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December 13, 2006

Mary

Mary

November 28, 2006

RSI–Inducing Shredfest

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Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Guitar Hero 2 is a little bit harder than Guitar Hero.

Some things are made much easier, like descending scales (thanks to easier pull-offs) – I found myself getting 4x multipliers on solos that i’d barely pass on the original. Which probably just means I never learned to play the original properly.

The songs themselves tend to be much faster and more complicated. Even the earlier songs feature some nasty solos on expert. The song choice is also a little questionable, mostly with the songs in the middle parts of the song list. The earlier and later songs are reasonably well known and are quite fun to play but the rest are quite a chore to get through, except for Sweet Child O’ Mine which is fun if a little easy. The game has a good ending though, if you’ve finally managed to nail Hangar 18 on expert you’ll find Free Bird to be an almost relaxing finale (one that happens to be about 8 minutes long).

Yet again the real challenge is in the bonus songs which you have to unlock using money earned during the main game. Trogdor is a bit of fun, Thunderhorse by Dethklok (see Metalocalypse on Adult Swim) is better. Another Freezepop song Less Talk More Rokk is here and at first it seems insane but it’s actually quite easy and is a lot of fun. The hardest song in the game is supposed to be Jordan by Buckethead, something which seems quite believable.

The song which I most enjoy playing is Beast and the Harlot by Avenged Sevenfold, the chorus is bouncy fun.


November 27, 2006

K4rmageddon

Writing about web page http://www.joinees.org/k4/

Random Acts of Kindness

Oxford Street, 2-4pm Saturday 2nd December 2006

Free Hugs!

Just to get you in the mood…


thanks to the blogger who posted this video a while back, but I couldn’t find your post!

November 23, 2006

Moving house (I wish I was)

I need to move. The urge is as strong as the one that makes geese fly stupid distances to warmer climes over the winter. So far after aaages of looking I’ve found a place not only nearby but over a pub and it’s free! woo-ha! (in return for a little barwork which I couldn’t care less about). Hot damn ladies and gents, hot damn. unfortunately it’s for two, but I don’t think my aura will count as another unit of Mia. So the search continues, but what an awesome find eh? Can’t wait to get job and consequently get money’d. rah.

xxx


November 21, 2006

Electric six: Danger! Danger!...

...Political Correctness!

Why does Radio 1 do this to me? Some genius suggests to the DJ that they play “Gay Bar”. And they did. I was genuinely overjoyed and proceeded to “get down and boogie” as is my custom.

Until…

To my shock and horror they edited out the words.

Was it the sentence “Do you have any money? I’m going to take all your money!” that offended them? No.

So it must have been the outrageous “I’ve got something to put in you! at the gay bar!” surely?! No.

They got rid of “let’s start a nuclear war!”

Are they worried that the general public will take it too seriously? That people will start protesting “Let’s start a war! oh pretty pretty please!”. They must be really concerned that people are going to take it to heart. These five little words that come from a band that also gave us the tracks “Naked Pictures Of Your Mother”, “I Buy The Drugs” and “Chocolate Pope”. Clearly a group begging to be taken seriously on the international political scale.

I was speechless. This world has gone insane, or this country at least. I mean, good grief, the song is called “Gay Bar” for god’s sake, It’s not exactly Byron. I think somebody in the upper eschelons of the BBC must have pulled their pants on too quickly this morning, or at least I hope that’s the reason beause I am losing faith in the world quickly enough without these trifling acts of stupidity.

ugh.

M xxx


November 13, 2006

Study Group?

Radio 1 Newsbeat keep on mentioning reports from the American “Iraq Study Group”, and I’m sure I can’t be the only person picturing these teenage officials sitting round a desk in the library in their lunch hour with a basket of home-baked muffins – Legally Blonde style. I just can’t help it. Couldn’t they have picked something more official sounding like “Iraq Critical Research Analyst Group” or something, I thought that was what business buzzwords were invented for?

M xxx


November 07, 2006

Impulse Purchases.

I am a rare creature indeed in that the *less* important something is the *more* time I seem to lavish on it. I can spend an hour debating over the various merits of a mocha frescato vs an amaretto one. waste eons deciding on menus, nail varnish, adjectives and socks; Millennia on penny sweets. And then bought a car on ebay in a couple of seconds. Christ. And seeing how my parents bought a house in a day, I guess it’s genetic. Still, now I am armed with une voiture! wooha! And when I switched it on it started playing Muse at me; twas love at first sound. I get urges to run outside and pet it.

It was scary tho. My first unaccompanied trip consisted of 40 minutes driving out of the outskirts of London in the dark in an unfamiliar car on huge roads just after rush hour. Very much thrown in at the deep end but I (and the beast) survived. And yes the beast – for it is identical to the baby but with two more doors. And another thing, the insurance lady drove me nuts with the car doors. 4 + 1 = 5. FIVE goddamnit…

And as thought of the day, why do blaspheming swearwords not merit an ”*”, for I’ve never ever seen it in my life and I was wondering.
eg. “Chr*stw*gg*ns”, “Chr*st-on-a-B*ke”
Discuss.

The Beast

October 23, 2006

He's back, alive and blind as a bat

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Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Approximately every decade something wonderful happens, a Bat Out Of Hell album is released. They always have a selection of awesome tracks with a few fantastic duets thrown in.

Bat 3 starts with the title track which is a bizarre fusion of old-school dramatic Meat Loaf with effected vocals and general awesomeness, it’s a long ‘un at 7 minutes but the nice mellow part in the middle breaks things up nicely. Track 2 is the absolutely amazing power ballad “Blind As A Bat” which is one of the many tracks on this album that deserves to be on a greatest hits album, so is track 3 though. Meat Loaf has taken Jim Steinman’s “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” and made it awesome again, it’s pretty darned powerful especially with Marion Raven’s vocals.

“Bad For Good” is very classic Meat Loaf, flowing and cheesy vocals with the backing choir, not entirely sure it justifies it’s length of 7:30 though. Then it’s time for another ballad with “Cry For Me” which is typical ballad with symphonic strings and general niceness. Track 6 is “In the land of the pig (the butcher is king)”, notice the trademark bracketed title? This one is by far the heaviest song on the album and features the fantastic Steve Vai on guitars, it’s very different from the rest of the album but the solo is nice.

“Monstro” is basically an extended introduction for the fantastic “Alive” which is possibly the best song on the album. There’s basically nothing wrong with this song, it’s incredibly uplifting and is an instant classic. It has a beautiful melody, excellent backing choir, nice solo and superb outro. The track is followed by the mellow-yet-powerful “If God Could Talk”, it’s nice.

“If it ain’t broke” is more traditional Meat Loaf, a bit like “life is a lemon”. “What about love” is another ballad featuring duet awesomeness. “Seize the night” is long and weird, but still good. “The Future Just Ain’t What It Used To Be” is a little bit rock gospel featuring guitar solo goodness, possibly a bit too long though. “Cry to Heaven” is a short ballady outro song, not particularly great but not bad.

Everyone should love Meat Loaf because it’s over-the-top and awesome.


October 14, 2006

Televisions

Everyone loves televisions, even if they don’t. Crazy!

This year there are some new televisions that are pretty good.

Heroes

Follows the stories of a number of people with emerging special powers, their paths cross in seemingly coincidental ways but so far they haven’t realised it. There’s a few scary people too. It’s an interesting series so far, a bit Unbreakable-esque, the good thing is that despite having these powers, the makers of the show aren’t rushing to get them using them (though fear not, it’s not as slow as Clark’s discovery of new powers in Smallville). Compelling times.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

A long-running comedy show that’s a bit SNL is getting a bit too safe with it’s content and the guy in charge gets angry live on tv and gets fired. Enter sexy new station boss who rehires two ex-members of the team to make it all awesome again, one of these dudes is Matt Perry (aka Chandler) and he’s doing a pretty good job of it. Amusing times.

Shark

Crack defense lawyer develops a conscience after one of the dudes he defends goes on to murder someone. He gets hired by the government people to work for the DA as a prosecutor. It’s good because even though he’s on the other team he still fights dirty. Good times.


September 14, 2006

Video: Meat Loaf – It's All Coming Back To Me Now

Follow-up to Free Mp3: Meat Loaf – Monster's Loose from Andy's Dumb Ramblings

I’d argue that this isn’t a cover, because the song was originally by Jim Steinman who writes most of Meat Loaf’s songs anyway. Anywho this is a video from the new album “Bat Out Of Hell 3: The Monster Is Loose” that comes out at the end of October.

It’s an impressive video, not because of any crazy technical voodoo, but because of the emotion on display, it’s something we don’t often see in modern music videos.

A larger version of the video is linked to from the offical Meat Loaf site, Direct Link


September 11, 2006

Live Comment Preview

I’ve hacked a new feature into this blog, live comment preview. It requires that javascript is enabled and you have to be viewing the actual blog itself. It’s not capable of previewing all parts of textile, but it will work with the basic formatting syntax.

See if it works, i’ve only tested it on my PC.


June 19, 2006

this blog is…

closed

June 08, 2006

Photo 28 – strawberries!

We went for a picnic in the park, and I took a picture of the strawberries! Not sure I got the focus completely right, but I think it came out well all the same! Oh how I love summer–time :)


June 03, 2006

The Dream is Dead

Due to increased activity on this blog which has offended me greatly, this blog and its blogger is entering a period of hiatus.

Since people are unable to reply in uniformed manner, stereotyping me as I stereotype others, and being pursued across the blog system for ideas, and ideas only, I am closing this blog for a while.

I am tired of trying to explain my points and my own beliefs, and just having them trodden on. If you wish to explain your own beliefs in a uniform manner, please make an entry on your own page.

If anybody wishes to discuss my views and listen then contact me via this blog.

For now the period of inactivity is now effective.

This is the second time I have had to close this blog due to offensive material towards me. I hope all commentators are happy. You've squashed another dream.

Karl.


May 29, 2006

Bright Idea

Bright Idea – Orson

When I first heard No Tomorrow way back in Februray 2005 (yes, it was around that long ago, and yes, Im very up on my music), I knew that this band, or at least hoped this band, would be a big sensation. I tried to get everyone to listen to it. I played it from the rooftops, but all my friends and family said that it was American pop–rock pap. Now a year and half later those same people are claiming they never said these things but are secretly hanging their heads in shame for doubting me.

Orson have been a big hit in the UK. Fame has eluded them for years in the USA and to try one last time, they packed up and moved to the UK to try again. And this time, the public listened. The debut album from this pop quintet is loaded with, well, bright ideas. Their fusion of pop and rock is so pure in sound and so utterly loveable from the word go that this album is like listening to the breeze. Totally noticable and as if its been here for years. This is the music we've been missing.

The album starts off with the title track and their first single. An excellent starting combo, although Bright Idea as a track is one you need to let grow on you. Then suddenly the album dips, for the only time I might add, but it does. Happiness is not as promising as the first two tracks and things are picked up with Already Over. But then the album just goes mad and says, 'Right lets give them everything'. And they do. There is not a single bad track on the whole album. One cannot, and does not, want to pick apart the lyrics or guitars or drums because if you do, you lose a little something.

Highlights include 'Trying To Help' and Look Around, possibly the best rock power ballard Ive heard in a long time. This album just provides exactly what you want. A sequence of good songs that leave you feel great. Each track doe shtat thing where you hear a song and look at the stereo as if to say, 'Hmmmm thats interesting'.

Will it last for Orson though? Who knows? I feel as though they've got a long way to grow as band, and Im sure any future albums will be solid pieces of work. For now, lets revel in a band that isn't a: British to the core, b: not self made on the internet, c: edgy without being northern and d: just plain bloody good. And yes I was talking about Arctic Monkeys.

9/10

Download: well…..everythign really. If you can't be bothered then get No Tomorrow, Tryin To Help, Look Around, The Okay Song.


May 25, 2006

Shouting

Dont you hate adverts that shout at you? If I wanted to buy windows or a sofa, I dont want to be shouted at to come to that store and buy them. It give me a freaking headache.

May 21, 2006

Rock Takes Eurovision

So they did it.

Lordi, the 'Satanist' rock group, are officially Eurovision winners. Ive been backing them since the quarter finals and by god does it feel good to be supporting a winning team. Just a shame I didnt have a bet on them.

Of course this group are not really pure evil. They only dress in costumes for a bit of fun. They even have songs about how Satan is a loser, and that they just want to have fun and rock.

Well they did, and the rest of Europe (with additions of Turkey, Armenia and other countries that are NOT in Europe) think Lordi rock too. Woo.

Just listen to the song. You can imagine all the people of Northern Europe on top of hills with their big blonde hair and horned viking helmets singing this song. Espcially the bit about lightning, power and might.

Album is out soon so go buy. Or just get the song online. Its so funny.


May 20, 2006

Lyrics

Follow-up to Eurovision from Dreams of Karl-ifornication

Here are the lyrics to Lordi's Hard Rock Halleujah:

Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!

The saints are crippled
On this sinners’ night
Lost are the lambs with no guiding light

The walls come down like thunder
The rocks about to roll
It’s the Arockalypse
Now bare your soul

All we need is lightning
With power and might
Striking down the prophets of false
As the moon is rising
Give us the sign
Now let us rise up in awe

Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God’s creation supernatural high

The true believers
Thou shall be saved
Brothers and sisters keep strong in the faith
On the day of Rockoning
It’s who dares, wins
You will see the jokers soon’ll be the new kings

All we need is lightning
With power and might
Striking down the prophets of false
As the moon is rising
Give us the sign
Now let us rise up in awe

Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God’s creation supernatural high

Wings on my back
I got horns on my head
My fangs are sharp
And my eyes are red
Not quite an angel
Or the one that fell
Now choose to join us or go straight to Hell

Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!
Hard Rock Hallelujah!

Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
Demons and angels all in one have arrived
Rock ’n roll angels bring thyn hard rock hallelujah
In God’s creation supernatural high

Hard Rock Hallelujah!


Eurovision

Hope we are all set in tonight to watch the UK make a mockey of themselves again with Daz and rapping schools. Daft chap.

Instead Im making a plea to everyone to vote for Finland's entry, Lordi. The metal band have been accussed by many of inducing and invoking Satanism among their fanbase. And from one look at them you would think so. But the song isnt that bad, and quite frankly one of the best Eurovision entries Ive ever heard. And its so shameless you have to laugh.

So support Finland tonight and make sure we show the pop world that their time is up. Now every throw your horned fingers in the air and scream.


May 18, 2006

Finally

So the RSC finally got back to everyone. And Im in…..

Im playing the part of Roselo's servent and friend Marin. Since the veiled names in the text are quite easy to work out, one can surmise that Roselo is in fact Romeo, and by consequence Marin in Mercutio. Im told the part is not as elaborate as the Shakesperian original but hey Im still doing it goddamnit.

All accomdation and travel is paid for. Wooo. And Ive got my summer planned now.

Stratford, here I come.


May 15, 2006

Grant

Its official. Ross Kemp can act.

Known better to the public for his role as Grant Mitchell in Eastenders, Ross has often been brandished with working the bad boy image in all his programs. From his role in Ultimate Force, to his Mitchell Brother, Ross has shown little actign ability, even to parody himself when taking part in Ricky Gervais' 'Extras'.

But after tonights scene on eastenders, Im now convinced of his acting work. He had a very touching scene with his long lost daughter Courtney, but to top it off Kemp actually brought a tear to his eye. As an actor, I know how dififuclt this is.

So well done to Mr. Kemp. Good work.


May 08, 2006

Supermassive Black Hole

So the new Muse single is upon us. This has utterly overshadowed my appreciation of Stadium Arcadium.

So heres the breakdown. First listen you wouldnt believe it was Muse. From the overcomplex bass of Hysteria and the orchestra of Butterflies and Hurricanes, the trio have really gone to their utmost basics. The track sounds incredibly dance like at first. But upon other listens we start to hear Bellamy breaking through. Theres an element of Beck about it too.

The theme of the song sounds typically Muse. Epic space stuff. Blackholes may feature heavily on this album. I predict, like a black hole, we may see some of Bellamy’s genius getting lost in the audio-universe. Maybe hes at the end of his musical peak? Of course not.

Once you get used to such a different jump in style, you start to realise its genius. For a song based heavily on drums with effects, it works. The bass is typical Muse, though screams a bit b-side compared to the major epic pieces found on Absolution, and even the driving bass of Origin. The guitar plays little part other than over-laying the bass. No more crazy sounds and picking, no more harmonics and wibbly bits. Just nice simple dark music.

The song grows on you. After a few listens you really get into the simplicity. As a preview for an album, i predict good things. I feel Muse are going in a not wholly different direction. I feel this single doesnt push Matts limits. Lets hope when ‘Black Holes and Revelations’ is released, I am proved very, very wrong.


May 07, 2006

So Dark The Con Of Man

With the imminent release of The Da Vinci Code upon us, I thought it was time to throw up all the hullaballoo about the book and film.

My own personnal stand point is that this is a piece of fiction. Based upon conspiracy theories and conjecture it is an interesting, yet wholly harmless, book. People however are getting very up tight about it. I was reading Empire and saw how many people have tried to stop this movie being made. The bets one being a nun who protested outside one of the churches where they filmed. The nun protested in silent prayer for around 12 hours.

I think it is important to have beliefs and convictions. And of course one should defend them. But I think people are getting wound up about nothing. I understand however that if those who dont believe could be driven from it and those already believing could lose faith over it.

The importance is the standpoint. The Church are working fromt he point of saying its fiction, but campaigning as if it were fact. As long as we realise that it isnt fact then there is no harm. But I would like to start the discussion about this. What does everyone think about the book, the film, its theories and so forth.

Just let go. And believe.


May 06, 2006

Woe

Its now officially time to freak out. Ive been doing Classical Views from the beginning of the week and I have no idea about any of the things in it.

I have no problems with Tragedy, and Im sure Roman Comedy will be fine. But im worried that if I dont have Classical views as a backup I might not get onto my Masters. Arghhhhhh!!!!

Help me.


May 05, 2006

Million Miles of Water

So as my love for the Red Hot Chili Peppers grows day by day, and my anticipation for Stadium Arcadium also grows, I bought the Dani California singles (yes both of them). This is to obtain all the B–Sides. Make sure you go and buy the one with Million Miles of Water on it. Its so good.

So only two and a half days till Stadium Arcadium. Who else is excited? If you see me at all next week its all I will be listening too. I cant wait. I hope its as good as Im making it out to be.