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
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!!!!!!!!!
Posted in music, Uncategorized
Tagged belle & sebastian, gorillaz, heligoland, III/IV, interpol, lisbon, manic street preachers, massive attack, odd blood, our clutter, plastic beach, postcards from a young man, ryan adams & the cardinals, Spoon, the fall, the walkmen, transference, unearthing, write about love, yeasayer, your future
- 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.
Posted in a musical recommendation, music, Uncategorized
Tagged 2010, 2011, 50 cent, Akon, album, album review, bad, Blood on the Dance Floor, cd review, Compilation, history, Hold My Hand, Invincible, Lenny Kravitz, M. Jackson, Michael, Michael Jackson, MJ, MJJ, music, music review, New, new cd review, New Jack, new music, new music review, New Release, Off the Wall, Pop, pop music, rap, review new cd, Rhythm, Thriller, Urban
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 Comics‘ The 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:
Posted in 70 aspects of batman, art, comics
Tagged 70 aspects of batman, batman, batman: gotham knights, deadshot, hellshock, Image Comics, jae lee, mr. freeze, namor, namor the sub-mariner, paul jenkins, Peter David, Stephen King, the dark tower, the inhumans, the penguin, the sentry
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!!!
A Very California Raisins Christmas
Folgers Christmas 2009
Stocking Stuffers! #1
Stocking Stuffers! #2
Des Moines Register’s X-Mas Feature
Christmas Carolz II
Christmas Carolz III
Thank you. Take care of yourselves…and each other.
Posted in christmas, video
Tagged christmas, christmas carolz, clifornia raisins, des moines register, folgers, GOLDEN VEINS, guns, holidays, sonic the hedgehog, stocking stuffers
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.
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.