I have newfound respect for…

Wolfmother-womanWolfmother-woman…anyone who can play the Wolfmother song “Woman” on level Hard on Guitar Hero II. I feel lucky to get 72% of the way through the song. I knocked out the first three Hard level songs in no time. But not “Woman”. I tell you, if I ever see that woman, I’m going to thoroughly hit her upside the head with that plastic ass guitar controller.

I have newfound respect for…

Wolfmother-womanWolfmother-woman…anyone who can play the Wolfmother song “Woman” on level Hard on Guitar Hero II. I feel lucky to get 72% of the way through the song. I knocked out the first three Hard level songs in no time. But not “Woman”. I tell you, if I ever see that woman, I’m going to thoroughly hit her upside the head with that plastic ass guitar controller.

Me in 1984

I’m not referring to the dude in the sweats and hoody.

 However, I can totally out dance that guy!

 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0svZJtyDDOc]

Nice Echo & The Bunnymen Video

Oh I’ve seen this one before, but it’s probably been 10 years. It’s not too bad of a video given the limited budget and 80’s-ness of it all.

 Plus the song is great, so that always helps.

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This Week on I’m Smarter Than You Radio

NumbersOf late, there have been a lot of numbers popping up all over the web, particularly ones that look like this:

45 5F E1 04 22 CA 29 C4 93 3F 95 05 2B 79 2A B2

Therefore, this week we will be playing only music from bands with numbers in them, be it Front 242, Electrix Six, or The Magic Numbers.

Because really, what is music other than audible math?

To listen, go to http://www.imsmarterthanyou.com and click the link.

New Joy Division Release

Or at least as new as can be expected. I stumbled upon an album today called “Joy Division -Martin Hannett’s Personal Mixes”.

Here is the information as found at this website http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=34166:

Joy Division - Martin Hannett’s Personal MixesAn invaluable document of Martin Hannett (the ‘post-punk Phil Spector’ as the liner notes would have it) and his work with Joy Division, which not only takes in alternate, ‘director’s cut’-type mixdowns of the studio sessions which would eventually become ‘Closer’, but even includes recordings of false starts, dialogue between the producer and the band plus a few snippets of Hannett’s sound design exercises such as recordings of lifts creaking into action and assorted weird synth tones. Among the full-length alternate mixes are ‘From Safety To Where’, ‘Autosuggestion’ and ’24 hours’. It’s the more muffled, gloomier mixes that stand out the most however: ‘Heart And Soul’s cavernous drums and dark, droning synthesizer carry an enormous emotional clout, and the same is true of the rasping digital reverb that soaks ‘Passover’ to its core. Certain tracks are presented in more than one incarnation, such as ‘The Eternal’, two different mixes of which round off the album. The first is in keeping with the darker, bassier tone that dominates much of this collection, but the final rendition lets a little light in, particularly on the snare, whose springing pulse seem to illuminate the sallow washed-out feel of the other of the instruments. Fans of Joy Division, Hannett and this particular chapter in Manchester’s remarkable musical history won’t want to miss this – Essential stuff.

Numbers I don’t Understand, Pt. 2

45 5F E1 04 22 CA 29 C4 93 3F 95 05 2B 79 2A B2

However, I fully understand these numbers.

Dear Record Labels/Promoters/Bands

If you want to share the music of whatever band it is that you are promoting by making MP3’s available, please do the following:

1.) Name the MP3 file “Band Name-Song.mp3”. When looking through my PC to find the downloaded file, it will make it a whole lot easier to find the song to listen to when the band name is in there. Just seeing “charm.mp3”  isn’t really working for me. And if I want to hear it later, I seriously doubt I’m going to remember the song name. Remember, you’re promoting a band, not a song (unless you’re Dr. Demento).

2.) Fill out the id3v2 Tag information. Once I have found the poorly named mp3 file and added it to my current playlist, I’d like my MP3 player of choice to display more than the file name (You know: “charm.mp3”). Who the hell sings this song? Is “Charm” the name of the song or the name of the band? Fill in that id3v2 field called “URL” and put in the appropriate website.

 Really, none of this is too hard. If you are at all a profesisonal working at a professional organization, I shouldn’t have to be telling you this.

Aereogramme Breaks Up

Dammit. They are one of my favorite bands over the past 3 or 4 years. This, according to nme.com:

 AereogrammeScottish rockers Aereogramme have split up, citing “the never-ending financial struggle coupled with an almost superhuman ability to dodge the zeitgeist” as their reasons.

The band, signed to Glasgow‘s influential Chemikal Underground label (sometime home of Mogwai and The Delgados), had only just returned to the public eye in January of this year after a four-year absence with their fourth album ‘My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go’, which received largely positive reviews.

In a statement posted on their MySpace site last Friday (May 9), the band said:

“It is with heavy hearts that we tell you all that Aereogramme have decided to split up. Reasons are multiple and complex. It is however fair to say that the never-ending financial struggle coupled with an almost superhuman ability to dodge the zeitgeist have taken their toll, ensuring that we just don’t have any fight left in us. We are immensely proud of the four albums that we made over the past seven years. We hope that they continue to grow in your hearts. We plan to honour and celebrate the beautiful friendships we have made along the way with (our) final shows over the summer.

“We would like you all to consider our headline show at the QMU in Glasgow to be our farewell UK show and to view the Connect Festival in Inverary as a damn fine opportunity for everyone to see The Jesus And Mary Chain. Finally we want to thank you all for listening to our music and coming to our shows over the years. You have given us a glimpse of something truly special. Aereogramme. x.”

I Have a New Bicycle

I have been bike riding a lot this year. Unfortunately, I’ve been doing it all on streets using my trusty Giant Rincon mountain bike.

The Rincon has treated my well when I’ve taken it off road, but it kind of sucks as a street machine. And since I’m currently more interested in distance riding, it was time for a new bike.

Without getting into boring detail, I settled on the Cannondale Adventure 400. It’s a hybrid bike, meaning it is mostly meant for use on roads but it can handle a little bit of off road cycling as well. And since I’ve added the Central Canal Towpath and it’s crushed gravel terrain to my riding trails, I opted for the hybrid class of bike.

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I’ve only spent about 30 minutes on it (about 15 minutes at the bike store, 15 in the neighborhood). So far, all I can say is the the bike is extremely comfortable. Much more so than the Giant.

Being 6’7″, I got the Jumbo sized frame which seems fine for my longs legs.

I also added:

A water bottle holder: Trek Bat Cage

A saddle bag: Saddle Bag

And a cyclocomputer: Trek Cyclo Computer

I’m most geeked up about the cyclocomputer. It can tell you the time, the weather, current/average/maximum speed, and an odometer. The only thing better than this woudl be the wireless model and the Garmin models with GPS built in. But I didn’t feel like paying $300 more for the Garmin. I ain’t that hardcore.