Sunday, March 27, 2011
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The next step was to go to the IAMX boutique and buy the album straight away!
I was fortunate enough to have heard some of these songs in earlier versions.
While the first song, "I salute you Christopher" could have easily been a b-side, the next song, "Music People" is a strong song which really belongs as the first song on the album. It brings us back to the the vibe of his sophomore release, "The Alternative" with the darker night style marching oozings.
The third song is the title track, "Volatile Times" and sounds similar to "Tear Garden" from the last song, but it this is not to say it is not good. It is fantastic!
"Fire And Whispers" brings back a familiar sound to earlier IAMX, while "Dance With Me" is the most organic song so far for IAMX. It sounds like a song someone may have song from a gondola in Venice two centuries ago at an early time of war and romance. I would like to see a video for this!
"Bernadette" is fantastic... the early version I heard was not nearly as awesome! This song reminds me of the music of Red Light District and music of the 1920s-30s Parisian world. Get your Moulin Rouge happening!
(PLEASE NOTE: This is quite different than MULAN from Disney) If you like theremin, accordion, ukulele, etc. you may love!
Next up is "Ghosts Of Utopia" which was released last month and is fun! See the video below.
"Commanded By Voices" is a shifty moving slow groove with bells and layers of voice and guitars. This one might become one I come back to often, even though, at first it is odd. There is something very unusual, yet magical here... slightly electro Americana too!
"Into Asylum" sounds like it happened that way... a bit rockin' and a bit low. While it is twisted, it would make for a good tune during performances.
"Cold Red Light" is classic IAMX. The arpeggiated gritty synths, the four on the floor beat, the multiple vocal layers, the building of energy... the 70s funk underneath hiding to keep the soul alive. Trent Reznor used this recipe on a few good tunes too!
We can make comparisons to other IAMX songs that fit here, but hear it for yourself when you buy it like I did :)
"Oh Beautiful Town" is the official closing slow jam on this opus... you can see the eagle flying from the cliff tops on the bright sunny day.... piano, strings, marching drums, etc.
If you do what I did and buy the album, you can have the bonus song, "Avalanches", which is an orchestral organic tune with strings, piano and a soothing Chris Corner crooning.
I hope you enjoyed reading this... I wrote it as I heard the album... no proof reading.. no spell check... off the cuff and there you go! Please support music and other arts! It is so easy to just download and go.... it is also easy to click pay and download and go too :)
This is an excellent album and I look forward to listening to it over and over. Ciao!
Thank you, Christopher! We salute you!
Purchase today: IAMX boutique
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Anyhow... here are some kissing facts!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The typical human is also right-handed and earns less than $12,000 a year, has no bank account... BUT, has a mobile phone!!!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Written and directed by Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna
Music by Brandt Brauer Frick
"Caffeine" taken from the album "You Make Me Real"
Art concept and Illustrations: Danae Diaz
Hand drawn animation: Danae Diaz, Benjamin Karré
Computer animation, compositing and editing: Patricia Luna
3D design assistant: Maria Diaz
Sound design intro and outro: Lenard Gimpel
Monday, March 14, 2011
5 Ways You Can Help Animals In Japan
I know everyone is focusing on helping humans right now, but for those interested, here are 5 ways you can help missing/injured/homeless animals.
1. Donate to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Group.
2. The Animal Refuge Kansai has also set up a fund for their shelters. They're currently preparing for an influx of animals from disaster areas.
3. The Animal Miracle Foundation & Network is collecting cell phones to send to volunteers.
4. The Search Dog Foundation is deploying six canine disaster search teams to assist with the rescues. You can find out how you can help on their website.
5. Join the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Facebook group for up-to-date information on how to help.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
What is next... ALIEN ATTACK?
Volcano in southern Japan erupts
The Shinmoedake volcano on Japan's Kyushu island, after lying dormant for a couple of weeks, resumes activity in a blast heard miles away. It was unclear if the eruption was linked to Friday's massive earthquake in the north.
a volcano in southern Japan began spewing ash
Japan's Meteorological Agency issued a warning that the Shinmoedake volcano, shown in Feb. 2011, resumed activity after lying dormant for a couple of weeks. It was unclear if the eruption was linked to the country's massive earthquake.
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The Japanese weather agency has reported that a volcano in southern Japan began spewing ash and rock even as the country struggled to recover Sunday from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.
Japan's Meteorological Agency issued a warning Sunday that the Shinmoedake volcano resumed activity after lying dormant for a couple of weeks.
The volcano is on Kyushu island, about 950 miles from the epicenter of Friday's magnitude 9.0 earthquake, which devastated much of the country's northeastern coast.
Photos: Scenes of destruction in aftermath of the Japan earthquake
It was unclear if the eruptions were linked to quake, officials said. Japan lies on the "ring of fire," a seismically active zone where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common.
The volcano last erupted Jan. 19 after remaining dormant for two years. Volcanologists had warned that a "lava dome" was growing inside the volcano's crater, although it was uncertain when or if the volcano would erupt.
Sunday's eruption, which was the biggest volcanic activity in Shinmoedake in 52 years, caused widespread destruction and panic. The blast could be heard for miles, and shattered windows four miles away, the BBC reported. Hundreds of people fled the area as the volcano spewed debris, including hot ash and rocks, more than 6,000 feet in the air, according to BBC reports.
Videos of the earthquake
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Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
This is a great resource if you are looking to locate someone and learn updates regarding transportation, blackouts, etc.
2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
A massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at
around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. On
this page we are providing the information regarding the disaster and damage with
The large earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for countries all around the Pacific
Local Japan Emergency dials:
171 + 1 + line phone number to leave a message
171 + 2 + line phone number to listen to the message
Thursday, March 10, 2011
This one goes out to the Leos!"
Red Light District - Smoke by fdaallday
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
For more information go here: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-03/video-goateed-geminoid-robot-guaranteed-freak-you-out
Monday, March 7, 2011
Tuesday, March 8 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Vertical Wine Bistro
Vertical Wine Bistro
* * * Clicking "I'm Attending" on this event DOES NOT add your name to the list. You MUST call 626.795.3999 OR 323.850.3047 to RSVP! * * *
‘THE WALKING DEAD’ RISE AT VERTICAL WINE BISTRO
To celebrate the DVD release of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead,’ Vertical Wine Bistro is hosting a night of zombie fun. For $35, guests are invited to enjoy two complimentary signature 'Walking Dead' inspired cocktails and tastes of Chef Laurent Quenioux's menu of fleshy bites, plus a chance to win one of 50 Walking Dead Season 1 DVDs on the day of its release. Additional cocktails and inventive wine and beer flights will also be available for purchase.
WHO: Vertical Wine Bistro, Pasadena's favorite wine bar; owner Gale Anne Hurd, award-winning Executive Producer of AMC’s hit series ‘The Walking Dead;’ and surprise guests from the cast and crew.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 8th from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm
WHERE: Vertical Wine Bistro
Upstairs at 70 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
RSVP: 626.795.3999 OR 323.850.3047
HIGHLIGHTS: Guests will be entered for a chance to win one of 50 first release DVDs and 2 ‘Walking Dead Survival Kits’ plus the week leading up to the event @verticalbistro on Twitter will be giving away a dinner for two at Vertical.
Squid Inked Shrimp
Grilled Chicken Skewers
Grilled Blood Sausages with Crimson Apples
Blood Orange Tapioca Pudding
Maker's Mark, sweet vermouth, cherry, Angostura bitters
Effen Vodka, freshly squeezed blood orange and lime juice, fresh simple syrup, club soda
Maker's Mark, muddled sugar cube, fresh orange slices, Marasca cherries, dash of Angostura bitters
LEFT FOR DEAD REDS FLIGHT
2007 Hitching Post Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County
2007 Faust, Cabernet Sauvignon: Napa
2007 Daou: Lodi, USA, Zinfandel
TS 19 BEER FLIGHT
“Hitachino Rice Ale”: Ibaraki, Japan: Rice Beer
“Barbar”: Quenast, Belgium: Honey Ale
“Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen”: Bamberg, Germany: Smokebeer
Vertical Wine Bistro takes the quintessential notion of a wine bar to new heights. Located in Old Pasadena, Vertical presents a welcome respite with its inviting atmosphere, dazzling wine list and delectable small plates menu. Chef Laurent Quenioux mans the stoves at Vertical Wine Bistro, while General Manager and Wine Director Manuel Mesta manages the list of over 650 wines, including 70 by the glass. Vertical Wine Bistro is located upstairs at 70 North Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, CA 91103. Vertical Wine Bistro is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.; Friday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 1:45 a.m.; and Sunday from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. Vertical Wine Bistro is closed on Mondays. Happy Hour at Vertical is available daily. See VerticalWineBistro.com for more information. Reservations can be made by calling 626.795.3999 or by visiting OpenTable.com.
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BREAD & BUTTER PUBLIC RELATIONS
Saturday, March 5, 2011
This is quite interesting! I will certainly look into this. While I enjoy Costco, the idea of items coming to me, brands I prefer, etc and my time are important.
Adding It Up: Amazon Ship vs. Costco Shop
Amazon takes on Costco by offering to ship household items in bulk.
By RON LIEBER
Published: March 4, 2011
Amazon.com introduced a service called Subscribe & Save. The premise is simple: If you agree to get a recurring shipment of an item, Amazon will cut 15 percent off its normal price and send it to you every one, two, three or six months without charging the standard shipping rate.Read more at www.nytimes.com
If you are unfamiliar with this, basically, let's say you post about a movie on your FB, which also is the same post information as on your blog, someone could now comment at the blog and this will syndicate to the FB and vice versa.
More information and to use now, go to Tech Cruch.
Check the mp3 here: http://www.box.net/shared/static/dq0mje3q71.mp3
Friday, March 4, 2011
Elfoid, A Pocket-Size Android That Talks and Wiggles, Might Be Your Next Cellphone
Elfoid, a hybrid of cellphone and robot, transmits voice and motion to convey a person's "presence."
A pocket-size android shaped like an embryo might be your next cellphone.
Meet Elfoid, a miniature anthropomorphic robot unveiled today in Japan that works like a cellphone but is designed to transmit not only voice but also "human presence."
That's right. Next time you call your friends, you might be uploading yourself into this fetus body right into their pockets -- and their hands. Can you feel me now?
The idea is you use a motion-capture system to transmit your face and head movements to the Elfoid, which would reproduce them, plus your voice, on its own little body, thereby conveying your presence.
Last August, Ishiguro and his colleagues at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, known as ATR, where he's a visiting group leader, unveiled the Telenoid [photo right], an infant-size telepresence android that resembles, depending on whom you ask, Casper the Friendly Ghost, an overgrown sperm, or a developing fetus. Talk about embryonic technology.
Now the Japanese researchers have shrunk the Telenoid into a little robot elf you can carry in your pocket. The Elfoid P1, introduced today at a press conference in Tokyo, combines the robotic technology of the Telenoid with cellphone capability, allowing people to interact in a way that they can "feel each other's presence," according to Ishiguro. It seems the Elfoid can't move its face and limbs as the Telenoid does, but the researchers say they're planning to use microactuators to improve the device's movements.
Ishiguro says cellphones are constantly improving, and smartphones showed they can have superb interface designs, but one thing has remained the same: Voice still plays a big role in how we communicate, and voice has limitations.
Ishiguro says the human body -- capable of displaying and recognizing subtle cues and gestures -- is the most effective and natural interface for communication, so trying to use androids to capture these advantages makes sense. With the Elfoid, the researchers want to create "an innovative communication medium" capable of conveying human presence to remote locations using voice, appearance, motion, and touch (the Elfoid has a "soft, pleasant-to-the-touch exterior," they say).
And why the strange fetus-like looks? They explain that they sought a minimum design that could be recognized as male or female, old or young, and that users would use their imagination to make the robot more personal.
Any early adopters? Are you ready to "Elfoid" your friends?
Read more at spectrum.ieee.org
Images: Osaka University and Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I read an article a week ago about some new studies and marketing methods... what are your thoughts?
Rise of Neurocinema: How Hollywood Studios Harness Your Brainwaves to Win Oscars
by Kevin Randall
Basically the article discusses MIND CONTROL on viewers / audiences of film.
There are not only methods to measure brain activity watching films, such as horror or comedy, but also using this data to then use this data to "suggest" the viewer how to feel.
BIG BROTHER! How about Politicians transmitting messages to win elections and votes for changes in the world... etc. Thoughts?
Related article here
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
A few weeks ago, I saw Meat Beat Manifesto perform and after the show, my pal, Cimcie and I were back stage speaking with folks and Zach aka Z-trip mentioned this remix album. Here is the official track listing. I do not see a Z-trip mix listed, however, I am nearly certain there will be single releases with even more versions of each song originally penned by Daft Punk.
I am looking forward to hearing The Glitch Mob's take on Derezzed as I strongly feel they would have been a stronger choice for a band to score the movie soundtrack.
Tron: Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D:
01 The Glitch Mob: "Derezzed"
02 M83 vs. Big Black Delta: "Fall"
03 The Crystal Method: "The Grid/Game Has Changed"
04 Teddybears: "Adagio for Tron"
05 Ki:Theory: "The Son of Flynn"
06 Paul Oakenfold: "C.L.U."
07 Moby: "The Son of Flynn"
08 Boys Noize: "End of Line (Boys Noize Remix)"
09 Kaskade: "Rinzler"
10 Com Truise: "Enron Part II"
11 Photek: "End of Line"
12 The Japanese Popstars: "Arena"
13 Avicii: "Derezzed"
14 Pretty Lights: "Solar Sailor"
15 Sander Kleinenberg: "Tron Legacy (End Titles)"
Tron: Legacy Reconfigured
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I hope the word "WHIP" gets musically re-associated with Devo and no longer Will Smith's offspring. More videos on http://mylivetube.blogspot.com