• New "Greetings From the 8th Floor"

    2 Dec 2010, 05:07 by halfmike

    This is my first album whose masters I havent lost to hard drive failure. And I'm doing what I consider my 5th album. At least I ended up getting it right this time, haha. But its a thrill to get to come back to this stuff after having listened to it a while. And there was a lot that I cleaned up in the recordings. Usually when I "release" something, its after I put together the tracklist and finish the cover. But not until last month it did I really look back at the tracks themselves. I guess it took time to see what it was as whole. It also totally flows better without that self-indulgent piece of crap I called Wall :P ... Though admittedly at first I didnt think this was my "best" album when I recorded it, I was on chemo during recording so in the playiing was a little sloppy. But its a really solid album. Anyway, I'd prefer you download from my website because its 320 as opposed to 128 kpbs... here are the links:

    my website

    The Grenaders
    Greetings From the 8th Floor
    Dear Emma
    Say Goodbye
    Lost Without You
    Greetings From the Eighth Floor
    Temporary Memory Lapse Pt. 2
    Something Random
    Alphabet Soup
    Rock Candy

    I hope you have as much fun listening as I did putting it together.
  • regarding The Grenaders

    28 Dec 2009, 19:17 by halfmike

    i do all the instruments, and i encourage everyone to record they're own music and distribute it for free in an effort to take down the music industry. the reality is that music is going to be distributed anywhere it wants to go. capitalists hate this system because no many can be made from a system that promotes sharing. but that's the problem itself, music should not be made for money, music should be made with the intentions of creating a masterful musical work like the musicians of every era before us have done. In essence, music is an art that should not be poisoned by the well of profiteering.

    if one can create & distribute free content in a marketplace that is as good as or close to as good as paid content, then when one wants to support one's favorite artists, instead of a distribution company making the money, the artist would recieve a much high percentage of the profit. also, even in if no consumer wished to support the artist financially, money can be much easier made in the traffic, which comes in no cost to the consumer itself. that's how google make's it's money - what does it "sell"? - adspace.

    i can't change the system myself. but what i can do is create my own work and promote sharing of everyone's own creative work

    give it a listen, hey you might like it. why not, its free

    The Grenaders
    Here, There and Everywhere
    Sleep, Long Shot, Lost Without You, Regret and Turn To Dust are some of my favorites.
  • 2008 Ten of the Best (albums)

    9 Nov 2008, 14:50 by mat35

    Not been wow’d away by all that much this year. Not that that’s a bad thing. 2008 the year of change, the year of Rat or at least more or less eleven twelfths of it is/has been. 2008 the year of quality over quantity.

    Early as ever, I am with these things, but in the age of the internet if you haven’t heard it by mid-November it’s out next year. So…

    My Top Ten:

    10) A Silver Mt Zion as Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band with 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
    Bombastic vocal Post-Rock from people that brought us such godliness as God Speed! You Black Emperor. This isn’t on the same level as that, and is more in your face get it straight away stuff than previous outings, so those who like it deep might be a little off put, Efrim’s vocals also could also be a little off putting for some people. I don’t entirely mind all that much to be honest, it has a distinctive flavour and is a good album in it’s own light. A light that will probably remain over shadowed for many by it’s gigantic brothers and sisters.

    9) Coldplay with Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
    In my Metal loving days of yesteryears Five seconds before I heard this album, I would have berated myself for considering it a good album, after all it is Coldplay. Who have previously never previously produced anything more than a good collection of singles that on there own merits are decent, but played back to back quickly cause high levels of boredom. This however is quite the opposite no real singles as such other than the it’s namesake which I shocked not to have seen in a sporting montage. I don’t I know what I can say to get you to listen to it because they are one of those bands. I suppose when you’re influences are U2 and Radiohead you’re just asking to have some quarters to refuse to listen to you.. But do, it’s a pleasant surprise.

    8) Mogwai with The Hawk is Howling
    One of my favourite bands, have been for the past two years, since the days I went to college in Manchester and Mr Beast adverts were literally plastered at every visible angle. Nothing really new here, to be honest there probably not that much they can did with regards to changing there sound, but quality wise the maintain their typically high standards. One notable thing is there are no vocals at all. None. No one on the telephone, no sample Iggy Pop chatting on about crap, none guy out of Super Furry Animals. Pick out tracks is Scotland’s Shame and the first single Batcat.

    7) Venetian Snares with Detrimentalist
    Gentlemen. Usually I’m a bigger fan of the Rossz csillag alatt született type Vsnares albums, and for now that will a far as I’m concerned will remain to be Aaron Funk’s magnum opus. That said this from the word go produces a party in my ears. This album his more Drum’n’Bass and Dub influenced than those previous to it, yet is very typically Vsnares with mad breaks. It’s just that this time it makes you want to dance and party more than ever before.

    6) Peter Broderick with Home
    Ever since I “discovered” the beauty of this man’s music when he supported Efterklang last year have I claimed his genius, and such a departure from ones usually sound can only come in one of a few categories. Sell out, disaster, or genius. This of course is genius. His usual beautiful ambience and piano melodies are replaced by with acoustic folkiness, and vocal melodies. Comparable to the likes of Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, just better than one, almost as the other. Of course it’s hardly shocking he can write/play in a different style to which he often does, after all he is a multi-multi instrumentalist, and one of the greatest musicians I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live.

    5) Peter Broderick with Float
    Bet you wasn’t expecting that! Yes, he scores two in a row. This album is his signature sound that I have come to love with the European Tour CD and Docile. Peaceful and tranquil, I’d recommend to anyone, and everyone. We can’t go at 100mph all the time, and this album is perfect to relax to.

    4) Portishead with Third
    This band are relatively new to me, having discovered them pretty due to this album coming out, and the push it was being given. It’s great! I’ve since gone on to grab hold of the two previous studio releases one of which Dummy challenges Mezzanine for greatness. But let’s rant about this album. The music is dark, eerie, and oddly beautiful. Beth’s voice can only be described as hypnotic - amazing - beautiful. This release more or less optimise the theme of the year (quality over quantity) as it is the first release from the band in over 9 or 10 years I believe! The Rip and Machine Gun are particular favourites of mine.

    3) Sigur Ros with Með Suð i Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust

    Not many bands are in the top 20 or my 3 month, 6 month, 12 month, and Overall (4 year) charts… In fact there are only two. Mogwai and Sigur Ros. Oddly enough neither of which at the moment I have seen live. I unfortunately had to yet again pass on Mogwai the other week because of being poor. Sigur Ros however is all fully booked and just waiting to happen in a few weeks… And I can’t wait one little second.. If I closed my eyes right now and suddenly it was time for me to get the coach down to London I’d be one happy boy! Oh, and did I mention they are number one on my overall charts.

    What was that waffle all for you might ask, well you don’t get that consistently high on my charts without having a number of great albums, and yes, you’ve guess it. Með Suð i Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust is another great album. In many ways it’s very similar to Takk, in many ways it’s not. The opening track for instance wouldn’t go a miss side by side with an Animal Collective (circa FeelsFeels) track. Yet it soon becomes signature Ros, but the transition is smooth it’s not like one second you’re listening to Animal Collective next Sigur Ros, oh no. It’s Sigur Ros all the way through. In that essence the album is more like one big journy of a track than many different songs. Nevertheless it’s one top notch album.

    2) M83 with Saturdays = Youth

    Fresh, Retro: I can’t think of two more juxtaposed adjectives, especially when it comes to describing music. However when thinking of how to describe M83’s new outing Saturdays = Youth. They both pop to mind almost instantly. Whereas previous M83 albums sound like an up-to-date reprisal of classic showgaze, Saturdays is the most perfect eighties pop album for the noughties. Everything from the album sleeve to the first and last beat screams “nineteen eighties!” loudly and proudly however what’s inside is so modern it, so much so it’s almost unbelievable. Yet it is believable, M83 make it believable.

    1) Bon Iver with For Emma, Forever Ago
    Recorded and released in America last year, Bon Iver finally hit these shores and my ears around May of this year. For Emma, Forever Ago is a collection of personal, heart warming modern folk songs. On first listen you think it can’t get much better than this. On second you think the same, or the hundredth and so on you still think the same. That is all until you see Justin and his band live. Oh my. Over shadowed only by the might My Bloody Valentine this year… The show? It’s a show stopper! After seeing that and dare I, dare I say it: this man could be as good as Jeff Buckley. Unfortunately I’ll never have the chance to see the late great Buckley live, but his works are masterful and his voice was all so amazing. Justin’s works are also on an extremely high level and I have never heard a better vocalist live. He packed out the medium size Academy 2 in Manchester earlier this year. If he keeps up this quality I can only see him getting bigger and bigger.

    Well that's it for now. Might do a Best of Gigs, Tracks, and EPs/singles as the weeks to 2009 count down.
  • I blog now...

    14 May 2008, 05:34 by WyldStallyn

    I blog, for those of you who always thought I had interesting things to say, you can read it all.

    I'm going to write about music, 'cause that seems to make sense.

    Here is my "for fun" blog:

    Also, I get paid for writing a couple of other blogs. Here is the link to one of the sites. Check it out if you'd like. I would appreciate it. I may get paid more if the site gets more hits.
  • I must be a sinner

    5 Apr 2008, 01:50 by Blur707

    I must be a sinner!
    5 Apr 2008, 01:31
    In the sixth century, Pope Gregory handed down a list of "seven cardinal vices." Now the Vatican has issued an additional seven "social sins."
    You offend God not only by stealing, taking the Lord's name in vain or coveting your neighbor's wife, but also by wrecking the environment, carrying out morally debatable experiments that manipulate DNA or harm embryos," said [Bishop Gianfranco] Girotti, who is responsible for the body that oversees confessions.
    The seven social sins are:

    1. "Bioethical" violations such as birth control

    2. "Morally dubious" experiments such as stem cell research
    ---(Not Guilty...not a genecist...I help build the American War Machine!)

    3. Drug abuse
    ---(Ridiculously Guilty)

    4. Polluting the environment
    ---(Guilty...though I do make a huge effort at not)

    5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor
    ---(Not Guilty...I am an anarchist{misnomer} most people think my beliefs are socialist...all though in reality I am anti-social)

    6. Excessive wealth
    ---(Definately Not Guilty!...I owe, I owe, so off to work I go)

    7. Creating poverty
    ---(Not Guilty...can anyone say George Bush???)

    The original deadly sins:

    1. Pride
    ---(Guilty...I Love Myself...Personally!)

    2. Envy
    ---(Guilty...I wanna be _______ ...fill in the blank)

    3. Gluttony
    ---(Guilty...Ohhhhh Yeahhhhh!!!!!)

    4. Lust
    ---(Uhhhh! GUILTY! Aren't We All???)

    5. Anger
    ---(Sometimes pisses me off...but yeah Guilty... I am a MADman more often than not)

    6. Greed
    ---(Not yet!!!)

    7. Sloth
    ---('s called

    23 Mar 2008, 17:13 by Jezabelizma2

    It's true, greatest song ever.
  • Saint Patrick's Day

    17 Mar 2008, 23:01 by Blur707

    Happy St. paddy's Day too all...I am getting drunk and going to fight tonight...I love this holiday...I can let the Irish in me loose and not feel guilty...Ireland rocks!!!!!!
  • Long time gone

    11 Jan 2008, 22:36 by Blur707

    Sorry everyone my computer got shot and I don't have access. I'll be back soon. Miss all of you. Talk at you soon.
  • 100 Journals!

    2 Jan 2008, 20:28 by thewisedragon

    This is my 100th journal, and I'd like to thank everyone who has read any of my journals. I know at least half of you think they're nothing but crap, but perhaps you've found one in between that really does mean something for you.

    I've blogged 100 songs, some were used in several journals. Now for the next 100 ^_^

    I'd like to thank Ni-Que for reading every single journal I've written (and for everything else she's done for me). You're the best =)

    Blogged artists in chronological order (only unique tracks):

    Artist (times blogged)

    Faith Hill
    Linkin Park (6)
    Kane (8)
    My Chemical Romance (2)
    36 Crazyfists (10)
    Kamelot (9)
    Lostprophets (2)
    Snow Patrol
    Simply Red (6)
    Bløf (2)
    Within Temptation (2)
    Wibi Soerjadi
    Franz Liszt
    Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Meat Loaf (7)
    30 Seconds to Mars (2)
    Pete Murray
    The Used (3)
    Fiction Plane (3)
    Envy on the Coast (3)
    Kelly Clarkson
    Lunatica (2)
    Symphony X (3)
    The Rasmus (2)
    Robbie Williams
    The Rolling Stones
    Three Days Grace
    In Flames
    The Verve
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • Life

    2 Jan 2008, 19:35 by thewisedragon

    I am the god in my own history...

    We all create our own history, our own life. It is a tale, a tale told by you. And for some it's a song, a song you can sing yourself - you make the melody, the rhythm and the beat. We all are...

    The master of the game.

    Kamelot The Black Halo Memento Mori

    Life is a game, a game with dice and chances, but we are not completely left to chance: everyone makes decisions and every decision changes your life. You make life, life doesn't make you - so don't let it.