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!!!!!!!!!
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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.
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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.
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!!!
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Tagged alternative, bing crosby, christmas, christmas bop, Christmas Carols, christmas lights, christmas party, cocteau twins, Coldplay, David Bowie, don't shoot me santa, GOLDEN VEINS, hey parker, indie christmas, indie rock, it's christmas, last christmas, like a snowflake, little drummer boy/peace on earth, matt goode, merry christmas don't forget to write, morning musume, ride, ryan adams, silent night, t. rex, the christmas song, the killers, the walkmen, weezer, winter wonderland
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.
Posted in animals, cute, gross, music, video
Tagged amazing animals, drowning pool, let the bodies hit the floor, parrot, parrot singing drowning pool, parrot singing let the bodies hit the floor, parrot videos, the best thing
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.
Posted in .The.Noising.Machine., music
Tagged 45s, alternative, brent houzenga, Cleo's Apartment, GOLDEN VEINS, i'll take the bullet for you, indie music, indie rock, singles club, zenith/nadir