lunes, 23 de junio de 2008

En que andan esos locos artistas?

No es secreto que ser un artista en estos dias plagados de MySpace, Last.fm y sobretodo Internet es màs dificil que atras en los años 60 o 70. ahora se deben de hacer cosas nuevas para llamar la atencion. Hoy les pondre algunas originales mas algo no muy bonito pero que tambien ocurrio

Empezare con David Byrne, si no lo conocen Byurne es el vocalista y lider de la banda Talking HEads, una banda bastante reconocida en el mundo musicla y que incluso ha lograr sacar exitos comerciales con canciones como Once in a LIfetime, Psycho Killer o Burning Down the House. Pues David Byrne se ha estado codeando con algunos artistas de otro tipo y no hace mucho consiguio un museo para hace una exhibicion bastante peculiar. Llegabas al local y podias tocarlo, pero no tocarlo de tacto, si no con si fuera un instrumento musical. Si no me comprenden chequeen el video a continuacion:


Y pensabas que la tuba era el instrumento mas grande ehh?

Por otro lado Weezer, que tienen nuevo disco, han decidido darle un giro original a su tour, han invitado a sus fans a que lleven un instrumento y toquen junto a ellos. La gira tiene el nombre de un disco de The Replacements, Hootenanny, e incluye covers de Gary Numan, Radiohead y R.E.M. entre otros:



Otros que andan en cosas bastante interesantes son los de Green Day. Estos tipos decidieron revivir la nostalgia y han creado un alterego, Foxsboro Hot Tubs, una banda que se viste, suena y toca en lugares en los que una banda novata tocaria. Asi que ahora tienen un tour por varios clubes pequeños donde podras ver a la banda desde 20 dolares y estar tan cerca como nunca lo hubieras creido:


Seguramente hay muchos otros ejemplos de los que se puede hablar y de los cuales tratare de seguir informando, por el momento cerrare con otro video. Este es un concierto de Queens of the Stone Age, y a los que no les gfuste esta banda, no se preocupen porque el unico que hablara sera su vocalista, y la verdad tienen que oir lo que dice:

miércoles, 18 de junio de 2008

Spore

El dia de hoy me complacere en presentar la ultima creaciòn del ingenio de Will Wright, asi es, el mismo que nos ha traido joyas como Sim City o The Sims, esta a punto de lanzar este Septiembre un juego que se ha estado desarrollando desde hace varios años.
En Spore creas creaturas desde el ADN de estas hasta que logras convertirlas en civilizaciones interestelares. Suena muy prometedor sin mencionar que la musica esta a cargo de Brian Eno, el de Remain in Light, Low y The Joshua Tree.
Pues resulta que hace no muchas horas se ha leakeado un demo de este juego y no tardo nada para que millones de personas lo bajaran y empezaran a crear todo tipo de creaturas.
Hay algunas muy buenas como las que mostrare a continuacion:





Igual otro tipo de creadores se han hecho presentes, y gracias a las facilidades del juego han creado un tipo especial de spores, llamadas, sporn. A continuacion algunso ejemplos:





A traves de las etapas de tu creacion, recordaras juegos como Pac Man, Sim City, o Diablo.
El juego sale Septiembre 7 en Estados Unidos

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martes, 17 de junio de 2008

Hype Machine

Pues resulta que siempre he sabido de la existencia de Hype Machine, pero hasta ahora le estoy poniendo bastante atencion. Hay buena musica y no solo cosas nuevas, sino que tambien clasicos y algunas canciones de artistas consagrados que talvez nunca hayas oido, al igual que versiones en vivo.

Pues ahorita posteare sobre una banda nueva, al menos para mi, The Black Kids. Pues su sonido es muy original y yo los etiquetaria como The Cure del siglo XXI. Echenle una oreja, no he oido disco o EP, pero los singles estan muy buenos

Este salio primero, y creo que es un poco mejor que el segundo pero por cronologia oiganlo primero
I'm Not Gonna Teach your Boyfriend how to Dance with You

Este esta salido del horno, y si viven en estados unidos es probable que los logren sintonizar
Hurricane Jane
Seguire posteando este tipo de links ;)

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Sesion I

SESION I

En esta ocasión me veo obligado a escribir sobre la gran sesión musical en la que me vi envuelto el domingo 8 de junio de 2008. La banda: aún sin nombre, los integrantes: Brian Guillén como guitarra principal, Noel Ortiz en la segunda guitarra, Carlos en la batería y Diego Ardón en el bajo.
Sesiones anteriores, había llegado casi al punto de la decepción y de tirar la toalla con el proyecto, pero la interpretación de Paranoid de Black Sabbath y la elaboración de la canción que tiene por nombre “Desastrología”, me han llevado a pensar que esto tiene futuro.
La canción mencionada anteriormente tiene un principio breve y psicodélico, que rompe poderosamente con la batería en el pegajoso riff principal, en este recae el éxito de la canción. La parte ya consolidada suma alrededor de poco mas de un minuto y se puede decir que ya se tiene el resto de la canción pero falta organizarla. El orden, y cuantas veces se repite cada parte.
No me preocupa las ideas para las próximas canciones, ya que estamos frescos y en un jam que hicimos de alrededor de 10 minutos, demostramos tener material para por lo menos 3 canciones más.
La próxima reunión será en una semana y media y esperamos tener ya un vocalista, terminar con la canción, empezar una nueva e interpretar un nuevo cover que quedo de tarea, “Have You Ever Seeen the Rain” de Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Al parecer hay varios escritores en la banda, tres para ser exactos, asi que en la próxima sesión también reuniremos ideas liricas y además contaremos con una grabadora para hacer nuestro primer demo tape.
Puedo decir que ya estoy convencido del rendimiento de la banda y que mi seguridad con mi instrumento ha mejorado. Sé que aunque no lleguemos a tener éxito, nos divertiremos en el intento y no quedaremos con la idea de decir, “pudimos haberlo hecho”.

Movie Review - Nosferatu




Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau, can be considered as being the first classic of cinema history. It dates back to 1922, the early history of the seventh art. If it wasn’t for some serious research in order to obtain a full copy of this movie, then I would have to give this title to another film.
It is true, this is the first silent black & white movie I have seen, but it was certainly a good starting point, and also a place I could recommend others to start from.
Its story is simple; it is basically a summary of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the backbone of the story. It eliminates secondary characters or diminishing their roles in order to present the movie with few interventions of intertitles.
It is very fast moving, understandable and even though it dates back more than 80 years, it is still scary. This is mainly due to some great shots by F.W. Murnau and the amazing main character portrayed by Max Schreck. Some of these effects are yellow tinting for day, blue tinting for night, an amazing sound score and the genius negative shot.
Max Schreck portrays Nosferatu. Murnau considered him quite ugly and just ordered ear and nose tips to be added to his make-up. Schreck does not blink on the whole movie, wears heavy clothes and always creates an aura of darkness and mystery whenever he is on screen. This can be finally seen on one of the final scene where the shadow of the vampire is seen walking up the stairs.
All these and more, make of this film a great visual experience. This is probably the most significant release on the dark world of vampires since the before mentioned Bram Stoker’s Dracula.



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Album Review - Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends


First of all, I must say I disagree with Coldplay’s third album, “X & Y”´s tagging as a bad album. Its true, “Speed of Sound” is kinda clockish, but as a whole, the album is enjoyable. I completely liked its first half, but I’ve got to admit the second part was kind of dull, with the only memorable moment being the aforementioned “Speed of Sound” and “The Hardest Part”.
Three years have passed and Coldplay strikes again. The starting news were quite good, Brian Eno will produce the album.
Finally, by the end of May, we were able to hear a new song, “Violet Hill” premiered to be downloaded for free on Coldplay’s website. Afterwards they released a simplistic video of some landscapes and the band on well, a violet hill. After the video and before the release, came the leak, and that’s basically how it has gotten to my ears.
Just by pushing play you can start experiencing Coldplay’s new experimentation. “Life in Technicolor” has sounds here and there, and lacks completely of lyrics, something hadn’t heard before on this Brits.
“Cemeteries of London” is also a good track, which I would propose as a single, and “Lost!” also brings something very strangely heard on Coldplay, a guitar solo.
“42” kinda says “We are still Coldplay!!!” and would fit appropriately on their 2003 album, “A Rush of Blood to the Head”.
“Love in
Japan” is probably the most upbeat Coldplay song ever, but still with the melancholic chant of Chris Martin’s voice. This is one reminds in some way of The Smiths. Its hidden track is called “Reign of Love” and is a slower ballad with an interesting use of tubular bells towards the end.
“Yes” is not a bad song, but lacks of any outstanding feature, on its other side, its hidden track “Chinese Sleep Chant” makes me think of what this band would sound if Thom Yorke joined them.
Next on the tracklist is the first half title-track “Viva La Vida”, which manages to be a midpoint between the Pre-Eno and the Eno Coldplay in order to create the album’s best song. This is mainly due to a great violin arrangement and some chorus chants towards the end.
The catchy “Violet Hill” is followed by “Strawberry Swing”, and the second half title-track “Death and all his Friends”, the latter two containing few or none memorable points. Finally, another hidden track, “The Escapist” takes us back to the beginning of the album. This last song contains the same music as “Life in Technicolor”, but featuring lyrics.
I must add that so far, this is my favorite 2008 album, a spot that had been left blank by the likes of R.E.M., Los Campesinos! or Vampire Weekend.
Overall, Coldplay’s allegiance with Brian Eno has proven to be one of the best things these guys ever could have done. Coldplay enlarges its market, at times sounding like U2, REM, Radiohead and even The Smiths. They have broken barriers created by them. Now they are experimenting with new rhythms, moods, beats, instrumentation and voice use.
For Coldplay fans like me, this album will improve our musical image of the band and even though this is no “Joshua Tree” or “Low”, the Eno fans will also be pleased. However, if you don’t like these four, you might need one more push in order to like them.

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miércoles, 11 de junio de 2008

The Silence of the Lambs



For some strange reason, human beings have always enjoyed being afraid. Scream out loud, hold your partners hand or just cover your eyes and look through the gaps. This is certainly not a modern trend, it has been around since the days kids gather around the fire to hear the eldest of the tribe tell his stories of werewolves or Wendigo. Later, there was the printing press and books such as Dracula or Frankenstein appeared. But since the 20th century, humans have found another way to portrait our darkest corners inside our minds.
A reason for this nature is simple. We like to read or watch people in scary situations, but still knowing that we, as audience are kept safe from the evils portrayed.
If we are to name one character that on the late years has managed to gain a position on popular culture, it has to be Anthony Hopkins? Academy Award winning portrayal of Hannibal ?The Cannibal? Lecter.
Along with its counterpart, FBI trainee agent, Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, these two characters are placed as #1 villain and #5 hero of all time by the American Film Institution. Also to add, that this movie is one of the only three movies to have won the five major Academy Awards for Best Actor in Leading Role, Best Actress in Leading Role, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.
The movie is directed by Jonathan Demme and is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harrison. It deals mainly on this two characters, and how the young agent interacts, relates and tries to understand the once psychiatrist and now psychopath, in order to find and capture another psychopath by the nickaname of ?Buffalo Bill?.
Previously to their encounters, Starling?s superiors warn her to beware of the subject and not to reveal any personal information about her, information which she needs to share in order to get clues about the whereabouts and identity of Buffalo Bill.
The movie proved to be a success and has given several sequels and prequels in order to explode the license. To me, the movie?s success and position on almost any list of the best movies, is due not only to the great performances, but its also achieved by its directing. Jonathan Demme has created a style of his own, this can be observed on the changes from third person to first person and back again, and the many first shots of faces that reveal to us the reactions of the characters.
This is a movie I would like to recommend to anyone interest in cinema, though it has some scenes not proper to the young audience.

sábado, 7 de junio de 2008

The Shining


Pues hoy empieza la Eurocopa, y tambien es importante recalcar que ya estoy de vacaciones, asi que pueden esperar reviews de peliculas y albumes mas seguidos, aparte estare posteando los videos sobre cosas no vistas en el documental 7 Ages of Rock.
A continuacion va una review de una excelente pelicula:

The Shining is a 1980 movie by Stanley Kubrick, whom by now has become my favorite director. The movie is based on Stephen King's novel by the same name.
The story tells us of Jack Torrance, a retired teacher and now writer, who plans to spend his winter, along with his family, at the Overlook Hotel as the caretaker. The isolation of the place seems to be the perfect condition for Jack's inspiration to flow.
His wife Wendy, seems to agree with this decision, but their son, Danny, seems not to like this idea. Doc, as his parents call him, possesses a special talent, a so-called imaginary friend by the name of Tony, whom reveals him future visions. Danny later learns through Mr. Halloran, the hotel's chef, whom posses that same power, called "The Shining", power which also allows the to communicate through some sort of telepathy.
From this point on, they are left alone and the story starts becoming awkward. Jack locks himself to type and Danny strolls down on his tricycle throught the Overlook's hallways, creating one of the mos memorable scenes of the movie. The mere sound of the vehicle's wheels rolling on the carpet and then on the wooden floor help get the mood right. Mood which is only made creepier by Kubrick's imagery. A pair of twin girls, an elevator filled with blood and the mysterious room 237.
Jack on the other hand has been having some mysterious encounters with other people on the supposedly empty hotel, and in a conversation with whom he believes to be the caretaker who killed his own family, is that he is finally revealed to have some sort of background inside the hotel, and is also lead into "correcting" his son and wife.
The typewriter continuosly clikcing on various scenes, makes us believe of Jack's efficient work, but when Wendy manages to enter and read his papers, all she finds are pages and pages filled wtih the phrase: "All work and no fun, makes jack a dull boy".
After a first fight where Wendy knocks Jack with a bat and locks him in the storage room, is that we learn that all the weird things going on are not just in the Torrances heads, but that there indeed are other forces at work, which manage to open the locked door to Jack, hand him an axe, and change his mind once and for all into killing his family.
Jack heads towards the family's room, where Wendy and Danny are hiding in the bathroom. Danny escapes through a window, which is too small for Wendy. Jack makes his way through the locked doors with the help of an axe, and exclaims the movie's most memorable quote: "Heeeeeres Johnny!".
Jack gets hhis hand cut by Wendy and decides it's better to chase Danny. the boy leads him into a maze and finally to Jack's freezing death, which allows Danny and his mom to escape.
Jack Nicholson is amazing, he is perfect for the role, somehow mad men roles fit him perfectly. Wether it is in Batman, The Departed or even Anger Management, Jack's most sane role, ironically, is One Fleew Over The Cuckoo's Nest's McMurphy.
Shelley Duvall is also quite perfect to me. Her dialogues seem scared when they ought to be and determined when they need to.
Finally, Danny, palyed by Danny Lloyd makes a respectable job, but always subject to some limitations due to his early age.
Stanley Kubrick made all of this possible on his screen adaptation of the novel, which Stephen King considered "Not that faithful to the book".
Its dialogues, sequences amd specially its imagery are what have made out of this movie such a classic of not only cinema, but of popular culture. References which can be found on The Simpsons or even in Slipknot's video for Spit it Out, to name a few.
The soundtrack by Wendy Carlos fits perfectly, its highlisghts beign the simplicity of the main theme, and the piercing screech when the shining is used.
So, you may wonder. What makes this movie so scary? There are no alien invasion, epidemic diseases and the ghost do not act directly on people (except the lady from the 237). The terror applied by King and Kubrick relies on the terror caused by the mere idea of beign tried to kill by someone you love, and who is supposed to protect you.
In any conversation of terror movies, The Shining will always be present.


viernes, 6 de junio de 2008




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