said number. So I've finished it with 30 tracks, but my god there are about 10 or so tracks I just may cry at night for omitting.

    Aaaaanyway, here it is!

    1. Hell March - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert)

    If there's one song C&C is remembered for (and Kane forbid it isn't), then it will be Hell March. The infamous marching feet, plodding baseline, and deranged drill sergeant yelling Die Waffen, Legt An at the top of his voice is precisely why C&C music is iconic, and why it makes you want to literally throw your little men and tanks at the enemy.

    2. Industrofunk - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert 2)

    Industrofunk is quite simply so electronically funky that you bounce up and down while you double, triple, quad-billion click on those GI's to dig up one of those millisecond sandbags. Seriously, the song makes you bob your head faster than Will Smith can say "Black Suits comin'". The isolated snaky baseline that begins at 2:16 is the sex.

    3. Crimson City - Steve Jablonsky and Trevor Morris (Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars)

    The C&C3 soundtrack as a whole was generally disliked, even hated by the majority of the community because it shyed away from catchy electronic and metal riffs and opted for a more film-esque instrumental composition. (I love the C&C3 soundtrack however and think it was perfectly fitting for a serious C&C game set in the Tiberian Universe.) However, this particular track builds up steam with a number of ambient effects (like most C&C3 tracks ¬_¬) until it rips into a killer, jolting guitar riff in the chorus. Short and simple - it catches your attention well when playing.

    4. Industrial - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn)

    The name says it all. An industrial tune with a prominent drum beat and synthesized layers make this just as memorable and nostalgic as every single Tiberian Dawn track. One of those tunes that's great when you're building your base.

    5. Heroism - Jarrid Mendelson (Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun)

    This is my favourite Tiberian Sun track - a hypnotic effect/thing (you'll know what I mean if you've heard it) in the chorus seeps into your brain and fills you full of sci-fi wonder and pretension. Like so many TS tracks, it really characterizes the futuristic ambiance.

    6. Act On Instinct - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn)

    "We are going to have to Act, if we want to live in a different world."

    Quite simply, my favourite C&C track. Ever. And also of course, the first track of the first game. When I was knee high to a Minigunner and first loaded up C&C and this track came blaring out, it didn't matter about my crappy monitor-integrated speakers that I had at the time. This track had me. It literally epitomizes the pre-terrorist tension that Tiberian Dawn portrays so well. It throws you straight into a conflict, wakes you up and expects you to make the best of things in the 2:53 of it's existence. C&C's Energizer or Lucozade, if you will. (Excuse the product placement). Amazing, exactly why I love C&C to bits.

    7. Drok - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 - Yuri's Revenge)

    On a soundtrack exclusively filled with catchy electronica, this title track stands alone with an epic, continuous guitar hook and a memorable b-movie voice clip from some film that I don't know and I'm sure no-one else does. Of course, the brain bending electronic samples and hooks are still there, which is what holds the song together. But most certainly the track which best embodies the conflict of the game.

    8. USA 06 - Bill Brown (Command & Conquer Generals)

    Now listen here you naysayers, I will agree with you, C&C Generals was probably the worst soundtrack in the series' history, not even going into the debate of the actual game itself. However, compared to such a stellar back catalogue, what do you expect? I feel it was still actually an effective, listenable, and fitting soundtrack for the game, and conclusively good. However, because I feel it was still the worst out of a brilliant bunch (or should I say horde) of soundtracks, I was considering omitting Generals from the list. But due to my high pitched reviewer voice inside of my head screaming for full series representation, I decided to include at least one track. The imaginatively titled USA 06 from Bill Brown is a fully laden guitar/orchestral/Republican Military marching band induced cacophony of noise (much like the entirety of the USA soundtrack actually) and is rousing enough for you to send many of those imbalanced Alpha Auroras straight into the enemy arse.

    9. Crush - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert)

    This track almost crosses the line into synthesized trance territory with the chorus, but still at it's heart remains an industrial masterpiece. Like so many Klepacki tracks, the drum beat and pounding electronic samples seals the song into C&C immemorial.

    10. Grinder - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert 2)

    A multitude of moshing madness along with those brilliant morse code effects, Grinder is anything but a slowburn and launches straight into your headphones and forcibly makes you headbang. Wonderful.

    11. I've Gotta Present For Ya - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Renegade)


    C&C Renegade was Frank's last C&C soundtrack, and while it was certainly not the most memorable, it did have a couple of tunez like this. The simple synchronization of a piercing guitar solo and prominent drums makes it a winner. The best part of the track however is the undeniably awesome Tiberian Dawn Commando voice samples which, by fact of science increase it's coolness by 5000%. That's a fact kids. (By the way, Frank K himself voiced the Commando in Tiberian Dawn and considering he's a skinny white guy who doesn't do impressions or voiceovers, I find it hard to believe he could pull off the coolest muscular gun toting - chain smoking sniper with the best attitude I've ever seen. And yes I know he's only 9 pixels high).

    12. Research Initiative - Steve Jablonsky and Trevor Morris (Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars)

    The C&C3 soundtrack I would accept as being pretty repetitive, but out of the many many thought provoking, slow tempo futuristic ambient tracks, this may be my favourite.

    13. C&c Thang - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn)

    Pop, funk, and a woman wailing at the top of her voice? A C&C track? You'd better believe it. Surprisingly one of Tiberian Dawn's most iconic songs, the almost whiny electronic hook catches you as you bop-beat here and there. Thank god it's a brief song or all those "yeah-yeahs" could easily become annoying. ¬_¬ It's one of those tracks that solidifies Tiberian Dawn's soundtrack as diverse.

    14. Big Foot - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert)

    One of those classic Red Alert songs that always goes well at the start of a mission. Extremely industrial - the chorus literally sounds like some machines and alarms in a factory. (Trust me, it's a good track).

    15. Pharotek - Jarrid Mendelson (Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun)

    The start of Pharotek literally sounds like it's swooping you up into the post-apocalyptic clouds of Tiberian Sun, and then more electronica/industrial ensues with mysterious bells and chimes. The best part is the thumping, even marching bottom layer in the middle of the track. The track continually changes tempo and style, but leaves you wanting more.

    16. Mechanical Man - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn)

    "I'm a Mechanical, I'm a Mechanical, I'm a Mechanical Man." Repeat about a billion times. Many fans would say that's all there is to this song, but it's actually got a speedy baseline more addictive than crack itself. The Industrial layers along with said b-line plod this song along and make it so consistently replayable. This track was also used in the very first -end of Tiberian Dawn- Tiberian Sun trailer with the stompy mech that breaks down after one puny missile. This trailer, along with the song, created itself a cult status and left fans salivating the inevitable sequel for 4 whole years. (Known as Target for some unfathomable reason on the Soundtrack release).

    17. Just Do It Up - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn)

    Question - "Which is the most awesomely rocking Tiberian Dawn song?" Answer - "This". I do think the in-game version without the voice samples is better however.

    18. Floating - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert: Aftermath)

    This is the most obscure song on the entire list - ask any casual C&C music fan and they won't have heard of it before, but seemingly such is the fate of the Aftermath music. C&C Red Alert: Aftermath bridged the gap in a way between Red Alert and Tiberian Sun, moving from wacky electronica and instrumental/industrial/orchestral (Red Alert) and into ambient thought provoking music (Tiberian Sun). The Aftermath soundtrack is a brilliant blend of exactly that, and this particular song does live up to its name. Very underrated.

    19. Valves - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Tiberian Sun)

    To me, this track personified (or rather musicified :S) the huge GDI Titans and Wolverines striding into battle on their mechanical legs. If it wasn't for Heroism then this would be my favourite TS tune.

    20. Mud - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert)

    This is another song that exemplifies its name. Mud feels as if it's seeping through your headphones into your hears with a deliciously slow and even sometimes relaxing synthesized composition. It was because of tracks like these and Floating mentioned above which gave Red Alert it's diversity which I feel Red Alert 2 lacked.

    21. Destroy - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert 2)

    But hey, who needs diversity when you've got a blisteringly awesome set of adrenaline fueled tunes like Destroy in Red Alert 2? It builds up in classic Klepacki style with epic guitar accompanied with electronic interchanges and beats. It keeps building until you're on the edge of your seat (with those terror drones that wont sit still) at the last chorus. Plus, it has some French woman saying something in between it all. What else can you ask for?

    22. Face the Enemy 1 - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert)

    An epic orchestral attempt that comes in two parts, Face the Enemy 1 is a track that epitomizes the cold-war esque conflict in the original Red Alert perfectly. Stirring (synthesized of course) violin and strings.

    23. Blow It Up - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert 2)

    "Gentlemen, It's a Nuclear Device."

    Time is running out! Blow It Up is one of the most memorable Red Alert 2 tracks entirely because of it's use of hammy b-movie voice samples. Me and my friends have quoted it many a time in C&C music related conversation. It even has it's own sense of humour to it, despite subject matter of course.

    24. Apocalypse - Steve Jablonsky and Trevor Morris (Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars)

    My favourite C&C3 track. Rousing, uncompromising, and tense. Incredibly short, but effectively so.

    25. Depth Charge - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer: The Covert Operations)

    Like Aftermath and Counterstrike, The Covert Operations music is largely unappreciated. Many subversive and thought provoking tracks (of course excluding Die). It gave Tiberian Dawn's music yet more depth and substance. Depth Charge is perhaps the strongest example.

    26. Looks Like Trouble - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn)

    "'s not doesn't look good."

    Known as In Trouble on the soundtrack release, Looks Like Trouble is a kickass Tiberian Dawn tune with a buttload of equally kickass voice samples. The in game version without them isn't half as exciting. The track itself contains the usual iconic Dawn synth overture with that incredible fast guitar/drums combo. Quick, uncompromising, and yes, I'll say it a third time, kickass.

    27. Stomp - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Renegade)

    Some of you may not know this was originally intended to be Tiberian Sun's signature track, apparently representing the mechs stomping all over the place, but was canned in favour of a more depressing and downbeat soundtrack. It was also I mean used by EA in the first C&C3 trailer (which may I say is what made it 300% cooler).

    28. No Mercy - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn)

    "No longer will the world be dominated, by the legacy of these fools!"

    Those lines alone make this stirring, right? One of Tiberian Dawn's most memorable tracks really brought out the frightening side of the game, exemplifying oppression, rebellion, and new world order. The last few seconds creep with a pulsating eeriness. Most definitely a Nod track.

    29. Hell March 2 - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Red Alert 2)

    This remix takes the riff of the original and just hyper-accelerates it by making it a million times more epic, loud, and just generally more a thousand Kirovs bombing you in the face. Many agree that this is superior to the original, but to this day I just can't make my damn mind up. If there's one track that epitomizes the Soviet second invasion, then it's this. It's elevated far higher than just a remix. It's a legend in videogame music. You can't have that intro video without Hell March 2.

    30. Airstrike - Frank Klepacki (Command & Conquer Tiberian Dawn)

    It's the perfect credits/closer music. I'll leave it at that.

    1. Hell March - Frank Klepacki
    2. Industrofunk - Frank Klepacki
    3. Crimson City - Steve Jablonsky and Trevor Morris
    4. Industrial - Frank Klepacki
    5. Heroism - Jarrid Mendelson
    6. Act on Instinct - Frank Klepacki
    7. Drok - Frank Klepacki
    8. USA 6 - Bill Brown
    9. Crush - Frank Klepacki
    10. Grinder - Frank Klepacki
    11. I've Gotta Present For Ya - Frank Klepacki
    12. Research Initiative - Steve Jablonsky and Trevor Morris
    13. C&C Thang - Frank Klepacki
    14. Big Foot - Frank Klepacki
    15. Pharotek - Jarrid Mendelson
    16. Mechanical Man - Frank Klepacki
    17. Just Do It Up - Frank Klepacki
    18. Floating - Frank Klepacki
    19. Valves - Frank Klepacki
    20. Mud - Frank Klepacki
    21. Destroy - Frank Klepacki
    22. Face the Enemy 1 - Frank Klepacki
    23. Blow It Up - Frank Klepacki
    24. Apocalypse - Steve Jablonsky and Trevor Morris
    25. Depth Charge - Frank Klepacki
    26. Looks Like Trouble - Frank Klepacki
    27. Stomp - Frank Klepacki
    28. No Mercy - Frank Klepacki
    29. Hell March 2 - Frank Klepacki
    30. Airstrike - Frank Klepacki

    There you go! If you've read until the end I applaud and thank you. If any of you are curious about the C&C music and want to listen or to perhaps get the tracks you don't already have, give me a PM and I'll tell you where you can find them. The C&C music is not something to miss out on.

    So fellow geeks, agree wholeheartedly with me or did I miss out on your favourite tunez? Digress below.

    Frank Klepacki
    Jarrid Mendelson
    Steve Jablonsky & Trevor Morris
    Bill Brown
  • Linkin Park [Live - O2 Arena, London] [28th January]

    29. Jan. 2008, 14:34 von --Shinn--

    Mon 28 Jan – Linkin Park, Biffy Clyro

    Probably the most hyped band on planet. An audience so diverse it was crazy, metalheads behind me, footballers wives in front, most diverse crowd i have ever been in. But after tonight anyone there knows its not just hype.

    We got there just as Biffy Clyro began their set. I really enjoyed their latest album, but their set was slightly disapointing for me. Apart from 2-3 really well performed songs the rest seemed muddled, and the crowd really wern't being warmed up at all, rather going to get a beer before Linkin Park came on. A great band, but without the crowd behind them Biffy Clyro seemed like they were just passing time, waiting for Linkin Park to push them off the stage.

    Without Julien-K supporting it was only one support band, slightly disapointing, but the worst thing was to come. Biffy Clyro went off, what followed was at least a good 45 minutes wait as everyone waited for thje stage to be rebuilt for Linkin Park to come out. Yes eventually when the curtain fell it looked amazing, but with no warnings on how long it would be everyone just waited, and waited, only having some god awful music to keep them amused.

    Eventually the real show began. Nice intro, curtain fell, and they churned out What I've Done perfectly, a really great opening song. The vocals from Chester were intense, and the audio was spot on, making sure all vocals were clear and could easily be heard over the rest of the band. Faint, Crawling, and a few songs from Minutes to Midnight soon followed, even a comical version of Rhianna's 'Umbrella' from Mike on the keyboards.

    The show was lively, the crowd, as always at Linkin Park gigs, were intense, and of course as a huge Linkin Park fan it was great knowing every beat and word of every song, really good fun. After an hour of some amazing tracks, including an amazing rendition of Bleed It Out (Complete with Chester running into the crowd) the main set came to an end. Cue another wait. Eventually Mike and Chester came out. I was of course hoping for Pushing Me Away on keyboards.... Instead we got My December with just the two of them, simply brilliant. Best was still to come. Cue keyboard intro into Breaking The Habit, with the full band coming in halfway through and clips of the video behind them. An excellent and emotional rendition of a very rarely played live song, amazing (Yes amazing is over-used in this review).

    Again cue a long, long, long wait, too long in fact. Half the standing crowd begin to walk out, and then eventually the band comes back, providing two of their heaviest songs too finish, Place For My Head, and then One Step Closer. Intense and incredible, made me wish i had been fortunate enough to get standing tickets, but how can you be jealous when you are stood with you best friend jumping around in standing seats with your other friends looking on, you can't.

    Deffinately the best setlist i have ever seen it, obviously standing so near the front seeing one of Nightwish's last live concerts is pretty hard to beat, and watching Dream Theater being masters is also pretty tough, but i think the sheer fact i was singing for 2 hours, bouncing and jumping and loving every second means Linkin Park could have just gone straight to the top of my list. Can't wait to get my hands on the concerts live recording in a week or two now!!!

    Setlist (Thanks scott_viggars ;) )

    01. What I've Done
    02. Faint
    03. No More Sorrow
    04. Somewhere I Belong
    05. Lying From You
    06. From The Inside
    07. Points Of Authority
    08. Hands Held High
    09. Wake
    10. Given Up
    11. Valentine's Day
    12. Numb
    13. Just Like Heaven (The Cure Cover)
    14. Shadow Of The Day
    15. Crawling
    16. In The End
    17. Bleed It Out
    18. My December (Piano Version)
    19. Breaking The Habit (With Piano Solo etc)
    20. A Place For My Head
    21. One Step Closer
    (with a short cover of Umbrella by Rhianna haha)

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