Monthly Archives: December 2010

My Eleven Favorite Albums of 2010

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – III/IV


Belle & Sebastian – Belle & Sebastian Write About Love


Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles


Gorillaz – Plastic Beach


Interpol – Interpol


Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man


Massive Attack – Heligoland


Spoon – Transference


The Walkmen - Lisbon


Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation


Yeasayer – Odd Blood


Honorable Mentions

The Fall - Your Future, Our Clutter

Gorillaz – The Fall

LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

Robyn - Body Talk

Weezer – Hurley/Death To False Metal

Wolf Parade - Expo 86

Albums That Are Supposed To Be Really Good, But That I Didn’t Listen To But Would Like To At Some Point In The Future:

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Beach House - Teen Dream

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

2011 promises new albums from The Strokes, British Sea Power, Asobi Seksu, Beady Eye, R.E.M., The Fall, Death Cab For Cutie, Aphex Twin, U2 and Beastie Boys, among many many many many more. C U then!!!!!!!!!

- Greg

A few of my favorite things…from 2010 part 1

Well, after taking a year off from the TNM, I figured I would weigh in for my year-end list. However, I’ll leave the best albums, movies, etc to the professionals. Instead, this week, I’m going to just post about shit I was into. Most of it isn’t necessarily new this year, but new to me. So you can deal with it.

First up….the radio!
With me spending between 20-30 hours a week driving due to my job, that meant I’ve had plenty of time to listen to the radio. Honestly, it’s something I really hadn’t done in a long time. And, with that in mind, I present my top ten radio songs. suck it!

10) “Radioactive” – Kings of Leon

I know it’s really easy to hate on Kings of Leon, but all of their singles that I’ve heard on the radio, I don’t hate ‘em. And this one is no different. But the bass player is pretty goofy looking. I hope I never look like that while playing.

9) “Flyin’ Solo” – Jason Derulo

If were one to go out to clubz on the weekend, this would be my jam to which I would get ready.

8) “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry

All of the singles off of Katy Perry’s first album, I really hated. And now every one from this new album, I’ve liked. I don’t get it. I don’t think I’m turning 30 this week, I think I’m actually turning 13. and into a girl.

7) “Animal” – Neon Trees

I’m just going to ignore the video. It makes me want to punch someone. Anyway, this sounds a lot like Phoenix for kids, yet I like this song more than the two Phoenix radio singles this year!

6) “Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap

I couldn’t resist posting the diet coke commercial. The idea of it seemed really funny to me. Is that Beyonce at the end? Anyway, I really like that the chorus drum beat is on the off-beat. That’s all.

5) “Club Can’t Handle Me” – Flo-Rida ft David Guetta

There is something really funny about this song be performed for Kathie Lee and Hoda at 8 in the morning.

4) “Dynamite” – Taio Cruz

Wow. I realize the above video is not for the actual song, but I came across this parody on youtube. It’s unbelievably bad. WTF! Be sure to watch the Christmas medley. I couldn’t even make it through the first minute. I guess you can get 400,000 views if you have some hot girl with big boobs act nerdy. Never fails. Perhaps we need to try that.(Sorry Taio, but I can’t even remember what I was going to say about the original song. You can blame Screen Team)

3) “Magic” – B.o.B ft Rivers Cuomo

I’m sure I’ll be accused of including this song simply because my favoritest person in the entire world is on this song, but that is simply not true. I think plenty of what Weezer is doing right now really sucks. This song is just a dope party banger. But it’s really tough to watch Rivers in the video. I feel embarrassed for him.

2) “Your Love is My Drug” – Ke$ha

I’m a pretty big fan of Ke$sha. No joke. Also, she seems to mainly work with Dr. Luke, which after doing this list, I realized he worked on half of the songs, so obviously I like his radio production stylings. Maybe I should break into his house and steal his synths. Oh yeah, I love the line “Do you want to have a slumber party in my basement?”

1) “Bulletproof” – La Roux

This is probably only song on the list where I REALLY like. I just came across their album at the library this week, and though I’ve only given it a listen once, it seems pretty good. A bunch of poppy synth songs.

Well, there you have it. Listening to the radio this year reminded me just how stale/shitty rock radio has gotten.

Album Review: Michael Jackson’s “Michael”

Michael reached number 3 on the Billboard album chart

The first release of Michael Jackson’s since his death a year and a half ago, and the first album with all new material in nine years, Michael is an amalgamation of tracks. Many sound similar to different albums of his career with small touches to make them sound more modern by various people though it’s hard to tell what was changed by ear alone.

The most modern sounding of these tracks is “Hold My Hand” and “Monster”, thanks to appearances by Akon and 50 Cent respectfully.  Unfortunately, the weakest song is his duet with Akon which was to be originally released on Akon’s 2008 album, until the unfinished track was leaked. The first track to chart on the Hot 100, it reached the Top 40.  “Monster” on the other hand is much better, with anger and persecution in the vocals you would find in the last three of his studio albums.  Indeed,many of the songs sound as if they came from these albums. “Best of Joy” sounds like a song from Invincible, “Hollywood Tonight”,with its opening reminding one of “Who Is It” and a catch phrase and spoken vocal reminiscent of “In the Closet”,from Dangerous.  Originally recorded for Invincible, “(I Can’t Make It) Another Day” sounds as though it came from Blood on the Dance Floor or HIStory. It was produced and written by Lenny Kravitz with guitar and background vocal by Kravitz.

The three best songs on this album are “Breaking News”, “Behind the Mask”, and “Much Too Soon.”  The latter two were both written or cowritten by Michael during the Thriller era and it’s not hard to tell.  “Behind the Mask” is the best track on the album, with the sounds of a concert crowd  opening the song.  It includes a sample of the Yellow Magic Orchestra song of the same name.  Yellow Magic Orchestra was a pioneering electropop group from Japan, who released their original version in 1979. The only criticism is that the saxophone on the track may be a little cheesy for some.  The album closes with the song “Much Too Soon”, the title  seeming to comment on Michael’s untimely death.  However,the lyrics itself have nothing to do with the death and instead talk about love lost.  The finale harkens back to Michael’s solo songs before Off the Wall, but this time with a twenty-something voice.

Overall, the album has received reviews that were neither strongly negative or positive.  Personally, I would recommend it especially for fans of MJ.

 

Tony

70 Aspects of Batman: 31

JAE LEE

From Wikipedia:

Jae Lee is an American comic book artist best known for his work on Inhumans and The Sentry, both with Paul Jenkins.

Lee first rose to prominence in the industry for his work on Marvel’s Namor the Sub-Mariner, Inhumans (for which he won an Eisner Award), and The Sentry, as well as his creator-owned character Hellshock at Image Comics.

Lee also worked with artist Richard Isanove and writers Robin Furth and Peter David on Marvel ComicsThe Dark Tower comic series, based on Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower novels.

I remember first seeing Jae Lee’s stuff way back in the early 90s, in some of Marvel’s X-books and Namor. His style back then was much more messy and chaotic, but still good. Over the years his art became more refined to the point you see here. I’m not sure if he’s done much, if any interior Batman stuff: most of the pieces here were done as covers for the Batman: Gotham Knights series from a bit back. Even though I really enjoy his stuff, I’ve read little of it over the past 15 years. Oh well, I guess I’ll just resign myself to looking at beautiful pieces like this one:


- Greg

Noising Machine Christmas Compendium

As a public service this holiday season, I’ve dug through the archives of Sound of the Noising Machine to bring you some Christmas-centric highlights from the last several years. Use this as a one-stop shop for all your Yuletide needs and whatnot. The list:

Golden Veins Christmas Single – FREE DOWNLOAD!!!

Seasons Greetings!

A Very California Raisins Christmas

Folgers Christmas 2009

Stocking Stuffers! #1

Stocking Stuffers! #2

Des Moines Register’s X-Mas Feature

Christmas Commercials

Christmas Carolz

Christmas Carolz II

Christmas Carolz III

Thank you. Take care of yourselves…and each other.

- Greg

“Why I’m An Athiest” by Ricky Gervais

I enjoy the various comedy projects of Ricky Gervais, but I also appreciate his interest in rational thought and scientific reasoning. This week, Ricky wrote an essay for the Wall Street Journal explaining why he’s an athiest. Whether you agree or disagree with his views, I think it makes for an interesting read.

Check it here.

- Greg

Why do we hate illustrations in novels? Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, and Arthur Conan Doyle didn’t!

In ye olden times, many works of fiction for adults were illustrated. Obviously, this is not the case today, outside of the children’s books. Things change over time, I’m fine with that, but it annoys me that we push today’s literary values on yesterday’s works! If you go into your local bookstore today to buy some bangin’ classic literature from the 19th Century, there’s about a zero percent chance that the current edition will include illustrations, even if the original version did. Rageous! Should we not at least preserve literary works in their original states?!


the original A Christmas Carol, with illustrations!


an illustration from the original A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court


from one of the original Sherlock Holmes shorts


from the original War of the Worlds

On a related note, another thing that bothers me is when a classic children’s book is rereleased with new illustrations. If the new illustrator has an awesome style and does something totally different from the original illustrator, I’m not that bothered. Unfortunately, what usually happens is the new illustrator is just lame and their selection is just inexplicable. I’m not gonna include any examples, though, el oh el.

-kicknz

Christmas Carolz III

Alright Sound of the Noising Machine readers, it’s that time of year again. Christmas Carolz time!!! Here’s my third installment of some holiday songs I like, some new, some old, some covers, some originals. And “Merry Christmas (Don’t Forget To Write)” by my band, Golden Veins! Here are the previous entries:

Christmas Carolz I

Christmas Carolz II

On with the show…

Golden Veins – “Merry Christmas (Don’t Forget To Write)”

Matt Goode – “Last Christmas”

T. Rex – “Christmas Bop”

Ride – “Like A Snowflake”


Weezer – “The Christmas Song”

Ryan Adams – “Hey Parker, It’s Christmas”

Cocteau Twins – “Winter Wonderland”

David Bowie & Bing Crosby – “Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth”

The Killers – “Don’t Shoot Me Santa”

Coldplay – “Christmas Lights”

The Walkmen – “Christmas Party”

Morning Musume – “Silent Night”


Please enjoy those, and enjoy these 12 Yuletide jointz below, one for each day of X-Mas. Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you back here this time next year for Christmas Carolz IV!!!

- Greg

The Best Thing

Thanks to my pal Becca, I was able to watch the most amazing thing ever. And now I will share it with you!!

This tops anything else you could ever teach a parrot. So just don’t.

scott

Golden Veins – New Single: “I’ll Take The Bullet For You”

A sigh to a scream, “I’ll Take The Bullet For You”, the fourth single, is an anthemic, guitar-laden plea for love and understanding, no matter the cost. The b-side, “Zenith/Nadir,” is an atmospheric instrumental that will take you from the dark side of the moon through a black hole and back in three minutes and change.

Also included with this single is a stunning remix by Cleo’s Apartment, as well as fabulous artwork by Brent Houzenga.

Listen to all 3 tracks from this single here.

Ps- Watch the “Zenith/Nadir” video created by Natalie Mirsky.

And a reminder to those of you who might not know what Golden Veins Singles Club is:

The first recordings from Golden Veins won’t be released as a traditional album, but will instead take the form of a year-long digital project dubbed the Golden Veins Singles Club. Every month, a new “digital 45” will be released, featuring two brand-new songs as well as a remix of the a-side.
In addition to purchasing singles individually, there are also four membership options available, which offer additional bonus materials and merchandise.

- Greg