Friday, December 28, 2007

The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America


Great rock, great piano, great singer growl, great party album.

Sunday, July 01, 2007


CURRENT EXHIBITION

20 June – 31 July 2007

Flandrien: Hard Men and Heroes
Stephan Vanfleteren



As London gears up to host the Tour de France, the world’s most famous cycle race, a new photography exhibition at HOST gallery pays tribute to the Flandrien – a generation of Flemish cyclists who make the athletes of the Tour de France look like amateur enthusiasts.

Tough, determined, unsophisticated riders, the Flandrien are the heroes of the Tour of Flanders and the Paris-Roubaix, races which specialise in some of the worst roads and weather conditions imaginable in bicycle racing. They are so far removed from the sun-drenched glamour of the Tour de France that it is almost a different sport.

Stephan Vanfleteren’s powerful black and white photographs provide an intimate and emotional portrait of these legendary sportsmen and the sport which dominates the social and cultural life of Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. The unremarkable landscape breeds this particular type of rider who thrives in the driving rain and the bitter cold and on cobbled streets and treacherous inclines.

Stephan Vanfleteren, represented by the Panos Pictures agency, has been photographing the Flandrien for more than 15 years. His portraits of riders read like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Flandrien from the second world war to the present day: Alberic Schotte, Rik Van Steenbergen, Rik Van Looy, Roger de Vlaeminck, Eddy Merckx, Johan Musseeuw and Tom Boonen.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Danny Carey [Tool]

Because YouTube is an endless pond of metal... Danny Carey drum solo (kind of). If you look closely you will see that he is also drumming with his hair, sweat drops and charisma nuggets.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Kyuss reforming?

At 3:55 all the power goes off in the neighborhood.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

New Personal Development Plan... I wish...

Greetings mon ami!!!!!! Ressors ta guitare, on part sur la route!
Erico at the Barcelona Bloc Party gig

*Sigh*

REVIEW

The only scathing review I have read for this album. This is a very subtle self referencing album bordering on pomposity... but still immensely enjoyable.

"Ma Fleur, long-awaited fifth composition from suave electro-jazz pioneers, The Cinematic Orchestra, is a reeking letdown – and in a way which only a British album could be. Listening to it is not unlike waiting for a train which never turns up.

You’re longing to be transported somewhere – preferably to that realm of euphoria to which critics testified in their ardent praise of previous Orchestra efforts. And, quite typically, nothing comes. When the album finishes you’re still slumped in the same spot – fifty-four minutes older and a good deal more jaded.

Opening track ‘'To Build A Home'’ is..."

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Foley Room



From Amon Tobin on leaked copies of his album "Foley Room":

"well the debate about illegal downloads has obviously been raging for some time. some blame it for the crisis the music industry is currently facing, others herald this as a new utopian era for the consumer. contrary to the oversimplified views sighted by both ends of the spectrum I believe this to be a fairly complex issue with radically different implications for different artists and labels.

with this in mind I see no point in entering into debate on the general issue here. nor would I consider it my place to tell people what they should or shouldn't do. all I can comment on with any certainty is how all this has affected me personally and in light of my nearing release this might be of interest to those of you who've expressed an interest in my music.

over the last few months I've received a surprising amount of mail from people who'd downloaded 'foley room'. the comments are very positive and many encourage me to "keep on doing what you're doing" for which I am thankful.

today, the release date for my album, it's unlikely that you will see it in most high street shops and after the initial run it's unlikely that you will be able to order a copy even from online stores. this is because in-spite of more people having access to and apparently listening to my music than ever before, the predicted sales of the record were so low that it didn't justify the manufacture or distribution to any significant level. strange? not when you consider how hard it might be to convince any retail outlet, physical or digital, that they should try and sell something everybody could already get for free months beforehand.

so what does this mean in the wider context? who the fuck knows. like I say I won't speculate on the wider picture and you can draw your own conclusions as to what this means with regards to my own future output. again I stress that I'm not talking about what should happen here. I'm not saying I should be able to 'keep on doing what I'm doing' or even that my record deserves to be bought. all I'm saying, mainly for the benefit of those who might otherwise have been unaware, is that if you personally like what I do and wish to continue hearing more then the only way that will happen is if you support it."

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ma Fleur

I cannot wait for this to come out...



And it is pouring down here in Singapore.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Stuck In Customs


Stuck In Customs
One of the few photography site I keep an eye on. Some good tutorials on HDR.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Sunday, March 11, 2007

FL Studio Homepage

Version 7.02 of FLStudio is out. Still a confusing interface but an absolute bargain when it comes to features vs.price.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007