MORE new music, this is probably the one I am most excited about. The Walkmen (of The Rat, still one of my all time favourite songs) have released In The New Year, and unlike so many bands recently, have stuck to their roots and recorded something in line with their established sound.
I’m all for trying new things and evolving, but after so many disapointing new releases (I’m looking at you Bloc Party), it’s refreshing to have something that already feels like sliding my feet into my Uggies.
I’m also tipping that The Walkmen will be here for next years Laneway Festival. Pure speculation… but I’ve got a feeling in my waters.
While on the topic of Laneway speculation, my other hot tip is The Hold Steady. Fingers crossed… it would already be more than enough to justify a ticket if both (or even either) of those two were on the bill.
The Kooks did an acoustic cover of MGMT’s kids for Triple J’sm Like a Version. Not too bad, it’s got everything I like in a cover… and that’s that it doesn’t sound exactly the same as the original. Still, doesn’t blow me away, and won’t be on a regular rotation.
Julian Schnabel’s film, Lou Reed’s Berlin, captures Lou Reed playing his much-maligned Berlin in Brooklyn last year, and attempts to give the album the recognition it rightly deserves. This MP3 of “Caroline Says, Pt. II,” (originally “Stephanie Says” with the Velvet Underground) is taken from the film’s soundtrack, and features an obviously older Lou Reed (his voice cracks occasionally) working his way through the album’s highlight with some help from Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) on the refrain.
The soundtrack, titled Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse, is due out on iTunes on September 30, the same day the DVD is slated to hit stores.
(Source: Prefix Mag)
Hooray, it’s Sunday morning and I am catching up with my weeks worth of Music Feeds. So here come a few music related Tumbls.
Unreality Music on the new Queen single - C-lebrity
(source: Unreality Music)
Security company Marshal reports that their latest survey found 29% of respondents willing to admit that they have purchased something from a spam e-mail.
Marshal says that global spam volumes are around 150 billion messages each day and have doubled for the year ending June 2008. We wrote in december about another study, also from a vendor in the anti-spam market, that concluded that 90 to 95% of all email is now spam.
The announcement of the study concludes with these funny lines, from Bradley Anstis from Marshal: “The other way to look at this situation is from a spammer’s perspective. There are approximately 250 million people out there who are interested in these kinds of products and have made purchases from spam in the past. That’s equivalent to double the population of Japan mixed in with every other Internet user. As a spammer - how do you reach that market without knowing specifically who these people are and with the bare minimum of expense? Easy, send lots of emails to everyone.”” —(Source: ReadWriteWeb)
Professional photographer, Steve Schofield has recently produced a series of sci fi fans, dressed up as Star Wars, Star Trek, and other Sci Fi characters. I particularly loved these two, a rebel pilot getting ready for work, and chewbacca in his kitchen. I love the normality Steve creates.
The rest of his gallery can be found here.
The Rob Roy has stood empty for months now, echoing faintly of bygone mayhem. This month, however, it will be reborn. ‘Ooh noo!’ You exclaim. ‘Gastro pub!’ Thanks be, we can assure you it’s in the good, party-wizened hands of Jerome Borazio (St Jerome’s) and the owners of The Empress Hotel. What to expect? Well, first up, a name. After that, a straight-talkin’ front bar and well-chosen DJs. Upstairs you’ll find The Happy Palace, accommodation for the creative traveler (free internet, free bikes, lovely rooms, listen up Sydney bands). With an interior by Melbourne’s Kano Hollamby, it will also look recycled, but not in a ‘sit on this milkcrate’ kind of way. Baited Breath.
51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (Corner of Gertrude Street).” —Lost and Found
In response to a statistic that over half (53%) of workers in the UK blame their stress levels on a lack of interaction with Mother Nature, Krispy Kreme doughnuts (Not quite sure of the connection?) have released the worlds first grass thongs.
Apparently, if they are properly cared for and watered regularly, the grass can live up to 4 months!
I’m still not eating their doughnuts though… not after the black endorphin crash not long after I’d consumed four in one sitting. They were FREE! I COULDN’T STOP!
“The Burj Dubai tower, the tallest skyscaper in the world is about to be completed. To celebrate it, David Hobcote has taken a series of amazing high resolution pictures from the air which give an exact impression of the breathtaking, massive scale of this building”
A few more pictures (including one from inside) available here.