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Sep. 4th, 2007

09:55 am - Who's still on here?

If you see this, just reply to let me know you're here.

Aug. 2nd, 2007

11:58 am - Swedish man gets benefits for Black Sabbath addiction


A Swedish man is to receive sickness benefits for his addiction to heavy metal music.

The lifestyle of 42-year-old dishwasher Roger Tullgren from Hässleholm in southern Sweden has been classified as a disability by the Swedish Employment Service, which has agreed to pay part of Tullgren's salary, and his new boss has given him special dispensation to play loud music at work.

According to Swedish online newspaper The Local, Tullgren first developed an interest in heavy metal when his older brother bought a Black Sabbath album in 1971. Since then, Tullgren is a classic (albeit softly spoken) heavy metal head with tattoos and skull and crossbones jewellery. Last year he attended almost 300 heavy metal shows, while playing bass and guitar in two rock bands, including Silverland.

Tullgren says he has always had difficulty holding down a job, mainly because he is absent most of the time.

Psychologists decided Tullgren's obsession is nothing less than an addiction, which puts him in a difficult situation in the labour market. Tullgren said he has been fighting for recognition for a long time.

Many occupational psychologists in Sweden, however, are totally baffled by the decision. "If somebody has a gambling addiction, we don't send them down to the racetrack. We try to cure the addiction," deputy employment director Henrietta Stein for the Skåne region told The Local. ®

Jun. 17th, 2007

10:15 pm - Is there actually any new Industrial/Synthpop/Whatever that's any good?

The last VNV Nation was boring and same-old, the latest Velvet Acid Christ is awful, the last Covenant was boring, the latest Steril was crap. The last F.L.A. was actually pretty good. The last Assemblage 23 was decent but sounded just like every other one. (And people bash Apoptygma BerzerK? At least he's evolved as an artist and is imo way more interesting then the other artists I've mentioned). :wumpscut:'s become a joke, Combichrist did nothing for me, Colony 5 is too commercial...I can't think of anything else I've listened to in the last while.

The only band that I can think of that's actually excited me in the last 5 years is Diary of Dreams.

So, what's actually good out there?

May. 14th, 2007

08:37 pm - If only there were a "Forward to everyone" option.

Summer School: Movie Theater Etiquette Refresher

With the summer movie season in full swing, it's a good time to review proper movie theater etiquette:

* No matter how bad the movie is, no one wants to hear you talk through it.
* If you go to the bathroom during the film, you are allowed one 5-second recap upon your return. If you can't hear it or don't "get it," sorry.
* Try not to laugh when a fellow audience member yells out something funny. You will only encourage him.
* If you show up after the previews have begun, you've forfeited your right to ask someone — especially an elderly person — to move seats so your six-person party can sit together.
* While we appreciate you leaving your seat to make that call on your cellphone, we can still hear you if you're standing inside the theater doors. Step outside.
* If you're one of only a few people in a theater, do not sit directly in front of one of them. Even in stadium seating.
* Do not spend five minutes looking through your bag for something after the movie starts. It's dark. You're not going to find it.
* Open the candy quickly. Yes, it will be loud, but only for a second. As opposed to what happens if you try to do it slowly. And you make noise anyway. And your friends feel the need to laugh at you.

Apr. 25th, 2007

11:21 am - The Secret Meeting

Check it out:

"What is The Secret Meeting you may ask...

Well... it is the new collaboration between Dean Garcia, who was the musical mastermind behind the band Curve and kaRIN & Statik of the band Collide.

Musically what shall you expect you ask?

"Otherworldly Beautiful Noise"

We are on the tail end of finishing up and mixing the CD and are hoping for a June release.
It will be an independent self release on Noiseplus Music.

We will post some songs up here and make it more visual as soon as we can.

For now here is peek at the CD cover.

Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by and...

Welcome to our world...

Stay tuned for tunes and please tell your pals to tell their pals.

The Secret Meeting"

Go here: http://www.myspace.com/thesecretmeeting and check out the two tracks.

Apr. 18th, 2007

03:22 pm - Help Save Pandora and Internet Radio

Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays, and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio: http://capwiz.com/saveinternetradio/issues/alert/?alertid=9631541

Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.

Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential.

I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.

As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.

http://www.pandora.com/static/images/tim_signature.jpg -Tim Westergren
(Pandora founder)

Apr. 17th, 2007

01:55 pm - New Marilyn Manson song

If you were never a fan this won't change your mind, otherwise listen here:

If I Was Your Vampire

It's not bad, I'll give the new album a listen.

'If I Was Your Vampire' is taken from Manson's forthcoming Eat Me, Drink Me LP, due out on June 5. The album's lead single, 'Heart-Shaped Glasses (When The Heart Guides The Hand)', should begin to receive radio coverage next week.

The single's video was shot in 3D, and is expected to be part of a future collaboration between Manson and director James Cameron. Exact details of that project are yet to be confirmed.

Eat Me, Drink Me is Manson's first album since 2003's Golden Age Of Grotesque. Its tracklisting is as follows:

'If I Was Your Vampire'
'Putting Holes in Happiness'
'The Red Carpet Grave'
'They Said Hell Is Not Hot'
'Just a Car Crash Away'
'Heart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)'
'Are You the Rabbit?'
'Mutilation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery'
'You and Me and The Devil Makes 3'

Mar. 16th, 2007

02:35 pm - Hey nighthawk21, here's the lowdown on the CDs I had on me the other night

Uncut - Modern Currencies

Wall of sound. Not the first term one would have used to describe the original incarnation of Uncut, a product of multi-instrumentalist Ian Worang, and techno producer Jake Fairley. With their early singles making it into the record bags of high-profile DJs quick to adopt the then-fresh dance-rock phenomenon, an album full of club bangers might have been expected—but intentions change, and all that. So after Fairley relocated to Berlin, Worang rebuilt Uncut with Sam Goldberg, Derek Tokar and Jon Drew and releasing the debut album, Those Who Were Hung Hang Here.

Sure, original hits like “Understanding the New Violence” continued as a propulsive explosion of danceable energy,but with guitars replacing computers at shows, and a total reliance on live percussion, the feel was entirely different. And entirely good, if one were paying attention to the critical praise the band was receiving.

So what does critical praise get you these days? The ear of Bob Mould evidently, indie-rock legend and ex-Husker Du founder, Mould asked Uncut to open for his 2006 tour, which was,according to Uncut “the loudest series of shows we’ve ever been to.”After two years of regular touring and sharing the stage with Death From Above 1979, Metric, Sloan, and The Walkmen, playing at both CMJ and SxSW…Uncut has evidently arrived at their new sound: LOUD.

Loud like early ‘90s touchstones Swervedriver and Dinosaur Jr. or even perhaps The Jesus & Mary Chain, the cascading guitar squall, pounding rhythms and basslines are all capable of moving the hairs on the back of your neck. Indeed, with this their second album, bassist Tokar has stepped up to the mic alongside Worang and Goldberg.

Through all of this hard work, the foursome found their live legs, playing off each other and creating an intense, connected stage presence. This shines through the crevices of their new album Modern Currenices, lending it a more live, dynamic feel than anything you’ve heard from the band so far. It’s tight, but not over-produced; polished, but ful lof soul—their experience as musicians evident.

“ModernCurrencies” was self produced, recorded and engineered by Jon Drew (Uncut’s drummer and producer for both Tokyo Police Club and Magneta Lane) and mixed by John O’Mahony (Metric, Dashboard Confessional, LCDSoundsystem).

Listen: Uncut - Out of Sight
Listen: Uncut - Kiss Me

Nine Black Alps - Everything Is

Manchester is the new Seattle, if Everything Is, the debut album from Nine Black Alps is anything to go by: the work of four young men clearly well versed in the thick, stamped-pedal distortion and angst-wracked sentiments popular in the days of grunge, the raging likes of "Shot Down" and "Not Everyone" should be instant manna for a generation that still holds Kurt in such saintly regard.

The Alps know, however, that what separated Nirvana from their more prosaic kin was a skill for infectious melody. "Get Your Guns", then, successfully twins gnarled guitar roar with pouting frontman Sam Forrest’s nagging, melodically astute vocals, creating a neat tension between tunefulness and noise that extends through to more subtle moments like "Unsatisfied". Elsewhere, a vague 60s influence sometimes raises its shaggy head, as on the title track, where Forrest sneers "Everybody is a liar/Everybody has a price" before careening into a verse that sounds like The Kinks’ "You Really Got Me" soaked in beer and kicked around a venue floor. Heavy music with a pop sensibility: it’s not rocket science, but in Nine Black Alps’ hands, such simple formulas become impressive alchemy.

Listen: Nine Black Alps - Ironside
Listen: Nine Black Alps - Unsatisfied

Funeral for a Friend - Hours

Hours strengthens most of the Funeral for a Friend sound, the one they had so much success with on the 2003 debut, Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation. The Welsh combo still doesn't do anything that different from its peers, adhering to the post-hardcore/emo formula of self-righteous vocals, hooky dynamics, impassioned screaming, and underpinnings of time spent listening to Deftones and Get Up Kids records. But Hours gives the kids what they want right out of the gate, and has flashes ofbrilliance in its more upbeat material. "Who was it that said that great things come to great men?" Matt Davies asks at the outset of "All the Rage." "Well that fucker lied to us/There's nothing here but a wasteland." The sentiment recasts the teenage wasteland of yore, replacing hope for redemption with the blank stare of apathy. "How many times can I say I'm sorry and really mean it?" Musically it's a melodic hardcore rager, full of flinty guitar runs and anxious hitches in the percussion. It sounds similar to what listeners have heard before, but runs deeper than most. Unfortunately, Funeral for a Friend are less unique in the ballad department."Hospitality"'s plaintive crying isn't distinctive, and its arrangement recycles Def Leppard for a generation just discovering how much love bites. "Drive," too, is the height of melodrama with its "This could be a movie" centerpiece. But the single "Streetcar" has a nagging urgency in its melody, and"Monsters" and the metal redux "End of Nothing" are equally strong. Funeral for a Friend never lose their youthful vigor, their wonder about the promise of life as well as its bad places. This helps them, because you believe that they aren't just going through the motions. Hours falters when it slows. But when it kicks up a racket the album screams like the conscience of a kid finally given a voice.

Listen: Funeral for a Friend - All the Rage

Besides the new Arcade Fire, which you know, I don't remember if there was anything else?

Dec. 13th, 2006

03:46 pm - These guys have the right idea!

You can take your Friendster and MySpace and whatever the hell else the kids are into these days but I'm all about these guys:


Nov. 24th, 2006

10:03 am - WTF?!

I love the new My Chemical Romance album?! How did this happen? It's fucking good!

Alternative Press
The Black Parade is MCR's whole raison d'etre rolled up into one mega-decibel calling card. [Nov 2006, p.179]

Los Angeles Times
What makes "The Black Parade" so exciting isn't anything rock is quite used to.... My Chemical Romance expresses the next generation's quest by redrawing the boundaries of reality itself.

This is such a great, great record for so many reasons.

For the first time in what seems like a long time, here is an album that is going to be deservedly huge.

Entertainment Weekly
This album is not just the band's most adventurous but also its best.

The New York Times
Simultaneously brutal and hilarious, and bristling with wake-up-call urgency, “The Black Parade” may prove to be the best rock record of the year.

They've created the Sgt. Pepper of screamo.

New Musical Express
This is one to file alongside 'American Idiot', 'Doolittle' and 'Nevermind' on your greatest US rock albums shelf.

All Music Guide
It makes for a record that's their strongest, most cohesive yet, even if it isn't quite as weird or compelling as it should be given the group's lofty ambitions.

Rolling Stone
The Black Parade... is the best mid-Seventies record of 2006, a rabid, ingenious paraphrasing of echoes and kitsch from rock's golden age of bombast.

Dot Music
"The Black Parade" is a big, fat, obnoxious, difficult, overbaked concept record and it's all the more exciting for it.

The Guardian
The most bonkers album of the year, but one of the best.


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