Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

New Indiana Jones Trailer

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Ok, there’s not much to say.  The new Indiana Jones Trailer is out.

If this doesn’t make you excited, you must be dead.

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Coheed and Cambria News and Review

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

So it isn’t often that I take up this topic however these past 48 hours have been interesting to say the least.

For that past 5 or so years if anyone would ask me my favorite band I would reply “Coheed and Cambria”. Now on October 31st they had released ”The Last Supper: Live at Hammerstein Ballroom” DVD. I didn’t receive this until last night. About 15 minutes ago I checked their fan site Cobalt and Calcium and found the very depressing news that their drummer and bassist have both left the band. Now they had been on a bit of a hiatus from touring with the band and temporary replacements had been found. So no, the band is not breaking up; however the lineup which I’ve listened to since the middle of 2001 is no longer together.

Live at Hammerstein Ballroom CoverThe Last Supper: Live at Hammerstein Ballroom – Coheed And Cambria – released 10/31/06
The band for as long as I can remember has had a phenomenal live show. That is the one reason I would jump at any DVD which they release. This one is no exception. Their concert is shot from many angles and the audio balance seems to be done quite well. In their previous DVD “Live at Starland Ballroom” it seemed as though there was more audio balance given to the instruments than the vocals, this is NOT the case with this DVD. Per usual they’ve got a bit of a jam session at the end of their last song, which happens to be The Final Cut. I would say that this DVD lacks tracks from Coheed’s first album Second Stage Turbine Blade; however it is still a great example of their musicianship and their great live performances. I would recommend it to any Coheed fan.

 

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Pandora: A Little Box of Tunes

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Ok, Pandora rocks! I first heard of it last night, thanks to my roomate. Pandora is a site which allows the user to pick an artist or song they like, and Pandora streams the music to the listener. After the first song ends Pandora will search through it’s catalog of music for a similar match and play that song. The thing that makes this site great is the listener can give a song a “thumb up” or “thumb down.” These rankings are used to match music to the unique taste of the listener. Now you can only listen to so many songs before Pandora makes you sign up for an account, but that’s painless.

Now i’d mentioned that Pandora is free. Yes there is advertising on the site, but the user interface of the site is very nicely done, and very simple and easy to use. The advertising is not the type of stuff that would normally make you crazy (scrolling ads that say “click 789 monkeys and win this prize!”), instead just a static image for a product in the upper right corner of the site. I can deal with that.

Ok this site is awsome, I just realized i’ve been listening to it for about a good 3 hours now. Thumb’s Up Pandora!

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I’m Venturing Into New Areas

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Normally I’d leave this sort of thing to the likes of Rolling Stone, or a personal friend Jeff Lakin, but I think it’s finally come time for me to become the music critic as well. So without further ado, the comments and rantings regarding ‘tunes.

First off, Rolling Stone has posted an article about the Mars Volta, who’ve got a new album coming out September 19th. Apparently member Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has stepped away from his previous position as the band’s guitarist to become more of a composer . “This is the role I’ve enjoyed the most — shaping the drums, having a certain sound…�? says Lopez. Lopez according to Rolling Stone aside from a few solos, the main guitar work will be done by Red Hot Chili Peppers member John Frusciante. The album will be a bit different in regards of band composition in that regard, but Lopez also mentions that the band is trying to go into newer directions. From the sound of the article, this album should have some promise, and I’m looking forward to it.

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