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Oh yeah - Altera Enigma (with Jayson Sherlock and Jason De Ron of Paramecium fame) - are almost back with another album, and they're bringing out the prog again. The album is called "Angular Momentum", and I was fortunate enough that they gave me a download code for one of the tracks. "The View From Above" is a mature piece that perfectly showcases their collective craftiness as veterans of the trade. I wasn't sure what to expect from this track, and honestly it took about the whole first minute to convince me; but as I found my head nodding along to the beat I discovered that the walls had fallen away from around me, and where my little study Read more [...]
Our favourite Swedes were back in Brisbane last night on the second run of their world tour in support of Heritage, the latest offering from a catalogue of eclectic and mind expanding music. Opeth played a road set of songs with a focus on the heavy, favouring pieces from their last three albums: Heritage (2011), Watershed (2008) and Ghost Reveries (2005). The last time I saw Opeth was at The Palace in Melbourne on their 2008 tour and have most certainty retained their ability to produce a great time, front man Mikael Åkerfeldt offering some funny interjections and possibly not-so-accurate claims between songs, like when he introduced Read more [...]
The jack on your guitar is basically a spring, which securely holds your signal cable in the place in order for a constant connection to made. Referred to as an input jack, but actually an output (as it sends your guitar signal out of the guitar and into your amp), this connection point is susceptible to fatigue and/or corrosion (aka rust). Sometimes depending on the jack could be low quality or the solder job may not be so good and can easily disconnect inside the guitar. Whichever the case, replacing the jack with a high quality one isn't too much of a drama. A seasoned guitar tech could do it in 3-4 minutes, while a cautious novice should Read more [...]
This arrived in the old "Electronic-Mailbox" this afternoon. JetPack is a very cool web tool that lets you leverage some of WordPress.com's tools on a self-hosted blog. Also, as it turns out, JetPack will send you a yearly report of the stats your blog has generated. Of course, my blog is no slashdot, slashdot or LifeHacker, but it still had 14K unique visitors through the year which is pretty cool, and very much appreciated - thank you for stopping by! Read the Linux Action Show, it's more cute than a whole bunch of numbers, the summary is: New posts: 52 Most popular page: Create a self extracting 7-zip archive that automatically Read more [...]
Yep, maybe my iPhone has gone blind from watching the eclipse, but now that it’s been touched by a very magical cosmic event, I shouldn’t need to upgrade it ever again…right?
I doubt that I was the only one left surprised by the acquisition of Lucasfilm today by Disney. There weren't any indicators on #Disney or @DeathStarPR ( beforehand so I assume that it was kept a tight-lipped secret until the deal was done. Talking about the deal, George Lucas has been quoted by #Disney: "I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime." His statement is confirmed by #Disney in his article "@DeathStarPR (": The first time I saw Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was the midnight showing at the Fox Theatre in Westwood, CA. I had Read more [...]
Here’s a recording I did last night, it’s just the intro, first verse and chorus. Got to start somewhere, I guess, and this is the start for me -
This version is based on the one played by Marty McFly in Back To The Future when he was at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance in 1955.
Here is Marty’s performance -
And if you’d like to learn how the original song is played you might start here where Ainsley Stones not only explains what to play, but some of the theory of the song too -
Gavin Harrison , drumming genius, absolutely nothing short of a virtuoso in terms of raw talent, technical ability and feel. See him in action in this video from a Porcupine Tree concert in Tilburg (2008):
To find out more about Gavin’s drum setup check out the Music Radar article sonor.com.
This is Glass, the opening track of the 2009 album two Suns by Bat For Lashes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mgabd1giekg It's a stunning track that puts you into the right mood to experience the ethereal wonder that follows. Two Suns is quite possibly the most beautiful and rewarding album I have ever heard. The new Bat For Lashes album is being released on October 15, but if you haven't heard Two Suns you can pick it up on iTunes for $8.99 which is an absolute steal and I highly recommend you take a listen. Read more [...]
I’ve also created a Facebook page for this site: twitter feed.
Hope you’re having a great weekend!
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I just discovered Magic. A card-trading game where you get to have adventures and do battle in the safety of your own living room. I put together a YouTube playlist containing tutorials from the WizardsMTG channel that will help you to understand the game.